1987 Good Platform for Street or Hollow Mod?
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    Senior Member Snake2715's Avatar
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    I realize you get into the CDI issues with the 1987.. If I were to do a rebuild frame up, would a 1987 be good otherwise?

    I guess the guts of my question are this.

    If I bought a 1987 TW200 that was missing a few things, basically a parts bike, and went and wanted to use a more recent Wire harness would that alleviate the CDI issue? Or is the motor and stator, etc all setup for only that 1987 as well?

    How much stuff would have to change to get me into a 88+ CDI?

    I have a local 1987 TW200 that I can grab fro $150. Its missing a crankcase cover, headlight, taillight, instrument clusters, and title (although clean with regard to stolen, etc).

    If I were to use this as a basis, would I be stuck with the 1987 electrical issues for good?

    Hopefully the forum can direct me if I am getting into more than I want or not with their experience.


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    Senior Member lizrdbrth's Avatar
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    You'd need the rotor, stator, regulator, CDI, left side cover and wiring harness from an '88-'00 TW.n The swap can be done in a long afternnon if you're really familiar with this type of work. Basically you replace everything under the left engine cover, install the harness and components, then plug and play. You can also modify the '87 harness for the later system, but you gotta know what you're doing.

    Swapping to the '00-current system is a lot more work unless you have a complete parts bike. There are differences, some sniggling, some major, between every one of the connectors, different sizes of clutch and brake swithes, component locations, etc. which make this swap a lot more tedious. The later system is three-phase vs. the earlier single-phase system, the '87 had no provision for running lights etc. You definitely don't want to try this without all the later components and a complete wiring harness unless you're really well versed.

    These are the easy routes. Not to make a mountain of a molehill, but making your own harness is either childspay or a complete nightmare, depending entirely on your background.

    As for the rest of the platform, late models lack things that old models had and vice-versa, but as far as I'm concerned they'e all a wash. The disc doesn't stop any better than the drum, and I'd gladly trade it for a kickstarter, etc.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.

    Powdercoated '87 frame, extended swingarm, YZ fork legs, ATV tire, 14/55, XT350 tank, spliced quick-release seat, disc brake conversion, beeg headlight, beeger rack, Lizrdcooler, Lizrdventz and bunch of other stuff all covered in invisible ink.

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    Senior Member Snake2715's Avatar
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    OK that is what I was worried about.. I will probably pass. By the time I did the work to transfer and bought the parts I may as well save my time and learning (not thaat experience, I dont think) and wait till I find a deal on a later model.


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