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Old 09-08-2012, 06:16 PM   #1
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Yamaha RD400\questions

Ok guys, got a few questions. Getting ready to pick up an RD400. It is in rough shape. Will need engine rebuilt and a total restore! It appears to be black now with a dented up tank. The chrome is all rusted, the seat is ripped up and foam is molded.

Is there a way to find the original paint scheme?
Are engine parts available? I think she's seized up.
Is there a way to fix up a dented tank?
Anything else I should know?

Thanks guys, might be my first restore.

Pretty physced about doing this project, I am doing it to ride the bike.
Any links for parts or other rebuilds would be appreciated.
Thanks Much!
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Old 09-08-2012, 10:44 PM   #2
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Yes.
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Old 09-09-2012, 12:52 AM   #3
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Ok guys, got a few questions. Getting ready to pick up an RD400. It is in rough shape. Will need engine rebuilt and a total restore! It appears to be black now with a dented up tank. The chrome is all rusted, the seat is ripped up and foam is molded.

Is there a way to find the original paint scheme?
Are engine parts available? I think she's seized up.
Is there a way to fix up a dented tank?
Anything else I should know?

Thanks guys, might be my first restore.

Pretty physced about doing this project, I am doing it to ride the bike.
Any links for parts or other rebuilds would be appreciated.
Thanks Much!

Before starting I would suggest looking very carefully at the likely costs involved. It sounds like the bike you have is very bad, and may well cost a lot more to do, than what you might pay for a bike in reasonably god running order.
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Old 09-09-2012, 04:58 AM   #4
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^ what he said!. The RDs are great bikes, and there are a lot of them around. Seems like you can get a very nice one for about $2000 pretty easily, as long as you're not set on getting a Daytona. Buying a ratty RD for $750 will be way more expensive in the not so long run. Then again I'm the kind of guy that has to do everything the hard way, so I always buy the basket cases. They're fun to build, but currently, I must have $4000 into my RD350 that I hope to get $2500 for next spring. That's gonna hurt, I think.
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Old 09-09-2012, 10:44 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies guys,
I can pick this bike up for 250. I dont have 2000 to put into a bike right now. Bought a new bike last summer, bought a trials bike early this year. I do have a full shop to work out of and I do have dribs and drabs of petty cash to throw down when needed. I know I'll have more into it than it's worth but I'll give it to my kids someday.
I just wanna make sure I can get what I need as far as parts to bring it back to original.
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Old 09-09-2012, 11:00 AM   #6
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hell yeah.
that sounds reasonable so long as it has paperwork
or you live in one of those cool loose states.

I love my RD. Haven't ridden it yet
but sure is fun to throw money at.

I haven't had trouble getting any parts
and I've pretty much bought all the weird stuff.

HVCcycle.com
http://www.hvccycle.com/parts-catalog.html
makes it easy

Boats.net
http://www.boats.net/parts/search/Ya...00C/parts.html
makes it cheap

Do some research on the parts for xfits.
Found out I could get a rear MC kit for FJ1100 for 1/3 the $.
Yamaha part # 2YK-W0042-50
FWIW.
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Old 09-09-2012, 12:40 PM   #7
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Thanks Bloodweiser! I'm gonna try to do it all myself except for the machining. I'll post up a few pics when the Skins game is over!
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:41 PM   #8
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Well, here it is! I know it's rough but cosmetic can be fixed.
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Old 09-15-2012, 05:12 AM   #9
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I picked up a 76 RD last year (with 2 engines) for $300.00 thinking it was a good deal.
So far, I'm at $1,300.00 and that's just to put the motor back together.
these things are money pits you just throw cash at...
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Old 09-15-2012, 10:09 AM   #10
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Old, neglected motorcycles are always super cheap and easy.
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:04 AM   #11
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I got my 79 in pretty good shape, but I need to do somethings and well about 2500 more into it I am ready to ride it
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:31 PM   #12
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Anybody tell me what year and model it might be from those pics? What color the bike might have been new?
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:06 PM   #13
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Look at the head badge, it will tell with that you get the color, BTW 400's where 76-80
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Old 09-20-2012, 05:27 PM   #14
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It is a 76 or 77, 75's were 350's and the 78 and 79 had cowls on the back of the seats
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Old 09-20-2012, 05:29 PM   #15
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Color fir those years was mostly Chappy Red, but there were a few blue ones and green ones those two years also.
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