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  1. I know this is an old thread but just to say I've watched a lot of his stuff recently and he has some current and old stuff up that's worth a look. Just WOW though. The man's a bloody genius!

    If nobody has seen his YouTube channel before go have a look. What he can't do with a hacksaw and a couple of old engines and frames isn't worth knowing about.

    His workmanship and attention to detail is something else and he makes it look so effortless.

    He's the motorcycling equivalent of an alchemist.

  2. 1 hour ago, NE0 said:

    Hi scott,

    have you thought about replacing the crankcases,? might be a cheaper option.

    Theres a pair of crankcases on ebay for a DT125MX which are identical. I know they are in Greece but even with customs it would be cheaper.


    There was a thread a few years ago about the 125MX crankcase, and Airhead confirmed they are identical.

    Might be worth thinking about?

    Thanks for the reply Neo, unfortunately this is the case with the engine number on and with the frame it's out of it's numbers matching.

    I really want to try and save it. 

  3. 4 hours ago, drewpy said:

    sometimes a marketplace search on facebook reaps rewards.
    I know of kickstart motorcycles in Manchester (If they are still going) they did some welding for me.
     Atherton  Creative engineering do ally welding too. I got them off facebook


    Not in Yorkshire though

    I don't do facebook but thanks for the suggestion👍

    Not looking good for Kickstart either 😔

    I found several down south so would have to post it off but would prefer somewhere I could drop off and collect in person to reduce the risk of losing them or them getting damaged in transit. Shame that, Manchester would have been doable 😑 

    Thanks anyway 👍20210309_185052.jpg

  4. Hi, can anyone recommend someone who can repair crank cases? The nearer to Yorkshire the better please.

    Have a couple of DT175 cases that need some welding. There's been issues with parts coming loose internally and wreaking havoc adding new oil galleries, couple of small holes. Also, it appears that some idiot has split them with a hammer and a screwdriver, chipping and denting the casing and ruining the flush fitting.

    Those sorts of repairs 😬

    Thanks in advance.

  5. So it's turning into quite the little shop of horrors this engine but I'm going to persevere as it's numbers matching with the frame. Am sure it's all repairable.

    Some budding mechanic has been in it and they're a lot worse than me at this. I can see why the last fella put it all together and sold it on as an 'unfinished project'. 😆 "I ain't had time to look at it, I've got a lot on and need the space". Hmmmm ok 🤔

    It was still a bargain! Even if the engine is knackered. 😝

    Split the casings with my new tool. 😎 Nothing in there was tightened or torqued. There's a circlip missing and only half of one holding the gear shift in. 😬

    I can't get the crank out at the moment as someone has put the primary drive gear on with something other than a key and it's on there good. Puller on order. 🙄 (Edit: Might be sheered?)

    There's some damage in and around where the kick-start assembly goes which has created a hole in the casing

    Someone, who didn't use a crank case splitter (not me I bought one 😇) has taken a chunk out of the casing with a screwdriver to separate them and ruined the oil seal. That's gonna need welding too.

    So this project is officially on hold for now until I sell another kidney to raise some cash to get it all repaired.





  6. 13 hours ago, NE0 said:

    Don't waste your money Scott, i did my DT 175 engine without any of those tools. (I did use a flywheel puller though)

    The crank case comes apart really easy, i think if i did do anything .... i may have used a strategically placed bit of 2x1 timber and a gentle hammer. Just don't use a screwdriver to prise the two halves apart. I certainly didn't use any fancy tools.

    The clutch centre nut wasn't difficult either, a bit of wood that was all and socket set.

    I used 2 bits of wood under the piston to do the crank nut and a chain wrench on the generator nut.

    These photos may help.




    gen nut



    Thanks but too late, they came yesterday. 😊

    In any case, I have this horrible habit of ruining stuff trying to do the right thing with the wrong tools 😬

    It's for the best 😆

  7. On 2/23/2021 at 7:22 PM, Airhead said:

    That's in a poor state!

    What expensive tools do you think you have to buy?

    Try Yambits for the stator plug?

    Crank case splitter tool and clutch tool. Used the refund from the forks I missed out on to buy them. 🙄

    Got a flywheel puller already 🤗

  8. 17 minutes ago, Snakebite68 said:

    Aaah, I was right then. Restricted chemicals...

    Still, it doesn't explain why the item can't be sent back to the seller. Ask Darren that..!

    I have 😁

    I think they're probably sick of talking to me now but am hoping that I've made enough noise for them to do something about it because it shouldn't be happening.

    If they know these are restricted as soon as they arrive at the freight centre then they should know they're restricted the moment they're sold and be able to either warn the buyer and or offer an alternative shipping method. That they can't/won't is a failing on their part.

    As soon as I got the 'restricted' message on the tracker I looked it up and found endless stories like mine of people who, through no fault of their own, had lost purchases, often of something they really wanted or needed, because they'd fallen foul of import restrictions, often at ebay's freight centre, which could have been remedied by simply redirecting the package through a different carrier and if need be asking the purchaser for a fee.

    I'd hazard a guess that most people when faced with losing their purchase would rather pay a little more to keep it. I would have, gladly.

    Ebay would probably argue cost but given how many people I've spoken to and how much time this issue has taken up, even before they've decided what to do with it, it must surely be more cost effective for them to just send it via another route.

    That way everyone is happy and the only thing anyone loses is maybe a little time.

  9. I had to go through a few people but I got the answer that I wanted. Just a shame they couldn't have picked this up before it was dispatched as that would have given me and the seller the option of making alternate delivery arrangements and I wouldn't have lost this item.

    "Good news you got your money back"

    I don't want my flipping money back I want what I paid for! 🤬

    For the record,  I fully appreciate their position regarding safety as it's via air freight. What I'm struggling with is them not picking this up before they were dispatched and the lack of them asking me if I want to make alternate arrangements, even if it cost me extra, which I would gladly have paid if it meant getting the forks.

    Moral of the story is that what you've paid for on eBay isn't yours until its delivered...




  10. 58 minutes ago, Airhead said:

    no good mate, nowhere to anchor the drum brake stator, and besides he'll no douubt want to keep to standard

    @Scott what's wrong with your original forks?

    The original forks just need reconditioning. I've got 2 bikes to build and wanted these for the best of the 2. ☹️

  11. 1 hour ago, Snakebite68 said:

    It appears that they've defined them as a restricted item. Usually reserved for things like chemicals, batteries or weapons.

    Why they should do this for a pair of forks is beyond me. However, there are various mechanical items and vehicles that come under these restrictions, but again, I can't imagine why a pair of forks would.


    The important thing is, you appear to be getting your money back.
    Keep looking...

    From what I've read it's totally arbitrary and rarely makes any sense at all.

    Money back is great but I really wanted the forks, I mean look at them, 40 years old and they're in that good a shape? I would happily have paid double what I did.




    44 minutes ago, drewpy said:

    is there an appeals process?

    Like the seller said, nothing we can do.

    Apparently they will eventually come up for sale again as Ebay keeps the items and resells them through a certain account(s)

    I'll keep an eye out for them and see if they reappear and try buy them again if they're affordable still.

    I had a good read up on what happens and there's a massive amount of people like me who've been shafted by ebay for no logical reason and ebay just say tough sh*t.

    There's stories of people sending valuable or precious items and ebay arbitrarily seizing them and they just vanish into a black hole. Seller doesn't get the item back but keeps the cash and the buyer gets refunded by ebay.

    Any amount of pleading or offering to pay or arrange alternate delivery just falls on deaf ears.

    Ebay's Global Shipping Programme. If the seller hadn't used it I would have got them delivered no problem.

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  12. Couple of weeks ago I found a beautiful looking pair of 1978 forks for my DT175 on Ebay that were in the US.

    If they were as good as the pictures I'd scored myself a decent pair that only needed new seal, oil and a little bit of a polish  and they'd have been like new.

    So in anticipation of their arrival I bought some news seals and some oil for them.

    I was tracking them daily and after a slight delay because of bad weather everything was going swimmingly, until yesterday evening when I noticed on the tracker "Undeliverable" Never seen it before so I messaged the seller and asked if it would be an issue.

    Turns out I'm not getting them and according to what I've read about Ebay's 'Global Shipping Programme' it amounts to legalised theft and that they've decided they want them and will likely resell them for a profit. 

    Pissed off is an understatement and their piss-poor explanation is nowhere good enough to explain why I can't have them.

    Going to attempt to get some answers out of them which is almost certainly going to be a waste of time but if they can't or won't give me an adequate explanation then I'll be closing my seller account and they can shove it.

    Raging! 🤯🤬😡



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  13. Not all I found sadly...

    First thing I noticed was the state of the barrel. Am guessing that at some point in its life it's been seized and someone has used a persuader on it, badly. Only positive is that the piston is practically brand new.

    So I got another barrel and took the old one off and had a look at the crank. It's badly pitted which leads me to believe that it's been waterlogged at some point and for a long time judging by the state of it. Knew then that this was going to be a full rebuild.

    First thing I noticed about the engine was the damage to the barrel as it's quite significant. Plus a couple of other things that I wasn't happy about. Alarm bells were already ringing and figured that this was going to turn into a full engine rebuild. 

    I've been practising on another engine because I knew that I was likely going to have to strip this one down and rebuild it and last night I started on it. Am confident now to be able to take it apart and put it back together again. Just money for tools and parts is what's holding me back...

    Further in, the clutch is in a hell of a state. There was water in it, plates rusted, grit and grime, so much grit! New clutch ordered!

    Poor engine has been badly treated. Gonna have to sell another kidney but it's not beyond saving. All I need now is a lottery win. Wish me luck!🤞








  14. 4 hours ago, Airhead said:

    You could put it together and test the rotor with a dti ( dial test indicator) any local engineering firm may be able to do this for you?

    How did it get bent?

    This is one that I bought off ebay that arrived wrapped in a big ball of gaffa tape with a postage label on so might have been that but there's no damage to the thread at all or anywhere on it actually, to indicate it's been dropped but knowing delivery firms like I do intimately, it wouldn't have been handled with much care.

    I have clouted it a little on the end with a wooden mallet to get the cases to split when it became obvious I hadn't used enough heat to get the 2 halves to go together.

    Could have been that too I suppose. 😬

    This is my spare engine. I have one in the main bike I'm working on to do yet but wanted to cut my teeth on this one. The main one is numbers matching and I didn't want to do anything to ruin it so using this one to learn the art of rebuilding a DT engine.

    So far so good. 🤓

  15. 4 hours ago, Airhead said:

    It's hard to tell but actually the rotor site on the tapered part so if that's not bent it might be ok?

    It's just the threaded part. The tapered shaft is fine Just worried that the bent thread will push the flywheel out of line and cause a vibration.

    I don't think torqueing it up will take the kink out of it.

  16. Putting an engine together and after spending a great deal of time learning what to do getting bearings out and new ones in I've finally put the cases together and have discovered that the threaded part of the crank is on the piss.

    It's got a noticeable bend in it and am guessing that this is going to cause a severe vibration and lead to the demise of the bearing pretty quickly.

    Am I right in this assumption and what are my options?


  17. On 9/13/2020 at 8:21 PM, blackhat250 said:

    Ok" ,,its improrted from the EU. SO NO DUTY is due,,,,,go to GOV.UK.  sign in or make an account,  fill in the N.O.V.A form,,  just make up a figure paid,,etc,,  you will be issued a number, then you need a dating  cert,,  vjmc,,, or Aircooled RD FORUM,,,

    The bike is 2k4 Vin which there are many UK bikes with that prefix. I only said German origin because that's what Yambits said but what's to say that they're correct and in any case, given the age of the bike, nobody will have any records anyway. So I may as well treat it as a UK bike and apply for an age appropriate registration, no?

    Have looked at Nova and I'm missing a lot of information to complete their form because I don't know for certain it was imported, when or who by...

    So I've got my dating certificate from that helpful chap at Air-Cooled place. Is it a V55/5 "first registration for a used vehicle" I need to do next?

    Any advice gratefully received, thank you! 😊👍

  18. Maybe some crap in the tank that was unsettled by the removal got into the fuel line and carb?

    Unless you can find an obvious reason externally then maybe time to strip and overhaul the carburettor. Should be a gasket and jet kit available otherwise take apart and clean float bowl and blow jet(s) out.

    If it is a dirty carb then a tank flush and clean and shiny new hose and inline filter might be a good idea also.

    Edit: Just checked and plenty of carb repair kits for the SR on Feebay ranging from 10-30 quid... Good luck!

  19. 1 hour ago, blackhat250 said:

    Yip,,,i"v stopped buying from USA  ,,£-$     rate   & global shipping rip off,,, good buy tho ,,

    Have bought a few things from the US and some of the postage is a piss take especially when you see how much cheaper and faster it is from countries just as far away.

    They always take so sodding long as well! I've had stuff arrive from places like Indonesia, Australia and Thailand that I ordered after, that have arrived a week or more before my US purchases have. Have had 2 deliveries so far take over a month.

    Managed to get some rare parts at  reasonable prices though that I couldn't even find or was outbid on in the UK. The one good thing I like about buying from the US is that they're always 'BUY IT NOW'.

    So many times I've been chasing parts in the UK and have lost out because they're up for auction and have gone for silly money.

    People with DT parts in the UK know what they've got and what they can get for them.

    Bottom line is if it's something you need to finish a build then you've got to have it.

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  20. Very informative thank you!

    I have a decent, genuine, 175 bore it's got a piston with 100 stamped on it. Does that mean it's been rebored and that's an oversized piston? The piston Is a little loose at the bottom probably a mm overall so figure it would slap a bit if I use it in its current state.

    Also, what's on it currently isn't right. It's a Yamaha 175 bore but whoever fitted it had to break some fins to get it on. As far as am aware all the 78 on side casings are the same, so it's not MX I don't think... Either way am getting rid of it as it's not right.

    Thanks again for the replies 👍



  21. On 9/24/2020 at 8:42 PM, Airhead said:

    Paul Dawkins might be able to help, try the aircooled RD forum?

    Sent payment off then went to send pictures and they bounced because apparently his mailbox is full. 😐

    Sent a message without pictures, hopefully he gets back to me soon... 🤓

    On 9/25/2020 at 10:42 AM, Cynic said:

    Job number 1 is to make sure you have ownership and no duties/debts/losses owed by  the bike caused by previous owners or commitments to previous owners.

    Would be a real shit to get work done only to find it was a total write off a few years ago, or you get it finished register it and then the police turn up, thank you for your efforts and take it away because its stolen property.


    It is literally job 1, i cannot emphasize this enough.

    Point taken!

  22. I've bought an 'unfinished project' as building one from scratch was going to take too long despite my having collected most of the parts... I might start that after this one if I still have the will to live. 😄

    I've got engine work to do. Have done one side, fitted side case and auto lube which was missing when I got it.  On the flywheel side the stator wiring is missing a plug and I really dont want to cut the new loom so it's flywheel off to get to the stator.

    Flywheel came off easily and obviously wasn't torqued up. Then when I took the stator off the screws were barely hand tight, every single casing screw is loose with many of the heads chewed. Thankfully I have a set of new casing screws for it. Got me worried what the inside of the engine is like though as it's obviously been apart... 😣

    That's how the stator was fitted, there's a line on the stator plate and engine casing. Am assuming they're timing marks? They weren't even lined up. So glad I haven't tried to start this without doing much to it.

    Onwards to victory... 😎




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