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Ascot Red 1972 TS185

07 Dec 2018 17:46
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Ascot Red 1972 TS185 #21
The seat cover install was not as stressful as on a Yamaha, because you can always redo it, the seat pan has tabs that just bend to hold the cover in place. Horribly hard to get the seat cover taught, I'll take the more stressful Yamaha poke through method any day, because they give you more anchor points too.


After the initial spray the tank looks unreal compared to how it was before.


Unfortunately it didn't as good after "drying". Come to find out Spraymax 2k takes a lot longer to dry in temps below 65, even after 15-16 hours I put a few finger prints in it that needed to be buffed out. Still a marked improvement on the bad side, and the good side looks glorious.


1972 Yamaha CT2 175
1972 Suzuki TS 185 Sierra
2006 Yamaha XT225

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08 Dec 2018 08:14
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While doing the tank it seemed fitting to paint the exhaust too.


Then got her out in her natural environment to get a little muddy.



Rode about two hours and just shy of 30 miles on dirt roads and trails. Always a little worrisome being in the middle of nowhere on something that hasn't been used in so long, it was last registered in 1981, the same year I was born :) No mishaps outside the glass falling out of the mirror, sure is a fun bike to ride.

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1972 Suzuki TS 185 Sierra
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08 Dec 2018 09:59
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Ascot Red 1972 TS185 #23
I love Michigan with it's Great Lakes and forests, but man the pictures you guys post just can't be beat. It's great to see another vintage enduro get rescued and brought back to life.

Schu

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13 Dec 2018 17:56
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darinm wrote: 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!




I should have been paying more attention to this site...I have a "horseshoe" headlight on my '69 TS250 that had a popped bulb. The sealed beam is unobtainium. This is what I did-
- Removed the original bulb.
- Measured the hole.
- Went searching and found www.classicandvintagebulbs.com/page3.html who have a 35/35W 6V that drops through the hole with the old bulb out, but has a flange to keep it from dropping inside.
- Sealed up the bulb to the holder with Ultra Gray sealer.
- Soldered wires onto the terminals.

Done deal. Bulb was inexpensive, and 4 years/2000 miles later the bulb still works great!

Allrighty Then
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13 Dec 2018 20:35
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Dont know how i missed this thread, I like your story on page one, bike is really nice and looks fun to ride. You must have gotten an abused CT90, those bikes are bullet proof, my first bike was Honda S90.

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13 Dec 2018 20:56
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That's a good site to have bookmarked, thanks Apex. Those beams sure are unobtainium, saw one for $250 with no guarantee it was working. They are kind of ugly anyways so maybe a swap is due if/when the new bulb dies. I got a generic 25/25w 6v for $10 and used glue to hold it in place....figure I can soak it in lacquer remover if it ever needs to come back out in the future. Since it was three prong, easy to get a wiring harness for that and splice into the stock wiring with some bullet connections.

And thanks Mark, agreed the Honda must have been in poor shape. Probably just needed a couple carb cleanings though :)

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15 Jun 2020 15:19
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I have recently acquired 3 TS 250's. A '71, '72 and '74. None of the engine #'s matched the frame #'s. I did a bit of research and found that for those years (and possibly others) the numbers typically did not match on the frame and engine.
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