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1978 DT250E | Project: neglect

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Replied by Mothersbaugh on topic 1978 DT250E | Project: neglect

Very nice. I like the key problem, myself. I've done that before (yesterday, matter of fact, as the buyer for my CT-2 was on his way over.)
Where did you fine those rear winker lights? The new K&S 25-4015 rear turn signals?
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Replied by 87warrior on topic 1978 DT250E | Project: neglect

Thank you for the kind words. This project is turning out better than I anticipated. My initial goal was to simply get it running and rideable... now I am just having fun!

The more folks I tell about my key debacle too, the more stories I hear from others about similar things they have done!

I found the rear turn signal assemblies on eBay from seller "atvunlimited". These aftermarket replacement blinker assemblies do come with a 12v bulb in them.
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Replied by msavitt on topic 1978 DT250E | Project: neglect

87warrier - the bike looks terrific

I have a '78 DT400E which shares same exhaust and other nearly impossible to find parts...in fact I had a blue tank from a 250E and painted it yellow and got the DC Plastics side covers and fenders and I got to say they were terrific.  I was warned that parts would be hard to find, but I love the bike.

I am still on the hunt for the upper chain guard or locking cover for aircleaner....insane prices, hoping to find as part of a larger assembly
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Replied by 87warrior on topic 1978 DT250E | Project: neglect

I attempted to fit the DC side covers last night and was disappointed. The precut holes that slide over the rubber grommets on the frame pins were not cut in the right spot. I expected the side panels to come with no cuts or holes based on the description. If you have any suggestions to fit the side covers I would love to hear them. 
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Replied by 87warrior on topic 1978 DT250E | Project: neglect

As I mentioned above, the DC side panels have been a bit of a disappointment regarding their fit with the pre-drilled holes. Nonetheless, they are loosely installed on the bike and I only lost one on my last trial ride down the road. 

After installing reproduction mirrors from The Vintage Spoke, I turned my attention to the Autolube pump, hopeful that it would come to life. I pulled the cover to adjust the cable and check for the shim clearance. To my surprise the cable was removed from the pump wheel. After snaking it around and hooking it up, I managed to get the cable adjusted correctly (I think) and verify the gap on the plunger. I bled the pump and then started the bike with the oil output line in a bottle and the carburetor plugged, (I had been running premix) and it wasn't pumping oil. It took several minutes of runtime before the oil reached the end of the hose. 

Naturally I had to take it for a ride.
 
 
 

After riding it around my county block (a 10 mile loop of twisty gravel roads) I discovered the shifter seal and the seal behind the sprocket are leaking enough to drip on the floor. I also realized the handlebars are bent pretty bad, so that will need to be addressed.

I hope to take it into get the VIN inspection done (Kansas law for bill of sale antiques) next week so I can get a tag. 
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Replied by Sneezles61 on topic 1978 DT250E | Project: neglect

My handle bars were bent a bit as well… I took them right off and laid them on my wooden jobber table, and with a heavy rubber mallet (the kind you wack a wood flooring air nailer with) I was able to straighten them out enough that I can’t tell they were wonky…
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Replied by MarkT on topic 1978 DT250E | Project: neglect

Nice job!

Check to make sure the transmission vent tube is clear...  I've found quite a few plugged which can cause the shifter and output shaft seals to leak. 

On DC Plastics... so strange...  none of the ones I got were ever drilled...  they seem like good people, you might try to contact them and see what they say.
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