Yamaha RZ350 Restoration- page 3


So after getting all the graphics installed, it’s time to clear coat everything…

ready for clear coat

ready for clear coat

Tail cleared...

Tail cleared…

Cleared and on the drying table

Cleared and on the drying table

So, while the clear is hardening, we get to work on final assembly… the handlebars are some nice Renthal’s with a sporty bend but not too low. All the switchgear had to be refinished and the wiring checked since it was really patched together and barely working when I got it.

view from the top- Renthal bars and switch gear installed

view from the top- Renthal bars and switch gear installed

Brakes, upper stay and instruments are installed… the upper stay was fairly beat up from years of racing but after spending some time with a vice and tube bending equipment, I got it pretty nice and then bead blasted it before painting.

brakes, instruments and upper stay...

brakes, instruments and upper stay…

Final assembly goes pretty quickly… With all the wiring sorted out, it was a matter of installing the tank and bodywork, checking for leaks in gas and coolant lines and then ready for a first start.

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The first run of the bike was pretty uneventful except for a slight petcock leak. Then it was ready to hit the road. What a fantastic bike- Light, quick and of course the 2-stroke sound and exhaust! The first run video is here and also on the front page in the video sidebar.