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BenR
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PostPosted: 20:19 - 20 Sep 2018    Post subject: Trex 850. Reply with quote

Just bought this.

https://i.postimg.cc/XqHcCHDy/20180920_173044.jpg
https://i.postimg.cc/PrTMFZk7/20180920_173101.jpg

It looks like a bucket of puss at the moment but I will be restoring it over the coming months. I didn't think it was bad for 200 quid.
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Tdibs
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PostPosted: 00:49 - 21 Sep 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mmmmm steal for 200 quid! Looks like a fun project and probably a lot easier to polish up than it looks now. Turns over?
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PostPosted: 07:34 - 21 Sep 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice!

My long term project goal is to buy a TRX850 and put a Hot TDM900 engine in it, I have the engine just waiting for space and a bike!
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BenR
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PostPosted: 11:11 - 21 Sep 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tdibs wrote:
Mmmmm steal for 200 quid! Looks like a fun project and probably a lot easier to polish up than it looks now. Turns over?


Hi I don't know the previous owner said it runs nicely but the battery on it is dead as it hasn't been used in over a year & a half. It was parked up due to an ignition fault which I'm hoping a new set of coils will cure.
@ Chris-red have you still got your TDM?
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PostPosted: 11:41 - 21 Sep 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

BenR wrote:
Tdibs wrote:
Mmmmm steal for 200 quid! Looks like a fun project and probably a lot easier to polish up than it looks now. Turns over?


Hi I don't know the previous owner said it runs nicely but the battery on it is dead as it hasn't been used in over a year & a half. It was parked up due to an ignition fault which I'm hoping a new set of coils will cure.
@ Chris-red have you still got your TDM?


I've got 2 and 3 engines Laughing

An '02 with 100k on and a '07 with 60k.

I changed the engine in the '02 at 82k for a 900mile one.

My plan is to build the '07 up (as it is ULEZ compliant) as my daily.

Put the old engine back in the 02 and sell then build whatever engine that isn't in the '07 as a hot one. I think 110bhp is possible with oversize pistons/rods and hot cams. Then throw that at a TRX frame, with R1 front and a YZF750 rear.

This is very much a long term, slightly dreamy project. Laughing
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BenR
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PostPosted: 11:46 - 21 Sep 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

chris-red wrote:


I've got 2 and 3 engines Laughing

An '02 with 100k on and a '07 with 60k.

I changed the engine in the '02 at 82k for a 900mile one.

My plan is to build the '07 up (as it is ULEZ compliant) as my daily.

Put the old engine back in the 02 and sell then build whatever engine that isn't in the '07 as a hot one. I think 110bhp is possible with oversize pistons/rods and hot cams. Then throw that at a TRX frame, with R1 front and a YZF750 rear.

This is very much a long term, slightly dreamy project. Laughing


That sounds like it's going to be an awesome project hope you share it here. Not going too far with this one just restore it & get it running nicely although I would like to change the front mudguard I don't suppose you'd know if a thunderace mudguard & hugger would fit would you?
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chris-red
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PostPosted: 12:30 - 21 Sep 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

BenR wrote:
chris-red wrote:


I've got 2 and 3 engines Laughing

An '02 with 100k on and a '07 with 60k.

I changed the engine in the '02 at 82k for a 900mile one.

My plan is to build the '07 up (as it is ULEZ compliant) as my daily.

Put the old engine back in the 02 and sell then build whatever engine that isn't in the '07 as a hot one. I think 110bhp is possible with oversize pistons/rods and hot cams. Then throw that at a TRX frame, with R1 front and a YZF750 rear.

This is very much a long term, slightly dreamy project. Laughing


That sounds like it's going to be an awesome project hope you share it here. Not going too far with this one just restore it & get it running nicely although I would like to change the front mudguard I don't suppose you'd know if a thunderace mudguard & hugger would fit would you?


No idea I'm afraid, sorry!
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BenR
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PostPosted: 17:49 - 23 Sep 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

So the strip down started today this is as far as I've got.

https://i.postimg.cc/QN7fDy1F/20180923_163853.jpg

There are a few bodges & the radiator is kaput as you can see from the colour of the coolant on the floor. I would've got more done but the exhaust downpipes defeated me. I've got the fittings out but the collars will not budge. I do have a small blow torch but it's butane not map gas & I'm a bit worried about using a torch near alloy anyway. Open to suggestions?
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PostPosted: 18:01 - 23 Sep 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Best of luck with the bike. I wish I had the willpower to do up a bike. Would like a cruiser built from scratch.
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BenR
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PostPosted: 18:23 - 05 Oct 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did some more stripping today.

https://i.postimg.cc/j5PSWtPq/20181005_151829.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/mk42CJyY/20181005_151818.jpg

I've been defeated once again by one bolt which connects the engine to the top frame. It's getting dark now so start again tomorrow.
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PostPosted: 20:16 - 05 Oct 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

BenR wrote:
chris-red wrote:
...build whatever engine that isn't in the '07 as a hot one. I think 110bhp is possible with oversize pistons/rods and hot cams. Then throw that at a TRX frame, with R1 front and a YZF750 rear.

This is very much a long term, slightly dreamy project. Laughing


That sounds like it's going to be an awesome project hope you share it here.


Likewise. I have seen some beautiful TRX projects, a bike really worth doing something with imo. The TDM engine sounds interesting. Have you looked at the ease/difficulty of fitting it in the TRX frame? Engine mounting points are significantly different.
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PostPosted: 10:43 - 02 Dec 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

A small update.
I started stripping the tank only to find someone had filled & painted over carbon fibre tank protectors. Rolling Eyes

https://i.postimg.cc/3xdTcxBb/20181020-101808.jpg
https://i.postimg.cc/MpNS2J3Z/20181020-101105.jpg

I don't know what happened but I was going to show a step by step repair on the side panel but almost all the pics I took have mysteriously disappeared. Sad
This is all I have left.

https://i.postimg.cc/7Lzyqtj3/20181024-164256.jpg
https://i.postimg.cc/90bhv4Ks/20181024-163243.jpg
https://i.postimg.cc/zB1YvS19/20181026-120744.jpg

Primed.

https://i.postimg.cc/76XQXzfR/20181031-192136.jpg

I'd like to say that's the bodywork done but alas it's all gone a bit awry! Sad Well pissed off! My own fault I should've taken the side panels to work together instead of one at a time now I've caused myself a lot of work. Thumbs Down

https://i.postimg.cc/bY7Nbb9N/IMG-20181202-085413.jpg
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PostPosted: 13:45 - 03 Dec 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

This looks interesting.
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PostPosted: 07:54 - 26 Dec 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice paint job.
i've got a 97 TRX that I got resprayed by a chap in Corby after throwing it down at Rockingham a year or two back. Not overly powerful (72 at the rear wheel dynoed at RP Motorsports in Grantham) but very sweet to hang off the side of.
So long as you always carry some oil around with you it'll be fine. I've had mine for almost seven years and I love it. Sooooo much character. I've just bought a TDM 900 to go alongside the TRX. Again, not overly powerful but the power is very usable and far lighter than you'd ever think.
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PostPosted: 22:15 - 26 Dec 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Something about those bikes, I think they’re a fantastic looking machine. Bargain at 200 notes too.
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PostPosted: 15:00 - 03 Jan 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good work so far - keep the pics coming.

East Herts eh? Hoddesdon??
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PostPosted: 20:45 - 06 Jan 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

A100man wrote:
Good work so far - keep the pics coming.

East Herts eh? Hoddesdon??



No I'm further up the A10. Thanks for the compliment.
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PostPosted: 01:30 - 09 Feb 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I would've got more done but the exhaust downpipes defeated me. I've got the fittings out but the collars will not budge


Had the same on an old FJ1200. The alu collars weld themselves to the steel studs. i drilled into the collars till I touched the threads and heated them, then fed penetrant lubricant into the hole i'd drilled. came off eventually with hammer based persuasion.
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