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Old 03-06-2013, 03:46 AM   #16
GrahamM
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Here is the GEM I picked up... 6speed was a surprise:)

Runs tops after:
- Cleaning carburator with "Nasty Kleen-flow carb cleaner" man that stuff works wonders
- Used Evapo Rust for gas tank - two 6' long small gauge pieces of chain in the tank with 3 litres of the stuff.... shake, shake, shake... let stand for about 8 hours with a rotation and shake every half hour or so... and presto no more rust! AMAZING!!! Thinking about coating the tank but for now I will just keep it topped with fresh fuel.
- Fresh DOT knobbies and wheel bearing in the works now and then off to get it inspected for road legal use... lights are crap! going to look into LEDs to make the system a little more effective.




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Old 03-06-2013, 09:46 AM   #17
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Very tidy Superb bikes!

When I got my MX new in 1979.... it didn't stay standard for long - but I was only 17 yrs old

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Old 03-06-2013, 01:31 PM   #18
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Sweet little 175! Roll the bars up though, they are racked too far back for a short bike, try standing on that and you will look like the hunchback of Notre Dame.

Man I miss my 78 DT175...

Kenny
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:38 AM   #19
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Sweet little 175! Roll the bars up though, they are racked too far back for a short bike, try standing on that and you will look like the hunchback of Notre Dame.

Man I miss my 78 DT175...

Kenny
The bars that are on it are in Prefect shape; Think I will replace them with Renthal as I am pretty sure the originals with fold with little impact, and the Chrome is mint so would not want to see any stress cracks develop.

will keep the originals along with the rear number plate to return it to it's original state if ever needed.
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Old 03-08-2013, 04:05 AM   #20
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for all intents and purposes, they are the same bike.
No way, Jose.
A DT-175 is smaller and feels quite a bit lighter and easier to manouver than a DT-250.
Doesn't matter what model year.
I'd agree with that if comparing a 250/360/400.

I vote for a DT-175, with the best ones being from 1978 - 1981 (in the USA).
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:18 PM   #21
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No way, Jose.
A DT-175 is smaller and feels quite a bit lighter and easier to manouver than a DT-250.
Doesn't matter what model year.
I'd agree with that if comparing a 250/360/400.

I vote for a DT-175, with the best ones being from 1978 - 1981 (in the USA).
Yup, DT125 and DT175 share about 99% of the same parts, 250 doesn't.
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:21 PM   #22
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Yamaha also makes an rt 180 I believe its the same mill as the old dt 175 and a form of the Blaster engine.I think its a reliable engine and platform,not too many go fast parts for it but then its not a racer just a very good trailbike that will go an go and go w out havign to worry bout rebuilding it every 5 hours.
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