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Old 05-03-2013, 10:22 AM   #16
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Thanks for the suggestion. I will look into the Avon's. Are they available in 18's? I thought I would be using this bike on gravel but probably will no now as I don't want to get it full of dust!
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:38 AM   #17
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Wow, what a beauty, what kind of top speed does it have?
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:55 AM   #18
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I honestly don't know! I did run it up to 80mph the other day, thought it was right around 6300 rpms, and am using 15-45 gearing if I remember correctly. I have to be carefull as the highways are 55 mph where I live. Checked on the Avons, Don't see any in 18".
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:01 AM   #19
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I love it! I bet you have trouble keeping the front wheel on the ground....
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Old 08-24-2013, 06:13 PM   #20
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Old 02-09-2014, 04:29 PM   #21
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Disc brake add on

I finally got some time to finish up the front disc brake install on the SM400E. All parts are bolt on and Yamaha, except for the front master cylinder and brake lever. As I have stated before(for the purists!)everything unbolts if desired, and the DT400 parts that are stored in a box bolt back on. The TW200 forks were swapped out for a newer set from a 2005 TW with the disc brake set up. I disassembled the hub from the rim, painted and reassembled, this time using the front rim from the TW instead of the rear DT400 rim on the front. This was a very easy conversion, with the most time being spent on lacing the front wheel and truing. I am looking forward to trying this out this summer!



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Old 02-09-2014, 08:05 PM   #22
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That's awesome. I like the supermoto decal. Nice touch.
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Old 02-10-2014, 11:09 PM   #23
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I'm afraid I owe you an apology Mr. Stealthy1.
I read the title of this one and thought you would have just ruined a lovely classic.
Now that I've seen it, I love it!
Great job, but I quietly also like the fact that it can still be returned to stock.
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Old 02-11-2014, 05:22 AM   #24
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What master cylinder did you use?
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Old 02-11-2014, 05:38 AM   #25
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The master cylinder is from Tiawan, was specified for a xt225, bought it off of eBay. The used, beat up looking tw masters were selling in the $30-35 range, this was new at $30.
Thanks Tony T, I did grind the chain guard mounts off the rear swing arm, but that swing arm is from a parts dt400. The engine is from a 1977 and the original numbers matching is on the shelf waiting for a rebuild.
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Old 02-11-2014, 07:34 AM   #26
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You know that is way cool and I may look around for a 400 like yours. Looks like a fun conversion and would be a blast on the street
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Old 02-11-2014, 06:30 PM   #27
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Awesome bike man!! I got my hands on a 78 DT400 in rough shape last summer and have been slowly buying the parts to get it back on the road. I was planning on building it in a street tracker/supermoto sort of style and then I stumbled onto yours and it looks like you've beaten me to the punch! I bought the exact same tires in 18" and 21" for the stock wheels but I'm really digging the look of the 18" wheel up front and might have to follow in your footsteps. Quick question though, did you use the stock DT400 triple tree with the TW200 forks?
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Old 02-11-2014, 07:08 PM   #28
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The triple trees are tw200's. You could keep the DT400 forks, find a DT400 rear rim and lace it to the DT400 front hub for a wider look and 18" wheel in front. The tw forks are 33 mm and the DT400 forks are 34 mm. The tw triple trees fit with no mods. My rims are tw200 18" front and back now.
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Old 02-11-2014, 09:33 PM   #29
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I was initially thinking about lacing a rear rim on the front hub but that disc brake from the TW has me strongly considering a full front end swap. Does the TW triple tree use loose bearings like the DT or are they raced? I had been doing a bit of research trying to find a bike with 34mm forks and a factory disc brake but it sounds like the TW front end is the way to go. Whereabouts in WI are you? I go to school up in Duluth, we might have to set up a little DT meet sometime this summer!
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Old 02-12-2014, 04:48 PM   #30
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The tw triple tree I used was from an 87 and had loose ball bearings. I am in Minocqua.
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