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Old 10-04-2007, 05:18 PM   #91
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Thanks for the replies guys, it has been a fun project overall. I've had a few hair pullers out of it at times but the good far out weight the bad. The best part is when I walk out into the garage to go for a ride it's ready and waiting to go. My other 2 bikes are starting to feel neglected.
I had been off airheads since about 1996 and forgot how much fun they were to ride. When I got my first BMW,88 R100RS, my friend Crow the BMW wrench told me "This is the kind of bike that either, the more you ride it the more you will like it, or you just wont like it." I rode it a lot and fell in love with that old flat twin. After last weekends ride over the Cherohala and back through the Gap it was like Deja Vu. Man what a great bike to ride.
I still have some things to finish on the bike so I'll keep posting progress and mods here.
Hope to see a bunch of you guys at Tellico next weekend !

Poolside, Thanks for the tip on the bulb holders. They are the push in metal type. I will try pep boys or the zone.

Mike

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Old 10-26-2007, 01:42 PM   #92
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wow amazing!!!!!
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Old 10-26-2007, 02:47 PM   #93
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When you take the exhaust nuts off, polish them with a wire wheel on a bench grinder- works like a charm!
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Old 10-27-2007, 05:02 AM   #94
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When you take the exhaust nuts off, polish them with a wire wheel on a bench grinder- works like a charm!
I used the etching mag wheel cleaner that I used on the rest of the motor and a scotchbrite pad. Seemed to work ok for me. Thanks for the hint.


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Old 10-28-2007, 04:36 PM   #95
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Thumb Great looking bike!

Very inspiring. Made me want to go to the shop and work on one of my projects. Vey nice.
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Old 10-31-2007, 06:29 AM   #96
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Very,very sweet, Mike. Enjoy! I'm sure enjoying your pix.
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Old 12-18-2007, 07:50 AM   #97
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I used the etching mag wheel cleaner that I used on the rest of the motor and a scotchbrite pad. Seemed to work ok for me. Thanks for the hint.


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Etching mag wheel cleaner and a scotchbrite, eh? I was wondering how you got the cases so clean.

Thank for the inspiration. Hancock's still working on his R100S, too, I believe.
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Old 12-18-2007, 08:50 AM   #98
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Etching mag wheel cleaner and a scotchbrite, eh? I was wondering how you got the cases so clean.

Thank for the inspiration. Hancock's still working on his R100S, too, I believe.
I went to visit Steve weekend before last, he has his down quite a ways. (clutch was slipping) I keep trying to tell him it would be easier to just go ahead and do everything now as opposed to taking it apart again at a later date.
I try to help him as much as I can with parts and mechanical advice, the bike he has led a bit of a rough life before he got it. It's coming along though.

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Old 01-05-2008, 07:50 PM   #99
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No concours bike for me. I just wanted to build a nice clean old bike that I could take out and ride and enjoy.

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Congratulations on a job very well done, MIKE! I only hope my /5 Barn Queen comes out nearly as nice.
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Old 01-05-2008, 08:26 PM   #100
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That bike turned out beutiful,thanks for the pics and inspiration.
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Old 01-15-2008, 12:55 PM   #101
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Riding it to Wilville?

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That bike turned out beutiful,thanks for the pics and inspiration.
Nice work. Will we see it at Wilville?
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Old 01-15-2008, 01:14 PM   #102
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Nice work. Will we see it at Wilville?

Yeah Jerry, I will most likely ride it up if the weather doesn't look like a total wash. Otherwise it will be the oilhead RT I am currently putting back together after a spline inspection/lube.

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Old 04-27-2008, 08:17 AM   #103
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Back From The Depths

Ok folks, long overdue time for an update. I recently finished my seat repair.
The original seat cover was well worn, 25 years of use and neglect and a tear on the left side.






I looked at many options, and asked some questions here with not too many responses. So I decided to take a chance and ordered a replacement seat cover and foam from Sargents as I wanted the bike to be close to stock.
A few weeks later a box was on the front porch when I got home.
I disassembled the old seat with the intention of recovering it myself. Lots of rivets to drill out and metal strips to keep track of. I soon found out this is hardly a task to be undertaken by someone who has never done this before.
All the metal strips around the perimeter need to be oriented properly to allow the cowl screws access to the threads in the seat pan.





The seat pan was a mess.







I took the pan to the folks that did the powder coating work on my frame and other bits for a refresh. When I got the pan back (forgot to take pics) I started to try the reassembly. "Try" being the key word, ain't no way for me to be able to hold the cover on square, stretch it around and over the edges and hold it while positioning the metal strips and then install the rivets. If it was a case of stapling the cover in place I may have been able to work through it, no dice on this one.
I called a local auto upholstery place that does some custom work and discussed what I needed with the owner. Then I brought the seat pan and parts down for him to look at.
I was concerned with the 3 large headed rivets at the front of the seat in the bow area that fits to the tank, I could not find any locally and was worried about the seat cover tearing out around any rivets installed there. He indicated they could take care of it. They used some half inch or so squares of thin plastic drilled in the center for the rivet and installed them between the rivet and seat cover.











I think the cover looks great, I held the old one up next to it and the pattern is an exact match. There are a few small wrinkles in the sides from where it was folded in the box but they should come out after a little time in the sun.

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Old 04-27-2008, 08:35 PM   #104
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Wow.

All I can say is wow! Truly a beautiful machine.
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Old 04-28-2008, 06:24 AM   #105
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That's a good lookin' seat Wiczowski! I'm sure you hear that a lot!
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