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"Money Maker" 1974 Yamaha DT 250

25 May 2014 19:21 20 Nov 2015 12:38 by Devin.
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1974 DT 250. The reason I am calling this project "money maker" is I spend $200-$250 a month on gas, or $2400 a year. Since I am stationed in California, I can ride all year. If I ride for a year it will completely pay for itself. It will keep my truck low mileage and maintenance costs on a truck also cost alot more.

This is the first bike I will be restoring on my own. I restored a 1974 Yamaha DT 125 in my late teens/early 20's with my father. The hardest part is not making it showroom. Someone said its possible to make a bike so nice you don't want to ride it. I plan to ride this bike 100 miles a week.

The beginning pictures:


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25 May 2014 19:25 20 Nov 2015 12:39 by Devin.
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The old sticker

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The new sticker made by the Enduro Dr. (Deet).

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25 May 2014 19:29 20 Nov 2015 12:43 by Devin.
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I don't really have any "before" pictures besides this one. The one on the far side with the faded tank is the bike I am fixing up. The closest bike beside it is a great reference tool. I will have more updates later this week.

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The frame is getting close to "ready for paint"
I found this on the frame!

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Now I know why some of the old 2 strokes are called "widow makers" .
I found another widow with another bike. It was my own fault......I didn't pressure wash it before I brought it in.

I was walking thru my garage, and It felt like I walked thru a trip-wire. I stepped back (half expecting to see a widow). I followed the webbing and started poking with a long screw driver. shortly after, the widow appeared to check what was disturbing the web.

What you guys told me paid off! Do not let it out of your sight! I knew it was somewhere on the bike. I proceed to remove the side covers and search. No luck, so I decided to grab the garden hose and that's when I flushed her out.

Check your bikes!

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25 May 2014 19:36 20 Nov 2015 12:45 by Devin.
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The frame was primer-ed, followed by gloss black. I will give it a few days to dry before I sand and spray the clear coat.

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25 May 2014 19:40
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Looking good! :)

IF it isn't one thing, it's another.

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25 May 2014 19:40 20 Nov 2015 12:46 by Devin.
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I sand blasted the triple tree's and repainted them. I installed the upper and low triple tree's. I upgraded, from the stock ball bearings to tapered roller bearings. I installed them and greased everything. It turns really smooth.

I also cleaned up the oxidation on the horn and re-painted the faded black paint.


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25 May 2014 19:49 20 Nov 2015 12:47 by Devin.
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Finished the body parts, they are not showroom by any means. I am pleased with the results compared to what I had. Good for a daily driver!!

Before: Dents, dings, scratches, and rust. Couple pictures were small I had to cut them from my video


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25 May 2014 19:55 20 Nov 2015 12:48 by Devin.
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Makotosun wrote: Looking good! :)


Thanks. B)

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26 May 2014 15:39 20 Nov 2015 12:49 by Devin.
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Finishing the clean up on the forks.
The dust boots have some dry rot/cracks. I have new dust boots. I will be changing the fork seals with new fork oil.




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26 May 2014 20:39
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I am thinking the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree!

Very nice work.

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