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My bike is FINALLY back together!!

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Hi all,

Well it took longer than I thought but I finally have my bike back together. I had to take it down to the bare frame to get the kickstand welded back on. About 6 months ago the bike fell over in a rock pile in Death Valley and it bent the hell out of the bracket on the frame and over time it got so weak that it fell off! :ride:

After my buddy welded it up and I cleaned up the frame I decided to change the color from the usual gray to black. I painted the frame, sub-frame, kickstand, shift lever, brake pedal, and right foot peg mount a semi-gloss black and I think it looks pretty good against the red plastics. Check it out at http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/jeff_in_rc/my_photos in the My Bike album.

While I had it apart I found the steering stem bearings to be shot after only 6 months of being on the bike. The bearings and races were notched and falling apart but still covered with grease. I can tell you this, don’t use All Balls bearing and races, as they are cheap Chinese junk!

I replaced the bearings and races with OEM parts along with all of the swing arm bearings, collars, and seals, as they were toast. I did have a hard time getting the swing arm bolt out but it was not as bad as some on here have stated. I made sure to grease everything very well before putting it back together so when the bolts and collars went in it pushed grease out at the same time.

BTW I also found my air box to be leaking a minute amount of dust on the clean airside of the filter. I took the boot off of the air box and you could see where it was leaking so after cleaning it up I filled the entire mounting area with silicone seal and put it back together.

Now I shouldn’t have any problems with my bike for a long time that I don’t cause myself! It’s time for a ride!!

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Bike looks awesome. What paint did you use on the frame? Looks great!!!

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I used Rustoleum primer and Rustoleum semi-gloss black, it does look different doesn't it! Thanks for the compliments. :banana:

Now I have to re-set the rear sag and I'll be ready for my first ride! WOO HOO :ride:

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WOW! That looks great. How did you get your engine so clean?

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WOW! That looks great. How did you get your engine so clean?

SSHHH, it's a secret so don't tell everyone! I use Simple Green, some soft cleaning brushes, soapy water, an old tooth brush and lots of elbow grease. :busted:

I wet the bike down, fill a bucket with soapy water and then spray down the entire bike with Simple Green. Wait 5 minutes and then take the brushes with soapy water to the bike and rinse when done. :banana:

Works great and since I only use a garden hose I don't get water where it don't belong. When I tore it down all of my linkage bearings were in great shape from the last time I greased them with no signs of water getting into anything. :ride:

Thanks guys, now I have to go ride it and get it dirty!!

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Black frame looks cool :ride: Thanks for the tip on All Balls.

Thanks, and your welcome for the tip, I am just trying to save the next guy from doing what I did and saving him/her a few bucks in the process. :banana:

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The black frame looks GREAT!!!

And I was looking through the pictures on that site, I LOVE the 80's gear, wish I was alive through the HOT pink and NEON green era!! :ride:

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You'll have to let us know how that paint on the frame is holding up. I considered painting my frame when it was torn all apart, but wasn't sure how well it would hold. Looks good!

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The black frame looks GREAT!!!

And I was looking through the pictures on that site, I LOVE the 80's gear, wish I was alive through the HOT pink and NEON green era!! :ride:

I have had that gear for a LONG time and use it when I ride for 3 days or more. I get a lot of people asking where I got them, hell I don't remember back that far! :busted:

You otta see me in my old orange KTM gear! Now that's funny. :banana:

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Nice job,

My kickstand also tore off the frame. Did you HAVE to tear down to do this repair or simply chose to do it to do a clean job(re-paint). I just figured I would take the whole bike and stand to someone with a mig to do the job one day, not take everything apart.

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Nice job,

My kickstand also tore off the frame. Did you HAVE to tear down to do this repair or simply chose to do it to do a clean job(re-paint). I just figured I would take the whole bike and stand to someone with a mig to do the job one day, not take everything apart.

The only way to get to the entire back side of the mount is to have the swing-arm out of the way and since I had it that far down anyway I just took the engine out and away I went. It also made it a lot easier for the guy doing the welding not to have to lug the engine around as well. :ride:

I also figured it was time to check the swing-arm bolt anyway and I am glad I did.

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