P r o j e c t "s"

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by TINK, May 3, 2011.

  1. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    The car show is this friday... Cool it just so happens that I'll be there.

    Anyway the real reason for this comment is that I've used Olympic powder coating to do my R80ST sub-frame and misc bits and was totally happy with them. And when I get to the intersection of time and money I'll send off some more parts to them.

    IIRC they were pretty cheap to. Like $100 for a subframe, bag mounts, rack, headlight ears, handlbars, heat sheild and some small parts.
  2. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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    Got the header pipes all cleaned up.
    Chrome is long gone, so I sanded them down with 180 wet&dry and then hit them with the wire wheel.
    Other than the finish I'm pleased with the condition of the pipes, no dents, metal is sound. The gauge of the pipes is typical German over engineered heady gauge steel.
    For now I'll leave them a la natural. Put some gun oil on them then wrapped them up in butcher paper for storage.
    Chrome is out of the question. California ARB killed chroming in CA. :baldy
    Asked one shop about ceramic coating... $165... OMG! It's just three stinking pipes for crying out loud, $165...:kboom

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  3. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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    Rear fender options...
    I'm replacing the original heavy fiberglass `79 RT rear fender with a later `83 plastic fender.
    The original fender makes the rear of the bike look fat, like "do these pants make my butt look fat" fat.

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  4. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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    Mounted the new AVON tires on the newly painted wheels. Now I'm getting excited, got to focus on rebuilding the forks and brakes next...

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  5. boxerkuh

    boxerkuh Been here awhile

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    Awesome.... :lurk
  6. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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    Well, I dropped the tank, front fender, seat cowl and S fairing off at the painters today. Getting her shot in BLACK, baby.
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    The back story:
    I've been waffling on what to do about a painter when Mike shows up at last weekends Vintage Bike OC www.vintagebikeoc.com meet with some of his work. Mike's specialty are `70's Honda candy colors, and man does he have that wired. Mike had some of the best looking CB750 and CB350 parts I've ever seen.

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    Ya, ya, I know it's Vintage "Honda" Painting www.vintagehondapainting.com , but ha, if Mike can paint candy colors as nice as he does, a straight black should be a walk in the park for him.

    I was impressed with Mike's attention to detail as he inspected my R100 parts. I knew the tank need some work on the left side, but Mike pointed out several other places on the tank that he will address during the prep.

    I asked Mike to photo document his progress and I hope to post those photos here once I get them.

    Mike estimated 3 to 4 weeks to complete the job, which seemed reasonable to me.

    Now, I got to get off my bee-hind and get the rest of the bikes mechanics sorted out so I can "ride" my treasure before the first snow fall this winter :huh

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  7. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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    I did not drop the side covers off with Mike to be painted with the rest as I'm either going to rattle can them semi-gloss black or run without side covers... TBD

    The original RT rear fender is getting replaced with a 1983 model black plastic R65 fender (see above), so no need to paint that either.

    TINK
  8. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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    A quick test fit of the "S" fairing before going to painters...

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  9. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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    Quick photo of the IKON next to the OEM shock. I took the OEM shocks apart (removed the spring) and cleaned them up really good. They look great, but still ride like 33 year old OEM BMW shocks.

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  10. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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  11. Kai Ju

    Kai Ju Long timer

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    Cool, I had no idea you're were going for battle ship grey :D Are you going to go for a flat or gloss clearcoat ?

    Btw, I really like the way the bare metal tank and tail look. I would love to do that with a flat clear coat to prevent rust.

    Thanks for the updates, Tink
  12. Kai Ju

    Kai Ju Long timer

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    Would it be possible to switch the very handy spring preload adjuster from the OEMs to the IKONs ?
  13. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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    Ya, no, I'm not doing a NAVY thing... it's P R I M E R :D thank you very much.

    The right side of the tank was perfect, the left... needed some bondo help here and there.

    If you like that look, check out THIS Honda-4 I shot at The Rock Store >
    http://www.photosbytink.com/therockstore_jan2012//therockstore_jan2012/

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  14. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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    No. I had the same thought, but no.

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  15. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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    Hmmmmmm... just might be onto something here...

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  16. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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    I finally got off my a$$ :kat last night and pulled the lower legs off the forks. I'll be stripping the black paint off of them to get that R90S look.<!--?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /--><o:p></o:p>
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    The brake calipers are in great shape. I popped the piston out of the right caliper for inspection. Just a few very minor pits on the piston that I verified with a set of calipers are above the liquid seal line. The chrome (are they hard chromed?) on the piston is intact around the pits, so I&#8217;ll clean and reuse the piston. Seals and dust cover are soft and serviceable. Clean and reassemble&#8230; set aside for a shot of VHT semi gloss black caliper paint this weekend (again, for that R90S look). <o:p></o:p>
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    Now, it&#8217;s on to the left caliper, fork springs, and steering head bearings. <o:p></o:p>
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    Stay tuned&#8230;. :rayof
  17. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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    OMG, Mike Hogan of http://www.vintagehondapainting.com/ sent me an email saying I can pick up my painted parts on Friday. YES!

    That's just 2 weeks and 2 days from when I dropped them off (July 11 to July27).

    Can't wait to see the results. :thumb

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  18. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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    OMG, OMG, OMG I may pee my pants.... my parts are ready!!! Pick them up tomorrow :clap
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  19. lightfighter

    lightfighter where does this go?

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    Niiiice
  20. benthic

    benthic glutton 4 punishment

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    sweet! I love shiny paint!