Join Date: May 2012
Location: Beer City USA
I Ride: '05 ZX6R, '99 R6 & '81 CB750
Well, yet again, it's been a long time since I've posted...we have been doing a little bit of work here and there on the bike, but my personal and professional lives have both kept us from working as much as I would like. However, we have made some good progress.
We have been able to get most of the bodywork sanded and ready for primer and then paint and I will have students finishing up with the last piece getting it sanded tomorrow. Then we are going to attempt to build a PVC paint booth so that we can paint in the corner of my classroom (there's a door to vent). Thankfully, I've got a few old, really busted, pieces of bodywork that I'll be able to have them practice painting before doing the real stuff.
We have also gotten most of the electrical issues straightened out... more of a challenge than I was anticipating, but I think we've mostly gotten it figured out - we'll see when we start really testing, I guess... We may still need a bit of help mostly figuring out what's going on with the wiring we have and don't have with regard to the starting system. I'll post on that specifically when we finally get around to it.
We were able to get the brake calipers torn down, replaced all the seals in them, rebuilt the master cylinder, and will be putting that all back together as soon as I get my hands on a new fluid reservoir.
One of the things we are actually struggling with right now is the rear wheel. The bike has a swingarm swap from a 2002 R6 (all of which seems to be mechanically good in terms of solid connections and modifications), but when we torque down the rear axle nut completely, it stops the wheel from spinning freely. It seemed like maybe we were missing some kind of spacer or something, but going through the manual and the wheel, we can't find anything missing. Are there other problems that could cause this? It spins great when the axle isn't fully tightened, so I wouldn't have thought it would be the bearings, but maybe I'm wrong about that? What do you guys think?
Finally, we got a donation of a Vortex chain and sprocket kit through Sportbike Track Gear which we are very excited about, so a big thanks to both of those companies for participating with us!
We have a little less involvement from members with any experience (I mean any experience at all...like any experience holding a tool) this year so things are going a little slower, but we are doing pretty well all the same. And really, that's what this is all about anyway - getting tools in the hands of kids who may have never held them otherwise. If it takes a little longer and they break a few of my parts, well, that's the cost of teaching I guess.
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