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

'86 WR400 rebuild

Discussion in 'Vintage Restoration Projects' started by Eurofreak, Jan 8, 2017.

  1. Eurofreak Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    Western NY
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1986 Wr 400, 1982 CR250
    Other Motorcycles:
    70's Triumph , KTM , Buell, etc
    I've been working on my '86. It will be a rider not a restore. I want a functional period correct bike (at this point). My goal is function and some aesthetics. Hopefully I can run this at some of the vintage events.
    [IMG]

    She started like this- a fairly complete low hour bike that had sat for I was told 8-10 years.
    Good compression, no spark. Fixing the ground allowed it to be started and run to check the general workings. I replaced ignition crank seal and reeds at this time. Motor was fine, clutch and tranny fine too. The water pump had corrosion but had not eaten through. this was cleaned and epoxied.
    [IMG]
    here's a picture of the reed cage and old reeds. It turned out to be a Mossbarger cage.
    The info on this site allowed me to find reeds and solve the ignition problem.
    after confirming it would run, I started to order parts and strip the bike down. Powdercoating the frame seemed the best option as rusty as it was. I used a local guy who charged me $125 cash to strip and powdercoat including sealing thread openings and the steering stem.
    [IMG]
    Just back from the shop. Piles of shit everywhere.
  2. oldbikedude Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    Honey Brook Pa.
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1988 wr 430 with cr suspension
    Other Motorcycles:
    66flh,67 CA77,76 CR125M,73H1,74ty250
    That looks like a solid bike to start with. The frame looks great.
  3. huskyJames Husqvarna
    A Class

    Location:
    Elverta Ca
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    85 XC500, 87 WR430
    Other Motorcycles:
    85 ATC 200x, 88 rm 125,
    Nice powder coat job, Im trying to decide to do mine or powdercoat or epoxy white.
  4. 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
    yeah, bike looked pretty decent to start with! a fresh job on the frame will look great. that white always pops
  5. 2premo Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    Northern NV
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    93 & 99 360, 87 CR250 & 430, 88 430
    Other Motorcycles:
    Honda CT 90, KTM 380 EXC Sherco 300
    looking at the powder coat, looks good but offers grounding issues for the ignition
    run a separate ground wire from the mag to the coil, 18ga. in the wire loom tube when you reassemble
  6. Eurofreak Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    Western NY
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1986 Wr 400, 1982 CR250
    Other Motorcycles:
    70's Triumph , KTM , Buell, etc
    Thanks guys-the frame was the most rusty so it needed a lot of attention. My only mistake with the powdercoat was not blocking powder on the engine mount points and coil bracket- a couple of minutes with the Dremel and it was set. I ran a second ground to the coil bracket from the ignition and a ground for the kill switch.

    [IMG]
    Forgive the mess-too many projects. Swingarm installed with new bearings and new linkage. I decided to make the swingarm bare aluminum instead of repainting. I saved the enduro stickers- patina! Repainted the triple clamps, greased the bearings, ready to assemble forks.
    Installed the motor- No paint, just a new sprocket and spark plug.
    Radiators were soaked with vinegar and rinsed.
    Note the bike stand. I was given an old drill press stand with a large metal base. I thought it would make a great stand for rebuilding the Swede.
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  7. jimspac Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    Connecticut
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    82 250WR, 82 430WR, 84 250WR, 85 400
    Other Motorcycles:
    86 400WR, 82 Montesa Cota 349
    I have enough Harbor Freight bike stands (3) and also 2 motorcycle jacks so I do not have to treat my prize drill press like that. Not that I wouldn't do it if I did not have those stands. Just make sure you get it down onto a stand before it gets too heavy.
  8. Eurofreak Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    Western NY
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1986 Wr 400, 1982 CR250
    Other Motorcycles:
    70's Triumph , KTM , Buell, etc
    The motorcycle lift has my BMW on it. The stand is waiting for the beastie-almost there. New shoes and bearings![IMG]
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  9. Eurofreak Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    Western NY
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1986 Wr 400, 1982 CR250
    Other Motorcycles:
    70's Triumph , KTM , Buell, etc
    The nice bit with the drill press stand is it's adjustable and swivels around- very nice to work around.

    Here's an odd one-I ordered new cables from Halls. The new Terrycable inner cable was an inch too long. When I called Halls we compared measurements and they were all the same. Raymond looked around and immediately shipped me one with the inner length I needed.
  10. jimspac Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    Connecticut
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    82 250WR, 82 430WR, 84 250WR, 85 400
    Other Motorcycles:
    86 400WR, 82 Montesa Cota 349
    I got my father's Craftman drill press that he bought new in 1964 when drill presses and radial arm saws were all cast iron based for rigidity. I inherited all his tools and equipment when he passed away in 1996.

    The other nice thing about using the drill press like you did it that the binder on the table allow you to control on lowering if you happen to assemble somewhat heavy/

    When I was working on the Cota in my basement, I assembled into a rolling bare chassis but still needed some help getting it out of the basement. Not a walk in :)
  11. suprize Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    Bendigo, Australia
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    WR 400, bike in a box Moto Villa 350
    Other Motorcycles:
    ktm 300
    local powder coater here has developed a special husky white for us, has that slightly off white color c/w gloss white
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  12. Eurofreak Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    Western NY
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1986 Wr 400, 1982 CR250
    Other Motorcycles:
    70's Triumph , KTM , Buell, etc
    [IMG]
    Fork springs were a bit long when I disassembled them. I cut them down to recommended length.
    [IMG]

    New chain slider made from sheet nylon plastic. Made a cardboard template, used a heat gun and sander to form.
    Not a great shot but footpegs were widened too.
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  13. oldbikedude Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    Honey Brook Pa.
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1988 wr 430 with cr suspension
    Other Motorcycles:
    66flh,67 CA77,76 CR125M,73H1,74ty250
    I did the same thing to both....very nice. Be prepared to hear the chain slapping the slider.
  14. suprize Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    Bendigo, Australia
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    WR 400, bike in a box Moto Villa 350
    Other Motorcycles:
    ktm 300
    cooler than a bucket of penquin shit!:cool:
  15. Eurofreak Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    Western NY
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1986 Wr 400, 1982 CR250
    Other Motorcycles:
    70's Triumph , KTM , Buell, etc
    Cooler than whale spit too
    Thanks guys :cool:
    When i bought my first KTM- a '93 300, I kept hearing this ratchet-y noise. I asked the old owner about it and repeated the noise for him. He couldn't hear anything wrong. We figured out it was chain slap.
  16. Bigbill Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    '83 250wr
    Other Motorcycles:
    0 right now
    Nice work.
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  17. Eurofreak Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    Western NY
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1986 Wr 400, 1982 CR250
    Other Motorcycles:
    70's Triumph , KTM , Buell, etc
    Almost done- the weather may cooperate with a ride- not sure
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  18. Eurofreak Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    Western NY
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1986 Wr 400, 1982 CR250
    Other Motorcycles:
    70's Triumph , KTM , Buell, etc
    The weather has not cooperated yet. Fitting the old plastic. It's decent with no cracks. Joe Chod explained his method of making a tank look new again. I'm worried it may be too pretty to thrash. I may have him make mine pretty but first it needs to roost!

    A problem that has come up-the exhaust side panel doesn't fit well. Does anyone have a picture or link of how an 85 side panel is mounted? Specifically the rear upper mounting hole wants to be where the silencer mount is located. I either need a new way mount both items or move the side panel forward.
  19. Eric The Leg Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    Currently Tacoma, WA
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1986 WR400, 1985 WRX400, 1979 WR250
    Other Motorcycles:
    83 Kawasaki KZ 440
    Sounds like you've got a CR side panel.
    119 is WR
    59 is CR
    0629162046.jpg
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  20. Eurofreak Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    Western NY
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1986 Wr 400, 1982 CR250
    Other Motorcycles:
    70's Triumph , KTM , Buell, etc
    Yup I do. I see the difference. In the meantime I fabbed some brackets to mount what I have.
    I will have to heat gun the top lip to get the seat to fit correctly.
    Bastards...
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