CRF 450X rally/adventure build (Pic heavy)

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by Small bore adv, Feb 20, 2019.

  1. Small bore adv

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    Thanks man! It’s all thanks to my old man, I grew up restoring old cars and wrenching on whatever I could afford lol.
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    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

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    You need to thank him ! Really !
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  3. Small bore adv

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    Wheel bearings were shot, tried and tried to get them out of the hub, no luck.. going to try welding a slide hammer to the inner race.
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    I started having problems with the electric start, sounded like a weak battery, kept getting stuck at TDC, wouldn’t crank.
    Battery checked out good, I checked the auto decompression to see if it was out of asjustment, everything was in spec. Finally I pulled the starter and found the problem..
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    Looks like you are have lots of fun.
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    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

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    It's really good practice to know your bike, and how to fix it, so you can get back out of the woods.

    Walking out of the woods sucks.
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  7. Small bore adv

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    Linkage overhaul is today, might drill and tap some grease fittings to make maitinance a breeze
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    Head bearings might need some love too. (look for aluminum chips) :hide

    Here is a tip...keep track what tools you use on your bike and build a tool kit.

    I know guys who only work with the tool kit for that bike, even at home, to make sure they have the proper tools out on the trail.

    Spare parts too for the kit.

    If you look at my KTM, behind the lower tank guards, I have two tire tubes, one front, one rear.
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  9. Small bore adv

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    Yes head bearings will definetly get some attention, especially after I drilled into the head tube. I have a tool kit I take with me on all of my rides, also carry tire spoons, tubes and cartridges. Sometimes oil.
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  10. Small bore adv

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    Little rear linkage action today, greased up and feeling like new. Soft wire wheel to clean off all the crap. Rear shock needs to be rebuilt but I just don’t have the time right now, back in it goes! It’ll get a rebuild later. Front forks need to be rebilt now though, pull the front end and grease the bearings. Still finishing up all the wiring on the navi tower, then it too will be taken off and painted.
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  11. Small bore adv

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    Got a jump on preping for paint. Pegs, brackets, and clutch cover.

    Also pulled the radiators, boiled and sand blasted. They will get painted high temp flat black. Everything els will get painted silver, base/clear automotive paint. Should hold up good. Obviously it’s not powder coating but it’s strong.

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    In my past experience with linkage maintenance found that marine trailer bearing grease holds up great! Those sandblasted parts look like works HRC stuff:) Nice Work!
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  13. Small bore adv

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    hah ! dont make me blush now! thanks for the kind words man, for all of my builds i use this can of mystery grease my old man has lol we cant remember where we got it, but it works good. i try to grease the linkage once a year.
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    Head bearing grease..ha..ha..

    On one of my rising sun bikes, I saw little grease applied to the bearings but a lot applied to the steering steam.
    Looked like a short cut some assembly person took to get the job done quicker with out getting caught.
    Grease from bucket was getting lower at the end of the day in the factory, so who to know...


    Oh yea...nice pegs.....
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    I’ll be sure the grease the steering stem up good right after I get the piston return springs oiled up. The rear linkage was dry, but it looks like it’s never been apart. Everything felt good and tight tho, after all it is a low hour bike, just wasn’t taken care of very well. I’m not sure what kind of pegs they are, to be honest they kinda suck. But I can always replace them later. I like to have really big flat pegs on my bike.
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    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

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    Your peg photo made them look big....got some nice flat pegs on my 950.

    To make parts clean up EZ'ER, I have heard of guys spraying parts with Pam.

    Makes oil come off quicker.
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  17. Small bore adv

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    Got the base coat and sealer on the pegs/clutch cover. I sure do love that wet glass look after shooting paint!

    Radiators didn’t need any prep, just a dusting of semi gloss black. Always use good paint on radiators and don’t go too heavy! Let them dry in the kiln (aka the Wood stove vent) .



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    Radiators are on! Everything els will get painted and cleared tomorrow. Just need to finish up some odds and ends before I paint the navi tower and test ride this beast ! Also I’m still waiting for my wheel bearings and starter rebuild kit EB4E13D0-9439-44E3-8751-FC2698B2C367.jpeg
    Shout out to the old man for letting me steal some of the leftover paint
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    First ride of the season is scheduled for the very end of March (if weather permits) We will ride the GLDS lower safari, 4 days and 1200 miles it should be a good start!
    If the weather does not work out we have a backup plan to ride the trans Ohio adventure trail. Roughly 1200 miles as well. So the bike needs to get done ASAP!!
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    What a day !

    All the paint is done,

    New DID chain and wheel bearings.

    Rebuilt the starter and got it back into the bike what a nitmare that was! Honda manual says to remove the cylinder to pull the starter !! Not today Honda.. not today
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