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Old 07-14-2013, 05:23 PM
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I put a rear-axle kickstand on her. That FD kept wanting to pull her over with just the regular kick stand.
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Old 07-14-2013, 06:40 PM
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Blue loctite or a lock nut........ ( the cure )
Tried blue loctite, it doesn't seem to get on enough threads to do any good. Lock nut doesn't really work, since the bolt goes right into the kickstand (no nut at all, there is a hole through the kickstand with threads in it). The lock washer should solve the problem though.
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Old 07-14-2013, 06:53 PM
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Rode the bike around the block a few dozen times just putting miles on her and checking everything for durability. No problems so far, even though I'm using stock kit chain at the moment. Everything is still tight and true.
Re-torqued the head and the rag joint, both were good. No changes in spoke tension or wheel shape. The hub on this build was absolutely perfect for the sprocket hole to center itself correctly making this a very easy rag joint install!
Motor is still blubbery and puking as it breaks in. I run around varying throttle constantly with a few full pulls through the available revs to help seat the rings. Notching the piston skirt seems to have made it run richer even though the needle is in the second slot per my usual. The engine seems tighter and less buzzy than most of my recent kits so I'm hoping for good results!
Looks like I picked a decent engine to fully tear-down and port match.
The bike itself needs taller bars quite badly. It is murder on the wrists as it sits. I'm looking at some 10-12" rise BMX bars if I can mod the neck for the front brake cable. Straight bars are very uncomfortable for this frame.
So far, So good!
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Old 07-14-2013, 07:00 PM
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Before I sanded and ran a coat of paint the other day, I 'walled' off a corner of my garage to hang painted parts in.. sanding specs of dust and crap out and recoating gets old faster than you'd think . I had some plastic to work with (a skid bag - bag designed to go on to a pallet to contain leaky batteries, and part of an old matress bag. Loaded the stapler, grabbed the duct tape and ten minutes later I can hang stuff to dry so it's out of the way and less likely to be affected by doing other things in the garage.

Once I got that done I did the work on the tank and hung it in there. Looks good so far, I'm going to give it an extra couple of days before the masking comes off and the clearcoat goes on.
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Old 07-15-2013, 02:57 PM
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I took my gearbox cover off and adjusted my primary drive chain tension again. The clutch will slip if the chain is loose. I put everything back together and tightened it down. I was looking my back wheel over and trying to decide if I needed to adjust it at all, when I discovered a spoke that had popped loose from the flange on the hub. This definitely explains the problems I've been having with it. I never did figure out why the wheel was wiggling, no matter how I would adjust it. Now I know why. Luckily, I just ordered a replacement wheel from Huffy. Why Huffy? Because its the only wheel I know for sure will accept the sprocket adapter I have, the Howard adapter which was designed specifically for the Cranbrook wheel. The unfortunate aspect is that the wheel is coming UPS from Cali, and is going to take about a week to reach me on the East Coast.
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:41 PM
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I recently acquired a 45 caliber ammo box. Still deciding if I want to add this to the bike.......may fabricate a detachable mount for the box. Decisions, decisions.
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Old 07-16-2013, 07:20 PM
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I recently acquired a 45 caliber ammo box. Still deciding if I want to add this to the bike.......may fabricate a detachable mount for the box. Decisions, decisions.
I say build the mount to hang the box off to one side, paint it flat black like the bike and put a www.motorbicyling.com sticker on the side of it.......!

I plan to use a can like that myself in the future on a bike.

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Old 07-17-2013, 12:44 AM
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I opened an account @ Crow Cycles and made wish list order for payday. Called in a warranty with another SITE VENDER . Then I waxed the bike .
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:38 PM
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I opened an account @ Crow Cycles and made wish list order for payday. Called in a warranty with another SITE VENDER . Then I waxed the bike .
I ordered a center kickstand from them fr my 98cc cruiser. Priority shipping was a little pricey (like $12 or 15, can't remember), but worth it. It was the extra tall adjustable black kickstand. Its a quality kickstand, but be forewarned if your bike doesn't have a tab on the bottom of the chainstays to hold the kickstand in place, you will want to upgrade the mounting bolt and lockwasher. The lockwasher that came with it was fairly cheesey and failed when I tightened the bolt a little tighter. But other than that, its a very quality piece.
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:48 PM
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My replacement mirror got here today, so I swapped out the broken one and put my new blind spot mirrors on as well. I also played around trying to improve my gas tank mounts. Its a Whizzer style (repop) 4 liter tank. The mounting hardware was designed to fit a fat frame, and I have a skinny frame. I rigged the mounts to begin with, so today I was just trying to make them a little better. I still have to ziptie the petcock to the frame to keep the tank from sliding around on the top tube, but I think I made the rear tank mounts a little sturdier, having upgraded from cheap thin sheetmetal to the leftover handlebar clamp that came with my mirror, which I didn't use to mount the mirror because my front brake mount has a mirror mount built into it. The only down side was that it took me almost 2 hours to do all this in the heat today, which was no fun. But the upside is that the only thing left to do is swap out my rear wheel when it gets here. That part will be a piece of cake. It will take about an hour probably, but still not that difficult, just time consuming.
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