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Offline nojoke2stroke

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Re: Street Tracker: Bringing a parts bike back to life
« Reply #30 on: March 13, 2017, 09:49:54 PM »
The K&N with Y-boot looks really good hanging out there naked in the middle of the framework.
I guess people usually use pods instead, but that really fits with the rest of your bike.
Excellent project.  Thanks for sharing with us!

Thanks 2steve.  Been a labor of love over the past nearly 2 years.  A lot of failures along the way, but I have learned a lot. 

I had 3 must accomplish items on the build:  1) spoke 19" wheels with disc brakes, 2) right side exit chambers, and 3) upside down forks.  All 3 of these were a pain in the ass to get figured out, but these were my "must haves" to get the build where I wanted.  Sourced the rear hub off an RD250 parts bike from Germany.  Called every pipe builder on the planet that produces RD chambers and only found Jemco out of Houston willing to take on the project.  Upside down forks are from a YZ85, which was easy to source, but much harder than expected to machine fit an RD400 steering stem to press fit into the YZ bottom triple... getting the forks mechanically lowered to look good and to work well with the chassis and shocks was a huge pain. 

I have spent more time staring at the bike trying to determine what to do next and scouring Ebay to find parts that will work.  I know I am preaching to the choir on this forum  ;)
1976 RD400 Street Tracker
1977 RD400 Cafe
1977 RD400 stock
1974 RD350 TBD
KX500AF Cafe Build TBD
2002 RM250

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Offline nojoke2stroke

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Re: Street Tracker: Bringing a parts bike back to life
« Reply #31 on: March 20, 2017, 09:27:27 PM »
Tight clearances with the dirt track rear tire.  Only a few mm to spare, but there is enough clearance with the shock and tire while having solid alignment with the countershaft.  Rear sprocket is offset by 10mm, fit 2 of the shims from Economy Cycle on the countershaft along with 520 chain.

1976 RD400 Street Tracker
1977 RD400 Cafe
1977 RD400 stock
1974 RD350 TBD
KX500AF Cafe Build TBD
2002 RM250

Get busy living or get busy dying

Offline nojoke2stroke

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Re: Street Tracker: Bringing a parts bike back to life
« Reply #32 on: March 24, 2017, 08:54:19 PM »
Short video with the speedo/tach/trip mini scope, headlight, tail light, and turn indicators working using the Motogadget m-lock with key fob to activate the electrical system.

https://youtu.be/QVJv_5Dccqg



Here's a still shot of the headlight on
1976 RD400 Street Tracker
1977 RD400 Cafe
1977 RD400 stock
1974 RD350 TBD
KX500AF Cafe Build TBD
2002 RM250

Get busy living or get busy dying

Offline nojoke2stroke

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Re: Street Tracker: Bringing a parts bike back to life
« Reply #33 on: April 14, 2017, 08:58:47 PM »
A few more photos



1976 RD400 Street Tracker
1977 RD400 Cafe
1977 RD400 stock
1974 RD350 TBD
KX500AF Cafe Build TBD
2002 RM250

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Offline hw9rd350b

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Re: Street Tracker: Bringing a parts bike back to life
« Reply #34 on: April 14, 2017, 11:00:19 PM »
Hand Built show here you come... looks great!!!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:


JT
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 RD400F -racebike restoration
 RZ500 - Flame bike
 Honda ST90 -Mini Motard project
 RD250 -resto needs work
 93 TZ250 -resto need work

Offline nojoke2stroke

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Re: Street Tracker: Bringing a parts bike back to life
« Reply #35 on: May 13, 2017, 10:19:38 PM »
Short "amateur" video with cuts from my GoPro while out riding today.  Running a bit fat on this hot day.  Jetted while temps were in the 60's with today in the 90's in Austin it was a bit on the rich side.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o66b_qMV5XM&t=2s
1976 RD400 Street Tracker
1977 RD400 Cafe
1977 RD400 stock
1974 RD350 TBD
KX500AF Cafe Build TBD
2002 RM250

Get busy living or get busy dying

Offline nojoke2stroke

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Re: Street Tracker: Bringing a parts bike back to life
« Reply #36 on: August 11, 2017, 11:11:12 PM »
Adding the final photos for this build since all the previous are not viewable and I am too lazy to go back an replace them all  :bang:

1976 RD400 Street Tracker
1977 RD400 Cafe
1977 RD400 stock
1974 RD350 TBD
KX500AF Cafe Build TBD
2002 RM250

Get busy living or get busy dying

Offline nojoke2stroke

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Re: Street Tracker: Bringing a parts bike back to life
« Reply #37 on: August 11, 2017, 11:14:54 PM »


















1976 RD400 Street Tracker
1977 RD400 Cafe
1977 RD400 stock
1974 RD350 TBD
KX500AF Cafe Build TBD
2002 RM250

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Offline hw9rd350b

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Re: Street Tracker: Bringing a parts bike back to life
« Reply #38 on: August 14, 2017, 08:38:48 AM »
Nice pics, Where was that?
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

JT
Smithville Texas -By Austin
www.rdsonly.com
 RD350B
 RD400F -racebike restoration
 RZ500 - Flame bike
 Honda ST90 -Mini Motard project
 RD250 -resto needs work
 93 TZ250 -resto need work

Offline nojoke2stroke

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Re: Street Tracker: Bringing a parts bike back to life
« Reply #39 on: August 14, 2017, 08:49:32 PM »
Nice pics, Where was that?
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

JT

Most were taken in Bartlett, TX.  Cool old town.  Still has the brick road down Main Street  :hfive:
1976 RD400 Street Tracker
1977 RD400 Cafe
1977 RD400 stock
1974 RD350 TBD
KX500AF Cafe Build TBD
2002 RM250

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Offline onlycrimson

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Re: Street Tracker: Bringing a parts bike back to life
« Reply #40 on: August 15, 2017, 10:06:32 AM »
Wow that's cool.  Love the r2d2 vibes it's got going on.

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Re: Street Tracker: Bringing a parts bike back to life
« Reply #41 on: November 13, 2017, 10:15:42 AM »
Hey did you ever get your drain sorted out? If not shoot me an email with a wiring schematic and I'll see if I can't help.

LiFePO4 batteries like Antigravity small case can only handle 14.7 volts coming in from the charging system and anything more can cook them. It's generally recommended that you modernize any Reg/Rec that's 20+ years or older and test what you have regardless before installing the Li battery.

-Jeff
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Offline nojoke2stroke

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Re: Street Tracker: Bringing a parts bike back to life
« Reply #42 on: November 14, 2017, 10:48:42 AM »
Hey did you ever get your drain sorted out? If not shoot me an email with a wiring schematic and I'll see if I can't help.

LiFePO4 batteries like Antigravity small case can only handle 14.7 volts coming in from the charging system and anything more can cook them. It's generally recommended that you modernize any Reg/Rec that's 20+ years or older and test what you have regardless before installing the Li battery.

-Jeff

Hey Jeff, I ended up going with a mini lead acid battery.  Using a Powerdynamo, which is battery-less system.  The little lead acid that I put in is just for using the lights without the bike running... mostly for setting up the motogadget m-unit.
1976 RD400 Street Tracker
1977 RD400 Cafe
1977 RD400 stock
1974 RD350 TBD
KX500AF Cafe Build TBD
2002 RM250

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Re: Street Tracker: Bringing a parts bike back to life
« Reply #43 on: Yesterday at 12:14:23 PM »
im not much of a flat tracker guy as most arent really done well, but yours is just -right-. very nice, be proud, its a sweet, sweet bike.
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