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Old 10th January 2013, 15:30   #46
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Sir, would you have plans to construct a cafe racer?
No plans as of now. If I had the resources would have done that several moons ago when I was in the college. Now you mention this may be I will do one for my son, who would be in the college soon


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Hello Mahesh

Finally, I sat down and read through your RD story. You've had one amazing ride, mate!

Now that I have completed my RX restoration, plan to start working on my RD by next month. I had most of the cosmetic parts in place, and the engine (although sleeved barrels) was running fine when I last put her into hibernation (5 years ago, along with the RX!).

You mentioned that your seat trim is not in good nick. If I remember right, I have 2 or 3 of the same lying at home which I had bought from Coimbatore. Next time I go home, I can get you one. If you find it to be of good quality, you can have it.

Could you point me to a source for the chrome stalk mirrors? I need 2 pairs, one each for RD and RX.

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Could you point me to a source for the chrome stalk mirrors? I need 2 pairs, one each for RD and RX.

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The original RX 100 Mirrors are available with many of the older Yamaha dealerships (like Trivandrum for example). If you are still having the original clutch and brake flanges on your RD, just rethred the Mirror stalks with matching thread and get them powder coated, you would have a original set up.

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Viju,

The original RX 100 Mirrors are available with many of the older Yamaha dealerships (like Trivandrum for example).
Thanks a lot Ram sir. I checked with every dealership / parts dealer in Cochin and could not find it. I will check with someone in Trivandrum if possible. The OE ones are very much available, just that the stalks are black and not chromed.

I have 3 or 4 Alpha Toyo / Escorts mirrors I dug out from scrap guys with the chrome in bad condition. I have to check if the legs can be chromed without damaging the plastic mirror housings.

In parallel, I am also discussing with the Fiem guys who claim their chrome stalk mirrors for the RX100 are very much available in Cochin.
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In parallel, I am also discussing with the Fiem guys who claim their chrome stalk mirrors for the RX100 are very much available in Cochin.
Viju,
First n foremost many thanks for your kind help with the seat assembly. I was lucky enough to recover an original seat assembly brand new but the metal liners around it are not in the right shape. If you can part with an original metal beading I would be highly indebted to you.

Regarding the mirrors, I can source you FIEM make mirrors with the chrome stalks. They cost around 250 RS per pair and if you are in Bangalore it will give me a good excuse to catch up with you for it.

Any other help please do PM me
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Dear Mahesh

I really am not sure how original the metal trim is. I will anyway bring one for you. If it is your liking, you can get it fixed.

I am very much in Bangalore (slowly turning into a Bangalorean).
I stay in HSR Layout and work in Bommasandra (so get to ride my bike 40 km a day).

Would definitely like to catch up with you (and yes, take your help in sourcing a few parts). Sending you a PM rightaway!
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Hi Mahesh
I had loved your RD when I first saw the pics but could only imagine the efforts spent on the bike. After going through your thread I realsied that the actual pains taken in creation of your prized possession is way beyond I had imagined. Amazing build up!
I envy you as I have not got a chance to look at the inside of the massive heart of this monster.
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Hi Mahesh
I had loved your RD when I first saw the pics but could only imagine the efforts spent on the bike. After going through your thread I realsied that the actual pains taken in creation of your prized possession is way beyond I had imagined. Amazing build up!
I envy you as I have not got a chance to look at the inside of the massive heart of this monster.
Thanks Tejas and I must express my gratitude for your kind support in sending me a seat assembly for the bike. Regarding the efforts well I think they are more of a labor of love rather than anything else.
Do come down or whenever you are in Bangalore give me a shout and I will get her for your audience. However there are still a few more updates which should be done post which would say that rebuild has reached an end stage. As of now am still pended with a couple of add ons.
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Took her out for a 850 Km Ride. The bike was simply fantastic all through the ride. Never got to hear any missed engine beat or misfire. She returned a steady 20.4 Km to a liter of petrol. 2T Oil consumption seemed to be on the higher side with a liter of oil giving me around 450 Kms. Have put in a TL (http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...-kundadri.html).

The bike handling was a dream come true. Mind action was transformed into reality, was able to carve out the corners with very good precision. Tires held up well so will now continue with them for the time being. Have attached a few photos from the ride. Name:  321401_10200147184698342_187836547_n.jpg
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Bike has had 4 concerns that required some attention for quite some time.
1) Leakage of 2T oil from the lens
2) Irritating Chain Noise due to a faulty off-phased Sprocket
3) Gear Shaft & Gear Lever needs to be replaced
4) Kicker Boss & Kicker Lever

Was able to source an original 88 packing Chain Sprocket Kit for the bike & the Oil tank lens. Should say they costed a bomb compared to the rates that have been printed on their covers. The way these spares have appreciated makes me wonder if investing on RD Spares would actually make me a millionaire.

Anyways the chain sprocket & Oil Lens have been fitted onto the bike and they are doing their job well. Was able to source the gear shaft from the US and still looking around for a gear lever.

Have put in the snaps on the spares that I got them.
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Also have changed the CDI Kit to a more healthier one. This CDI Kit fires alternately just like that of your points, Bike has had a major change in her exhaust note. She now has a deeper buzz, Initial and Mid Range have improved tremendously, does an easy 80 Kays without any prompting or exertion. Have not had the time to check for any improvement on a true top end.
However have noticed a slight irritating piston slap in the barrels because of the clearance given to accommodate the forged pistons. Deliberating if I need to hone my other set of cylinders to keep the noise levels down.
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However have noticed a slight irritating piston slap in the barrels because of the clearance given to accommodate the forged pistons. Deliberating if I need to hone my other set of cylinders to keep the noise levels down.
Mahesh, does the slap occur at normal running temperature also, or just when cold? If only at cold, its quite alright no? Means it is running optimally when warmed up.

Wouldn't honing increase the clearance and hence the slap? Check the cylinder and piston for concentricity. If you're lifting off the barrels, maybe the ring colour and wear will tell you of high spots on the cylinder wall.
Are your carbs flooding?

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Mahesh, does the slap occur at normal running temperature also, or just when cold? If only at cold, its quite alright no? Means it is running optimally when warmed up.

Wouldn't honing increase the clearance and hence the slap? Check the cylinder and piston for concentricity. If you're lifting off the barrels, maybe the ring colour and wear will tell you of high spots on the cylinder wall.
Are your carbs flooding?

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Rahul,
The slap is pronounced when it is cold but somewhat subsides during its normal operating temperature. Probably its me being too finicky for it since I was used to the regular pistons which work on optimal clearance.

Honing, well I was planning to do it for my spare cylinders which are on 0.25 size, get it up to 0.50 for usage. Other parameters are absolutely correct (concentricity), however need to check for any high spots for which I need to remove my cylinder for further gumption.

Carbs are not flooding, they are setup well and the bike returned an optimal mileage of 20.4 on my last highway trip.
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Bike has had 4 concerns that required some attention for quite some time.
1) Leakage of 2T oil from the lens
2) Irritating Chain Noise due to a faulty off-phased Sprocket
3) Gear Shaft & Gear Lever needs to be replaced
4) Kicker Boss & Kicker Lever

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The slap is pronounced when it is cold but somewhat subsides during its normal operating temperature. Probably its me being too finicky for it since I was used to the regular pistons which work on optimal clearance.
Mahesh,

I too have issues # 3 above, in my bike - milling on both shaft and lever having worn off. So if you get to know of availability of lever & shaft, please get one for me as well.

The Piston slap - the way you have described shouldn't be there with your forged piston - this usually is the case when one gets conned with a duplicate pisto as I had long ago for my Yezdi- it had to run about 2-3 km before the noise went away and the compression was back to max. But with a Yezdi I lived with it till I got a Piston & Cylinder kit right from the Mysore factory (supplied as part of a Factory backed Rally Team )

I am sure you are resourceful enough and knowledgeble to address the issue of the "slap"

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Mahesh,

I too have issues # 3 above, in my bike - milling on both shaft and lever having worn off. So if you get to know of availability of lever & shaft, please get one for me as well.


Best Regards & Ride Safe

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Ram Sir,
These days you get a lot of replicas with quality that will last you a good 2-3 years before the milling goes for a toss again. If you are willing then I shall pick up and keep them aside. Am searching for original stuff and considering the prices they have reached they are murderously expensive. On the contrary please visit this website, they have been selling good quality replicas which should last more than the Indian Stuff.

http://www.mikesxs.net/products-121.html#products

Regarding the slap, am sure they are original Wiseco Pistons that came along. When the current set of barrels were rebored from standard to 0.5, tolerance/Clearance was added in excess. This is causing the slap to be noticeable now as my new CDI Kit develops a higher grade spark.
Guess would have to rebore/hone my spare set of cylinders to 0.5 and stick to the manuals for the correct clearance.

Will do a couple of rides and will plan for that job during the monsoon
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Somehow I missed this thread it seems, wow what a journey you have covered with the bike and the bike looks stunning to say the least.

Many Congratulations for getting her in this shape, talks length about your dedication and attention to detail in the way you would have worked upon her to be able to reach at this stage.

You were 3 times lucky with the beast and I am still waiting for that one chance, have come close to acquiring it couple of time but then due to some or the other issues the deal broke, but the hope still floats.

Your thread was very informational about RDs in general and the difference in between the US and Indian Specs.

Just wanted to ask which CDI are you running, any other performance enhancement done on the bike i.e. reeds, filters etc.
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