1. Husqvarna Motorcycles Made In Sweden - About 1988 and older

1980 WR 390 Rescue...

Discussion in 'Vintage Restoration Projects' started by SnoDrtRider, Dec 17, 2016.

  1. MikeDi Husqvarna
    B Class

    Location:
    U.S.A. New England
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1983 WR 430
    Other Motorcycles:
    Stuck in the 80's vintage
    I would leave the tank just like it is. Maybe add a Phoenix decal on it or something.
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  2. justintendo klotz super techniplate junkie

    Location:
    mercer, pa/northwest pa
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    84 250,86 400,87 430,88 250,95 360
    Other Motorcycles:
    99 kawasaki zrx 1100
    wheres bigbill? this is one of his DREAM bikes...390 power!

    nice work bringing this one back. going to be a good one
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  3. SnoDrtRider Husqvarna
    B Class

    Location:
    South Jersey, USA
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1980 WR 390
    Other Motorcycles:
    2013 BMW F 800 GS,1974 Yamaha TY 250

    Thanks for that info Jim... I have the PJ1 Satin Black for the cases... I figured I would try that on the triples and forks as well maybe the hubs also if I get carried away. I used the PJ1 many years ago and it held up well on a 100 Kawasaki engine that I transplanted to a 125 Maico frame.
  4. suprize Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    Bendigo, Australia
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    WR 400, big space in shed
    Other Motorcycles:
    ktm 300
    I used a satin black etch primer for my cases, seems to hold up well
  5. SnoDrtRider Husqvarna
    B Class

    Location:
    South Jersey, USA
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1980 WR 390
    Other Motorcycles:
    2013 BMW F 800 GS,1974 Yamaha TY 250

    Is that under the PJ1?
  6. suprize Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    Bendigo, Australia
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    WR 400, big space in shed
    Other Motorcycles:
    ktm 300
    nope, just left it as an etch primer finish, seems ok so far
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  7. SnoDrtRider Husqvarna
    B Class

    Location:
    South Jersey, USA
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1980 WR 390
    Other Motorcycles:
    2013 BMW F 800 GS,1974 Yamaha TY 250
    Spent some time in the shop tonight... Stripped off all the new parts I just put on and packed them away...

    Started the tear down for Powder Coat of the frame and a few other parts. Made some good progress for just a few hours I think.

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  8. SnoDrtRider Husqvarna
    B Class

    Location:
    South Jersey, USA
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1980 WR 390
    Other Motorcycles:
    2013 BMW F 800 GS,1974 Yamaha TY 250
    Tonight's update...

    I ordered some swing arm related stuff from HVA Factory today.

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  9. jimspac Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    Connecticut
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    82 250WR, 82 430WR, 84 250WR, 85 400
    Other Motorcycles:
    86 400WR, 82 Montesa Cota 349
    That is the fun part of working on vintage. Unless something is severely rusted, they strip down pretty fast.
  10. SnoDrtRider Husqvarna
    B Class

    Location:
    South Jersey, USA
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1980 WR 390
    Other Motorcycles:
    2013 BMW F 800 GS,1974 Yamaha TY 250

    Sure beats tearing down an F 650 GS for a valve adjustment!
    Did two of them... mine and my wife's one after the other!

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  11. SnoDrtRider Husqvarna
    B Class

    Location:
    South Jersey, USA
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1980 WR 390
    Other Motorcycles:
    2013 BMW F 800 GS,1974 Yamaha TY 250
    Spent a few hours today cleaning hardware waiting for a buddy of mine to call me so I can get the welding done... Still waiting!

    On the bright side had a delivery from across the pond today!
    HVA Factory is amazing! I ordered on Tuesday and had the package on Friday!

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  12. SnoDrtRider Husqvarna
    B Class

    Location:
    South Jersey, USA
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1980 WR 390
    Other Motorcycles:
    2013 BMW F 800 GS,1974 Yamaha TY 250
    Well I have a sickness... Just ask my wife!
    Once I start cleaning I can't stop!
    Couple that with being bored today since it's been snowing all day and I get OOC (Out Of Control) my wife's term...

    I know it's not the correct finish but I am doing a Resto-Mod not a restoration to showroom condition.

    Yes you can polish zinc plated fasteners!

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    Jury is still out on polishing the engine mount plates... I like the brush finish but polishing them will make the finish last longer by sealing the surface.
  13. MikeDi Husqvarna
    B Class

    Location:
    U.S.A. New England
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1983 WR 430
    Other Motorcycles:
    Stuck in the 80's vintage
    I'm doing the same today, wire wheelin cleaning etc all day.
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  14. SnoDrtRider Husqvarna
    B Class

    Location:
    South Jersey, USA
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1980 WR 390
    Other Motorcycles:
    2013 BMW F 800 GS,1974 Yamaha TY 250
    Relaxing isn't it?
  15. 84scrambler Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    mid Florida
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    87 xc 250, 85 wrx 250, 79 wr 250
    Only bad thing about wire wheeling and polishing zinc plated material is that it will rust in about a year or so, unless you keep it in the house or maybe if you live out west.
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  16. dingodog Husqvarna
    B Class

    Location:
    The Garden State, Au
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    TC85, '82 WR250
    SnoDrtRdr, How'd the zinc plating turn out, the nyloc nuts handled the process? I'm about to send a bunch to the plater next week.
  17. suprize Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    Bendigo, Australia
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    WR 400, big space in shed
    Other Motorcycles:
    ktm 300
    the nuts will loose the nylon in any plating process. grab a box of new ones unless your concoursing and just plate the bolts
  18. SnoDrtRider Husqvarna
    B Class

    Location:
    South Jersey, USA
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1980 WR 390
    Other Motorcycles:
    2013 BMW F 800 GS,1974 Yamaha TY 250
    Didn't replate them, these are original.
  19. SnoDrtRider Husqvarna
    B Class

    Location:
    South Jersey, USA
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1980 WR 390
    Other Motorcycles:
    2013 BMW F 800 GS,1974 Yamaha TY 250
    Question:

    Is this bike (1980 WR 390) supposed to have a chain guard? There are tabs for a chain guard on the swing arm but I don't see any in the parts book.

    BTW Welding got done yesterday and the frame and bits are going to the Powder Coater this afternoon!
  20. Eric The Leg Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    Currently Tacoma, WA
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1986 WR400, 1985 WRX400, 1979 WR250
    Other Motorcycles:
    83 Kawasaki KZ 440
    Agreed, the fastener being rusted (as opposed to just coated with junk) means that the plating is compromised, you can clean it up, but it'll continue down that path once started.

    I still do it all the time though :D

    If you ride with any frequency and do the requisite wrenching, you'll have plenty of opportunities to spot when it's time to make that trip to the bolt store or website.