My r90 restoration.

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by blaine.hale, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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    So I'll just start the thread off with the time lapse video of the tear down.
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    All images of the project as I go can be found on my Flickr.
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  2. bpeckm

    bpeckm Grin!

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    Yeehaw! :rayof

    That was great fun! :rayof









    (Love the dog at about 45 secs.... and the change of lighting as the day goes on....)
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  3. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    Thats pretty cool. If you just run it backwards it might be easier than doing one of an actual rebuild. :wink:

    I thought there was a pretty funny moment at around :33 or :34 where you are holding up some thing in front of your face but I couldnt quite catch it
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  4. sparkymoto

    sparkymoto Learning a lot here

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    Love it. Look forward to more video of this project. Plans for a full DVD or doc of the restoration?
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  5. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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  6. tenderfoot

    tenderfoot PRJ

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    Stop punching the poor headlight housing like that.:D

    Great video.!
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  7. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

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    I thought they tucked their pants into their boots in Kentucky.. Apparently it's a southern thing?

    :lol3

    Good luck. This is gonna be awesome.
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  8. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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  9. ChromeSux

    ChromeSux Un-plated and Unscrewed

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    I assume that is the bike you were riding when i met you and the guy with the newer bike near Tellico Plains a couple of months ago, i was on my blue DR650.
    Your bike is for sure worth all the effort you are putting into it, it will nice when you look at it and know the before and after.
    Classic airheads are getting fewer and fewer and farther between.
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  10. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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    That is the very bike from out quite random encounter!
    First thing I told my powder coater was the advice you gave me on taping off where the engine mount bolts go. :)
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  11. ChromeSux

    ChromeSux Un-plated and Unscrewed

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    When you get the stuff back just remove the tape and paint the areas with regular black enamel.

    here is a good link to a powder coating tech article, its a Norton article but same principal about not powder coating engine mounting points etc. should apply.
    I have witnessed what he says about it peeling at the mounting/wear points.

    look in the tech articles section, he doesnt have the article where i can paste the exact link.

    http://www.oldbritts.com/ob_start.html
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  12. Beater

    Beater The Bavarian Butcher

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    Very nice Blaine. That's gonna look real nice. Great job.

    Replacing the clutch in my 78' R100 right now. Enjoy your time with it!
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  13. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    That was so much fun I watched it twice!:1drink Nice job!
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  14. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    That was AWESOME! I love the 2 seconds you spend trying to get the engine out with the gearbox on. Then it's off with the box and out with the engine. Problem solving at it's best.
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  15. bmwblake

    bmwblake upside down parker

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    very cool. do you have anything to ride while you're redoing the r90?
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  16. dragoon

    dragoon I'm the REAL Dingo Joe

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    That was great! I really liked the part when the engine wouldn't come out:lol3
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  17. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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    Hahaha, Was really hoping no one noticed that. I'm used to Honda engines :D


    I have a cb650 with a blown head gasket that I don't feel like replacing, so I don't really have anything to ride this winter. I was super bummed about that and have been looking for cheap running K bikes to ride in the mean time. Guess I'll suck it up and get this restoration done as quick as I can.
    The frame is already off for powder coat and the speed/tach was sent off to Wirespokes yesterday. As soon as the frame is back, I'll drop the engine off for blasting and a Valve job. Along with the engine I'll have the other cast parts blasted and the wheels re-laced.
    Already have a stainless bolt kit, new wire harness, new tank (the larger touring one) and a few other things.
    Ordering a new seat, electronic ignition, 450 watt charging system, progressive springs and some other bits.
    Anyone have a good suggestion for some decent rear shock?
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  18. dragoon

    dragoon I'm the REAL Dingo Joe

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    We've probably all done it:lol3
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  19. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    working on an airhead will spoil you for dealing with other bikes. Everything's so darn easy to do. You have to pull your engine on most Hondas to do almost anything to the top end.

    You probably know this but be sure and put plenty of anti-seize on those SS bolts where they go into aluminum. The two metals can react together and cause galling
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  20. datchew

    datchew Don't buy from Brad

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    I'm really impressed. I'm going to watch that a few times. Very enjoyable. Thanks for taking all the trouble.

    If you can work that fast all the time, I'll invite you over for my spring tech day. :deal
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