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Offline G54B

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Semi-budget muckaround bike/nostalgiamobile, DT175G
« on: June 07, 2017, 10:37:32 PM »
I've got a major soft spot for 79-81 DTs, my first bike was a DT175G. It was thrashed, jumped, stacked into a car, did countless laps of a mate's MX track and went everywhere with the throttle pinned to the stops and just kept on going, until it didn't. One day my faithful, much abused steed had just had enough. I still miss that thing.
So, last year sometime after nearly two years of searching for the right bike, I went and bought another one.


Excuse the awful picture, it's the only one I have of it.

DT175G. Cost me a grand total of $250, was missing the kicker, a few clutch cover screws and taillight lens, needs a top end, crank seals and a seat. Other than that it's complete and in surprisingly good nick.
Plan is to fix it up and use it to get around town offending people. I remember my old one went heaps better when I ditched the stock muffler for an old CR125 one I flogged off a mate, so it might get a muffler, other than that it'll stay pretty well stock.

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Re: Semi-budget muckaround bike/nostalgiamobile, DT175G
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2017, 11:09:30 PM »
Great story. I've got a soft spot for the DT175s as well, including the '84 on version. Looking forward to seeing some pics of the fixed up version.

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Re: Semi-budget muckaround bike/nostalgiamobile, DT175G
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2017, 08:03:43 AM »
cant ya still buy them new??

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Re: Semi-budget muckaround bike/nostalgiamobile, DT175G
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2017, 01:54:36 PM »
Not that model. The 1EJ were still available new in Zimbabwe a while back through Toyota.

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Re: Semi-budget muckaround bike/nostalgiamobile, DT175G
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2017, 11:08:22 PM »
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The 1EJ were still available new in Zimbabwe a while back through Toyota.

Still available in Kenya through Toyota it seems. They were being sold new in Costa Rica up until a few years ago too!



* Sorry about the thread hijack G54B!

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Re: Semi-budget muckaround bike/nostalgiamobile, DT175G
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2017, 08:49:46 AM »
All good; it's not a hijack if the conversation pertains to the subject matter ;D

Here's what I'm working with, in all its filthy, Cheng Shit tyred glory. I have everything that isn't on it, aside from the headlight itself (dog knocked it off the bench and smashed it ::) ), taillight unit and one sidecover. The barrel and a new .5mm over Wiseco piston kit are at the machine shop waiting for me to have the money to go pay for the bore and piston kit. Yay for bills and spotty work schedules... ::)






Dent-free pipe and silencer

I'm thinking the seat may need a bit of work...

I'm going to try and find the other sidecover in red/black, and paint this one to match


It needs work, but it's already a mile better than the last one. Everything's there, everything works, it just needs a good bath, a bit of paint and some reassembly. I hope.
It'll get a new top end, a better flowing silencer, a new clutch, crank seals, redone seat and whatever else it needs to get it roadworthy, should be a great little trailbike once it's done. I'm going to try and adapt an AG100 rear carry rack I've got somewhere as well so I can use it for a town bike, maybe a camping bike as well.
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Re: Semi-budget muckaround bike/nostalgiamobile, DT175G
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2017, 12:19:16 PM »
Good score  :) i too have a soft spot for this model. They are an awesome trail bike and you really get a lot for your $$ with one .
Its only old bike racing FFS get over yourselves





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Re: Semi-budget muckaround bike/nostalgiamobile, DT175G
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2017, 07:43:22 PM »
That looks like an H ...G was silver with red stripes, my first real bike ;D

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Re: Semi-budget muckaround bike/nostalgiamobile, DT175G
« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2017, 10:30:38 AM »
Good stuff I 2 hava couple of these, a bloody good bike, please may I say in the nicest possible way!  don't use siezco (wiseco)

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Re: Semi-budget muckaround bike/nostalgiamobile, DT175G
« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2017, 04:50:54 PM »
Wiseco was what the machine shop got me, so Siezeco it is... Would have preferred a Wossner like they got me for my IT, but them's the breaks. It should be right, I'm only planning on noodling about town, the local state forests and the odd vinduro on it, I don't think it's going to get hot enough to be a problem ;D
It had broken a ring, grabbed it in the exhaust port and dragged it up and down the bore when I got it, the machinist had to take it out to 1mm over (from .25) to clean it up properly. Bore job and piston kit cost me half again as much as I paid for the bike  :o
So, my list of parts now includes a fresh 1mm over barrel, a 67?mm piston kit, crank seals, an air filter and a top end gasket kit. I need to buy a clutch cover gasket (or rob a tube of gasket goop off Dad), then it's time to start cleaning everything up and assembling it. The plan is to have it all back together and run in in time for Cookardinia in September.
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Re: Semi-budget muckaround bike/nostalgiamobile, DT175G
« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2017, 06:05:57 PM »
I've used this guy for a few times for DT stuff. Call him in the morning and I get the stuff the next day in Sydney from Brisbane. Parkes may be a little slower.

http://www.ebay.com.au/usr/jono794

The humble DT175 has possibly put more smiles on young riders than anything else. Before Girls!!!!

Call him and he will drop the price because of Fleeeeebay costs.

Peter B
Anything Yamaha. AT1, CT1 (X3), RT1, DT3 (x3), YZ125X,  YZ250E, YZ400D, IT175E, IT250H, IT490K . Always looking for Pre 78 Yamaha stuff....

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Re: Semi-budget muckaround bike/nostalgiamobile, DT175G
« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2017, 07:48:33 PM »
Hmmmm Dt 175... a mate rode one of those (it was new.. :o) he hit a small (3 inches high...I had to measure it for TAC) tree root and the bike hurled him temple first onto the ground... the outer cover of the Tachometer passed my right ear (I was about 20 metres in front) and disappeared into the scrub was the only notification I had that he had been flattened....in his mind, the tree root was insignificant and he ignored its significance.... but what I would know ;)v I think TS125's were good :o

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Re: Semi-budget muckaround bike/nostalgiamobile, DT175G
« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2017, 04:05:28 PM »
Progress!

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Re: Semi-budget muckaround bike/nostalgiamobile, DT175G
« Reply #13 on: July 06, 2017, 11:57:27 AM »
That looks like an H ...G was silver with red stripes, my first real bike ;D

You'd be correct, 4/81 build date. I'd never actually looked at the compliance plate, I just assumed it was a G because my old G had the same tank... lol ::)