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New postby MXRIDER on Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:16 pm

HI Guys.

I am Mark from Canberra, Australia.

I recently picked up a 1974 TS185 on a drive back from QLD.

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I plan to restore it. I picked it up for $400 and am trying to keep the total build cost to $1500.

Any help or advice would be much appreciated.
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Re: NEW MEMBER working a 1974 TS 185

New postby LWC82PE on Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:38 pm

It looks pretty complete

am trying to keep the total build cost to $1500.


Good luck with that though!
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Re: NEW MEMBER working a 1974 TS 185

New postby Butcher on Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:48 pm

Hey a good bike for a good price. Check the oil pump is hooked up and working and I bet the engine will fire right up.

Welcome aboard. Looking forward to seeing this bike running... What are your plans for her?
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Re: NEW MEMBER working a 1974 TS 185

New postby MyBad on Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:15 am

Good score.
74 silver
75 orange.
Rest of the bike is the same.

Has the street chrome front guard.
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Re: NEW MEMBER working a 1974 TS 185

New postby MyBad on Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:56 am

Good price for what you have.

Seat cover of course, check the pan out as they rust pretty easy.
Forks have more freckles than the ugly redhead kid next door.
Hit the rest of the chrome with wd40 and 0000 steel wool.
Tail lights with brackets are not easy to find.
Keep your eye out on fleabay for the exhaust badge.
Looks like a honda fr brake lever.
Other than mirrors it looks complete and unstuffed with which is a good point.

Lift the bead off and take a look at the bore. Very simple, strap on the rear and front of the tank then 4 tube bolts to hold head and bore.
Stock size is 64.0, no size only an arrow on piston crown indicates stock size.
Can find fork stanchions in asia but beware as all 100 125 and 185 share same part number but have different internal machining. Easier to re hard chrome.

72-75 most parts the same. Some tm125 ts125 parts work. Later 185 not much interchanges.
Should be able to rebuild for your budget.
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Re: NEW MEMBER working a 1974 TS 185

New postby LWC82PE on Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:56 am

Should be able to rebuild for your budget.


Maybe up to a running state. To a pristine all correct professional concourse level no way. $1000 gets you very little these days. It will only just get your wheels done if you are getting someone to do them.
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Re: NEW MEMBER working a 1974 TS 185

New postby Shufoy on Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:29 am

Nice wheels mate and welcome from a Perthy!

Have a look at my thread, I've completed my rebuild for just a sniff over your Budget, doing it all myself, so it will give you an idea what you can achieve.
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Re: NEW MEMBER working a 1974 TS 185

New postby MXRIDER on Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:20 am

Thanks guys.

The bike fired up 2nd kick.

It was bogging under throttle when choke was off. I am going to clean out the carby.

I have found a tail light for a TS100 at a local wrecker for $35 which will do for now. All the mounting points line up it just the shape of the light is round.
Also a front brake lever and perch for a TS 185 there for $30.

I will be doing all the work myself.

My last 2 restores were a 1986 Honda Z50 and a 1998 Yamaha YZ250WR ISDE Edition
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Re: NEW MEMBER working a 1974 TS 185

New postby Butcher on Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:15 am

Is this the model with main jet in the bowl? There is an o ring that is needed and often is bad (40 year old bikes!) on the bit that plugs into the main jet on the bowl.

Also, which position is the 'e' clip installed on the needle?
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Re: NEW MEMBER working a 1974 TS 185

New postby MyBad on Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:22 pm

Ive seen those tail mounting brackets and thought they would fit. Pity the backing for the light is also round and doesnt accept the later rounded square light that it should have.

Butcher is correct and the mainjet Oring has likely been dissolved years ago. They are available in most general Oring kits.
Check the frame for cracks between brake arm pivot and foot peg.
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Re: NEW MEMBER working a 1974 TS 185

New postby MXRIDER on Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:39 am

I am going to strip the bike back this weekend.

I will have a look at the carby.

I am going to keep my eye out for a genuine rear tail light as well.
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Re: NEW MEMBER working a 1974 TS 185

New postby MXRIDER on Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:19 pm

Hey guys.

When pulling a few things apart on the bike i noticed the oil line is broken at the end.

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Sorry for the bad photo.

Does anyone know where to get a new one or how to fix.
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Re: NEW MEMBER working a 1974 TS 185

New postby Butcher on Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:24 pm

Bugger. Hard to tell in that photo, but has the banjo bolt broke? Or the plastic line? I suspect the earlier TSs like you own has a one way valve in the banjo? You might be able to extract a banjo from a pipe system that has cracked hole and use it on your pipeline?
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Re: NEW MEMBER working a 1974 TS 185

New postby MyBad on Mon Feb 26, 2018 12:49 am

Are a few topics here on oil lines, use the search function.

Being popular, im sure your local wrecking yard will have a replacement.
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Re: NEW MEMBER working a 1974 TS 185

New postby Butcher on Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:52 am

Oil lines difference between lasting 2 hours, or 20 years. Sort that issue out. Hopefully engine was not run for 2 hours before you owning it... Well spotted, by the way. Good job.
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