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Thread: JB's Other 350X Refresh

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    JB's Other 350X Refresh

    In addition to my ongoing 85 350X refresh I picked upt another to feed my habit. This one probably won't get much love until after I finish the 85X.

    Like many of you, I'm a Craigslist junkie. This was posted last weekend as a non-runner - make offer. 100 miles away. It's been outside for years and is rusty and even mossy in places. However, it's mostly complete - missing the mudflap, grab bar, and airbox cover.

    On the plus side:
    - Clarke tank
    - Tool box with tools
    - no friggen holes in the crank case (even has the case saver)
    - good looking headlight
    - all the 86 wheels

    Minus side:
    - rusty and mossy
    - seat and fenders done
    - chain and sprockets done
    - rear axle bearings done
    - throttle frozen
    - rear brakes frozen
    - front brakes no pressure
    - leaky petcock

    So, I offered $350 and picked it up.

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    After running out of daylight to paint the frame for my other X, I decided I HAD to know if this thing ran or not? You understand, right?

    Pull plug and check for spark - YES!

    Drain oil - black but glitter free - YES!

    Check filter - installed correctly and glitter free - YES!

    Quick trip to Advance Auto at closing time for ATV oil, NGK D8EA, Fram filter and a new can of carb cleaner.

    The carb, was NASTY...

    The throttle was frozen because both the butterfly and the slide were stuck. The needle was stuck, too. I had to use copper wire to push gunk out of the needle holder/emulsion tube. Two hours later, I declared the carb good enough and put the trike back together.

    I flushed the varnish out of the tank and put about a gallon of regular in it set it on resrve and proceded to kick.
    and kick
    and kick.

    After about 20 kicks I sat down to rest then checked the carb - no fuel. I did not clean the petcock. Since it was close to midnight, I yanked the tank and used a little funnel to fill the bowl through the fuel line and proceded to kick.
    and kick

    And then on a whim I kicked it once more and it STARTED!

    And ran pretty good. No bad noises. And the lights work. So I rode it around the cul-de-sac at midnight annoying the neighbors until the bowl ran dry.

    Clutch seems to work to.

    Cool. I thought this would be a parts donor for my 85 but it's so complete and runs I think it's going to get a frame up refresh.

    Drained the carb and put the beast up until it's turn in the queue.
    Before I put it up, it got a bunch of WD40 and Deep Creep in the usual places. I hope the axle comes apart easier than my last one.

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    And six years later it's back on 3...

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    Looking good JB!
    • 1985 Honda 250SX
    • 1985 Honda 350X
    • 1985 Honda 350X
    • 1986 Honda 250R



    I Love The 350x. Its So Bad

    My Feedback Link!

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    Wow! That's one heck of a way to bump a 6-year-old thread.

    I guess I need to adjust my monitor though. The rear spring and fork boots look red instead of blue??

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    It's alive.

    Mostly stock other than what you can see.
    XR400 header with internal welds cleaned up.
    TRX 400EX carb
    10.25:1 piston

    Has tool box with tools, and all 3 86 wheels.
    Even the parking brake works.

    Very happy with results.

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  7. #7
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    Looks great.

    I wish I would've bought the desert seat foam too.

    Is that a '66 4-door Impala I spy?

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    What an awesome job! The starting point was so rough, but the nice thing was it looked like most of it was there. Did you clean up and use most of the original mechanical stuff that was there (aside from the parts you mentioned like exhaust and obviously plastics)?

    That machine looks just amazing.
    - Frank

    1984 200ES Big Red
    1985 350X (x2)
    1986 350X
    1986 250SX
    1984 Auto-X
    1984 ATC70
    1985 ATC70

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    Quote Originally Posted by jb2wheels View Post
    86 350X Parts Spread Around The Garage
    Turned out great!! Guess you can update your sig now.

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    Great work John! It is good to see another one that did not get scraped and brought back to life! Are you taking this one to little sahara?
    • 1985 Honda 250SX
    • 1985 Honda 350X
    • 1985 Honda 350X
    • 1986 Honda 250R



    I Love The 350x. Its So Bad

    My Feedback Link!

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    Awesome restore.

    Best quote of your post, "Since it was close to midnight".
    Mom used to yell at me about working on my R late at night.

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    67 Chevelle wagon.

    Been in the family since roughly 1970.
    I took my driver's test in it when I was 16.

    Quote Originally Posted by ironchop View Post
    Looks great.

    I wish I would've bought the desert seat foam too.

    Is that a '66 4-door Impala I spy?

    Sent from my Z958 using Tapatalk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hondatcs View Post
    Great work John! It is good to see another one that did not get scraped and brought back to life! Are you taking this one to little sahara?
    Yes! Need to try it out in the real world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jb2wheels View Post
    67 Chevelle wagon.

    Been in the family since roughly 1970.
    I took my driver's test in it when I was 16.
    Yeah that wraparound taillight and the grill were my clues. The quarter panels looked odd for Chevelle though but I never thought about the station wagon model....I had a '66 Chevelle (no wrap around taillights until the 67 model)

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    Quote Originally Posted by wonderboy View Post
    What an awesome job! The starting point was so rough, but the nice thing was it looked like most of it was there. Did you clean up and use most of the original mechanical stuff that was there (aside from the parts you mentioned like exhaust and obviously plastics)?

    That machine looks just amazing.
    Yes. Mostly.

    The engine that came with this one is in my 85 now and running strong untouched for 5+ years.

    My 85 had this 86 engine in it when I got it. I swapped them when this one started smoking.

    I gave this one fresh rings, ball hone, valve lap, etc.

    Rebuilt rear master but replaced caliper with $30 Ebay special. The original was wasted and $30 is dirt cheap.
    Front caliper is original and was frozen to bracket. That took a lot of work but they're hard to find. Front master is a 400EX piece I think.

    Chain & sprockets new.

    Most bearings new.

    Shock is untouched except for cleaning.
    Forks have fresh fluid but bushings were good so the guts are unchanged.

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