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RT1 Restoration

20 May 2020 05:17
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RT1 Restoration #11
Looking good Pete, looking good!

Apologies if I've asked this already, but do you intend to fit indicators? If you do, post here before splashing lots of cash on fittings, as I know of a cheaper alternative.

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20 May 2020 06:29
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RT1 Restoration #12
Thanks Alan, hope all good with you.

Happy to receive any info you have, I want to ride the bike a lot and I don't enjoy riding without indicators on the road.

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20 May 2020 08:16
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RT1 Restoration #13
Pete

For the rear fittings, a much cheaper alternative than the hard to find and expensive Yamaha original parts is the kit shown on the attached link. The only slight drawback if you're using the indicators with the lug, is that you need to drill a hole in the outer collar to accept the lug (I had this done for one side of my RT2).

I can't remember if anywhere in the UK, such as Yambits, stocks the same item - might be worth checking.

Rear indicators themselves were used in many Yamahas of that era, so shouldn't be too hard to find originals or pattern. Our early bikes had the much deeper lenses.

The handlebar mounted front indicators are harder to find, but were, I think, used on all of the enduros up to and including 1973, so don't limit your search to just RT1.

If you are struggling to find any fronts and want an alternative, then they can be fitted to the fork ears/headlight, just like the road bikes of the era. In fact, that was where they were fitted to the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) bikes.

Finally, you can use a modern 6v 2 pin relay if you don't want the hassle of finding an original.

Hope this helps!!

Alan

www.xs650shop.de/en/lights-flascher/330/...nting-kit-rear?c=121

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20 May 2020 13:40
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Hi Alan, I'll take a look.

I thought on my 1970 model the front indicators are on the headlight ears not the handlebars.
I'll do some research and pass on any info I find.
Thanks for your help.

Pete

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20 May 2020 23:33
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RT1 Restoration #15
On nearly all US models, both sets of indicators are usually in a box at the back of the garage!:ROFLOL :ROFLOL :ROFLOL

If you're right about the fronts, then that's one less thing to complicate matters. :likey
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23 May 2020 13:06
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RT1 Restoration #16
A bit more progress today.
Great job by DEET on the VIN sticker.

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23 May 2020 15:46
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RT1 Restoration #17
Hi Pete, if your planning on replacing the stock cables or have already done so, I could do with your old cables if you no longer need them ?, my clutch cable snapped today luckily I was on 5 miles from home so riding back was interesting but better than pushing lol. I like my RT original and my outers are reasonable but then inners are a bit worn out lol....I don't do new :)

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23 May 2020 19:11 23 May 2020 19:11 by pabdt.
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RT1 Restoration #18
vin sticker looks authentic! can't wait to receive mine. Looks like you have touched every nut/bolt. awesome build. what is the sticker on back of the rear fender?

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24 May 2020 05:19
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Nice job! Brings back memories of the excitement I got when reassembling. At that point the project just feeds itself.
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24 May 2020 06:36
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RT1 Restoration #20
Mauser, not sure what I'm doing with the cables yet, will let you know if I replace them.

Pabdt, it's been fun to work on.
The sticker on the rear fender is a parking permit for Kansas State University.
I clear coated it before painting the fender to preserve it.
Sadly it expired August 1974 so I guess I'll have to pay for parking in the unlikely possibility I transport the bike 3000 miles for a visit :)


Thanks 2fishkev, not far off now.

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