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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-10-2014, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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Winter rebuild project

So, I've got my winter project under way. Doing a full rebuild of the engine because I had to replace the balance dampers. Figured while I was at it, to change the old sty shift rod for the stronger one. And while I'm doing all that I figured a good cleaning of the heads, new oil seals, and possible valve lapping weren't a bad idea. Going to through in some new piston rings and a fresh cylinder honing in while I'm at it too.

Tear down started


It's amazing how easy it is to get the engine out of the frame when you can just lift the frame away


Case split open on the table


parts stashed on the bench


Started repainting a few of the engine parts.... Before:


...After


Decided to try something differant with the he oil level sight lines.

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Nice. Looks brand new and shiny.

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Thing on the to do list for the project:
  • Rebuild the engine
  • Powder coat the frame. --I'd love to get it done in a black chrome. have to check around on prices and if anyone local can even do it.
  • New larger headlight housing. (as seen in photo #1 above) I'm planning on going with one of the LED Kurry Phase 7 lights.
  • New light bar with 4.5" driving lights (also Kurry LED Phase 7) and turn signals mounted to the bar.
  • Repaint the tank and fenders. Undecided on the color yet
  • New Single gauge cluster to replace all of the original gauges and indicator lights (need to refind the link for it...)

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Nice. Looks brand new and shiny.
I just hope the paint holds up. Heat wise should be fine, I'm just worried about any gas that might splash onto it. Rustoleum claims its gas and oil resistant, we shall see...

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I just hope the paint holds up. Heat wise should be fine, I'm just worried about any gas that might splash onto it. Rustoleum claims its gas and oil resistant, we shall see...
for what you are doing you should be fine... the problem comes from spilling gas directly onto the paint, and gas fumes bubbling from the inside out
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for what you are doing you should be fine... the problem comes from spilling gas directly onto the paint, and gas fumes bubbling from the inside out
Cool, thanks.

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Cool, thanks.
Duplicolor makes a great heat/corrosion resistant paint.


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Got the motor finished, spins over by hand. Here's hopping is fires up once I finally get to put it back on the frame...


Started stripping the frame. Bought the Klen-Strip Aircraft paint remover. This stuff works pretty damn good. Found out the hard way though that the golves I have don't stand up to it. oops...
http://www.pepboys.com/product/detai...99/?quantity=1


after 30 minutes of work (including spay and wait)

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I have always had this thought.....

Is it possible ....to anchor the engine in some way, and with a Battery, Starter Solenoid, cables/wires, and hanging a temporary (2 liter bottle ?) fuel supply

to fire an engine up prior to bike installation ?

Has anybody attempted this ?

Sure would be nice....enable additional carb tweaking/jet changing easy.


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Splines Lubed - 11/4/2012 - MF AGM Battery
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I have always had this thought.....

Is it possible ....to anchor the engine in some way, and with a Battery, Starter Solenoid, cables/wires, and hanging a temporary (2 liter bottle ?) fuel supply

to fire an engine up prior to bike installation ?

Has anybody attempted this ?

Sure would be nice....enable additional carb tweaking/jet changing easy.

It's certainly possible. The real question is if its a good idea. WOuld be nice to know sooner than later if the engine was working properly.

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