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TOPIC: '75 dt400 shocks

'75 dt400 shocks 10 Jul 2019 06:58 #1

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Hey guys, Steve here. I am getting close to wrapping up my DT400 redo and am trying to decide what to do about the rear shocks. I have the oem units and would like to rebuild them, if the repair parts are still available.? I realize most shocks from this era are "OK" at best and some have been described as wretched! I will not be riding the bike a whole lot, since it is one of a garage full, and will ride it very little, if at all, off road. That said, I don't need a great performing suspension set-up. The oem units just look "right" on the bike and I would prefer to use them. So, if anyone has info as to rebuild parts, please let me know. Thanks, Steve

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'75 dt400 shocks 14 Jul 2019 06:04 #2

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'75 dt400 shocks 24 Jul 2019 08:47 #3

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I’m in same situation there’s a lot of similar looking shocks on eBay and even though they are cheep they’ll work a lot better than our 45year old shocks ,there so cheep I may give a set a go just to do a test. I have a Elsinore mt250 the shocks are renowned for being bad so I’ll fit a set on that bike set them up and do a bit of a write up ,My original shocks looked horrible still full of Colorado sand but took them apart and they damped perfectly dipped springs and abusers in acid for a short time to get rid of the rust and refinished cooling fins
I love those. They seem to work like new and look like new, I’ll post a few picks .
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'75 dt400 shocks 28 Jul 2019 20:20 #4

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I rebuilt mine too was pretty easy. The way you polished the reservoir fins looks good

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'75 dt400 shocks 29 Jul 2019 18:29 #5

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Cheers I thought if I polished the reservoir fins they’d match the head and they do
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