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TOPIC: Ascot Red 1972 TS185

Ascot Red 1972 TS185 29 Nov 2018 12:41 #11

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I had a blue one and with a full face helmet the cops didn’t know I was only 12...
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Ascot Red 1972 TS185 29 Nov 2018 21:13 #12

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About your headlight issue. I had the same dilemma on my TS250. Here's how I solved it I found a plastic modular headlight assy that had a h4 base. You should be able to find a donor ay a local body shop.. I chucked a hole saw that was just barely bigger then the base of the Suzuki light (with the centering bit removed) in my drill press and carefully cut out the center of the back of the light. It cut surprisingly easy. I then used a bigger hole saw and cut out the back of the modular light. I glued the piece onto the back of the stock bulb with some epoxy.

6 volt halogen bulbs are available on eBay. I used one with a little higher wattage then the stock bulb. Haven't had any problems with it in 3 years.
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Ascot Red 1972 TS185 30 Nov 2018 07:56 #13

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Jradnich ,sounds like we think the same; 6v halogen is already in the mail, not knowing much about electrical I went with a 25v to be safe, and got a 3 prong wiring adapter so it can be spliced into the old plug wiring. I used a hacksaw to cut the bulb off where it protrudes from the rear of the assembly. I was planning to just epoxy the new bulb straight in, but the H4 base makes even more sense, thanks for the suggestion!



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1972 Suzuki TS185 Sierra
1995 Suzuki DR350

Ascot Red 1972 TS185 04 Dec 2018 16:41 #14

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Installed the 6v halogen in the headlight and got it working on high and low, original was missing some wiring but the 3 prong harness helped solve that problem. Seems a lot brighter than the original bulb on the CT2, 6v halogen could be in it's future too.

Installed the oil reservoir, started on-premix and after a few minutes was happy to see oil traveling up the transparent oil lines to the left main bearing and cylinder, followed by the extra smoke that you'd expect. I'm glad they chose to use clear lines instead of black. It felt strange to install a plastic oil reservoir after being used to the all metal Yamaha of the same year.



Gassed it up and drove a few miles today, runs great, stronger but narrower power band than the CT2 was my initial impression, then again my CT2 has a +1 front sprocket. Next up is installing a new seat cover and maybe adding a 1" layer of dense foam under it, and then 2k Clear for the tank and oil cover.
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Ascot Red 1972 TS185 04 Dec 2018 18:10 #15

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Looks great! :likey
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Ascot Red 1972 TS185 05 Dec 2018 09:02 #16

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Nice, I have a little '71 TS90 I am having fun with. Fun bikes, enjoy!
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Ascot Red 1972 TS185 06 Dec 2018 18:12 #17

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As they always do, it looked a lot better in images of it for sale than it did in person. The seat cover is ripped, a new one is only $25 but there is no shaped foam for sale, so I opted to get a $7 foam camping pad and put a layer of that on top of the seat pan, as the original foam is pretty soft and one can truly bottom out...


At least the pan is in fantastic condition for a bike appears to have spent a good amount of time outdoors, that's the dry southern central valley in California for you.


Camp pad cut down and fits well under the original foam.


Parts of the Suzuki are just baffling, here on the bottom of the seat pan this attention to detail is incredible, yet the CCI logo on the oil reservoir cover is chintzy, and the paint quality on the bike is just atrocious. Not growing up with any of these bikes I find it interesting how the same year Yamaha feels like a more homologous experience; quality all around yet without the random super detailed part like this.


Photographs tend to hide a big faded patch on the tank, unless it's shot from just the right angle.


I don't mind some patina so our favorite friend Clear 2k is next, fingers crossed that it can work some magic.
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Ascot Red 1972 TS185 07 Dec 2018 09:31 #18

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Please let us know how you like the clear coat over original patina because I would like to do that as well on several of my tanks. I refurbish my bikes and repaint the frames and all other small parts as needed. But I like to leave the tanks original patina. It's like a comfortable pair of shoes. Leaves a little history behind on its many years of service. Unless someone has already messed with the tank. Then I go ahead and do my own thing with it. I like your bike. Had many friends who rode the Suzi's when I was a teenager.

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Ascot Red 1972 TS185 07 Dec 2018 11:25 #19

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Hey Schu, I recently did the Clear 2k over my CT2 tank as the original clear on it was mostly gone, but the paint itself had just started to fade (and was in much better shape than the Suzukis).

Before



After, it really did an incredible job restoring the gloss to the tank - I also did the oil reservoir, headlight bucket and ears.



Maybe the best after pic, dents, scratches and all, it looks pretty good and nice to know it's not deteriorating further for now.
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Ascot Red 1972 TS185 07 Dec 2018 13:40 #20

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Looks nice! I'm going to do it in the spring to my 400 tank. hopefully I'll be done with my two JT's by then.
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