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New to the forum , I've been looking for a tw200 for my wife and daughter to lump around on when we go camping and for me when hunting season comes around... I have a couple other bikes for trail duty but needed a trail cruiser.

So I got this one for free, out of a backyard where it sat for the last 5 years. The kick starter was missing pieces, gauge was smashed, headlight was smashed, handlebars massively disfigured, seat was rotten so bad the seat base fell apart upon removal, and the carb had a broken float tower. Top it off it long ago lost its keys.

Kick starter was easy , eBay and a few OR parts had it back together. I will keep and eye out for a speedo but for now its not needed. Headlight will be twin 3" square led lights ( one spot and one flood side by side ) ... not for approved but bright and same draw as the stock headlight when combined. Managed to score some TAG fat bars off Amazon for 16 bucks , through on some new grips and fat bar adapters. Seat i cheated and ordered a new oem seat from a '10 ( it was cheaper than used seats on ebay ) . Carb was tricky , I had to stack tack welds up them cut , file, and drill it to match the other side.

Plastics I thought were throw away , but a scotchbright pad , elbow grease, and finish with a heat gun got them looking pretty good.

This forum has lots of fun info and I lurked a lot while fixing this up over the last month... hope you like it.
 

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Welcome!! :D
 
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Nice!
Building a broken float tower inside a carb is a bit of amazing work. +1, very impressive.
Fork seals looks like they are up next.
Speedo is pretty superfluous on a TW, can't really go fast enough to speed anyway, but an odometer to tell you how far you have gone since last gas is nice.
 
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Free is great! I just picked up a real nice robin egg 89 all in tact and ready to ride. Too bad you don't care to bring it back fully because most of the parts you need are completely interchangeable throughout the 30 years. I have most of the stuff you would need but unfortunately, I had to pay for it and just can't be charitable and give the stuff away. With no plan to make it road worthy there is little need for stuff like blinkers, speedo cluster, front cowl and headlight with the bracket. You will need the front forks rebuilt and the gaitors to keep the dust out once finished. The tires look old and junk so I would not trust either of them under my wife or daughter. Chain and sprockets could be questionable also and the tank is likely rusted inside. Go check out my thread "Bringing back a sitting bike" in the tech write up section.

Great find and when it comes to you free it is absolutely worth it to toss some $$ into it.

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Thanks all ...

Yes I still have plenty to do, front fork seals and a new front tire are high on the list. Rear has a Lot of tread and does show age but with the mostly slow speeds we will use it at , the tire should work for some time to come.

I plan to make it street legal again , but need the subframe, fender brace ... not sure what you would call it. The metal support under the rear fender that a taillight mounts to. Mine is missing. I also need a new brake light switch for the foot brake and have a new set of levers on the way that include a new switch. This may turnout to be a fab project , pretty easy piece to build.

Muffler needs attention , it has rusted out and the baffles are just rolling around inside. I might try repairing it just for giggles until I find a cheap factory unit to put on there.

The tank turns out to have a rust hole in it that for now is patched with JB weld ... this will not last but should keep it working while I iron out other details during the search for a well priced replacement.

I have been shocked at what the eBay market values parts at for these bikes.
 

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I've got a good tank I can send you, if you want it.
It's from a newer model (2005 I think) so you'll need to find a smaller gas cap, and the paint is scuffed, but you'll probably be repainting it anyway. ;)

Let me know!
 

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CJ7 pilot is a nice guy. If you don't let him know, then I will be forced to offer him $40 plus shipping for that good tank he has. And then I'm gonna rhinoliner it. Been wanting to do that.
 

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And great job reviving the old bike. Hate to see the baby blue versions call it quits
 
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