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Old 10-04-2010, 03:16 PM   #151
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Well, I suck at attaching things!
Here is a link to a video of the heat race I managed to get loaded on youtube.

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Old 10-21-2010, 05:38 PM   #152
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The opportunity to pick up a spool hub came knocking the other day. For $45. I couldn't pass.



Checking on what I was going to have to fabricate for the correct spacing, a problem appears.



The lug for the front brake backing plate is going to interfere with the spokes on the left side. Still trying to keep the budget down on this project, I break out the hacksaw and away I go. There's no going back to a stock front brake without going to another lower fork leg.



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Old 10-21-2010, 06:12 PM   #153
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sweeet. I really gotta try SOME kind of race someday, just to say I've done it. Hope to meet you some time, I'm sure we'll be back in your nieghborhood for a visit sometime.
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:19 PM   #154
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Hope to meet you some time, I'm sure we'll be back in your nieghborhood for a visit sometime.
Rode through your next of the woods the second week of June headed for St. George Utah and my ride around Colorado.
Terrible riding weather at that time this year!!
If I get back down your way, I'll for sure PM you.
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Old 10-22-2010, 07:01 AM   #155
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Checking on what I was going to have to fabricate for the correct spacing, a problem appears.







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Hopefully you haven't chopped to much of the brake tang off. What I would do is space the hub so the spokes clear the tang and build the wheel but dish it ( spokes on tang side are straighter, other side more angle from hub) so the rim is centered in the forks. Just like how bicycle rear wheels are done. Your talking a very small amount here.
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:05 AM   #156
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Hopefully you haven't chopped to much of the brake tang off. What I would do is space the hub so the spokes clear the tang and build the wheel but dish it ( spokes on tang side are straighter, other side more angle from hub) so the rim is centered in the forks. Just like how bicycle rear wheels are done. Your talking a very small amount here.
Thanks Steve, thought about dishing. I have a donor bike that has a decent set of forks, so it's not a real big deal.
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Old 10-22-2010, 12:41 PM   #157
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The lug be gone. Angle grinder cleaned up the weld that remained after the saw went through it. Rotated the fork leg 180 degrees and used the axle to hold it from turning while I ground down the weld.



Painted up and waiting on the spool front wheel.



I'm still trying to keep this as cheap a project as possible. The gas tank pretty much blew that though...
I'll be looking for OEM spokes that will have the right bend at the hub end and being the correct length to work with the Akront rim I have.
Worst case, the rim and hub go to Buchanan's in California.

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Old 10-22-2010, 03:13 PM   #158
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The decision has been made. It's off to Buchanan's. Took the front wheel apart. WOW!! They sure come apart faster than they go together. The spool cleaned up real nice. There aren't a whole lot of bikes on the dealer's lots this time of year to compare spokes on. More snowblowers and snowmobiles than motorcycles! Plus I'm really ready to give this project the final label of "Done".

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Old 10-28-2010, 05:44 PM   #159
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Called Buchanan's today and talked to Angel. He said they received the Akront rim and hub and that they could "Re-Align" the holes drilled in the rim to work with the spool hub. The rim was originally on a Bultaco which had a conical hub. The angles were close enough to work with the Yamaha hub but the angle the spool requires is just to far off.
Some idle time waiting for the front wheel...

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Old 11-11-2010, 12:06 PM   #160
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The wheel (loose laced) came back from Buchanan's yesterday!!
Stainless steel spokes and nipples and the rim had the spoke holes re-aligned fro the spool hub.
The project is officially done and it has been raced.



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Old 11-11-2010, 05:40 PM   #161
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Very nice
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Old 11-17-2010, 07:12 PM   #162
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Very nice
Thank you Bugsister.
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Old 11-22-2010, 09:27 PM   #163
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Very nice!! Can I ask what the cost was for the spokes and lacing at Buchannans? I am in a similar predicament on my vintage project, only I need the rear wheel done. Thanks!
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Old 11-23-2010, 09:37 AM   #164
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Very nice!! Can I ask what the cost was for the spokes and lacing at Buchannans? I am in a similar predicament on my vintage project, only I need the rear wheel done. Thanks!
Thanks!!
Buchanan's has an "ala carte" price list.
http://www.buchananspokes.net/
In my case, I had a rim with a wobble in it, so they straightened it.
Old Akronts are getting harder to come by these days.
Depending on what spoke/nipple combination you choose, prices vary.
My work was done and returned to me for $175.
I had double gauge stainless spokes and nipples made for the spool.
The wheel was loose laced after the spokes were fabbed and the rim was straightened.
I tightened the spokes and trued the wheel when I got it back.
Very pleased with the work and turn around time was very reasonable.
I UPS'd it to them on Oct 25 and got it back on Nov 10
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Old 11-24-2010, 02:38 PM   #165
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Nice Build quiet a transformation


How was the performance ??






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