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Post  1888 on Wed Jun 12 2019, 20:41


Pick up a Cat on Sunday. Not got a clue of year nor mileage. Just know it needs a battery to run as it was on the road a few month back. Few things for MOT then its back on the road after a three year break. First large yamaha as well as my last was a DT125LC back in 83 Very Happy

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Post  SteveCat on Wed Jun 12 2019, 21:28

Hi, welcome. Hope it's just a battery.
They are great bikes. Take it easy, even though the 'Cat is advancing in years it still kicks a punch.

I remember the DT, great 2-stroke, by '83 I had migrated to 4-strokes and had a Yammy 650 turbo.

Hope the weather plays ball for you and you can get a few miles in.
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Post  Rosco on Wed Jun 12 2019, 22:39

Hi and welcome.

Good luck with the new bike.
Plenty of knowledge on here (in the advanced search) and failing that there are a few thundercat boffins kicking about too if you have any questions.

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Post  1888 on Thu Jun 13 2019, 00:11

Cheers guys. This is an early model in a horrid and now flat shade of red. Cant decide if i just Mat Black it. Streetfighter or try and find new plastics at a later date. It will just be going in the shed for a few weeks as in the middle of trying to make an old LDV Convoy into a camper. I do know it wants fork seals, front tyre, C&C and brake pads. All i can do myself what saves a bob.
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Post  1888 on Sun Jun 16 2019, 15:38

So. I have a cat Very Happy

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Now it look not toooooo bad from there but........

I knew it needed a chain and sprocket kit but never expected anyone to leave it to get this bad

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Look at the adjuster

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Front tyre may explain why he wend down on a roundabout Shocked

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Disks are not to bad, ever slight lip so they are on next years shopping list

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Back is surface rust but... Is that caliper hanger buggered? Just noticed the lack of metal holding it to the spindle

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Rear shock. Ill see how that is after a clean

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Bodywork

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Now is this cam chain and is there any known issues with adjusters being crap? Bike is around 36k so thinking just a stuck adjuster



Best start earning some money to throw at this. Lucky it was cheap
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Post  yamahamad Yesterday at 10:01

That sounds a bit rough, poor thing has been very neglected by the look of it. Hope you can get it running & looking good mate.

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Post  past-it Yesterday at 13:33

Doesn't sound like cam chain, more like possible down pipes blowing and a misfire. Check your carbs, might just be dirt in them. As for the caliper carrier, not that good a photo but it looks ok. Just check it when the rear wheels out, if you can get the spindle out of course,
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Post  SteveCat Today at 20:21

Poor bike!!
It doesn't sound like the cam tensioner to me. As far as I know they didn't suffer tensioner problems like the later bikes do ( my Tracer had a failing tensioner).
My second 'cat sounded a bit like that, maybe not as bad initially. In my case it was a loose spark plug, it did sound like an exhaust gasket.

However mine was never a happy bike and in-spite of my local spanner saying he'd cleaned and adjusted the carbs, even a second opinion said the same and the Yamaha dealer refusing to look at it, oddly when I chopped it in at the Yamaha dealer - they fixed it. It was the carbs, a previous owner had twisted every screw they could find on the carbs.

I take it that it's been standing for quite a while, so the carbs would need a good cleaning, the calipers will also need a service.
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