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Author Topic: CB450 Tracker  (Read 32652 times)

Offline CrabsAndCylinders

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Re: CB450 Tracker
« Reply #250 on: Aug 02, 2019, 03:46:15 »
Today it was 25 deg celcius when I put my 5' 10", 200 lb body into my vehicle to drive 10 km to pick up some 2"x4"'s and 4'x8' sheets of plywood and then I bought 50 litres of gas.  In Canada we are metric but most of us are bi-measuremental.  :)
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Offline Pete12

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Re: CB450 Tracker
« Reply #252 on: Sep 05, 2019, 05:20:04 »
I finally got back home from overseas this morning so this afternoon I bled both brakes. I used a mityvac brake bleeder that I bought a few years ago when I was working in Ohio. What a blessing those things are, it only took about ten minutes to do the whole lot. There is no spillage or mess to clean up, just empty the contents back into the brake fluid container and you're good to go.

Offline Pete12

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Re: CB450 Tracker
« Reply #253 on: Sep 07, 2019, 02:06:08 »
Got my powder coater out yesterday and gave the chain guard a shot of mirror black but unfortunately the hi frequency switch kept failing (which I didn't realise until the end) and I ended up putting on a lot more powder than I had originally planned, which gave it an orange peel effect. I will wait until the bike is on the ground to see how it looks but I think I will end up redoing it. I got a new switch from Jaycar that cost all of $3, so I'll fit that up so I can do the battery box and inner rear guard.

Offline crazypj

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Re: CB450 Tracker
« Reply #254 on: Sep 08, 2019, 16:42:00 »
I  may have mentioned it previously, use plumbers Teflon sealing paste on the brake bleeders. It stops them seizing up plus (more important) stops fluid or air leaking around the threads. I also use it when fitting stainless steel screws on covers as stainless has an affinity for various aluminium alloys (or maybe the other way around?) Teflon is pretty impervious to most chemicals and the low heat on majority of motorcycle parts so prevents issues in 20~30 yrs time  ;)   Oh, +1 on Mityvac, uses way less fluid than a vaculator (professional air powered brake bleeder)  The cheap Harbor Freight one works almost as well. (I have both) I can't find the damn Mityvac though, I know it's 'safe ' and nicer to use than the cheapie
« Last Edit: Sep 08, 2019, 16:45:43 by crazypj »
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Offline Pete12

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Re: CB450 Tracker
« Reply #255 on: Sep 08, 2019, 20:05:28 »
Good idea on the Teflon paste pj, I just use brake grease on the bleeders and neversieze on the s/s cover screws.

Offline Pete12

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Re: CB450 Tracker
« Reply #256 on: Sep 17, 2019, 04:59:54 »
I mounted up the rear brake hose clamps, which I got from a YZ250, and then got out the powdercoater again and did the battery box and inner rear guard. It works a lot better now with the new switch in place, although it didn't cover the chinese wheel marks on the tyre side of the guard haha. I also did the gear lever and kick start lever which both came out quite good too. Finally, I made up the exhaust baffle, but I don't think it will baffle too much. The next thing is to fit the alternator cover and countershaft cover after I have shortened the clutch cable.
« Last Edit: Sep 17, 2019, 05:01:46 by Pete12 »

Offline cb250nproject

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Re: CB450 Tracker
« Reply #257 on: Sep 17, 2019, 06:22:48 »
crazy work Pete, absolutely loving it
first cafe build was an incomplete learning experience, more of a test run for the real thing FRANKENHONDA II

Offline Pete12

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Re: CB450 Tracker
« Reply #258 on: Sep 17, 2019, 17:02:06 »
Thanks Phillip, much appreciated.

Offline Pete12

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Re: CB450 Tracker
« Reply #259 on: Today at 04:59:33 »
I fitted up the exhaust pipe today, complete with "baffle" which is bolted in from underneath as well as the holding screws at the back. That way, if the screws come out, we don't lose the whole thing on the road, waiting to get run over by a truck. I used pot belly black, which takes a little heating of the exhaust to cure properly, but comes out quite nicely when it does.