Another thing I wanted to address was the rear shock. When I got the bike it had zero damping. From what I remembered from back in those days is that the shock was.............well..........nothing great.
A little bit of history here. Way back in the old days I worked for Curnutt Shocks from 1975-1982. I was the only one who actually worked on the assemlby and rebuilds of the shocks except for Chuck and Charlie. So I decided I will make my own shock using the bypass technology.
I started out with making a secondary body on my lathe.
Then made up some internals with a speed sensitive (pop off) return valve.
The finished shock body.
The shock with spring on it. It calculates out right for the bike. The leverage ration is very weak at close to 1.2-3 to 1. It will have right at 8 inches of rear wheel travel.