1984 RD350, RDD Engine Rebuild.

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1984 RD350, RDD Engine Rebuild.

Post by tanvirgill » Mon Apr 23, 2012 1:35 pm

March 2004, Bought the motorcycle with zero acumen to ride and maintain it. Reason for purchase: - Sound, Speed and “Not everyone owns it” syndrome. Local mechanics took benefit of the mechanical ignorance ( I was witness to splash of oil from the cylinder, spark plug removed and engine running. Hammering of screw drives on the roof of exhaust post to remove carbon deposit and to remove something which previous mechanic has put in there to increase mileage. Shorten the muffler to increase sound & Pick up. All this was done will diagnosing, as to why the left cylinder gives up after running for 15-20 mins). Drove the motorcycle for around 200kms and went for further studies in June 2004.

Got to know about this forum with access to internet in college and signed up in September, 2004.

In 2006, study completed and started working. It got harder to devote time for motorcycle, as I realized it’s can of worms. Moreover, absence of good mechanic was a deterrent as well. None of them brought in the confidence to get the job done. By now I had read fair bit about 2-strokes on the RDD forum.

In July 2009, I made up my mind to get the engine rebuild done from RDD. Contacted Ron Chinoy, he was gracious enough to accept my build without interview. Motorcycle was shipped in Oct 2009.

Fast forward to March 2012, got the news from Mr. Chinoy, job is done and motor cycle has been shipped. It reached on March 20th, worked on the small jobs required to ride it. These small jobs(Rust removal, fuel pipes, Speedo & Tachometer installation, filters, chain installation, sorting out of indicator and tail light assemble(Damaged/Broken in shipping) Premix oil etc took over a month. Yesterday started the motorcycle and took for small ride. I almost forgot how RD sounded; it was sweet recall with evident change in way the motorcycle was running. Did a 3km run, kept her under 3500rpm.

Following is the list of Jobs done at RDD:-
RDD Crank
Wiseco Pistons
RDD Porting-HT
RDD Reeds
RDD Head mods
RDD Filters
Gear Box Blue Printing n Inspection
Oil seals and gaskets
Bench testing
RDD CDI-5(Export Variant) installation
RDD U-Tube and manifold
RDD Fuel Tap
RDD Ultrasonic Cleaning of Carbs.
Amaron Pro Biker battery.
New seat (Rao Seats).
Big Thanks to Ron, giving me this build. He was/is patient to attend and answer the calls and question. Thanks goes out to Prd, Reaper, Ajay, Amrit, Brar and to all those who helped me in one way or the other.
A lot of time and effort has gone into this motorcycle. It’s a keeper for sure! Now It need to plan on the cosmetic restoration of it, which may start somewhere year or so down the line.
Will keep posted on the Break in and post it.
@Ron:- During the short trip last night, did water test. It evaporated instantly and checked the Heads, they were hot.

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Re: 1984 RD350, RDD Engine Rebuild.

Post by gurjinder » Mon Apr 23, 2012 2:56 pm

Great work bro. Finally you got around to starting it up.

With all the cycle-parts goodies that you have in store for your RD, i'm sure it'll be one helluva looker as well. ;)

Any chance we can hear it growling? Youtube vid?

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Re: 1984 RD350, RDD Engine Rebuild.

Post by chinoy » Mon Apr 23, 2012 2:59 pm

Driving the bike at or under 3500 RPM is going to cause it to over heat.
First Rags nearly blows it. Then you.
Please drive it as you would drive a regular bike. i.e. Clean pull to 5K + in each gear.
You have effectively stuck it at max advance exactly @ 3500 RPM. Not a good idea.

Ride it like a RD is supposed to be driven. You just dont want to hold high RPM or constant throttle position.
This is not a road side build. Where you have all this run in circus. RDD built engines are just like a modern Jap engine run in. i.e. normal use just dont hold high RPM.

I dont know about your city so lift the needle to fully rich and drive the bike. Do a plug chop. If its rich go down a notch. If its lean ask me for bigger jets.

Bikes are jeted for Bangalore elevation.

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Re: 1984 RD350, RDD Engine Rebuild.

Post by dafc » Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:35 pm

Good on you matey! That makes us 2 RDD members from Patiala lol

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Re: 1984 RD350, RDD Engine Rebuild.

Post by tanvirgill » Sun May 06, 2012 10:56 pm

Got some spare time today, spend it on much needed cleaning of the motorcycle, as it was quite dirty. It took around 3 hours to clean ](*,) the engine bay. Haven't ridden the motorcycle after the first run.@Ron:- Will take care of the RPM.
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Need to replace the Triple tree bearings and rebuild the rear shock absorbers.

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Re: 1984 RD350, RDD Engine Rebuild.

Post by tanvirgill » Sun May 06, 2012 11:34 pm

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Re: 1984 RD350, RDD Engine Rebuild.

Post by actamol » Wed May 09, 2012 1:54 pm

Congrats...Nice clean bike

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Re: 1984 RD350, RDD Engine Rebuild.

Post by Viish » Thu May 10, 2012 1:56 am

Neat - Congrats Amigo!!!

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Re: 1984 RD350, RDD Engine Rebuild.

Post by vtdiff » Thu May 10, 2012 12:43 pm

Tanvir..

Nice clean bike, I like the look of the Speedo and Tacho..

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Re: 1984 RD350, RDD Engine Rebuild.

Post by racestilldie » Fri May 11, 2012 2:13 am

nice looking bike there

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