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Discussion Starter · #41 ·
It's a lovely thing nickel plate, but I don't think these frames are suitable for it, I think they have to be brazed joints? And the frames need drain holes for the solution to drain?
 

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Satin
You know motorcycles are covered in oil most of the time and that's why they look good in gloss paint, right?

Your living room walls look good in satin.
 

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Discussion Starter · #44 ·
If your bikes covered in oil most of the time there could be a problem!
Most brit bikes were notorious for leaking from new, and nearly always had satin or semi gloss paint for the frames.
It's fine to use, if you get marks from oils etc use isopropyl alcohol to wipe it off.
2k is also a hard finish.
Not everyone's a numpty you know.
After 32yrs of building bikes and refinishing stuff for a living I have some knowledge.
 

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Discussion Starter · #46 ·
Oh, and the gs500 carbs arrived that I'll be using, straight bolt on fit, half the weight of the originals, and easy to get parts for, dynojet stg 3 kit and double K&N filters are off the shelf.
 

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Not everyone's a numpty you know.
After 32yrs of building bikes and refinishing stuff for a living I have some knowledge.
Yes indeed, you now know that wrinkle paint is not so good for motorcycle frames.

Nice gloss black finish on those triple trees, that will still look good once that red grease starts to melt and migrate over it (y)
 

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Evening!
The frames done at last, I'm really happy with how it's turned out, the rear hoop and welds, with the support gussets are smooth and neat.
Also had a fiddle with the tank badges while I was a bit bored, they are a soft alloy and we're battered, so I sprayed them satin black then used a fine paper to remove the paint from the letters and give them a brushed finish.
And fitted some new swingarm bearings before I paint it, decided to use some threaded bar and washers to press them in as they are a bit too delicate to drift in.
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OK, another change!
Even though the paint on the frame was 2k I didn't like it after a long cure time
it just looked a bit, I don't know, thin!!
So went again and this time gloss black followed by 2k clear, swingarm in the same.
Looks much better and nice and tough.

Got to loosely put a few bits together for a bit of a mental boost.
I have extended the thread down the swingarm pivot as I won't be using the old footrest hanger plates that it passed through, so I can cut it to a shorter length to suit.
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Discussion Starter · #55 · (Edited)
No, they are the rfy shocks that have dubious build quality, they are going to be stripped down, checked and built with correct oil and air levels.
A machined bleed valve will be fitted to the reservoir too.
 

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Seen one where a guy broke the reservoir right off the shock body. Didn't hurt it any, because there were no holes drilled between the shock and the reservoir, so it still worked as good as new.
 

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Different shock, seen that myself, he cut through it to see what was in it.
These have an air bladder filled with nitrogen in the reservoir, there is a schrader valve on the underside of the reservoir.
They are gas charged, just not matched as pairs, also the oil level will be low and air gaps will be wrong.
 

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Discussion Starter · #58 ·
Guys, I need some help.
I'm currently trying to get some measurements for a couple of spacers for the rear shock upper mounts.
But both sides are different and I can't grasp why, it would seem the standard shocks would have been at slightly different angles to each other.
One side (the chain side) has a captive spacer on the top shock mount that isn't on the right hand side.
Why would this be?
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Possibly poor alignment on the swingarm in the frame without the engine or rear wheel bolted in or your frame modifications didn't pan out so well and something is out of kilter, because I doubt the new shock is bent already.
 

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Discussion Starter · #60 ·
Look at the pictures, it's from the factory, the left side has a captive Bush, the right doesn't, its nothing to do with what I've done.
It must be for a reason.
 
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