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    Vintage '70's paint job repair?

    Check any materials on an inconspicuous area. Any clear coat that seems questionable you might be able to spray at a little more distance so that it goes on a bit more dry/flashed and thinner coats as opposed to the solvents sitting too heavily on the paint.
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    Polishing cylinder cooling fins

    Lmao that’s brilliant! Is it true paint doesn’t need to be high temp on an engine? I thought I’d read that around the internets.
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    Polishing cylinder cooling fins

    On a painted motor does sanding and polishing the fin edges effect adhesion of paint on the flat surfaces? I admit that while I did a good job degreasing I skimped a bit when it came to keying/scuff sanding every surface of the motor. Certainly between the fins was neglected. I used a high...
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    Metallurgy: mixing stainless and aluminum

    Interesting chart... is it meant to show degrees of anodic vs cathodic and imply a relative stability (borderline) between the stainless and aluminum? I’m assuming that’s how it ought to read.
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    Easy way to try basic color on bike

    No further progress just not enough hours in the day lately!
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    Metallurgy: mixing stainless and aluminum

    I’m building a custom battery/under seat tray. I picked up polished stainless steel for the tray/fender and hardware of aluminum angle stock (angle iron) and rivets. Then it hit me, dissimilar metals may cause aluminum corrosion. The bike is stored outside under a cover. Should I expect the...
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    The Volkswagen Thread

    I’ve had Air and water cooled. This is currently my only VW: original paint and less than 10k miles.
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    Easy way to try basic color on bike

    I’ll be in touch soon. I have to mock up the bike for the picture. I’ll then post up results for those following this thread. Thanks man!
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    Easy way to try basic color on bike

    That’s awesome of you! What resolution? I can use my GoPro. White sheet background?
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    Easy way to try basic color on bike

    Sounds interesting! I have no experience with paint programs, any suggestions?
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    Easy way to try basic color on bike

    I’m building a bandit with custom seat cowl and nose. I find it hard imagining the outcome when the parts are all mismatched colors. What would be a cheap easy way to try colors? And by colors I mean a silver or white just to get a rough idea? Vinyl wrap? The compound curve tank will be...
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    Should headlights be rubber mounted?

    Ok it’s as I figured. I suppose I can just put a bushing between the bucket and bracket?
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    Should headlights be rubber mounted?

    I plan on having a small headlight fairing and either traditional incandescent or LED. Is there any necessity for rubber mounting either the bracket in the fork leg or the headlight bucket to the bracket? It’s an in-line 4 (Suzuki Bandit 600) so fairly smooth.
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    Choke lever options

    No big deal. Hopefully I’ll see some more ingenious ideas posted but in the meantime you might be interested in these bicycle parts. A gyro brake cable and perhaps less helpful a straddle cable hanger.
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    Choke lever options

    I like that spring steel idea. I’ll have to see what I can cobble together based on my carb rack and the choke linkage. Thanks for the tips. I’ll post up my answer to the Bandit carbs when it’s done. Gonna be awhile with holidays though.
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    Choke lever options

    I gotta say I came across the video and didn’t think it applied to my situation but looking again it could work. Now I’m curious! I think the problem still lies in how much resistance the lever (+\- cable) generates. I just got a rough estimate with a scale. It’s a 21 oz pull without the...
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    Choke lever options

    It does have return springs on the choke both internally and on the linkage.
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    Choke lever options

    That’s an interesting solution although it requires you to hold the lever as long as you need the choke open. I’m basing this off videos online of the hot start in action. That said the previous owner had a frozen choke cable and he said it’s never needed anyway (bandit 600). I think I’d...
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    Choke lever options

    I’m cleaning up my bars and looking to go to an under tank choke cable pull “button”. Are they tensioned? My choke has a pretty strong return spring. What have others done? (It’s a 4 carb rack with a linked choke.. just need a standard cable end)
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