The GSification of a Poor Unsuspecting RT

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Beater, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. The Raven

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    I actually had to do this today.....After fighting with drifts, cold chisels, slide hammers I eventually used a cutoff disk in the dremmel and went down enough to then use the small cold chisel and fractured the race. I somehow ended up breaking a side reflector though.....:huh

    Lacking a welder in the shed and refusing to by a bucket of hardware for $40 from airhead tool suppliers I just left the outside races in place. The new bearings work well in them with no notchiness so in they stay.
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  2. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    If you're talking about the outer races in the steering neck of the frame, you can get them out easily with a pair of holes drilled 180 degrees apart and a suitably sized drift or prick punch.

    Seal the drilled holes from the outside with a dab of silicone if you're concerned about the new bearings becoming contaminated.

    It's not generally considered good practice to mix old and new bearing surfaces. Tolerances and machined surfaces on modern production bearings are quite remarkable. One of the wonders of modern mfg'g.

    :nod
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  3. Beater

    Beater The Bavarian Butcher

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    The triple went in the freezer the moment the race fell off. Today went to Chattanooga with the fam ... Rock City, and Ruby Falls ... then dinner near the aquarium. Loads of fun ... little girls screaming ... huge fun.

    But on return to the house ... the post man brought me a present. Check out the Renthal bars.
    [​IMG]

    Next: Installation!
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  4. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    That's some serious offroad machinery. You'll need harcore riding gear that suits this beast. How about we draw Fox logos on a t-shirt with some markers? :lol3
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  5. Beater

    Beater The Bavarian Butcher

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    Slowly but surely ... progress is being made. Promise. The triple is on. New bearings. A few extra washers.

    [​IMG]
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  6. Stagehand

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    That lower is on right? seems like negative offset from the photo, heh
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  7. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

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    Am I just a Wacky Bongo Boy, or is the lower on backwards?
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  8. Stagehand

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    BOOM you owe me a beer.
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  9. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

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    :freaky

    :lol3

    Edit: Yeah, I guess it's on correctly. The stops wouldn't work the other way. Freaky..
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  10. Beater

    Beater The Bavarian Butcher

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    That's a riot. Luckily the lower triple came pre-assembled ... so the steer tube only went in one direction. Because I would have MADE that mistake.

    :lol3
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  11. Stagehand

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    Pretty funny. They would work by using the frame gussets, no? That clamp looks weird. How was the steering stem indexed to the neck?

    AND tell me again which front end this is?
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  12. Beater

    Beater The Bavarian Butcher

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    Distill that down for a noob. Indexed? The stem looked like it had a slight conical shape, and then there was a pin holding the thing together (plus significant compression, I'm guessing) to the lower triple.

    Pictures to follow ... Suzuki DRZ400 front end
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  13. Stagehand

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    Right ok, compression is the press fit of stem into triple. It has a pin, also? ok, but you made it sound like there was only one way for the stem to go into the neck... doesnt sound right.
    Do the fork tubes fit this arrangement? If so, its just a trick of the photo angle. And also, do you think the tubes will hit the frame gussets before the steering stops in front hit?
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  14. Beater

    Beater The Bavarian Butcher

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    Hope this helps ... You can see the pin in the last pic ...

    Close up front top:
    [​IMG]

    Front looking underneath:
    [​IMG]

    Underneath and from the rear:
    [​IMG]
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  15. Stagehand

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    [​IMG]

    I'll be damned. Looks frontways and correct.
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  16. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

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    It still looks weird to me. :dunno :lol3

    Do you have a fisheye lens?
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  17. Beater

    Beater The Bavarian Butcher

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    You can see underneath the four screw holes for the fender ... and the stop will have to be adjusted on the frame ... But I understand what you mean about it looking upside down ...

    I do think that my turning radius will be less than for the BMW forks ... but that's more a function of the distance of the steer-tube from the line between the fork centers. I've been told it's about the same turn capability as a KTM ...

    But I've never ridden a KTM ... so ...

    Cheesey Rice! Ya'll scared me! There really wasn't another way to put it on though ...
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  18. Beater

    Beater The Bavarian Butcher

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    Hmmmm ... I think I need a rack ... and to sort out the controls ... but ... The Dobber is close ... [​IMG]

    The centerstand is down ... and only one side is touching the ground ...
    [​IMG]
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  19. Beater

    Beater The Bavarian Butcher

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    Got to looking at it ... and then in what could only be called the result of short attention span theater ... I had a rusted /7 seat pan.
    [​IMG]

    And a /7 seat foam ... the vinyl had long deteriorated away.
    [​IMG]

    So ... I had a razor blade an a metal blade for my jig saw ... I also found an old krauser luggage rack for the back ...
    [​IMG]

    it already had a break in it, so I cut it again ... to make:
    [​IMG]

    Add the vinyl ... and a bit of welding later ...
    [​IMG]

    Have some Mikuni's on the way ... Now ... time to figure out the controls. Looks like the right side isn't going to be BMW ...
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  20. hardwaregrrl

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    hey Fred. Looking good:thumb Is the welder working ok? Didn't use it but to test after I fixed it.