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seems that everything is overpriced. i dont want a $800 pos. something decent/running would be nice. found a running 93 750ss for 3k, maybe about 500 too much. but i would like to get it on the track this year. and dont see prices going down anytime soon.
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It's hard to find a running Ducati for under $3k. Even at that price I would choose that bike over the auction bike any day. 17" wheels, parts common to numerous models over a numerous years of production, heck yeah.
 

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Discussion Starter · #142 ·
I think the issue was/is the mid body gaskets.

Parts on the way.
 
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I finally got around to splitting the Omegas on the Tesi. Seems that one of the timing belt tensioner pulley bearings is messed up. Appears to be a decent amount of "in and out" play. Bearing spins freely, so not sure what is going on.

Shocks are at Ohlins.
Slow and steady on this one. It takes forever to do any job, so I want to make sure it is done right the first time.

DB4 is still waiting on the mid body gaskets.

DB2 is racking up miles

SB6 is no longer in the garage.
 
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So digging into the 1D for a belt change and came across something strange.
It appears that both the pullies are adjustable. I noticed this because the one (left in the image) has a bit more "in and out" play than the other three. When doing some research on the part numbers I realized that this pulley is normally the fixed one.
Thoughts?
 

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So digging into the 1D for a belt change and came across something strange.
It appears that both the pullies are adjustable. I noticed this because the one (left in the image) has a bit more "in and out" play than the other three. When doing some research on the part numbers I realized that this pulley is normally the fixed one.
Thoughts?
If both idle/tension wheels are on concentric adjusters you have a way to adjust both the tension and the advance or retard valve timing, if one was fixed the adjustment would be dependent on the length of the belt, but the belts aren't really suppose to stretch, so just a hunch somebody was experimenting with a way to adjust the valve timing :unsure:
 

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Discussion Starter · #147 ·
It is strange.

Bimota did modify the 851 engine into a 904, but not sure what all they changed.
 

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Yeah they have done some wild paint over the years.
 

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Stuff and things are happening.
Much excite.

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DB2 is officially complete. Put a few hundred miles on it so far with no issues. Makes all the right noises and is amazing to ride.

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Parts came in for the DB4 the other weekend. Got the carbs back together and took it out for a spin. Needed a few minor adjustments. Will do one more ride before declaring it finished.
WOW does that Corse pipe make a sound.

Couple of bikes left the garage to make room for some other things I have been exploring.

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999R is doing daily duty at this point.

Tesi is waiting on the shocks to come back. Got the belts swapped the other night. Still need to finish cleaning the hard to reach areas of the motor.
Should start moving fairly quickly once the shocks are back.
 

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somebody up your way is selling a 79 tz350
I emailed to see what they wanted for them. Also if anything else in that garage was for sale.

I assume they want some ignorant amount, but ya never know.
 

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I emailed to see what they wanted for them. Also if anything else in that garage was for sale.

I assume they want some ignorant amount, but ya never know.
says it "good original working condition ". by looking at the pics, cant imagine it runs. the fuel tank has been cut and rewelded ???...the tr3 doesnt look bad. #28 in the background looks interesting, mono rear end (76 and later). blue number plate (350?) and 5 spoke mags. last year made 81.TZ350 and 250 Website TZ350 Specifications
 

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They are a relative bargain right now.
Probably not going to last for long. Good ones are already bringing strong money at auction.
 

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When the 999 first came out, I was one of the crowd that thought "what in the hell were they thinking!" I wouldn't say I hated it, but I was not a fan. It may or may not be relevant that I owned a monoposto 996 at the time.

Anyway, they did a slight redesign to the bike at some point, and a couple years later I walked out of a store and saw a black 999 sitting there in the sun, and I thought dang, that actually doesn't look half bad...

The slight redeisgn and a few years to get used to it were what it took for me to start liking them. I wanted a 749 to use as a track bike for a while, I heard great things about the 749R.

So yeah, like a lot of other people I got over my dislike of them eventually. But I still prefer to see them in black. I don't think they'll ever be as desirable as the 916 family of bikes though, even if they are functionally better bikes.
 

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For me the 999 was the new sport bike when I was a kid. The 996 was nice to look out, but was outdated and old.
On the collector market it is about connection. The current generation of buyers has a strong connection with the 999.

Personally I think they have aged VERY well.
 
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