Been working on the front end quite a bit as well.
As you saw already, I replaced the apes with drag bars. The apes the bike came with were bent,
and the master cylinder / brake lever was damaged. The rest of the bike didnt show any evidence
I put the new bars on and also installed the new master cylinder / lever I got online. In doing so I
found that the choke lever was damaged, so I got another one of those.. also found that the throttle
lines were goofed. That may have happened while switching the bars, but the lines were old anyways
and are too long for the drag bars I am now using so I decided to order new ones.
I am rebuilding pretty much the whole front end.
Bars replaced: Check
Broken master cylinder / lever replaced: check
Busted choke lever replaced: Check
New turn signals: Arrived but not installed yet
New throttle lines and choke cable: Coming in the mail
New front brake pads: Coming in the mail
New headlight: need to order that. Have painted the bucket though!
New Tach and Speedo: Will be ordered when I get another paycheck.
Previous owner did a pretty bad job trying to paint the forks. I have already masked off and sprayed
the lower forks, and you can see in this picture how there is overspray and areas not covered near
the upper triple tree from the previous owner:
Side note: previous owner also sprayed the brake calipers flat black. Going to spray them gloss black
to match the forks before I install the new pads and flush the system with new fluid.
More masking. Pulled the bars back off to get the whole top nicely. Have the clamp for the top of the
bars and the headlight brackets in a box where I am spraying them as well. You can see the lower forks here too.
There is some overspray on the rim unfortunately, but when all is said and done Ill be going over this whole
bike and cleaning her with a toothbrush before her maiden voyage. Will use some steel wool or something
to clean up overspray. I also got a few drips when sprayin the upper forks, as the nozzle on the can I was
using gave out. Kinda bummed but they are not terribly noticeable, and I guess Ill live. My buddy says carb
cleaner will take it right off.. May use that to clean up some of the overspray on the chrome parts of the
forks from when the previous owner sprayed.
For anyone who is wondering, the tank, front and rear fenders, and side panels will be sprayed in a booth with a real gun.. No rattlecans for those!