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Old 03-30-2012, 09:34 PM   #2281
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I have no manual yet, and with 300 miles on it now, it needs some going over, so I need some info...
How does the cam chain adjuster work?
Rear left side of the jug has the adjuster. It's easier to tell what it's doing if you take the timing cover off, but under the large plastic nut is a smaller one that presses on the chain. there's a pin inside of it that is stationary to the bolt itself. The depth of the hole in the bolt to the pin is supposed to be very minimal, but I can't remember spec
What are the valve lash spec's?
If you go to tw200forum.com, there's plenty of useful information, like a free manual.
What oil does the motor call for?
I used 20w50 but there's plenty of debate. Climate effects it slightly.
It needs the idle mixture screw adjusted and the needle shimmed a bit, plus a bigger main jet, like all stock bikes.
Is it supposed to take regular gas?
87 octane is fine with the compression it's got. Try to avoid ethanol as the jets are tiiiiny and clog quicker than even larger bikes
The motor makes some noise, from the bash plate?
Its mostly under full throttle higher rpm's.
It's a pretty buzzy bike at top end, but I'd make sure your valves/cam chain are in spec then run around making sure everything's torqued right.
Be sure to join the TW200 forum and get the shop manual. Very handy and nearly universal to all years.
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Old 03-31-2012, 12:28 AM   #2282
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I joined the TW club today!
I was lucky on craigslist for a change and got a 2003 with 240 miles on it for $900.00.
I put a new battery in it and rode it home, about 60 miles, and got some night time dirt riding in.

The bike had way to much air in the rear tire, but still did very well.
The suspension seems very good to me, not soft at all.
The bike really needs to go one tooth up on the front sprocket, and pulls nice up to about 60 mph when it starts screaming.

I have no manual yet, and with 300 miles on it now, it needs some going over, so I need some info...
How does the cam chain adjuster work?
What are the valve lash spec's?
What oil does the motor call for?
It needs the idle mixture screw adjusted and the needle shimmed a bit, plus a bigger main jet, like all stock bikes.
Is it supposed to take regular gas?
The motor makes some noise, from the bash plate?
Its mostly under full throttle higher rpm's.

It looks like a new bike someone put in the shed, mirror stems are rusty, some cobwebs, but the plastic looks brand new tires look new, chain and sprockets are good, no dents, no dings.

It should be a fun summer!

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Congrats on your new TW! You're gonna like it. You got it at a great price too.

You'll find a manual over on Tw200forum.com. Lots of good info over there.
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:20 AM   #2283
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Old 03-31-2012, 11:16 AM   #2284
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Oil under TW in garage hope I sobbed to much chain lube...coming from front spkt area and bike(2004) only has about fifty miles on it and I know it doesnt do seals any good to sit around sometimes. I use the kind of lube that isnt supposed to drip also...well I'll go take it for a long ride and see what the floor looks like tomorrow I guess
2 days clean floor...prob should check oil drain plug as had a friends carb drain plug fall out on freeway so something else to check.
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Old 03-31-2012, 12:25 PM   #2285
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I joined the TW club today!
I was lucky on craigslist for a change and got a 2003 with 240 miles on it for $900.00.
I put a new battery in it and rode it home, about 60 miles, and got some night time dirt riding in.

The bike had way to much air in the rear tire, but still did very well.
The suspension seems very good to me, not soft at all.
The bike really needs to go one tooth up on the front sprocket, and pulls nice up to about 60 mph when it starts screaming.

I have no manual yet, and with 300 miles on it now, it needs some going over, so I need some info...
How does the cam chain adjuster work?
What are the valve lash spec's?
What oil does the motor call for?
It needs the idle mixture screw adjusted and the needle shimmed a bit, plus a bigger main jet, like all stock bikes.
Is it supposed to take regular gas?
The motor makes some noise, from the bash plate?
Its mostly under full throttle higher rpm's.

It looks like a new bike someone put in the shed, mirror stems are rusty, some cobwebs, but the plastic looks brand new tires look new, chain and sprockets are good, no dents, no dings.

It should be a fun summer!

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All I can say is you're one lucky SOB. Around here they think these things are gold plated. Enjoy.
BUT, if you change your mind I'll give $1K.
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Old 03-31-2012, 02:03 PM   #2286
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Old 03-31-2012, 02:16 PM   #2287
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Since the weather was sucky today, I did some work on the TW.
I removed the carb, then the pilot mixture cover and turned the mixture screw 1.5 turns out from seated, cleaned the junk out of the float bowl, lots of stuff in there, I am surprised it did not clog the jet.
I also added a shim under the needle for good luck.

Then I changed the oil and cleaned the screens. The oil looked nasty, but there was not much metal in the screens.
At 300 miles, I suppose its still breaking in....
I put in some rotella I had around, and I plan on changing it after another good ride.
I am not really sure the oil was ever changed before...

The bike started right up, and ran with the choke off right away, and after a very short warm up, ran down the street fine, no lean bog...
Spark plug looks good.
After the run I turned the idle mixture screw out another 1/4 turn, it seemed to idle better there.

So how does a 9 year old bike end up with 250 miles on it?
Why buy a bike and let it sit?
For me, 300 miles is one weekend...
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Old 03-31-2012, 02:53 PM   #2288
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Holy crap you stepped in shit on thaat one!Thats whats up! I know every tony louie and his cuzzin vinnie in NJ want top dollar for crap in this state.I love how people in this state buy a bike and think when they go to sell it they can get 100 dollars less then what they originally paid for it.I want one not at 4500 or 3500 or whatever these sheisters are trying to get for technically a pit bike.Maybe 1500 tops for me this isnt a ducati here.
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Old 03-31-2012, 03:59 PM   #2289
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There was one for sale close to me, outside a house with a sign.
It was a 1998 with 8000 miles, and it looked like it was stored outside since new, and then drug through a swamp.
Lots of rust, scratches, worn out chain and sprockets, etc.
He was asking $2850.00 on the sign...

The guy I got the bike from said he asked a guy at work how much the TW was worth, and the guy said $600.00 so the he listed it for $900.00.
Said his phone was ringing and would not stop.
I was the first person who said I wanted it, and wanted to come pay for it.
At that price, even with a blown motor I would be good....

Believing in karma, I gave him some extra cash.
The day before, I had come out of a pizza place and found a wad of money on the sidewalk.
Instead of just keeping it, I took it inside and someone claimed it, knowing how much it was.
Karma.

Next day, I scored the TW.
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Old 03-31-2012, 04:08 PM   #2290
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Next on the list for my new TW is getting a bigger front sprocket.
Anyone got a part number for one?

I also think I will get an O ring chain.
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Old 03-31-2012, 06:45 PM   #2291
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Here is a socket head (Allen style) bolt kit on eBay I've thought about getting.
Thanks Mad Mac

Less than 30 bucks shipping included, can't pass that up, beats spending 2 hrs at Ace Hardware trying to figure out what I need and buying more than I need just in case.

Will post what my experience is with said Ebay kit.

Blue locktite or not, that is the question to ponder waiting for the Big Brown Truck.
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:07 PM   #2292
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Oring chain!

Put a new o ring chain on your bike now while there is no wear on the sprockets. The stock chain will wear out in 3500-6500 miles and it will eat up your sprockets from all the streching of the crummy chain. Put a good oring on it and it should last close to 20,000 miles or more.
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:13 PM   #2293
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Next on the list for my new TW is getting a bigger front sprocket.
Anyone got a part number for one?

I also think I will get an O ring chain.
I like the PBI C/S sprockets; here's a link.

http://shop.pbisprockets.com/product...&categoryId=33

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Old 03-31-2012, 09:54 PM   #2294
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I could not find a 15, so I ordered a 47 tooth rear.
Now I just need to get the O ring chain and master links.
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:19 PM   #2295
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I could not find a 15, so I ordered a 47 tooth rear.
Now I just need to get the O ring chain and master links.
PBI definitely makes a 15T C/S sprocket for the TW200. I currently have one of those sprockets installed on my bike. Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy your 47T rear sprocket.

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