Picked up a towny! May be a question or 2

Just grabbed this towny today, it’s going to be a big project but I wanted something I could feel good about customizing. I do have a question, this does share the engine with the Yamahopper correct? I was needing a new head/piston and so on since...well...they aren’t there. Lol

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Wow that looks like quite the project. I think maybe too far gone for me to even want to restore it and I love the towny's. If the gas tank is rusted I would consider parting it out.

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William Johnson /

This is a 2 speed compared to the qt50 which is not. But the top ends are the same.

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> Daniel '' Wrote:

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> Wow that looks like quite the project. I think maybe too far gone for me

> to even want to restore it and I love the towny's. If the gas tank is

> rusted I would consider parting it out.

It’ll be fine, I got it for 90 bucks. It’s great experience anyhow.. the gas tanks on these are plastic so that’s not a worry thankfully.

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> William Johnson Wrote:

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> This is a 2 speed compared to the qt50 which is not. But the top ends

> are the same.

Great, thanks! Didn’t want to buy something that won’t fit. Parts for the QT50 seem to be more plentiful.

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The crankshaft is unique. Topends are availible. So mabe sure the crank is ok before spending money on it. Otherwise, a complete tear-down will be required to get crank-arm big-end bearing replaced by a machine shop. Many of the transmission parts are also unique. The frames like to bend in half where the squarish part meets the rear section. Consider reinforcing frame While apart. Some documentation in the wiki and many parts compatible with pw50, lc50, Qt50, etc

Look for my username on Vimeo for videos of transmisson disassembly. (edited)

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When you say customize what do you mean, becuase the towny is not an easy one. It is what it is man. There was a guy who put a scooter front end and pipe on his, but it still is a Towny. If the crank is good, I recommend just getting a yt60 top end for it, don't forget to upjet the carb too. Mine goes really well with just the kit. Also you have the best color so I hope you're not painting it.

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Theres no way I'm not restoring this thing. It's definitely getting powder coated. Now weather or not I stick with the yellow is still up for debate. I may stick with it or go fire engine red. I'm not customizing it much, just new pipe, maybe new forks, aesthetics mostly.tha ks for all the info.

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Lipstick on a pig

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Stock forks are garbage. If your gonna make it faster, pls replace them

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> Lipstick on a pig

I'd worry about that lipstick on you then brotha.

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Jack Rutherford /

plastic gas tank so no worries about rust. Oh, someone already remarked on that. Anyway, I had a guy trip over himself trying to buy my not-for-sale Towny that was painted up in Yamaha Yellow. I had a white one for sale and he couldn't care less about that one. He made me an offer I couldn't refuse and I've never run into another Yamaha yellow once since. I've got two white Townys now. Maybe just a thought before you go changing. (edited)

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> Full Tuck Wrote:

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> Stock forks are garbage. If your gonna make it faster, pls replace them

Hell yeah they are, total crap.

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Jack Rutherford /

That Towny looks fine to me. Ain't like there's 18 more for sale anytime soon. Make her dig!

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> Jack Rutherford Wrote:

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> plastic gas tank so no worries about rust. Oh, someone already remarked

> on that. Anyway, I had a guy trip over himself trying to buy my

> not-for-sale Towny that was painted up in Yamaha Yellow. I had a white

> one for sale and he couldn't care less about that one. He made me an

> offer I couldn't refuse and I've never run into another Yamaha yellow

> once since. I've got two white Townys now. Maybe just a thought before

> you go changing.

I have to admit this shade of yellow holds up well. Like I said its staying this yellow or red. Probably the yellow though.

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Jack Rutherford /

I think you can get new seat covers on ebay for not too much - $30 or less.

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I just don't see how you can improve a towny aesthetically. Yamaha totally nailed it and I really dont think you're going to be able to do it better.

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What do you all suggest as far as new forks go?

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Getting there.

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Almost any fork you use is going to need to have the towny yoke welded/pressed into the new triple tree, it has to be super long. You could maybe use a set of the derbi hydraulic ebr forks, gotta measure the towny fork tube though.

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> Almost any fork you use is going to need to have the towny yoke

> welded/pressed into the new triple tree, it has to be super long. You

> could maybe use a set of the derbi hydraulic ebr forks, gotta measure

> the towny fork tube though.

huh? no. i used NOS General forks. i only had to replace the bottom bearing cup. and get a longer front axle. I used the stock wheel, cut down the axle spacer 3.4mm, angle grinder to match up the brake stop, DIY'ed handlebar and headlight mount brackets. (i have a facebook album documenting this)

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Pushrod Fifty /

I would clean up the yellow, touch up and wax. You can do the Yamaha aniversary striping on it, that would look cool.

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> Full Tuck Wrote:

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> > Daniel '' Wrote:

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> > Almost any fork you use is going to need to have the towny yoke

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> > welded/pressed into the new triple tree, it has to be super long. You

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> > could maybe use a set of the derbi hydraulic ebr forks, gotta measure

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> > the towny fork tube though.

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> huh? no. i used NOS General forks. i only had to replace the bottom

> bearing cup. and get a longer front axle. I used the stock wheel, cut

> down the axle spacer 3.4mm, angle grinder to match up the brake stop,

> DIY'ed handlebar and headlight mount brackets. (i have a facebook album

> documenting this)

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That looks great!

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