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Old 07-22-2008, 07:39 PM   #46
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What does inside the tubes look like? Smooth?
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Old 07-23-2008, 04:18 AM   #47
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What does inside the tubes look like? Smooth?
Inside seemed to be in good shape, once cleaned out. The only photo I have shows the original gunky mess inside. I flushed out with gas, ran a towel up and down, and flushed over and over to get them clean. Lots of stuff came out, but the sliders and tubles were smooth when all said and done.
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Old 07-24-2008, 04:58 AM   #48
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So, working on the well-proven axiom that my time is worthless and cash is scarce, the handwork goes on. Bike was down to the frame, so sanding and priming began. Frankly I was pleasantly surprised at how easily dings an spots filled in, and with Rustoleum's finest grey automotive primer, the frame starts to look rather presentable. The plan is to rattle can with Rustoleum "Professionsal", on the theory that a $6 rattlecan is the finest paint that my money can buy. I found that with lots of prep and sanding 400 grit between coats, hey, I impressed at least myself!
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Old 07-24-2008, 08:02 AM   #49
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Ah! I did most all this to my R75/6 in the back room of my house over the winter and into the summer,avoided the whole main seal issue so far though.I rattlecanned my frame and you really have to be careful dropping the engine back in or it will scrape lots of paint off. Kinda wished I would have payed someone to put real paint on it as it doesnt look too great once its all said and done, I used the tall can of profesional shiny black.Just looks a little cheesy once all done. Nice work averting the fire and diving in headfirst on the rebuild,having a guru to call on technical bits and reading the book carefully helped me some but I made some real noob mistakes like putting the wrong grease on the splines which all flew off and caused me to take the trans off again.Just the barest coating of BMW red grease is all the splines need,more is not better.(200 hours of labor on mine is probably a low figure,its up and running though)
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Old 07-24-2008, 03:24 PM   #50
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This is one of my favorite shots:
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Old 07-24-2008, 06:57 PM   #51
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that is a cool shot.

Almost fake shiney.

I dont trust that paint for one minute, though.
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Old 07-24-2008, 07:52 PM   #52
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I dont trust that paint for one minute, though.
Not the way you or me treat a bike.


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Old 07-25-2008, 04:39 AM   #53
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that is a cool shot.

Almost fake shiney.

I dont trust that paint for one minute, though.
That's why I like the shot....Special Effects Department....thanks to a digital camera with a mind of its own, it shows vastly shinier than actual. All I did was wirebrush the casing with a drill, took the pieces that had come off to the bench wire wheel, and when put back together there is a funky mismatch of aluminum....

If you mean the black paint on the final drive, here's hoping: I used a green aluminum primer that we use in the marine industry for outdrives, and then Krylon's finest epoxy black paint. "Further developments at 11....."
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Old 07-26-2008, 06:16 AM   #54
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Wicked Yeeehaaaawww.....

Can't stand it anymore...

I have been posting my past work, sorta a lot faster than it has been actually going, cuz I started back in May. I am admittedly farther along than those posts above would have you believe, but I just have to get this off my chest, cuz I got a ride last night.............

I still have a lot of this project that I have to unload on y'all, pictures of the crap I have found, the problems, etc etc. So never fear, those of you who relish seeing other dude's problems... there will be more..........

But, last night, fug it, I put the sorta-OK-paint-job-that-will-have-to-do-for-now tank back on the bike, threw on some fuel lines, and fired er up... really basic balance: sounds good, yep, the other one sounds good. Made up a 3/4" plywood seat and rode her around the block.

Y e e e e h a a a w !!!


That lil fix will help me keep going. The morning light was fine this morning, so she rolled out of her dim garage and into the light of day again:
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Old 07-26-2008, 06:25 AM   #55
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Old 07-26-2008, 06:26 AM   #56
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Made up a 3/4" plywood seat and rode her around the block.
Nick it from a KTM?
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Old 07-26-2008, 06:29 AM   #57
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Not yet camera ready, this seat, and a little hard on the bum, but hey, it was better than sitting on the subframe rails...............
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Old 07-27-2008, 11:37 AM   #58
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That's okay, wire brushing bits is cake, sooner or later he'll find he's polishing turds that have to be replaced. Then the cursing and tool flinging will begin.

He had a fire though, that's a good start.

Fugit ... I'm in.




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Putts, I am beginning to think that my particular turds are long and shiny... have a bear of a time getting my front forks to do what they spozed to do....The animals have left the garage a few times, now.....
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Old 07-27-2008, 11:47 AM   #59
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The shinyness goes away after a few heat cycles so it will be fine. The forks however can take some doing. Ive read an old article by Joe Minton where he swears by 3.5 wt aircraft hydraulic fluid.I put 10 wt in mine as thats what the book said and they go ridgid over any sharp bump.
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Old 07-27-2008, 07:16 PM   #60
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