Shake the Box CL360/378

spotty

Vmax...why,yes i think i will
any hodaka parts introduced to the project will lead to premature gearbox failure, this is a known fact
 

ridesolo

You only bear responsibility for your own actions
spotty said:
any hodaka parts introduced to the project will lead to premature gearbox failure, this is a known fact
Damn, guess I'm stuck at 13. Unless you have a suggestion?? Harley muffler? There are LOTS of them laying around not being used!
 

spotty

Vmax...why,yes i think i will
Ural, it will become invincible, unstoppable and ensure you are never mobbed by perky young girls whenever you stop, strange bearded old men may be a different matter however.....
 

ridesolo

You only bear responsibility for your own actions
spotty said:
Ural, it will become invincible, unstoppable and ensure you are never mobbed by perky young girls whenever you stop, strange bearded old men may be a different matter however.....
Yeah but... I AM a bearded old man and probably strange, too. Does that mean I need to sell the thing and buy a Ural?

EDIT: On second thought, that doesn't sound all that bad. This strange old bearded guy would trade this strange little bike for a Ural. At least the dog could ride around with me.
 

ridesolo

You only bear responsibility for your own actions
Brakes! We have brakes! Ok, so the thing can now stop... but it's been stopped for several years, I've gotta' keep on moving and get it to GO!

The rear brake was all hooked up and I put in brake fluid, many pumps later and I have 'em bled and working perfect. I moved on to the front and put in the fluid and pumped and pumped and pumped and finally gave up for the night. This morning I pumped and pumped, etc. I started going through things and narrowed it down to the MC. I checked out a diagram on the Internet and saw there are two holes, the Intake Port and the Compensating Port. Looked like the compensating port hadn't been drilled completely through at the factory. I took a deep breath and finished up the hole and put everything back together and after several pumps I've got a front brake as well.

I also got the word that the sprockets were shipped today so I should have them this weekend or early next week. Wow, maybe I'll get it going before I head south!
 

pidjones

Well-Known Member
Great! I hate working on brakes. The "compensating port" is also referred to as a relief port and it allows pressure to go away when you let off the brakes. Often locked brakes are just due to the tiny port getting plugged. I clean mine with a piece of unwound guitar string in a pin vise.
 

ridesolo

You only bear responsibility for your own actions
Not the most exciting pictures, but figured I'd post 'em anyway. This is the back brake system. I've tried to get things as neat as possible but the area is pretty busy what with a brake line, the line for the Hall sensor, the hose from the reservoir to the MC and the brake light switch cable. Oh well, it is what it is, I guess.

I got the air cleaners on, foam UNIs.

I've got the pipes ready to go on. Do those cooper gaskets have to be annealed before they're put into place?

And finally. I didn't post a final pix of the electrics tray with all wiring completed. Yeah, there's a bunch going on in there too.
There are just a few more tasks to check off and it'll be time to see if it'll start.
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3DogNate

"You Meet the Nicest People on a Honda"
ridesolo said:
I've got the pipes ready to go on. Do those cooper gaskets have to be annealed before they're put into place?
No need... they'll squish right up.
 

ridesolo

You only bear responsibility for your own actions
Spent a cold morning working until I couldn't take the cold... couldn't get the heater to fire up, sure hope my propane tank isn't empty. It shouldn't be, but you never know. Have to look into that on Monday morning.

Anyway, I had intended to install the exhaust pipes but the mirrors came in so I decided to start on that project. Holy cow. The bar isn't hollow through it's entire length so that required drilling a hole and pulling the individual wires through. There's a fun task! I attempted a few different things and finally settled on fishing through a fairly stiff wire then soldered the turn/marker lighting wires to it and pulling them through. It worked but it's pretty tedious. One down and one to go.

As I noted earlier, I'm glad I got mirrors that include turns because the turn signal in the headlight isn't going to be as easy to see as it should be. They're ChinaBay items but they aren't bad. All metal construction and not bad looking. In normal operation they have white running/marker lights and then when power is applied to the turns the white markers go out and the amber turns come on. They should help w/ the visibility.
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Luugo86

'73 CB350, '78 XS650 Cafe Killer
That sucks about having to fish those wires man.. I had to do something similar to that with a new pair a bars I was mounting a while ago, it is not fun haha
 

wozza

Member
ridesolo said:
They're ChinaBay items but they aren't bad. All metal construction and not bad looking. In normal operation they have white running/marker lights and then when power is applied to the turns the white markers go out and the amber turns come on. They should help w/ the visibility.
I have the same style indicator on my bike(the plastic ones :) ) and found the led's are terrible during the day...I ended up removing the end caps and putting in the leds from the replacement led bulbs(cut the bayonet cap off) that are sold at auto shops....much better
 

ridesolo

You only bear responsibility for your own actions
Here area some pix of the first mirror in place.

With the running light powered/

With the turn light powered (The pix doesn't do it justice, it's nice and bright and very amber.)

And as it's looking at the moment w/ the turn lit up.

The front sprocket came in... they forgot to send the rear one. I contacted them, though and they're right on it so I'm sure I'll have it very soon. I'll be getting w/ Levi early next week so the little bit of welding the tank needs can be done. W/ any luck maybe I can finish up the paint, decorating, and clear coat so the tank can be 100% before I'm outa' here until March.
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ridesolo

You only bear responsibility for your own actions
Hurco550 said:
Looking awsome cory!!! we'll weld that right up next week
Thanx, sir! It's coming along. I'm thinking that one of these days I'm going to put down a wrench and realize it's finished. (That's probably an inaccuracy, these things never are completely finished, are they?)

Today I got the throttle cable connected and adjusted. The clutch cable is ready to go as well. As soon as the rear sprocket arrives I can get the chain on and get the clutch set.
 

teazer

Well-Known Member
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ridesolo said:
Thanx, sir! It's coming along. I'm thinking that one of these days I'm going to put down a wrench and realize it's finished. (That's probably an inaccuracy, these things never are completely finished, are they?)

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Exactly right. We build them and ride them and then start changing them again and again until we decide it's time for a complete update.

On one of mine, I updated/changed/modified the wiring and switches and ignition so many times that I decided to rebuild the bike and make a complete new wiring harness. It was easier than just adding another update on top of the previous iterations.

Back in the day, I built a T100 (57 not 2017) and after a few months I started to change a few things and then I decided the color needed a change and that demanded a few other updates until I finally sold it to a guy that put it into the side of a car and off he went with the next round of changes. Norton featherbed farme, different tank and so it went on.

That's how it works. The bike customizing virus just keeps mutating as we see different ideas and shapes and decide that our bike should continue to evolve. Life has a way....
 

ridesolo

You only bear responsibility for your own actions
teazer said:
Exactly right. We build them and ride them and then start changing them again and again until we decide it's time for a complete update.

On one of mine, I updated/changed/modified the wiring and switches and ignition so many times that I decided to rebuild the bike and make a complete new wiring harness. It was easier than just adding another update on top of the previous iterations.

Back in the day, I built a T100 (57 not 2017) and after a few months I started to change a few things and then I decided the color needed a change and that demanded a few other updates until I finally sold it to a guy that put it into the side of a car and off he went with the next round of changes. Norton featherbed farme, different tank and so it went on.

That's how it works. The bike customizing virus just keeps mutating as we see different ideas and shapes and decide that our bike should continue to evolve. Life has a way....
Yep. I'd be more closed minded about the idea and just say, "Done." but Levi and I keep kicking around the idea of putting a big single in this frame. I think the thing is going to be a fun ride, but w/ a big thumper in it i'm sure it would advance from fun to awesome.
 

ridesolo

You only bear responsibility for your own actions
When the new front sprocket came in I noticed right away that it didn't have the tapped holes to hold the little keeper in place. I discussed this w/ Hurco550 and he told me that many in the dual sport community use spring clips for this to make sprocket changes easier and faster. My local Ace Hardware had some the right size for the princely cost of $0.89 each so I decided to use two, as two nicely filled the slot.

The sprocket calculator I used took all the numbers I gave it and told me I needed a 124 link chain so I bought one w/ 128 links. It turns out that a chain w/ 116 links would have been just fine.

It's very late in the build process for this shot, but I've felt for a long time that this build thread was very lacking because it didn't have at least one adrenaline pumping, action packed, super macho, spark shower metal grinding picture. So in an effort to get the excitement up, meet expectations, fulfill requirements, and just because I can, here's a bad ass, sparks flying grinding picture.

I can only hope that our friends at Ichiban Moto are proud!
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pidjones

Well-Known Member
Just a piece of handed-down by old mechanics lore: always install circlips with the sharp edge (they are stamped and have sharp and rounded edges) to the outside.
 

ridesolo

You only bear responsibility for your own actions
pidjones said:
Just a piece of handed-down by old mechanics lore: always install circlips with the sharp edge (they are stamped and have sharp and rounded edges) to the outside.
I can do that, thanx. Just out of curiosity, what's the reasoning behind that bit of lore?
 

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