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Old 23rd November 2012, 12:10   #1
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I had intended to post these pics only after completing the work and getting the bike back on the road, but what with the power cuts etc its taking longer than I thought so decided to post pics of work completed till now.
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Man !! No wonder you were not able to wait longer. The bike seems to be coming along well. And I guess it was time you were chosen by an RD.

Just a quick question? Did you get the bike in this condition along with Papers?
Are there any more available, I have been trying to get hold of one for a long time, but the lack of papers has kept me away from RD's :(
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Very, very nice, Collector. You are living my dream... I've always wanted to pick up an old RD and re-store it from scratch. Is it a HT or LT? What are you doing for ignition?
Am impressed. Keep it up!
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Very, very nice, Collector. You are living my dream... I've always wanted to pick up an old RD and re-store it from scratch. Is it a HT or LT? What are you doing for ignition?
Am impressed. Keep it up!
Iv'e owned this bike from 2004. Used it up to late 2010 when the engine oil seals failed and it started to burn GB oil.
It is a 1983 HT. and though I had it running on points {which I much prefer over CD} have put in a Cd at the request of the new owner. The Cd unit was made to order for me in Bangalore and the back plate made here in Coimbatore so it offers some room for advance/retard adjustment.
The reason for posting the pics now is that I have "lost" the ones of the engine when dismantled and feared I'd loose these as well!!!
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very nice workmanship, the choice of the blue color is nice, what about the decals which style are you planning for. are the bores sleeved or unsleeved. need some pointers for getting some OEM spares for my RD
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very nice workmanship, the choice of the blue color is nice, what about the decals which style are you planning for. are the bores sleeved or unsleeved. need some pointers for getting some OEM spares for my RD
Thanks for the compliment. The blue is the original Yahama blue and we are going with the original style decals [I'll be posting pics of the finished bike in a day or so].The bores are unsleved but honed to take +20 pistons. OEM Parts are almost impossiable to come by today
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Awesome work man. Made me re-live my RD restoration. I might have some original parts that I purchased in Japan and US during the RD Days. If you want them, PM me, will check if I still have them.
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I salute people who are into restoration for their passion and patience at the same time.
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Awesome work man. Made me re-live my RD restoration. I might have some original parts that I purchased in Japan and US during the RD Days. If you want them, PM me, will check if I still have them.
Hello,
Would you not mind PMing me the list of spare parts you have? Have completed my restoration nearly 16 months ago, but might look at stocking them away in my chest for future requirements.
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Thanks for the compliment. The blue is the original Yahama blue and we are going with the original style decals [I'll be posting pics of the finished bike in a day or so].The bores are unsleved but honed to take +20 pistons. OEM Parts are almost impossiable to come by today
Hi,

I recently bought a 1990 RD 350, and am planning to restore it. How much do you estimate for a decent paintjob & plating?
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I recently bought a 1990 RD 350, and am planning to restore it. How much do you estimate for a decent paintjob & plating?
Well it depends on what sort of decent paint job you have in mind?
If you prefer getting it coated with Dupont/imported paints then the labor/raw materials cost will shoot high. The same goes with Electro plating.

Also it would depend if you want to get it lacquered post the stickering job.

My Bike restored last year costed me around 12K which included a complete chassis re-paint and Dupont Paint for Tank/Side Shields/Fork Ears.

You can have a look at my garage for the photos.
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You can have a look at my garage for the photos.
Good taste in bikes!

The color on your RD is sortof what I'm after too (orangish red). If you dont mind, where did you get it done? Did they do the dismantling etc to paint the chasis? How long did it take? Also, any idea of plating costs?
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Good taste in bikes!

The color on your RD is sortof what I'm after too (orangish red). If you dont mind, where did you get it done? Did they do the dismantling etc to paint the chasis? How long did it take? Also, any idea of plating costs?
Thanks mate, The color is Portuguese Orange which was launched way back in 70's in US. Yes the bike was completely dismantled to get the chassis painting done. A sad pity somebody whacked my Ol BB where I had kept the videos of painting and other mechanical work. Robbed me off from creating a thread on my restoration project which took 8 years to accumulate spares and a further 15 months to restore the bike with a poor response from my mechanic.

Electro Plating costed me around 4000 Rs for the silencers; front mudguard, Chain Case & grab rail. The Rear Mudguard still retains the factory charm. Electro plating work was done in Vijaylakshmi, Bangalore off Kammanahalli.
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Electro Plating costed me around 4000 Rs for the silencers; front mudguard, Chain Case & grab rail. The Rear Mudguard still retains the factory charm. Electro plating work was done in Vijaylakshmi, Bangalore off Kammanahalli.
That sounds like a good deal. Where was the painting done? I stopped by a RD garage in Koramangala yesterday (Ray's tuning), and he quoted approx 25-35k incl painting & plating.
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That sounds like a good deal. Where was the painting done? I stopped by a RD garage in Koramangala yesterday (Ray's tuning), and he quoted approx 25-35k incl painting & plating.
Well it depends;would he be charging that money which includes disassembling/assembling of the bike? I do know a couple of workshops who charge around 10K only for that job. So when you include painting and plating it would be around the same. Power crest does a very good job on that front. Currently they manage the services of all my bikes.
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