So since last posting quite a lot of work has been done. My friend Matt and myself went about installing the rear frame loop and have fabricated the cowl
. The process of installing the loop and fabricating the cowl was a first for both of us and definitely wasn't an easy one, but the final result was exactly what I was looking for. Hand made, hand crafted components made from raw material. I'm not going to be posting any pictures regarding the frame work now as we still aren't done yet but once we are I'll make sure to post about it.
(You after reading that last line)
What I'm here to post about is what else I've done. Which isn't much because I've just come back from a trip to Orlando (
GIVE ME BACK THAT WARM WEATHER
). But I've basically gone about completely rebuilding/refreshing the front forks.Front Forks
Forks before being lowered
Forks after being lowered
Might be hard to see the difference in the pictures but I lowered the forks 3 inch's. Some might say that's a lot but this bike is going to be more form oriented and be more of a cruiser then anything. If I wanted a performance oriented bike I would just get an S1000RR or something. Lowering the forks in general was pretty easy though.
The process was essentially as follows:
1. Drain fork oil
2. Remove bolt at the bottom of each fork
3. Remove dust seal at top of fork housing
4. Remove locking clip with washer
5. Using force, slide bottom housing of forks like a hammer
6. TADAAAAA Forks are apart
7. Undo top part of forks to release spring
8. Cut spring to remove length that you want (In my case 3 inch's)
9. Add a spacer of removed length to prevent bottoming out
10. Replace anything that could wear aka new seals
11. reassemble, add new oil (Recommended oil for this bike was 10W-40 but i decided to go with a straight 30 weight oil as it's stiffer and will help with preventing any bottoming out.)
The following pictures show the process roughly.
Dirty old oil
One of the forks had a rusted/worn bolt on it that was stripping and I really didn't want to reinstall it so I ordered a new one. (New on left, Old on right)
Dust seal, locking clip, and washer
Hammer slide action to reveal the good stuff aka the fork seal
Forks completely apart
Spacers were made from a 3/4'' piping that were ground and wire brushed on a bench grinder
Cut springs. I made sure to grind down and make the cut end of the spring as smooth as possible on the bench grinder
Forks with spacers
Then put it all back together.
Last thing needed to be done to the forks in polishing, but that will be done on final assembly of the bike
Till next time m8's