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1978 DT175 Project

10 Sep 2020 08:40
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1978 DT175 Project #1
Hello,

Starting to document my latest project, a new to me 1978 DT 175E. The goal is to bring it back to its former glory, including street legal (and worthy).

Here is the status when I purchased it:

- Aside from missing side covers and aftermarket fenders and lights the bike was relatively complete.

- The PO did a 12V conversion

- The top end was fresh and bottom looks to be in great shape. Mileage is unknown because the speedo wasn’t working.

- There was a massive air leak so I couldn’t ride it

- The forks were pretty rough and need a rebuild

- The Tires, wheel bearings, brakes, chain and sprockets are all almost brand new

- Desperately needs paint and dents removed


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10 Sep 2020 15:35
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1978 DT175 Project #2
First order of business is getting the bike mechanically sorted. The engine would run but throttle would run away because of an obvious air leak. Armed with new crank seals I replaced them and still no change so I had to build a leak tester.

This lead me to find a leak that I would not have found otherwise.


A little JB weld solved that issue and it runs nearly perfectly now, just needing a little bit of carb tuning now.

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10 Sep 2020 20:30 10 Sep 2020 20:34 by Rick C..
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Had pretty much the same problem on the " Greenie " thread . Nice find and good catch.
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Is your name Dave?

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11 Sep 2020 03:51
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1978 DT175 Project #4
Thanks Rick, and yes that’s my name.

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11 Sep 2020 13:54
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12 Sep 2020 16:46
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1978 DT175 Project #6
With the engine sorted, I painted everything that was removed in the process. VHT chassis paint for the case covers and high heat silicone header paint for the exhaust.

I sorted out a few small wiring issues and soldered some bad joints with the idea of getting it license this fall before I tear it back apart this winter.

Here is how it looks now, waiting only on the front brake cable before I get it licensed.

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29 Sep 2020 14:56
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1978 DT175 Project #7
Started the disassembly and ordered a few parts. The only major part I need to source is a rear fender but since this is going to be a custom, or restomod I don’t know what style fender I want.

Here’s the engine on the bench being cleaned up and prepped for some fresh paint on the cylinder. I think this project will move quick because of how complete it is. Paint will consume the majority of my time.

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02 Oct 2020 04:24
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1978 DT175 Project #8
Tank stripped, and taking some dents out.

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06 Oct 2020 04:28
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Frame prepped for some etching primer and respray.

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