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Old 02-06-2012, 10:11 PM
Scootmeister Scootmeister is offline
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Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: North Carolina
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Default Re: what did you do to your motor bike today?

Today I roughed out the torsion tubes for my springer front end. I made the swing arms yesterday out of 1/2" x 1" flat steel so I can drill and tap to anchor the torsion tubes without the need for a locknut. The tubes were made from 3/4" thick walled conduit, cheap and strong. The lower pivot for the tubes were fabricated from 5/8" steel rod instead of crimping the tube itself. The pivot was inserted in the tube and welded. The bridge for the springs will be made from 1/2" x 1" flat steel as well. I'll use industrial springs for both the uppers and lowers. The springer will be wide enough (6") to allow me to use a 180 or 203mm disc. Tomorrow I will fabricate a Harley style caliper mount that rotates with the up and down movement of the springer. I'm waiting for my new 12 gauge SS Sapim spokes to arrive so I can lace up my front wheel, a standard 24" rim and hub from a Schwinn OCC. I know a lot of members poopoo OCC wheels, but I like them. They are cheap, true, and strong once you upgrade the spokes. I have the seam on the rear wheel welded for added strength. Will post photos when finished.
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