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Post  teapot on Mon 18 Jan - 18:51

Hi guys (and ladies if there are still any on here!). After a long break from T80 tinkering due to focusing my attention on other things such as home, garden and garage improvement I'm finally looking at my T80 again.

I used to have two, but sold the older (1992) one about 18 months ago. I've finally got around to sorting through all my spares and sold all the sellable parts on ebay, then binned all the irrelevant parts.

So I'm left now with just one T80 - a grey 1995 (M) model with a mere 10k on the clock. Generally it is in excellent condtion except a little surface rust on the frame, rims and rear shocks. In order to restore it's appearance and maximise longevity, I'm thinking of fully dismantling it and getting the frame cleaned and powder coated. But I'm wondering whether it will be possible to get an accurate colour match? Anyone got any views on this, or would suggest a different approach?

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Post  JohnW on Tue 19 Jan - 9:51

There is a ref to Townmate paint here http://yamahatownmatet80.forumotion.co.uk/t640-paint-code?highlight=Blue+paint
Not sure if powder coating is a good idea, you would need to remove all rubber or plastic parts (including the swinging arm bushes) as the heat involved in the powder coating process will damage them. It may also damage the steering head ball races if left in frame. Also you get a high build up of paint thickness with powder coating which can present problems when re assembling. So probably better to use a two pack or air drying paint, as has been mentioned before the Hammerite Smoothrite Blue is a good match particularly if the whole bike is to be repainted. Hammerite also do a compatable rust preventative primer.

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Post  teapot on Tue 19 Jan - 23:06

Ah yes, I didn't think about the swing arm bushes. I also thought that the steering bearings would be ok as long as I removed the coating from them after, but clearly that is not the case. So back to paint then!

thanks for the advice John!

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Post  Dave Weller on Thu 21 Apr - 15:04

I'm also back to doing the T80, got it started and I've got the rusty exhaust off, so need a new one, any ideas on supplier?
Also re-bushed and greased up the front forks, it was slightly pulling to the kerb, hopefully now sorted.


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Post  JohnW on Fri 22 Apr - 8:54

Dave Weller wrote: I've got the rusty exhaust off, so need a new one, any ideas on supplier?

http://www.motorcycleproducts.co.uk/exhaust-yamaha-t80-1983-97-p-166427.html

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