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So I made a big mistake adding up all the parts I have purchased...including the price of the bike and the inspection that will be needed when the bike is complete and wondering if it is really worth it. Need some reassurance that I am doing the right thing rebuilding/restoring a 1998 TDub That I paid $350CAD with 3800kms on the clock.

List of purchases and work that I have completed:

TW34 and SR241 new tires - installed and balanced
new front/rear bearings - installed myself
fork seals and dust covers - installed myself
new front/rear spockets
new chain
seat purchased from this site
right footpeg bracket from this site
7" round headlight bucket - still need a lens and bulb
new throttle cables
new hand leavers
new throttle tube
new hand grips
steering stem bearings - installed by me
Used crf125 ( I think) handlebars
XT350 tank - TW's is dented and rusty
need fuel cap
new LED signal lights
New aftermarket Speedo
New left/right side cover gaskets
o-rings for neutral/shifter
new oil filter


That is all I can remember off the top of my head.
I know I shouldn't even be second guessing myself because it's too late to do so but just looking for reassurance that it is worth it.

Jim
 

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You're looking good - the low purchase price makes it justified

If you end up with a fully sorted bike it will be worth it .......
 

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As long as you stay under the cost of a new one, I would say that you did good because you now have a well revived machine that is already set up the way that you want it
 

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Still a few things that I would like to get done. Would like to paint the frame as it has been sitting outside for a while, sprayed the handlebars with VHT wrinkle paint, thinking of doing front/rear footpegs the same as well as the kickstand. Rear fender is all gouged with a small crack, doing some research on how to fill in the gouges andCrack in front boot I have also been doing some research on on how to fix. I found Daystar 58 boots for 22CAD which isn't all that bad. Was thinking of getting a FIG (F'n Instrument Guy) at my old place of work to try and bend me up a rack made of stainless tubing for a bottle of Canadian Club or maybe find one at a motorsport wrecking yard that I could possibly get to work.

Still a lot of work to be done to get it in riding shape for the Spring/Summer but appreciate the feedback that I am doing the right thing on bringing this beast back to life.
 

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I am having fun rebuilding it, don't get me wrong, just thinking with the money I'm spending I could have bought a newer one that didn't need an inspection. I am just hoping it passes. Thanks again guys. I guess there is no turning back now eh?
 

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Face it Smitty, you're still hooked... haha

***and you are pretty lucky to have a gal that lets you have 3 or 4 thousand bikes!! :D
If you are enjoying what you are doing, there is no way to put a price on that.

I just keep telling Susan that this could be heroin instead of bikes. She said, at least I'd be skinnier.

Cannot ever win with her...
 

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So I made a big mistake adding up all the parts I have purchased...including the price of the bike and the inspection that will be needed when the bike is complete and wondering if it is really worth it. Need some reassurance that I am doing the right thing rebuilding/restoring a 1998 TDub That I paid $350CAD with 3800kms on the clock.

List of purchases and work that I have completed:

TW34 and SR241 new tires - installed and balanced
new front/rear bearings - installed myself
fork seals and dust covers - installed myself
new front/rear spockets
new chain
seat purchased from this site
right footpeg bracket from this site
7" round headlight bucket - still need a lens and bulb
new throttle cables
new hand leavers
new throttle tube
new hand grips
steering stem bearings - installed by me
Used crf125 ( I think) handlebars
XT350 tank - TW's is dented and rusty
need fuel cap
new LED signal lights
New aftermarket Speedo
New left/right side cover gaskets
o-rings for neutral/shifter
new oil filter


That is all I can remember off the top of my head.
I know I shouldn't even be second guessing myself because it's too late to do so but just looking for reassurance that it is worth it.

Jim

Please Please Please, make sure you have the correct OIL FILTER, would be a shame to see all this great work go to waste.

BTW: don't forget your Jimbo Shield :)
 

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I will tell you from experience there is absolutely no benefit in rebuilding a TW basket case unless and only if you are doing it for yourself and to keep and ride it. You might be in OK shape considering you paid next to nothing for the bike to begin with. If you are doing it right as it appears you are you will have more money in it than you could sell it for when you are finished so the benefit comes in your enjoying both doing the work and riding it for a few years.

I began my affair with TWs as a buyer and flipper after I fixed them up. Being anal and somewhat of a perfectionist I could not re sell a bike until I was confident it was right, running well and absolutely safe to pass on. TWs are a great platform to start with because there are so many parts available and so many that are interchangeable throughout the 30 years life span of these models. Note that I did not say parts are cheap. Consider it both a labor of love and a learning experience and most of all just do it right the first time or you end up doing it again. As an example, when you have the side cover off to replace the front sprocket you just automatically replace the gasket and the seals while you are in there or you get to do it again at twice the cost.

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I took your advice at the very beginning and changed the seals and the bearing when I changed the sprocket. I did have two other bikes, a brand new DR650 and a theft recovered FZ1 previous to the TW. As I was about to be a father for the first time I sold both those bikes and purchased this TW as I feel it was a much safer bike that I couldn't get into too much trouble with. I have yet to even ride the TW yet but getting excited for it to be put on the road and that it will be the bike I have for years to come. I started this thread to give myself piece of mind that I wasn't wasting my time or money on it as I have spent a lot of both on it so far. I appreciate all the feedback/support and parts that everyone has supplied. Has helped me a bunch immensely.

I will tell you from experience there is absolutely no benefit in rebuilding a TW basket case unless and only if you are doing it for yourself and to keep and ride it. You might be in OK shape considering you paid next to nothing for the bike to begin with. If you are doing it right as it appears you are you will have more money in it than you could sell it for when you are finished so the benefit comes in your enjoying both doing the work and riding it for a few years.

I began my affair with TWs as a buyer and flipper after I fixed them up. Being anal and somewhat of a perfectionist I could not re sell a bike until I was confident it was right, running well and absolutely safe to pass on. TWs are a great platform to start with because there are so many parts available and so many that are interchangeable throughout the 30 years life span of these models. Note that I did not say parts are cheap. Consider it both a labor of love and a learning experience and most of all just do it right the first time or you end up doing it again. As an example, when you have the side cover off to replace the front sprocket you just automatically replace the gasket and the seals while you are in there or you get to do it again at twice the cost.

GaryL
 
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