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Old 12-04-2013, 05:40 AM   #16
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Any plans to change the wheels?
Roland Sands Design is looking promising

http://www.rolandsands.com/products/...heel-black-ops
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Old 12-04-2013, 08:00 AM   #17
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Those wheels are nice. Pricey?
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:14 AM   #18
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Those wheels are nice. Pricey?
Yes , pricy .
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Old 12-04-2013, 02:50 PM   #19
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Today,
Took off the pipes, and removed the rear brake master cylinder, along with the foot brake and hardware. The master cylinder will be switched around for the rear sets. Up front I removed the front wheel and the fender. The safety reflectors came off, and the front brake caliper removed. I wanted to prep the lowers for paint (going with a satin black finish) and I wanted to see the upper rubber wipes , so I moved the caps off. All looks well underneath, and no scuffs. I think the wipes can stay.




all looks well in the final drive area, no tell tail leaks


Forks, checking the wipes/ seals. All looks good, some surface prep, with etching primer will be in order then the satin black.



Enough for today.
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Old 12-06-2013, 03:14 PM   #20
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Todays rainy day project was to prep the forks. First a nice 320 grit sand, solvent cleaning, tape up the mounting holes for the axle and brake caliper, then 4 coats of etching primer, wait 2 hours and 7 light coats of Satin Black. IT came out perfect. I'm satisfied.



After looking for new wheels, and the price involved in purchase, I thought I can resurrect the stock wheels, but primp them a bit... Took off the tire, and started off with a good aluminum polish to see if the rim and slight oxidation will come off. Success was had , so I'm going chemical clean the rest of spokes of the wheel , then tape off the polished lip and primer etch the rest , along with satin black for the rest of the wheel. My guess is they will come out pretty nice, especially since they are in relatively good shape



I'll be tackling that tomorrow . First the front, then the rear.

The contrast between the satin black and polished lip should make for a nice wheel combo. Plus I can save almost $2500 in the process.
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Old 12-06-2013, 04:01 PM   #21
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Nice work.

But Roland is gonna be bummed.
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Old 12-06-2013, 04:34 PM   #22
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Good progress.

I will make a suggestion.... worry about the cosmetics later. Mock the mechanicals up and get it running and riding without regard to the looks. Then the bike will speak to you about what it wants to look like. And you won't be worrying about your paint, chrome, whatever during the construction phase. It's easy to paint and polish stuff later.

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Old 12-06-2013, 05:25 PM   #23
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Old 12-06-2013, 05:41 PM   #24
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Well guys , this isn't my first project I've done . I have visions of what I want a project to look like, It works for me .I keep to the details at each step, and won't continue , until I'm satisfied . Be patient and watch how this unfolds , it will look very clean and sano, I assure u . At first I was going to just dump all the anaversary edition stuff , but now I have a pretty good idea on how to make a cafe bike that would fit into that whole theme , celebrating that 100 year event .
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Old 12-06-2013, 07:03 PM   #25
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I think the stock wheels in all black would look close enough that most people wouldn't notice the weren't aftermarket.

The all black looks badass.
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Old 12-06-2013, 09:52 PM   #26
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Well guys , this isn't my first project I've done . I have visions of what I want a project to look like, It works for me.
No problem. Just my experience that something like this has unforeseen mechanical issues at some point - I like to get them out of the way as early as possible and before I worry about scratching the purdy bits. Carry on!

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Old 12-07-2013, 05:54 AM   #27
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No problem. Just my experience that something like this has unforeseen mechanical issues at some point - I like to get them out of the way as early as possible and before I worry about scratching the purdy bits. Carry on!

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Im pretty sure I'll have near "0" issues with this build, Its not that Im designing anything on this build myself. Started off with a great running bike and I have lots of experience in the mechanical / electrical area. For the most part, the most difficult part of this project will be configuring the wiring harness shorter for the rear and adding resistors to the system for the LED turn signals. I know some guys really have to dive into a cafe conversion and truly create a bike as they go. The guys are RYCA Motors, did all that for me, pretty much eliminates my own creativity, but doesn't eliminate it completely.
Thanks for following and offering advice.
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Old 12-07-2013, 05:58 AM   #28
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I think the stock wheels in all black would look close enough that most people wouldn't notice the weren't aftermarket.

The all black looks badass.

I agree. On both. Should have a front wheel pic to post up later today. This could be the deciding factor on what I'm going to do . If the change doesn't come up to expectations, I may dive into the bank for the custom wheels.
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Old 12-07-2013, 06:44 AM   #29
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My first build was a mess. Painted, then glued everything together. Scratched the shit out of everything. What a mess.

A guy one night asks me "who made your frame?"

I think it was midwest or something like that.

He says make sure its straight, he has one that was tweaked from the factory.

I go home lay a laser on the neck and guess what? Its out a 1/4 inch at the rear wheel.

Grr, had a lotta parts for the next frame.

Keep the story coming. Its really interesting!
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Old 12-07-2013, 07:07 AM   #30
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Great build project! Keep the updates coming.
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