Today I’m going to walk through the basics of replacing the valve cover gasket / head cover gasket and rubber mounts on a 1989 Yamaha FJ1200. This is a fairly straightforward procedure that can be completed in a few hours with common tools.
After pulling the Mikuni TM33SS carburetor out of my 1990 Suzuki DR350 it was pretty clear this old carb needed some love. While exploring some options for cleaning it I stumbled across a lot of talk about using Pine-Sol for a nice budget degreaser.
My 24 year-old Suzuki DR350 needed a paint job and some major refinishing. Granted, it took over two decades of abuse on the factory paint job like a champ, but the rust spots, corrosion and touch-ups had this dirt bike frame looking pretty worn. Nothing we can’t fix with some hard work and powerful chemicals though, right?
The DR350 is currently getting a complete overhaul, and I just did some simple color tests in Photoshop to play with colors. The bike still has 24-year-old factory paint on it along with plenty of rusty bits, so the frame is getting stripped & repainted along with the body panels and gas tank.
Well it figures, I have the bike almost ready to go and mud season is over and the weekend off… and I break something. After a few “final” tuneups the kickstart begins to seize and the bike spews smoke everywhere. Cracked it open to find a chewed up oil pump driven gear & broken kickstart shaft spring.
I picked up this 1990 Suzuki DR350 enduro on Craigslist for a sweet price along with a ton of spare parts. This is the dirt-only model. Runs strong and has a Big Gun exhaust, Excel rim & Race Tech spring. Needs a little love and I have a new Summer project. Okay, it’s 24 years old, but it’s new to me.
This page contains some general info on Volkswagen’s Jetta line, it’s history, and some of the changes and modifications made to the Jetta series during it’s history.