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Old 04-01-2013, 11:55 AM   #1
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My 1976 Yamaha IT400

Bought in 2008 and slowly brought back to life by 2010. Marriage, Graduate School, Baby and traveling job slowed me down a bit.

Phase 1. How i found it. rough but running and titled.



Phase 2.
Replaced all the body, restored orgional gas tank. New cables and other small bits



Phase 3.
Tore into engine. Rebored and honed and painted. new chain, sprockets, intake, reed valve, carb rebuild etc, etc etc.

Shown on top of Cement Ridge, Black Hills National Forest. Bike runs great. Next up....new brakes.


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Old 04-01-2013, 04:17 PM   #2
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Thumb IT 400 Great bike!!

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Bought in 2008 and slowly brought back to life by 2010. Marriage, Graduate School, Baby and traveling job slowed me down a bit.

Phase 1. How i found it. rough but running and titled.



Phase 2.
Replaced all the body, restored orgional gas tank. New cables and other small bits



Phase 3.
Tore into engine. Rebored and honed and painted. new chain, sprockets, intake, reed valve, carb rebuild etc, etc etc.

Shown on top of Cement Ridge, Black Hills National Forest. Bike runs great. Next up....new brakes.

Love old big-bore Yamahas!! Good Job!!!
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:19 PM   #3
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I've never seen one before. Nice! Is that the first year they made the IT's?
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:06 PM   #4
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That's nice, I bought a new one in 76 for my own graduation present.and the dealer put a little battery in it for brake lights and insp. for street tags. It had a smaller fr fender but had a white extension on the front of it.
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:14 PM   #5
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You are right about the front fender. I ordered the wrong one, a 1977 fender from DC plastics and drilled the holes before I realized my mistake. The 1976 IT400, its first model year, did come with a shorter blue Fender with white skirt.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:20 PM   #6
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Oh man ITs are so sweet!! YOURS LOOKS FANTASTIC!
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Old 04-02-2013, 06:57 AM   #7
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nice one! the 76 it400 has got to be the rarest one. the it125 was pretty uncommon - but you see those occasionally. the 76 it400s never come up for sale..
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:02 AM   #8
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thanks for the compliments. I think in a lot of ways these mid 70's two stroke yamahas are some of the easiest bikes to restore. The IT/DT/YZ share many of the same components through the model years, and parts are readly available, especially if your not looking for 100% restoration or accuracy in parts.

To be sure, mine is far from perfect. It runs well and looks nice, though not so nice that i'd be afraid to thrash on it. I really do ride the heck out of it in the Black HIlls (my current USFS duty station) and regularly put 50-80 mile days on it through forest service roads, atv trails and the occasional single track, altough i need new brakes for some of the tight single track work up here.
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Old 04-02-2013, 02:59 PM   #9
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You made me dig out some old Polaroids of my IT when it was new. What a handsome machine it was. My rear fender was also a little smaller and had very little curve to it and it had a speedo . Also the side panel s had just a black circle on them . I can remember seeing it on the showroom floor everytime I went to the cycle shop and lusted for it but had no way in hell to buy it. I saved and saved and used some graduation gift money and a small loan from my stepdad to get it.
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:05 PM   #10
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Thats not a 76 its newer at least a 77. Different bike alltogether.
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:24 PM   #11
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Thats not a 76 its newer at least a 77. Different bike alltogether.
I agree I had a 77DT400 for over 10 years. the 76 was dual shock. first year for monoshock... it was a big thing back then...
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:51 PM   #12
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The IT range of bikes never came in Dualshock. The IT 400 in 1976 was the first model year and every other IT that followed whether a 175 up we're always monoshock. My bike is a 1976 and after owning it for over four years I'm pretty sure I know what year it is.

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The IT range of bikes never came in Dualshock. The IT 400 in 1976 was the first model year and every other IT that followed whether a 175 up we're always monoshock. My bike is a 1976 and after owning it for over four years I'm pretty sure I know what year it is.
You are right. I remember the 1976 model. Had the white extra on the front fender too. I had a 77 model and a 79 model too. All were monoshock too. That was the first year for the XT500 too. Thats the first time i was thinking i have to buy 2 yamahas!! BIG ED XT 600 FAN!!e al
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You are right. I remember the 1976 model. Had the white extra on the front fender too. I had a 77 model and a 79 model too. All were monoshock too. That was the first year for the XT500 too. Thats the first time i was thinking i have to buy 2 yamahas!! BIG ED XT 600 FAN!!e al

after 1975 yamaha never made a competition bike with dual shock. that's most definitely a 76 it400.
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:55 AM   #15
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that is for sure a '76 IT400
'77 or later would have had the leading axle front end and few different bits (tank,side panels, etc etc)

Cool bike by the way

my guess is the DT tank on it in the first post may be thrown people off..or people dont know the difference between a IT and a DT
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