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Time to get the IT175E back on the trails

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Hi folks,

I recently discovered the forum and appreciate the wealth of information here.

Santa Claus was feeling very generous in 1978 when I was in high school and he brought me a brand new IT175E for Christmas (I had been a good boy). I enjoyed lots of desert and mountain riding on that bike and competed in a few enduros in California's Mojave Desert. It wasn't long before I yearned for more power and suspension travel, so I found a good deal on a used Husqvarna WR360 and parked the IT. During college it was harder to get away and ride, and then later I got involved in various forms of car racing, while the IT languished in my parents' garage, save for a very occasional ride up and down the street.

A couple weeks ago (forty-some years later) my father showed up at my house with my IT175 on his trailer. He said it was time to clean up the garage and there were too many motorcycles in it, so this one had to come live with me now.

Well, I feel like I have been reunited with an old friend. In the last week I've gone shopping for a helmet and boots, bought new tires and tubes, devarnished the carb, and scoured the internet learning all about vintage motorcycle restoration. It starts on the first kick every time now, and my quest is to restore it to showroom condition. I can't wait to get it out on some trails again.

Here it is, straight out of hibernation:
 

Thank you all in advance for entertaining the questions I will inevitably be pestering you with.

-Jeff in Sparks, Nevada

 
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Replied by Ht1kid on topic Time to get the IT175E back on the trails

Welcome from Germantown Tennessee 
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Replied by AirborneSilva on topic Time to get the IT175E back on the trails

Welcome from the Space Coast of Florida.
1976 DT400C
1981 DT175H
1972 DT2 250
28 Jun 2022 02:48 #3

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Replied by Steve F on topic Time to get the IT175E back on the trails

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from the great lakes state of Mi. Don't forget to check out the tech section on this site. You'll need the manual on the DT series of your 78IT175E for ref. I use it often....
1974 DT250A
1974 DT250A
1977 IT175D "Alex'
1978 IT175E "Paul"
"And there ya have it"
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Replied by msavitt on topic Time to get the IT175E back on the trails

welcome from OC CA
cool bike and cook story, you had nice parents!
you have come to the right place, I have learned so much from the experts on this site, no snottiness when I am confused either!
one thing you might want to do is to replace the front brake shoes as the lining sometimes de-glues from the shoes.  I didn't really believe this until I bought a '71 DT1E and the linings fell out when I removed the brake.  You might be okay since it was in pops' garage, but not worth a fractured skull in middle age.
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Replied by darinm on topic Time to get the IT175E back on the trails

Welcome! For what it's worth the DC plastics kits aren't restoration quality, they own that on their page but just wanted to reiterate. Their kits certainly do look good from a distance and are perfect for a rider condition bike. I ride down in your area from time to time, well more up 80 but not too far away if you ever want to join.
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Replied by RT325 on topic Time to get the IT175E back on the trails

Welcome from down under in NZ. I remember those great models very well. Worked for local Yamaha dealer. Picked up a burnt out one once & made it uasable for local motocrossing in the ebduro class. Was a lot of fun & not slow either.
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Replied by OneOwnerIT on topic Time to get the IT175E back on the trails

Thanks, DARINM. Tell me about the places you ride in this area. I'll definitely be looking for places and riding partners.

There is a lot of BLM desert land open for riding very near me, but I've always liked mountain forest trail riding the best. I went for a hike with my wife a couple months ago near Stampede Reservoir north of Truckee and stumbled on some trails open for riding. This was before I got my IT back and I said to her how much I would just love to explore all those trails on a motorcycle. Through an unexpected series of events it looks like I just might have that opportunity.
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Replied by darinm on topic Time to get the IT175E back on the trails

Mostly ride around Soda Springs as a good friend and riding partner lives there, mostly dual sport riding so far but also have done the Burlington OHV area which is off Hwy 20 and fun single track in the trees. Sounds like we have similar taste, desert riding isn't my thing. From what I remember hearing the stuff off Stampede is pretty tough riding but no first hand experience.
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