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Offline kawazonkey

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Re: The slightly ambitious drag bike project...
« Reply #15 on: January 04, 2019, 10:20:50 PM »
Started the forks today. They don't leak and work fine but there is a little pitting and I think I can get rid of that.





Then there is that wheel...it's cleaned up ok and in this pic it looks great in primer but there are still blemishes so I'll get the wet and dry out again! If I had a tool to extract those bearings it would make life so much easier but they cost a bit! Ordered a YZF front wheel for a bit of symmetry. Only snag is the wheel spindle size. Rather small on a YZF, very fat on a Mito! Might need to get the spindle hole widened so I can use Mito bearings etc.






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Re: The slightly ambitious drag bike project...
« Reply #16 on: January 04, 2019, 10:29:45 PM »
whats special about the wheel bearings is in not push inner sleeve aside and tap out bearing or
put a rawl bolt in bearing and tighten up and know out with drift from other side ?
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it did look good in a photo lance ?
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Re: The slightly ambitious drag bike project...
« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2019, 10:35:58 PM »
Erm.

Think I know what you mean...thing is if II can get them out I need new ones after...and these are new. Yes they are only about a tenner a pair but even so, that tenner can be put to better use! I'll just carry on for now as is. One day I'll invest in the correct tool.

Cheers for the advice though mate!

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Re: The slightly ambitious drag bike project...
« Reply #18 on: January 07, 2019, 10:46:58 PM »
Had a go at the rear disc today...





Despite my best efforts it either needs a skim or the nearest bin and a better one found!

Piston circlips arrived so one piston is on...



and the bottom yoke got a polish, top one painted in gloss black.






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Re: The slightly ambitious drag bike project...
« Reply #19 on: January 08, 2019, 06:35:19 PM »
Whoops I've missed this topic, it seems to be coming along at 100mph

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Re: The slightly ambitious drag bike project...
« Reply #20 on: January 08, 2019, 06:43:53 PM »
Yeah, he's not dragging it out  :D    (get it)

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Re: The slightly ambitious drag bike project...
« Reply #21 on: January 08, 2019, 09:49:59 PM »
haha!

This should be a quick one as I have about 90% of the parts in the workshop. A running engine should be feasible before the end of the month, the chassis will be done before then. Little things need sourcing like coils, footrests and brake/clutch levers. All available and fairly cheap...

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Re: The slightly ambitious drag bike project...
« Reply #22 on: January 09, 2019, 06:13:39 PM »
Yeah, he's not dragging it out  :D    (get it)
Don't give up the day job

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Re: The slightly ambitious drag bike project...
« Reply #23 on: January 09, 2019, 09:54:38 PM »
This is maybe 10% my day job!

Got the forks back on and for a giggle put on this 15" spoke wheel a neighbour gave me. No idea what it's off but spoked wheels would really look the dogs on this bike!





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Re: The slightly ambitious drag bike project...
« Reply #24 on: January 12, 2019, 10:22:17 PM »
Made a start on the seat today. Primed it (to show up any imperfections clearly) and glad to see there are hardly any.



Then tried a larger spoked wheel...enduro drag bike anyone?





Then the rear wheel got a coat of gold...






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Re: The slightly ambitious drag bike project...
« Reply #25 on: January 14, 2019, 09:20:24 PM »
That wheel isn't god enough, but I have a cunning plan. In order to cover the bearings I used 2 large washers and a nut and bolt. So they can blast and powder coat it without causing any damage!

Then I had a go at the engine casings. I was hoping to leave them in bare metal but some minor repairs are called for so satin black it is then...



Then the seat...I trimmed the front edge so it is even and with yet more CAD I got the tank and seat to line up.







Now that's more like it!


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Re: The slightly ambitious drag bike project...
« Reply #26 on: January 19, 2019, 09:43:30 PM »
Some engine casings are done.  The usual method (well, usual for me that is!), get them down to bare metal, repair any damage, etch primer, BBQ matt black then high heat gloss lacquer and you end up with a great satin finish...



Then I tackled the front disc. It came up like new, very pleased with it!


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Re: The slightly ambitious drag bike project...
« Reply #27 on: January 20, 2019, 06:30:52 AM »
They look good. You have no problems with fuel or oil ruining the finish?

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Re: The slightly ambitious drag bike project...
« Reply #28 on: January 20, 2019, 07:00:32 AM »
They look good. You have no problems with fuel or oil ruining the finish?

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I was thinking about that. Cases don’t get excessively hot but it’s i possible to keep fuel off them long term. Think 2K paint or lacquer is a must really but then again I’m not up to speed with modern fuel defence mechanisms!
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Re: The slightly ambitious drag bike project...
« Reply #29 on: January 20, 2019, 08:07:34 PM »
Never had an issue with oil or fuel. Guess the high heat lacquer is pretty resilient.

Finished the other one today...





I do need new metal Yamaha decals for the casings but they can wait...they cost money lol. Wheels are off being shot blasted and powder coated. I didn't like the gold they had so opted for something else...and I am waiting for some gaskets so next step is the seat and tank. Both big jobs so they might take a while...