Hello All, I’m new here and just checking to see if any one can help me out and save me some time. I am just in the planning phase of restoring my two RD350LC’c and I was wonder if any one has put together a excel parts/jobs list. I started to put one together, but I was thinking that someone must have done this before. If you have anything digital, in excel or word can you please share and save me a couple hours of working putting this together. I am going to use this to keep track of all the cost, parts, what conditions they are in, notes on what is required, things to do, etc. It might be a bit of an over kill in organization but that’s me.
I’m planning a full restore to one of them to as new, and the other one (the one I road from when I was 17 till about 15 years ago when parked) to perfect mechanical condition but keep the original beat-up parts on it. But it still needs a lot of work as well.
Thanks for the help and appreciate anything you might have!
Hi Welcome to the forum. You can download a parts PDF that will give you all the part numbers. Fowlers in Bristol have a website where you can enter the part number and it comes up with availability and price;
You may find genuine parts cheaper elsewhere though - like Norbo who runs this forum often does Yam stuff cheaper than Fowlers. Spend time looking at the restos in this section, and you'll get a fairly good idea Good luck
I agree on doubling your estimate !! You can spend a lot of money very quickly on these bikes. Very different to how it was back when we were kids !! Another reason for guys not listing all their costs is the fact the missus may get to see them !! WE all know it only takes a few hundred to get to show winning condition, but if "her indoors" found out the real cost... And, what 1 person spends will be different to someone else. Some guys will pay over the odds for the last part of the jigsaw whilst others will wait for a cheaper part to turn up. Plus, costs can vary for services like vapour blasting, powdercoating or painting etc. And going back to Yam parts prices - an Lc inlet rubber from Fowlers is/was £78.00 for 1. Norbo does a new, genuine Yam inlet rubber for £35 - £70 a pair, so if you didn't know about Norbos shop, your parts bill will be much higher than someone that did. And, Yamaha can have some nasty price hikes up their sleeves. A Ypvs base gasket used to cost about a fiver. Yamaha then inflated the price to over £30 for the exact same gasket overnight !! There are other options of course, and that's where the guys on the forum will help you out when the builds start. I always estimate a complete engine rebuild being £600 - £1000. Paint £600 plus, etc etc. Better get friendly with the Bank manager !!
The problem can be as well that when you start you don’t stop so the quick refresh turns into a full in rebuild or you fit one new part that highlights how crap other parts are, then there is the progress of ideas. Mine started off as a rebuild with a couple of tweaks spannies metmachex etc it then evolved into a full rebuthat then became a special and before I knew I had spent best part of £2k just on tz700 parts then it became important to have mechanical anti dive that cost £700+ then the body works etc etc etc now it owes me mid teens, easily done.
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