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Author Topic: The perfect bike - Or, hey Levi look i made a new project thread too ;D  (Read 2770 times)

Offline Mr.E

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And yeah, kanticoy and Irk have helped me research a bit on the sides too. My wheel is 36 spoke, but newer crf's and such are often 32 spoke. So if I get the transalp hub, a modern wheel, and my current cush carrier, it should all work, as the transalp hub is a direct fit for my current swingarm. If I get an aluminum swingarm later at least the width of what I have, this'll all go together nicely.


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Dude, that profile picture...   ;D ;D ;D

Mr Pot, meet Mr Kettle.
“Fight on and fly on to the last drop of blood and the last drop of fuel, to the last beat of the heart.”
— Baron Manfred von Richthofen

Please check out:  http://www.VetTix.org

These are on a low simmer out in the shop:
'75 Honda CL360: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=56547.0
'70 Rupp Roadster: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=67459.0

Offline Mr.E

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So back in November I agreed to meet the shady trash bag man in the woods near Chattanooga. Two days later I emerged with a fever and a hurt ankle. But that's another story for another outlet. The aim thing was, a group of us had been riding mostly single track all weekend and laughing at each other's mishaps. I had the XL and Meatwad with me, and they both killed everything I threw them at. Y'all haven't met Meatwad, he's awesome tho. I'll have to do some back story on that little bike sometime. But, the XL's performance did confirm to me that I needed a lower gear for first. Too much clutch slippage going on for what I'm doing. It never failed, it just wasn't quite where I wanted. Otherwise it was awesome. So, I got back and said that I'd tear it down after that trip and get into the meat. But first, another quick ride out in a snow storm we got.

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There were plenty of idiots out, lots of abandoned suvs on perfectly flat roads, a huge 4wd truck that managed to hit the only tree in a long straight, and territorial atv snowplow ppl hellbent on running others off the road in the name of making the road safe. It was a fun ride and my phone died.

After that ride, it was time. Christmas was here, my awesome wife got me some awesome doodads to bolt on it and a torque wrench, I had no more excuses.  So then this happened.

Offline ridesolo

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...So then this happened. 

So then WHAT happened?  You had an explosion in your shop?  HCG (Mrs E) went nutz w/ that hammer?  Santa's elves got into the e'nog and tried to "help" you?  Ichiban Moto came and helped? 
“Fight on and fly on to the last drop of blood and the last drop of fuel, to the last beat of the heart.”
— Baron Manfred von Richthofen

Please check out:  http://www.VetTix.org

These are on a low simmer out in the shop:
'75 Honda CL360: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=56547.0
'70 Rupp Roadster: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=67459.0

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I decided to see what makes it tick. Literally. Remember that sound it made at mid O? It had been making it the whole time until now. But more on that later.

First, a bit on magnesium engine parts.  If anyone read my Elsinore build, you may recall the issues with magnesium I ran into there. Basically, it "can" last forever so long as you don't expose the raw case to things like... air and water. Easy, right? Especially susceptible are areas where water can puddle, like the little corners on cases when it's on the side stand. Over years, alkaline in rain/swamp/water can eat away at the case just like rust. It just takes a scratch thru the coating. This bike wasn't bad. Just a few spots on the clutch cover to blast out deep and fill. Then a few good coats of ceramic engine paint to seal it back up. Someone back in the previous ownership did paint the covers, but looks to have just painted over the original paint. That's also bad. It creates pockets of sealed in trash that will continue to corrode. Look at the pic of the bare cover where the dark lines are. That's where the moisture has been trying to get under the paint. If left unchecked, it will rot like rust. Don't be that guy. Don't stop till its clean, and then seal the hell out of it.

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Magnesium is the worst.
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74 CB360 - Luna - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=63294.0
82 GS550L - Tracker-ish - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=67229.0 - Sold
74 XL350 - The Turd - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70252.0
Suzuki FA50 "No-Ped" - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=71189.0
73 Suzuki RV125 -http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=73875.0

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Magnesium is the worst.

Yes it is on a lot of stuff

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One of the things on my list was the transalp hub for a rear disc brake swap.  From what I could tell, my sprocket carrier was a direct swap. So after a gamble on eBay, I got a nos transalp hub. It fit great with the carrier and axle. It even came with new bearings and seals. It is 32 spoke, so I've got to get a hoop and spokes, then I'll be in business.