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YF60 "4-Zinger" Basket Case Restoration

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I'm doing a write-up on a project I'm working on. It's a 1986 Yamaha YF60 "4-Zinger" quad. Maybe some of you all had one as a kid? 😋

I found it on Craigslist for $100 and I couldn't pass it up. It was almost 100% complete; just missing the bottom half of the throttle controls and a CDI box, which I was lucky enough to find on eBay for a decent price. I had to source out a throttle / Off-On-Start assembly from a '86 Tri-Zinger which is basically the same part. It's tough to find parts on-line and there's only a few OEM parts still available for this model. 

It has a lighting coil on the stator assembly (OEM parts list calls it a "generator"), but I'm not sure why. It doesn't have any lights on it and it's a pull start so no battery at all. It also has a "pulser" coil? I'm guessing similar to a crank position sensor on a car or truck?

On the to-do list:

  • Tear down - paint the frame, high temp / flame-proof paint for muffler assembly
  • New tires - with rigorous searching and cross-referencing I found the size required for the little wheels
  • Restore plastics - sand, prep with adhesion promoter, and apply new decal set (there's a place in Vegas with an eBay store that sells replica sets)
  • Re-cover seat (there's a vendor on eBay that makes replacement covers with the Yamaha branding on the sides)
  • Re-build carb
  • Disable the "Auto Lube" oil pump (going to run pre-mix on it) as the oil tank is gone
  • Oil change
  • Check rear drive shaft assembly and grease
  • Check rear brake / hub
  • Go through electrical and install CDI box
  • Install controls / new grips
  • Top-end service - new piston kit

That should bring it back to life and into decent shape. I hope that my son can get some fun out of it until he outgrows the machine. Then I'll sell it to someone who will take care of it and keep it running down the road.





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JD....how is the rebuilding process going.?  Got any more pics? I may have run across one of these and I'm doing some research as to what I may run into.  



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Progress has been slow for me so far. I have all the parts I need, but also have a PW80 that I'm working on and trying to sell.

If you do get into working on a YF60, I highly recommend the Yamaha parts reference database available from this site:


I'm not affiliated with the individual that made the application (not trying to sell you anything here); just want to mention that I was able to cross-reference a lot of the PW50 and Tri-Zinger parts that will work on the YF60. For example, you can pretty much get the same crank and seal for a PW50 as opposed to trying to track down OEM parts marked with part numbers for the YF60. It's about the same size engine, so it make sense that Yamaha would use some of the same parts across those models. 

The OEM parts for the YF60s are very rare now, so the markup is pretty high. There's still a lot of NOS parts for the PW50 so it definitely helps to try and source those first.

Let me know if you need any of the parts lists of repair manuals for the YF60.


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JD......thanks for the reply.  I was able to get the zinger.  I'll have to up load some pics as soon as I get a chance. It's got a little plastic damage but not something that I can't take care of.  I may have to call on ya for some tech advice.  Can't wait to tear into it and make it run.  That will make a couple of kids very happy.  

Thanks again for the cross reference website.  

Ride safe. 


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