Got Another RX - Yamaha RXG Restoration


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Couldn't believe myself, in less than 30 minutes finalized the deal and got another RX. But this time it's RXG.

Background:

Here is my ownership review of my current and previous RXs

RX135

RX100

Last evening on the way back to home stopped at my mechanic garage to leave to bike for water wash. Noticed a rusted piece of metal standing beside and yes, that is RX. Mechanic said it is up for sale.

Bells rang inside my head, why not to get her and make a bit sporty? (idea is to restore the current RX to complete stock look & spec and mod this bike a little sporty with custom paint job)

Initial observation & Inspection:
Yamaha RXG
Model: 1997-Jul (RC expired more than a year ago)
No. of owners: 3
Insurance: No

- It is black with same sticker theme of my current bike (RX135 sticker & monogram)
- Missing parts: head lamps, tail lamps, indicators, speedometer & cable, rear number plate, front brake lever & cable, battery, 2T oil tank
- Rusted front and rear mud guards, seat bottom area
- After market handle bar
- Bald front tyre and 50% life left in rear tyre
- Meshed up wiring harness
- No oil leak from engine/GB
- No rust in engine head

TD Experience
- Tried starting and in 3rd kick the engine got life and started roaring
- Closed the tail pipe and throttled, to my surprise there is no abnormal noise from the engine[clap]
- Clutch is bit hard
- Gear engages smooth
- Went for a short TD, pick-up is not upto the mark (compared with my current RX) but not that worse
- Rear brake is 'OK'
- There is no wobbling / pull
- Exhaust note is a bit louder

Buying Experience
Couldn't meet the owner in person, had a chat over phone. He was expecting 12k, I started my negotiation from 6k and finally paid 9k.

Right now the bike is at mechanic garage. Will post the snaps ASAP (didn't take any snaps yesterday)

Restoration / Modification suggestions
What ever part is missing, I can transfer from my current bike (and fix new parts in current bike) and make her to good running running condition. But I don't want her to be in stock looks. But again I cannot spend much on this bike as I have to restore the current RX to complete stock condition.

Considerations:
Option 1:
- Custom paint job (bright red / blue / pearl White)
- 16" rear tyres
- Bigger headlamp

Option 2:
- RD350 paint theme
- Dual silencer
- Fatty front and rear tyres
I'm on a strict budget and couldn't afford an RD, so thought of dressing up a cat look like tiger.

Option 3:
- Convert to RXZ (long time desire)
- Paint it in blue theme
- Front disc brakes and alloys (used one from gladiator)

Need all your inputs and suggestions in modification.
 
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Re: Got Another RX - Yamaha RXG

Can some one explain the procedure of getting FC done, including the cost?
RC expired over a year ago.
 
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Re: Got Another RX - Yamaha RXG

Got a couple of snaps today. Right now the bike is with my mechanic and will be stripped down to night. Will post the snaps of frame and engine after strip down.

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Re: Got Another RX - Yamaha RXG

Eager to see the finished job :)

BTW any local RTO broker will help to get the things done .
But first to get the FC the bike needs to be restored !
 
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ilango[speed thirst];348235 said:
Eager to see the finished job :)

BTW any local RTO broker will help to get the things done .
But first to get the FC the bike needs to be restored !
Even I'm tempted to see the output Ilango.
Mechanic already started stripping down, will post the snaps tomorrow. [:)]
 
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Restoration / Modification suggestions
Option 1:
Option 2:
Option 3:
All these options were dropped [glasses]

Decided to paint the tank, side shields, front mudguard (plastic) in bright blue with engine, fork, hubs, chain guard in daaaark grey/black.
 
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what should be the nominal cost for
1) Painting (Frame, Tank, Shield, Front bud guard, Engine + Crank case)
2) Plating (Silencer, pillion grab rail, rim, fasteners)
 
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Update:
- Frame sent for sand blasting yesterday, will be collecting them on Monday
- Got most of the parts yesterday (attached the invoice copy)
- Items procured other than in the list
- Seat assembly
- Rear shock absorbers (from Pulsar, gas loaded)
- Side shields + monograms (already available)
- 2T oil tank (already available)
- Chain cover
- Few more nuts, bolts, washers

To be purchased (no stock / unavailable yesterday)
- Rim (from Hero Honda)
- Lock set (with steel keys)
- Reg plates
- Mud flaps
- Brake cable
- Handle bar (yet to finalize the type)
- Cross bar / bumper (Single bar type)
- Horn (from Apache)
- Head lamp (should prepare myself with DCM Toyota / Swaraj Mazda reflector - same as my other bike setup)
- Battery (will get it once start assembling the bike)
 

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Friends, there are few dents in the silencer. Is there any way to get them corrected?
 
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Experts, need your advice. (please don't kick me after reading this question)

I wish to increase the acceleration without compromising the top speed.
Calculator inside my mind said go with RX100 sprocket (15/39 instead of stock RXG spec 15/37) This increases the drive ration by 5.43%
Now the calculator made some stupid calculations and said chain the 4th gear ratio same as 5th gear in 5 speed GB spec (22/24 instead of 23/23)

Will this workout?
 
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RXG restoration was put on hold for past 3 months. Resuming the job now [:)]

Current Status:
- Spares : All procured
- Painting : Completed (except the bore)
- Plating : Completed
- Engine Rebuild : On-going (given for reboring. Crank will be fitted with new connecting rod)
- Assembly : To be started

Hoping to complete the engine rebuild by tomorrow and start assembling by this weekend.
 

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