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Author Topic: SR500 RACE BIKE - Tracy body kit - Survivor - Ohio  (Read 9852 times)

Offline imwastefull

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Re: SR500 RACE BIKE - Tracy body kit - Survivor - Ohio
« Reply #110 on: Jan 23, 2019, 10:06:02 »

It's time to get back on the old race bike. Took a few weeks off due to the holidays, some travel, and building some solid struts for the old Digger. But, I'm focused on getting this pig up and running in time for summer.

After some cussing, clever back-filling, and a mity-vac, I was able to get the front brakes working flawlessly. I'm very pleased with how they feel so far, and upon inspection, the rotors and calipers are in fantastic shape. Once I bought all new lines, crush washers, and spent some time bleeding, they're perfect.

The rear brakes are a different story. The rear master I got with the bike was frozen solid and after I tore it apart and thoroughly cleaned it, it still leaked air. So, I bought a second-hand master and this poor gal was in even worse shape.  :( BUT, after some scrubbing and a mix and match of useable parts, I was able to turn 2 masters into 1 good one.

I bled the rear brakes, got all of the air out, had a good pedal feel but the brakes still didn't work. I pulled off the caliper, got the rubber boot removed and saw a rusty, frozen piston. BUMMER. Still, I wanted to recycle the parts so I went along with trying to use it. After pulling, whacking, heating, air-blasting, and lubing the caliper, I just couldn't get the piston to move.

I had heard about a neat trick using a grease gun to push out a frozen piston. Evidently, you plug the banjo bolt hole, loosen the bleeder and pump grease into the caliper until it forces out the piston. Sounded pretty messy put I wasn't left with many options. So, a $15 grease gun and some creativity and WHAM, she popped out! I can't recommend this method as once you're done, you have a grease filled pile of junk... but it worked. haha.

At any rate, sadly the piston was rusted, pitted, and completely unusable. Fuck it, I'm buying a new one. I found brand new xs650 Front Calipers that APPEAR the same... unless anyone objects, I'm going to snag one and see if it fits. We'll see!

http://www.tcbroschoppers.com/yamaha-xs650-front-right-brake-caliper-fits-1977-1984.html

Offline imwastefull

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Re: SR500 RACE BIKE - Tracy body kit - Survivor - Ohio
« Reply #111 on: Jan 23, 2019, 10:07:49 »
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Offline imwastefull

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Re: SR500 RACE BIKE - Tracy body kit - Survivor - Ohio
« Reply #112 on: Jan 23, 2019, 10:09:10 »
pics

Offline imwastefull

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Re: SR500 RACE BIKE - Tracy body kit - Survivor - Ohio
« Reply #113 on: Jan 23, 2019, 10:17:53 »
The pig I built struts for.

Offline JustinLonghorn

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Re: SR500 RACE BIKE - Tracy body kit - Survivor - Ohio
« Reply #114 on: Jan 23, 2019, 11:13:47 »
I can dig that digger, sir.
I'm going to eat your brains and gain your knowledge.

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Offline BarnBurner

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Re: SR500 RACE BIKE - Tracy body kit - Survivor - Ohio
« Reply #115 on: Jan 23, 2019, 12:32:14 »
The pig I built struts for.

Is that the Arlen Ness Digger for sale near Canton? I'm not too far away and have been looking at it listed on CL for a while hoping the price drops.
Old motorcycles never die, they just wait.

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1967 Ducati Monza Jr. 160
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Offline imwastefull

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Re: SR500 RACE BIKE - Tracy body kit - Survivor - Ohio
« Reply #116 on: Jan 23, 2019, 12:36:57 »
Is that the Arlen Ness Digger for sale near Canton? I'm not too far away and have been looking at it listed on CL for a while hoping the price drops.

Yes sir. Its mine and its for sale. Unfortunately, I can tell you that the price isn't going to drop too much. But, I am open to offers and trades with cash, etc.

I just sourced some vintage Ness pullbacks, built these rigid struts and threw on a triangle headlight. I think that'll increase the value and pique some interests. I've been holding off until taxes hit to really push the sale of the bike.

Offline jordandogtown

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Re: SR500 RACE BIKE - Tracy body kit - Survivor - Ohio
« Reply #117 on: Jan 23, 2019, 12:38:15 »
Love seeing two wildly different styles by the same builder. Keep up the work!
"A motorcycle is a bicycle with a pandemonium attachment and is designed for the especial use of mechanical geniuses, daredevils, and lunatics" George Fitch, 1916

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Offline imwastefull

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Re: SR500 RACE BIKE - Tracy body kit - Survivor - Ohio
« Reply #118 on: Jan 23, 2019, 12:39:01 »
Digger

Offline BarnBurner

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Re: SR500 RACE BIKE - Tracy body kit - Survivor - Ohio
« Reply #119 on: Jan 23, 2019, 13:11:07 »
Love the new bars and light! I actually think it's worth what you have it priced at (especially since everyone in the area seems to price their sportsters at $3000 regardless of year/condition).
Old motorcycles never die, they just wait.

1971 Honda CL350
1968 Aermacchi/Harley Davidson Rapido
1967 Ducati Monza Jr. 160
1966 Honda CA100
1965 Honda CL77