Got my Cranbrook about half done.

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  1. VIP

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    Here is a webpage to display the progress.
    Motorbike

    I displayed someone else's completed bike to show what a completed one looks like.

    Can't remember where I found the picture but if the owner wants me to take the picture off I will be glad to.

    A question.

    Did you guys shorten up the gas and clutch cables. Lots of extra length here.

    I have to go work on a Mini-Sprint race car tomorrow. If I can still bend over when I get home, I will start working on the chain tomorrow night..!!!
     
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    Started it today and did a very short test.

    I need to move the rear sprocket out about 1/8th inch.

    My first install I only put the rubber isolator on the inside of the spokes and did not put one between the spokes and the sprocket because that made it too far out.

    But now I think I need to make a spacer to go between the sprocket and the spokes.

    The one that came with it is just too thick..

    Did any of you guys have to deal with that.

    Short quicktime video of the test ride.

    http://home.fuse.net/pvee/mbike1.MOV
     
  3. Salty Gator

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    Thanks for the info.

    After supper I made a thinner isolator to go between the sprocket and the spokes and that seemed to do it.

    After a couple easy test, I sped it up and went farther up the road and back and it seems to be ok now.


    Thanks again....... Pete
     
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    Pete,
    The difference between the rag joints and what Jim offers is night and day....there's simply no comparison....the kit joints are dangerous,unreliable and a plain out pain in the butt...plus Jim offers a choice of sprockets....I'm using his 38er....climbs hills no problem and flat out hauls a$$....I whole heartedly believe in being safe....and productive....with no issues down the road ( no pun intended)...just get in touch with Jim......he'll walk you through it.....I've enclosed a snap of said sprocket and adapter so you can infer....


    Luck,
    Salty.shft.
     

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    That is a great looking piece of hardware.
    Thanks, I will look into that.

    Pete
     
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    Well, it's working very well now. I made several laps around the big block here and all is well so far.

    I have a question about the magneto.

    I just grounded the black wire and hooked the kill switch across the black and blue.

    Not using the white wire.

    Somewhere I read that you can power a headlight of some kind off the magneto.

    Is that really possible without reducing the spark strength??


    Pete
     
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    From what I understand yes you can power a light with the white wire but it doesn't give hardly and juice at all so it's probably not even worth it to do that.....I'm not sure about reducing the spark but I'm sure someone here will know....keep us posted !



    Laters,
    Salty.shft.
     
  9. VIP

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    Another question about the clutch hardware.

    The clutch handle adjuster is too soft and the cable end digs into it and then you can't adjust it.

    On the motor end the cam housing that has the cam in it that operates the clutch is pretty bad also.

    At least on mine the cam flops around in there. Like that when new..

    The hole that the cam goes into is about 1/16th of an inch too big. I have plenty of grease on it but If I make some bushings for it I feel it will operate a lot better.

    Are they all like that or is this just a bad one??

    On the clutch handle end, I can replace that with the Motorcycle piece that has a harder adjuster mechanism in it but it won't have the stop to hold it open.

    Speed Partz, Clutch Lever for mini-sprints, modified midgets, micro midgets, mini sprints, side winder
     
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    I have used a pop can for a shim on loose clutch arms before ;)
    easy to cut with good scissors
     
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    You've used everything Bill........is there anything you've NOT used ?........You seem to have all the ANSWERS......are you GOD ?

    Thanks,

    Salty.shft.
     
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    Thanks. I did not have any bushing the correct size. Thought about drilling out the hole and putting the proper shim/bushing in it. Next time I have it apart I will do something to it..!!!
     
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    everything I know how to fix is because I broke it first
    4 yrs of doing this,,,
    I have broken everything
    fixing these bikes is like learning on the job !!!laff
     
  14. Salty Gator

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    Learning the hard way....probably the best way to learn Bill...:)



    Thanks,
    Salty.shft.
     
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    I finally got my Manic Mechanic Hub and sprocket installed.

    Almost ruined it. I forgot to do my final tightening on the three sprocket bolts before I tested it and one of the bolts backed out till it was hitting the frame.

    I was close to home..!! Fixed it now.

    Gonna put some lock washers under them.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Looks great VIP....works great too huh ? :) .....what size wheel hub is that on your Cranbrook?....I need to know because I have one also and am going to get a sprocket and adapter for it from Pirate Cycles....


    Appreciate it,
    Salty.shft.
     
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    It's the one that is close to 1.5 inches.
    the cb110 model

    Sprocket Adapter and Sprocket CB-110 Hub (In Stock)


    I used LockTite on the Sprocket bolts because I wanted the maximum number of threads into the aluminum hub.


    I'll check it often until I am confident in it.
     
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    awesome man. I'm just about done with a cranbrook build, I used both spacers and ended up having to bend the break arm afterwards. May look into that sprocket for sure.
     
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    Regarding your cables. I don't shorten mine, but I do try to route them so that they are not failing about like a 5 year old in the deep end of the pool. The reason why I refrain from cutting the cables is in case whoever owns the bike decides to go to taller bars. I have a vid on youtube that shows how I routed the cables and wires off of the handlebars on my current bike here is a link to my page and the video is the most recent one YouTube - 5cud6uddy's Channel I hope that might give you some ideas. Basically what I did was use tie-wraps, buddied up the cables and wires as necessary and established break-off points as necessary. I did have to cut the clutch cable loose at one tie off location because it was impeding the clutch operation.
     
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    That is why I am not afraid to break anything. It's how I learn.
     

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