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1988 250 Eliminator

R. J. Oct 22, 2016

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    :hello: Brice has been doing paintless dent repair for 20 + years. He does quite a lot of motorcycle fuel tanks.
     
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    :hello: Sand blasted the 250s radiator screen. I'm going over to Ron's powder coat shop this afternoon to help him shoot all the parts gloss black. My Brother-In-Law Ron B. is also coming over to help me wet sand & polish all the newly painted plastics & tins. IMG_4892.JPG IMG_4893.JPG
     
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    :hello: I found new OEM mirrors $45 each from 1985 VN 700 to 2006 VN 750 Valcan. Left part # 56001-1264 & the right part # 56001-1265. The stems are about 1" shorter. Other than that they are the same as the ZL 9 & 10. I Also found new OEM handlebars $31 from a 2001 to 2009 BN 125 Eliminator part # 46003-1555. They are about 1 1/2" lower & bend upwards at the ends a bit more than the big ZLs bars. I got these for my Honda 650 Nighthawk. In pic # 2 the Honda 650 bars are on the top, BN 125 mid & the ZL 10s are on the bottom. I got them all from Partzilla. IMG_4899.JPG IMG_4895.JPG
     
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    :hello:The new fork tubes was installed yesterday along with new OEM fork seals ($22) new OEM dust seals ($20) & 30 w Belray fork oil ($12). Labor was $30. This morning I went to Ron A. to pick up my forks & did some more polishing on them. I'll do them one more time after installing them. IMG_4900.JPG
     
  5. markus56

    markus56 ZL-OA Co-owner Staff Member Administrator Super Moderator Supporting Member

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    You'll have way more $$$ in her than you could ever get out........but then you knew that before you started! :D
     
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    :notworthy: Barrett Jackson told me it's worth between 3 & 5 K. :laughing7:. I paid $800 for the 250 & spent $700 on OEM & NOS parts. I now have all the parts to put it back together.
     
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    markus56 ZL-OA Co-owner Staff Member Administrator Super Moderator Supporting Member

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    You're not in too deep Brother! Yeah, that recent red one never got a starting bid of 3k....
     
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    :hello: Ya 3 K is a bit much. I'd have gone $2,200.
     
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    :hello: I got the new michelin tires for the 250 mounted this morning at no cost. It's good to have friends that help each other out. IMG_4901.JPG IMG_4902.JPG IMG_4903.JPG IMG_4905.JPG IMG_4906.JPG IMG_4904.JPG
     
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    :hello: A few days back I picked up the body parts from Dave H. who works for our local GMC Dealer. He painted them under the radar on a Sat. Cost $125. It would of cost me more than $125 just for materials. Dave tried to buff them out but to many people was around so I told him not to worry about it. So yesterday my Brother-In-Law Ron A. came over to help. We spent 3 hours wet sanding & buffing out all the body parts. They came out really nice. We also buffed the OEM NOS fuel tank. It had a few scraches but they all buffed out. The tank is perfect, OH: so is everything else. IMG_4907.JPG IMG_4908.JPG IMG_4909.JPG
     
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    :hello: This morning I compared the 88 250 wiring harness loom with the 94 loom which the 94 has a tach connection/hook up. Everything is the same except for the instrument panel lay out. I need to swap around 6 wires on that plug. Also the 94 has 2 extra wires going into the head light bucket & the other ends goes down along the frame with the lead that hooks up to the kickstand switch. Later on I'll figure out what they are for. All the electrical/electronics are the same for both bikes except for the fuse box so I also got one of those & had Kawboy referbish it. I also removed some of the old wrap on the loom. Then wrapped the hole thing with SCOTCH 3M SUPER 88 USA vinyl electrical tape. It took @ 6o feet. :laughing7:. IMG_4917.JPG IMG_4918.JPG
     
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    :hello: I swapped out the pins in the connector for the instrument cluster panel. My oldest son bought be a pin extractor set a few years back for XMAX. It's one of those tools that don't get much use but makes things easier when you do use it. It's called Master Terminal Tool Kit. It's made by Alltrade Tools LLC for POWERBUILT. Kit # 87. Model # 641448. Country of orgin TAIWAN. I spent 2 hours on the wiring harness loom. IMG_4920.JPG IMG_4919.JPG IMG_4921.JPG
     
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    Nice pin extractor set. I could have used that a number of times. These old eyes have a hard time seeing the prongs and working them with eyeglass screwdrivers, that and the fact that most of the time I was under a dash and needed a third arm.
     
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    :hello: This morning I pulled the radiator & all the coolant hoses. I flushed the radiator 4 times & ran a brush through the hoses/lower coolant pipe. Also cleaned the thermostat housing. I bought a new OEM thermostat & radiator cap. The old thermostat is trashed. I had to get a new OEM gas cap with 2 keys. The old gas cap fell apart. Also I installed the 94 250 wiring harness loom. A while back I bought a wiring harness from a 2012 EX 250 for $16 shipped for spare parts. I used 4 connectors from it for the 94 250 wiring harness. I put dielectric grease on all the connectors & hooked up all the electrical components that bolt to the frame. Tomorrow I'm going to mount the rear fenders & install the carbs. IMG_4922.JPG IMG_4925.JPG IMG_4931.JPG IMG_4923.JPG IMG_4924.JPG IMG_4932.JPG IMG_4916.JPG IMG_4926.JPG IMG_4928.JPG IMG_4927.JPG IMG_4929.JPG IMG_4930.JPG
     
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    :hello: This morning I gathered up all the new OEM fuel tank parts & assembled the tank. Time taken 2 hrs. I use Motion Pro fuel line. Cost $2 a ft. IMG_4933.JPG IMG_4934.JPG IMG_4935.JPG IMG_4936.JPG IMG_4937.JPG IMG_4940.JPG IMG_4938.JPG IMG_4939.JPG IMG_4941.JPG
     
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    :hello: Today was a wast. I spent more time running around than working on the 250. I did manage to do the rear of the bike minus the plate holder bracket. It's being powder coated. I had to take it to another guy. Ron could not do the 250 parts. I'm to have them back Monday afternoon. IMG_4942.JPG IMG_4943.JPG IMG_4945.JPG IMG_4946.JPG IMG_4947.JPG IMG_4949.JPG IMG_4950.JPG
     
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    :hello:Be honest - when ready ya wanna keep her for yourself...:laughing7:
     
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    :hello: In all reality it is mine. Like my 97 Toyota Tacoma that I gave to my oldest son on his 16 th B-day in 2006. In return he gave it to my youngest son for X-mas 4 years ago. It's still in my name & on my Insurance. I only did this because my two son's are both very responsible & have taken good care of it. I could of sold it many times over for more than what I paid for it which was 5 K in 04. YOTA now has over 200 K miles on her & is still running great. IMG_4951.JPG
     
  19. markus56

    markus56 ZL-OA Co-owner Staff Member Administrator Super Moderator Supporting Member

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    Yeah, R.J.'s gonna' have the nicest 250 Eliminator in existence. Nice job my friend.
     
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    :hello: Ya I don't like riding around on ragged out bikes. :laughing7:. While I spent $75 more on parts. $125 on paint & $100 on powder coating. So that's a total of $1,800. That's about book value on a 250 Eliminator.
     

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