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1978 YZ80E Rebuild
« on: May 30, 2018, 12:54:47 AM »
Well, as usual i have bitten off more than i can chew.
My first real MX bike was the YZ80E.  My eyes nearly bugged out the sockets in 1978 when they arrived in the showroom. Euro white, Monoshock.. what a weapon.  Dad got me one for Christmas and i set about racing it on the sand tracks of WA.  Unfortunately, the E had a great 5 speed engine, but the frame was plagued with problems.  In fact, i broke my knee on it and 40 years later i am still feeling it.
Great looking bike and went like a rocket and lots of memories.  I have a 79 YZ80 coming so i was looking for parts.  An E pops up on Ebay with a bunch of original parts and NOS stuff.  I grab it, and now i have an E and an F coming on the truck to WA.



As this is a VMX forum, i doubt there was a kid around 78 that didnt admire the E.  The 79 F was a far superior bike, but thats another thread.

This is the old girl i have coming over...



And she also comes with these parts and more..





The guy i bought it off is a bike nut too, so we had a good chat. He has 4 YZ125K's!! That beats my two!!

Anyway, i have started to prepare for the arrival and build.  Searching for parts, the E came standard with Takasago rims.  I have found two NOS rims.  Also, i have located a NOS frame gusset kit complete with instructions.  This kit will be tig welded into the frame before blasting, zinc coating and powder coating.

Almost all the plastics are original, but i will have to use a DC front mini bike plate.  The E used the special Yamaha mounting hooks and rubber band. 
Lot of work here, but it will be a labour of love. 
Still got to get cracking on my YZ125G and all my other projects, but this is going to be fun!!

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Re: 1978 YZ80E Rebuild
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2018, 08:33:13 AM »
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Re: 1978 YZ80E Rebuild
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2018, 05:59:30 PM »
Cheers Husky, yes its pretty cool to be able to buy the bikes we rode 40 years ago and do them up.

Starting to locate and collect some nice parts for the old girl.  Still NOS stuff around even after 40 years.

I dont have many pics of my E, but the one below is a 13 year old me in 1978 at the Rockingham Kwinana Motocross Club.



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Re: 1978 YZ80E Rebuild
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2018, 07:09:40 PM »
i didn't have an YZ80E but would have loved one as i had the RM80B and the E engine was very torquey compared to the Peaky RM.
a cool mini being the first white YZ and monoshock.
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Re: 1978 YZ80E Rebuild
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2018, 08:39:34 PM »
Hey Hoony, the RM80B was a peaky beast and a great bike.  I wanted one of those in 77, but i had a YZ80B (a slug). 
The frame on the E was flimsy and was prone to cracking and then the bike would handle badly.  I broke my knee on it, and my brother got to ride it for a few months.
Pic below of my brother Matt on my E.  There is also an RM80B (although the 6 speed C was out), and an XR75 K1.



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Re: 1978 YZ80E Rebuild
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2018, 01:55:47 PM »
Kids were sleeping in this morning, so i could sneek out to the shed and have a play.
I wanted to check out the monoshock, so i started pulling it out.  I realized something was a bit weird around the bottom shock mount.  Turns out the swingarm has been modified to give the bike more height.
See pic of my swingarm below and the factory swingarm pic.  No problem though, as i can just chop off the extension and redrill the mount to the proper location and get it all back to stock.





If your OCD like me, then i like stuff to be pretty close to original.  I pulled the monoshock out had a look at it.  It has a bit of damping left, but not much.  Good enough for a garage queen. However, the spring will need powder coating and the body cleaning and repainting.
I removed the KYB decal, measured it up and sent a pic to Tim Lee in Canada.  He is going to reproduce it exactly in the silver and black and to the exact measurements. Pic below of my original Dr de Carbon Systems decal from my 1978 shock....



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Re: 1978 YZ80E Rebuild
« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2018, 08:12:16 AM »
Thats unreal Alex. My first bike was a YZ80E. Didn't race it but had lots of fun bush and quarry riding on it. Think I only replaced 1 set of rings then upgraded to a YZ80G.
I thought I was wrong once, but I was mistaken.

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Re: 1978 YZ80E Rebuild
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2018, 12:16:28 PM »
Thats unreal Alex. My first bike was a YZ80E. Didn't race it but had lots of fun bush and quarry riding on it. Think I only replaced 1 set of rings then upgraded to a YZ80G.
Hi Wayne, good story. My brother had the 80G, i had the 125G. I used to ride my E out the bush everyday, as our house backed on to it.

Got a knock on the  door this morning and the postie delivered some goodies.
My brand spanking Takasago 1.40 x 16 nos front rim arrived from the UK, together with the gusset kit (same seller)



I have a nos spoke kit that i can use to thread everything up, once i remove, blast and paint the old hub.
The gusset kit came with that funky diagram only, so it may take a bit of fiddling to get everything in the right spot.  Then i can use my newly acquired tig welder to tack it all into position, and check out the rest of the frame at the same time.

Some parts that i needed to get were a a genuine 2j5 gear shifter and rear 51t sprocket.  I found some online and promptly ordered them. Its great that you can still get these parts brand new even after 40 years.





The only problem is, i have an E and an F that i am doing up.. so sometimes i have to double up on the parts that are interchangeable.  Luckily, both bikes did come with a lot of good stuff.. but at 40 years old, there is also a lot of stuff that is too worn or just missing.

Things that interchange between the E and F are items like rims, spokes, hubs, sprockets, chain guides, front mudguards, cables, side covers, pegs, exhaust, tanks, lots of brackets and nuts/bolts.

Things i have noticed that are different are bars, levers, throttle, rear mudguard, shock, forks, frame, swingarm, airbox (i think), peg mounts, seat base and gearbox.

I have also ordered an IRC mini motocross GS-45 2.50 x 16 tire.  Believe it or not, they came out with this tyre when new.  The only difference is that the newer one is designated as 45z, while the older version was 45f.  The tyre pattern is almost identical block style.

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Re: 1978 YZ80E Rebuild
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2018, 05:57:21 PM »
Love your work Alex, I'll be keeping an eye on this one.

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Re: 1978 YZ80E Rebuild
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2018, 10:31:43 PM »
If anyone is chasing 16/14" chrome rims for RM/YZ80 resto's, I used Honda XR80 rims, laced up perfectly to my RM80B, $60 retail rear, $70 retail front. With the new IRC 45Z 16" front tyre, the wheel looks like its brand new.
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Re: 1978 YZ80E Rebuild
« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2018, 07:33:39 AM »
Thanks Evo, still gathering a war chest of parts.
Suzuki311, thats pretty interesting. That seems to be Honda part number 42701-GN1-013. At Partzilla, the retail is U.S $23. I just put the rim in the shipping calculator and it said $8 for shipping. Their computer may of bungled that calculation. Its tempting as its so cheap for a shiny new chrome 14" rim.  But its not a Takasago original :-(  What markings does yours have on the side.
Its incredible how cheap you can get new stuff for, as compared to trying to rechrome old stuff. Certainly a good option though, and thanks for the heads up.

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