Well, there I was searching the internet the other night for some information on a new project bike I just got, and lo and behold, who do I run across other than Greywolf. It appears that we both have a metallic blue F7 175. I just picked up a basketcase today, and was roaming around some bike forum and found a link to your page (door into tomorrow). Kind of ironic...don't you think?
Sure isn't much info on those old Enduros is there? I may have some extra goodies for ya that won't be used on the #2 bike. The headlight housing and mounts for one thing, #2 is going to be pure trail.
I'm still thinking of some way to get the headlight on the street bike to quit burning out but will probably have to find an industrial electronic supply house to get what I need to bulletproof it.
Those lights are priced out of this world IF you can find someone who has one (both Kawi and Stanley have discontinued manufacture of the headlight insert). The smart money says retrofit a honda headlight that uses ordinary sealed beams...
Another tip from an old timer was to start thinking in terms of a "PRE-MIXED" bike - the 2-cycle oil pumps can fail without warning and fry the whole lower end.
What year IS yours? According to Mr. Bigham the first year they came out was the F7, the next year was F7A, and the last year was F7B. I've got a 72, and a 73 - I think they are an "A" and a "B" but I can't find my notes on it.
It's a 72 model. The engine (it came with two) is locked up, so I hope I have enough parts to build one good engine. Other than than...it's pretty much all there. Not as clean as your bike, but getting there. Funny, the only thing I don't have is the headlight for this bike.
actually, I'm missing the metal intake manifold that the bolts between the rotary valve and the carb. I think I'm just going to weld up something out of some scrap aluminum lying around. I've already got the intake system worked out. Do you have any need for a spare bottom end that's all but locked up? Does have some good parts, though...
I fired off an E-Mail to Buchanan Spoke and Rim in California to find out what spokes I'll need to lace up a 21 inch DID alloy front rim on the original F7 front hub on the dirt machine. I'm after a set of plain jane heavy guage stainless spokes and nipples so they don't rust and crud up, and for strength.
You've heard my theories about wheel weight and fuel economy - the method also works for speed and handling. I'm going to lace up a set of wheels for this bike that will turn it into a totally different creature!!!
Well, you're correct about most 2-stroke bikes having a reed valve. However, these have a rotary valve behind the right side crankcase cover (behind carb). Kawasaki was the only manufacturer to make an induction system like this.
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