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eBay/Craigslist watch / Re: 4T
« on: Today at 12:20:35 AM »
Yeah, that swingarm looks familiar. The 17" wheels make it look like it has lots of travel...more supermoto than tracker.

Haus of Projects / Re: 1975 RD350B
« on: Today at 12:10:15 AM »
I'm using a 15mm axle, same as the TDR, but the GSX-R used a 25mm axle. My spacers are more than 3" long, clamped by the fork legs, and extend from the wheel bearing out to the outside edge of the fork leg. If I had something assembled, I'd give you a picture. It's coming soon.

Haus of Projects / Re: 1975 RD350B
« on: December 05, 2021, 03:31:31 PM »
In other news, the rear wheel is laced and trued; I just need to trim the ends of some spokes yet. The swingarm is ready to go in, then I can work on rear wheel spacers, a caliper hanger and chain alignment.
As much as I love Mark's Speed of Cheese rearsets, I am looking at making my own out of FZ600 parts that I have, like I did for the Elsie project. New seals, bushings, O-rings and a manual are on the way for the GSX-R forks. Still agonizing over seat options; I really like the Texavina, but wonder if I could have one made locally on the stock seat base with a bit smaller hump for the same or less $$.

Haus of Projects / Re: 1975 RD350B
« on: December 05, 2021, 03:23:44 PM »
 :sad: It could have gone better  :sad:
Toiled all day yesterday with chores and wrapping Christmas presents, so I felt I'd earned some time to work on the RD today. Gotta get wheels under this thing, so I returned to the front wheel spacers that had me stymied. I had borrowed a drill bit just under 15mm from work, having decided to just drill the thing out and then bore it to a nice, snug fit on the axle. Many chips later:

And there was much swearing. The end nearest the headstock is way off center and not close enough for axle work  :'(
Close enough for a spacer inside the triple clamp, though, so I lopped that fcuker off and trimmed it to length to fit between my top triple clamp and the plate I made for the underside of the clamp:

It had warmed up to 36 degrees and I hadn't made a fire in the barn woodstove, so my nose and toes were cold. I'll make the other triple clamp spacer another day, and I still have plenty of aluminum bar stock for front wheel spacers...but I think it's time to suck it up and hire a real machinist to bore them. My little lathe is just not accurate enough for this.

Turning Wrenches / Re: Central Tools timing gauge question
« on: December 05, 2021, 10:55:48 AM »
DesmoDrew helped me out; got one on the way  :thumbs:

Show Off / Re: 'speed of cheese' rearsets direct from the home office:
« on: December 03, 2021, 03:55:24 PM »
Build it and they will come

The 4-Stroke Blasphemy Forum / Re: First test ride
« on: December 02, 2021, 03:54:07 PM »
Time to update your signature line!

Turning Wrenches / Re: 1975 Yamaha RD350 fork swap
« on: December 02, 2021, 03:52:14 PM »
I can tell you that I am putting a ‘97 GSX-R600 front end on my ‘75 RD350 and bought those bearings from All Balls. The bearing kit came with two spacers and a dust seal; it’s too early to say for sure, but it appears to be plug-n-play. Steering stops will need to be modified, but everything else appears to be falling into place.

eBay/Craigslist watch / Timing Gauge on the 'bay
« on: December 01, 2021, 08:49:36 AM »
Not mine:

Kinda beat up, so it's accuracy may be questionable. Neat collector's item, though.

eBay/Craigslist watch / Re: CT 1
« on: December 01, 2021, 12:09:17 AM »
There must be someone in AZ who could kinda need a 175

Turning Wrenches / Re: TZ/RD 750 carb throttle issue
« on: November 30, 2021, 03:45:39 PM »
I’d be on the horn to Motion Pro or Terrycable (are they still around?), tell ‘em what you’re doing and I think they’d be happy to make you what you need

Show Off / Re: 'speed of cheese' rearsets direct from the home office:
« on: November 29, 2021, 04:06:40 PM »
Cool, thanks for the reference points

Show Off / Re: 'speed of cheese' rearsets direct from the home office:
« on: November 28, 2021, 01:07:00 AM »
This sounds like a ridiculous question to ask about rearsets, but how is the riding position comfort? The Raasks on my RZ must have shrunk over the years, because my knees don't love them so much anymore.

Turning Wrenches / Central Tools timing gauge question
« on: November 27, 2021, 08:42:59 PM »
I'm looking at the Central Tools 6491 timing gauge set as sold by Economy; is it the diameter of the dial itself that allows it to be used on an RD engine that is in the frame?

eBay/Craigslist watch / Re: RZ350
« on: November 27, 2021, 08:17:00 PM »
Telefix seat and high $$  will it go?

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