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Old 05-29-2012, 10:28 AM   #211
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Another option are button heads, with their rounded profile it doesn't really matter that they stick out some.

Great build, BTW
I thought about that ... Good point KJ.

We're getting very close to another giant step. I spent the weekend camping with my girls ... and drawing suspension diagrams in the dirt ... and after a little math ... We've identified the right shock and where to put it (using the existing frame shock mount).

At this point you should have protective eyewear ready.

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Old 05-29-2012, 10:31 AM   #212
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We're getting very close to another giant step. I spent the weekend camping with my girls ... and drawing suspension diagrams in the dirt ... and after a little math ... We've identified the right shock and where to put it (using the existing frame shock mount).
All the world's greatest design work was done with a stick drawing in dirt. I commend you.
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Old 05-29-2012, 12:39 PM   #213
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All the world's greatest design work was done with a stick drawing in dirt. I commend you.
It felt right. It is an Airhead after all. Using a CAD program seemed contradictory to the design philosophy.

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Old 05-29-2012, 12:59 PM   #214
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Old 05-29-2012, 01:01 PM   #215
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It felt right. It is an Airhead after all. Using a CAD program seemed contradictory to the design philosophy.

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Old 05-30-2012, 04:45 AM   #216
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I thought about that ... Good point KJ.

We're getting very close to another giant step. I spent the weekend camping with my girls ... and drawing suspension diagrams in the dirt ... and after a little math ... We've identified the right shock and where to put it (using the existing frame shock mount).

At this point you should have protective eyewear ready.

Do we need to alert the DFD?
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Old 05-30-2012, 04:54 AM   #217
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Do we need to alert the DFD?

Not yet. But do keep them on speed dial.
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Old 05-30-2012, 06:10 AM   #218
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Old 06-13-2012, 05:50 AM   #219
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big box from nashville has arrived. waiting for an update...
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:43 AM   #220
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big box from nashville has arrived. waiting for an update...
Yes sir. I have a pretty new subframe from a GS organ donor. Know that she gave her parts so that others may live.

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Old 06-16-2012, 08:21 AM   #221
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By the way....some COMMIES were playing "tag" near your place of business. Careful.....
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Old 06-17-2012, 03:51 PM   #222
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HA! Strange ... that park is 200 yards from my house.

Anyway, so I was installing the lengthened swingarm. It was being very finicky about the placement ... finally when I got it 'optimized' by moving the swing arm back and forth in the frame trying to find which place gave me the most clearance and swing ...

I wound up with 6" of swing and at both ends something impeded the swing at both ends. The swingarm was lengthened by 4" ... There should have been much more swing. This seemed wrong ... so I attached the shaft to the transmission and spun the shaft so that whatever was rubbing inside would hopefully make a mark.

So ... I need to make a tool. And I need to use the welder (don't ask why).

So I spend several hours in the hardware store, and I know that the transmission flange has a 1.5 inch lip to it, and the final drive end is 2 inches diameter ... and I need to reach inside it. Then I find the washer isle ... I know that I can lay them on top of each other ... weld it ... Then I can drill some holes ... and weld two nuts on ... I can make this:



And what do you know ... it worked.



The snap ring that was used to put this together is the wrong one ... it was very close to failure. We'll replace it with the right one.



So .. I get it apart.



And I look inside ... and there's the rub.



SO ...
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Did you buy a welder???
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Old 06-17-2012, 04:10 PM   #224
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Old 06-17-2012, 05:19 PM   #225
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Pretty neat set up you made....glad you've got it figured out.
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