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Old 08-12-2013, 03:42 PM   #1
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Just picked up an '73 Suzuki TS185

I couldn't pass it up, it was only $125.00.
I checked to see if it had oil in the canister and case, added a little fuel and it fired right up! Smoked like crazy as it had sat for a couple years, but the smoke subsided and it idles well, I need to figure out the lever on the carb as to which way the choke works.
I have a Clymers manual on order, as it needs fork seals and some routine maint, I noticed chain is a little lose and the chain adjusters at the rear were extended past the furthest mark.
The PO removed all the lights and I haven't looked close enough at the title to see how they registered it last, So I don't know if I will be adding ligs or not.
I will get some pics up a little later, she ain't pretty, but it's a start!
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Old 08-12-2013, 03:45 PM   #2
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I need to figure out the lever on the carb as to which way the choke works.
lever down is choke on. if the carb has been swapped to some other carb with a rod choke, pulled up is choke on.
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Old 08-12-2013, 03:49 PM   #3
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Great thans! It has the lever.
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Old 08-12-2013, 06:23 PM   #4
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Here she is!





I ended up shortening the chain by one full link, it brought the rear wheel forward back to the largest mark on the swing arm with a little over 1" play.

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That's gotta go!

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Old 08-12-2013, 10:13 PM   #5
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nice buy.....great trail bike and super reliable..and you can still get a decent amount of parts for it too
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Old 08-13-2013, 04:45 AM   #6
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That brings back memories, looks just like mine I had back in the day, stripped down for trails with knobbies. Wish I could find one just like it, nice find.
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:26 AM   #7
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Thanks guys!
I'm curious, is there a specific 2 stroke oil I should use, or can I just use outboard 2 stroke oil?
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:31 PM   #8
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You should use a two stroke oil designed for air cooled motors, not water cooled like an outboard. The air cooled oils are designed for higher temperatures.
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:48 PM   #9
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Excellent!
Makes sense, the search continues.
Thank you.
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:20 PM   #10
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I replaced the fork seals tonight, kind of a PITA without the manual, which was suppose to be here...
Anyhow, my biggest issue was the threaded portion where the seal is, I knew it had to come apart but I wasn't quite sure where, but a diagram of the forks helped out.
Too bad I put my new registration sticker on the upper portion of the fork, I kind of scratched it up when I pulled the fork out.
At least it's not leaking or clunking anymore, I got mixed reviews on the amount of oil to use, I think I may need to add another 45cc or so as I added only 150cc.
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