Concours 1000 Leading Link and Car

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  1. cog8603

    cog8603 Been here awhile

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    I thought I'd start this thread to keep track of my build along with any input or feedback you guys have. I picked up a 1994 model C10 over the weekend with only 15k on the clock. it needs some TLC, but overall in good shape. either it or my 05 model will become my tug. for now, I'm working on a leading link front end I sourced from a 1985 Goldwing. the fork tubes and width of the front end are identical to my C10.

    This is the front end as I bought it and my new-to-me C10.

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  3. cog8603

    cog8603 Been here awhile

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    I needed to source several parts for the front end. wheel, brake rotors, calipers. I have it fit to my C10 triples at this point too.

    these pics are with the wheel and calipers test fitted.

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  4. cog8603

    cog8603 Been here awhile

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    here's an early problem I've run into.

    the axle that came with the LL front end is 20mm. it appears to fit very well into the mounts on the front end. however....it's too large for the goldwing wheel I have sourced. the stock bearings on the wheel appear to be 15mm inside diameter.

    so my question is. wrong wheel? source some new bearings to match the 20mm diameter? will a stock speedo cable work with the larger axle?

    hmmmm.....

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  5. Bobmws

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    You can't go wrong with a heavier axle! I would try to source compatable bearings. Should be reasonable in cost (if available) and you don't know the history/condition of the existing bearings.
    Worst case you may have to machine the hub for the new bearing.
    Someone with more patience and google-fu will have looked up the stock bearing size and done a cross match for a new one!
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  6. cog8603

    cog8603 Been here awhile

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    well, let me give you the latest update. i had a dumb-ass attack and ordered a REAR axle instead of a front one. that might make a bit of difference. DUH! so I've got another on order via ebay, so once that arrives I can make more progress.

    in the mean time, I'll be able to do some test fitting on the triples on my bike to see how the forks generally fit.
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  7. Hookalatch

    Hookalatch Born Under Bad Sign

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    Those appear to be Unit leading links you have. You mentioned the 20mm axle fit nicely in the links. Although I have Unit links for another model they came supplied with slotted sleeves to slip over the axle to enable it to be tightened into the links. You may need to fab up some for your smaller axle.
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  8. cog8603

    cog8603 Been here awhile

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    that should be easy enough. If I can get the 15mm axle to fit, then I can shim it with two 2.5mm pieces.
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  10. cheeseheadmike

    cheeseheadmike Teenager in an AARP body

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    Now I can see what you were describing at that other place.
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  11. cog8603

    cog8603 Been here awhile

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    if weather cooperates, I hope to spend a little quality time in the garage on Sunday to do some test fitting.
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  12. jaydmc

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    Your best bet would be to go with the same year and model of wheel as the Goldwing it came off of, also use its brake rotors and calipers. I have a bunch of used GL1100 stuff but I suspect that you are working with GL1200 which is quite a bit different.
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  13. cog8603

    cog8603 Been here awhile

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    that's what I'm doing Jay. so far the extra parts I've sourced seem to fit up well. I have a few pieces coming in this week, but the only thing I will be lacking is spacers for exact fit and the speedo gear/housing. Doug at A Wing And A Chair said he's got a box of old ones that will work fine.

    Have you gotten back to him yet about exo-skeleton for the C10? he was contacting you about one that I can use to mount his Texas Ranger Sidecar to the Connie.
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  14. cog8603

    cog8603 Been here awhile

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    CHRISTMAS IN FEBRUARY!!!!

    Look what was waiting for me when I got home from work! new parts for fixing up the C10 and the leading links. Still waiting for a few more, but these will keep me busy for a day or so!

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    cog8603 Been here awhile

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    So, at this point, I've got the new-to-me C10 back together and running well. I had to replace a few parts and fix a few things up, but she's now running fine.

    I'm waiting for an axle for the leading link front end. Hopefully by tomorrow that will arrive. as a side note, the front axle on the C10 was just slightly larger than the GL1200. however, it came pretty close to fitting on the front of the LL. all that did was make me want the replacement axle even more! :)
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    I machined a 20mm axle for my velorex to replace the 15mm one. There is a direct bearing replacement with the same od as the 15 mm bearing just 1mm thinner. I think the od is 42mm on both bearings if that helps.I have the boxes in the garage and will find out in the morning for you if this helps.
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    I wanna see the work involved leading up to the grand reveal. That's right, I want you to slow down, take at least 1001 pics, and enjoy the process. :D
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    so far I've been getting parts shipped in and attaching them as they arrive. I was able to get the proper front axle from an 85 model goldwing and it's a perfect fit across the forks. IMG_20170213_140552.jpg IMG_20170213_140602.jpg IMG_20170213_140552.jpg IMG_20170213_140602.jpg IMG_20170213_140552.jpg IMG_20170213_140602.jpg
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    I also received the GL1200 brake rotors but ran into a problem. the previous calipers I got, which are supposedly from an 86 GW, appear to be set up for a much narrower rotor.

    see in this pic that the rotor thickness is designed much like an automotive rotor, with space between the plates.

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