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    Re: hello from Waterford , Ireland

    Best of luck, I'll be watching out for any updates.

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    Re: hello from Waterford , Ireland

    ok, so been a while...... managed to get my hand into my chop saw.. but my the grace of somebody somewhere.. kept all my beer lifting apparatuses

    so... on top of all the original items that I found wrong.. a few more special mechanical niceys from the previous owner.

    1) forks were on the wrong side at the front. (left was on right etc)
    2) gear oil had been put into forks, fork seals were gone anyway
    3) 2 of plugs had the electrodes gone.. missing.. no where to be seen
    4) Oil was so thick.. and creamy.. it looked like guinness
    5) breather pipe had been blocked with a wooden cork
    6) shock was gone, linkage was gone, few missing bolts on suspension..
    7) fuel pump bypassed relay, and directly wired.

    so a list of horrors really.. BUT a testament to the africa twin that it was still running.. and didnt feel like a death trap to ride..

    so... since then

    new shock, new linkage, new bearings everywhere, new bolts, engine oil washed out (with oil) and cleaned... 3rd lot of new oil. pickup is gleaming..
    new gaskets, new plugs, new air filter (K&N) , new fuel relay, new wiring around solenoid,
    Forks on the right way, and new seals and oil.
    speedo repaired..
    new bushings on front wheel



    so now its running sweet, balanced, and like it should.. time to strip it down and get the frame done and start the tarting up


    so this is my new fab suspension, (thanks to J at rugged roads)

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    o the tear down... first stop.. pound shop..... sandwich bags, masking tape and permanent marker



    so each element is taking off the bike with its corresponding bolts, or mounts. write on the masking tape with the permanent marker and stick it to the bag with the element in



    if an item is too big, I tape the bag to it.. with the description, like the crash bars in the picture





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    o got the rads off, the pipe work etc, all the easy stuff at the back.. and middle.. that poxy nut on the horn had to be cut off with the grinder
    so will have to drill that out and use a new tapping bolt







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    o next bits... take off the forks, take off the swing arm , as I am keeping it that lovely brushed aluminium colour.. I got a previous one done silver (powder coated) and didnt like it
    its in good nick , so just needs a clean

    the rads are going for full refurb to a local engineering company, new hoses and clamps

    then the exhaust, and engine will come out,

    plan is, Frame going black, silver engine, silver swing arm.. new arrow exhaust from rugged roads..
    get engine bead blasted and glass polished..

    then I will repair the panels and spray the bodywork.. ... so thats all for the moment..... that I can think of anyway..

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    Also , as per my ad in the wanted section... my front left caliper

    it seems the previous owner let the pad wear down so much, the piston over extended, and to rectify this.. rather than any gentle coaxing..
    the Hammer of Thor and the arm of the Hulk was used

    inside the chambers badly scored.. seals popping out.. and damage everywhere really

    so .. no chance of rebuild.. if anyone knows of one that is available.. I would be much obliged if you could assist








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    Re: hello from Waterford , Ireland

    I'd personally be very slow to glass bead blast an engine, sealed or not.
    Vapour or soda is a lot more forgiving than glass in an engine.

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    Re: hello from Waterford , Ireland

    hey Bounder..

    yeah I am doing some reading up at the moment, so I spoke to a nice fella called Ted in sodablast.ie down in Cork City (southern ireland).. he says similar to yourself.. and can do a very low impact soda clean and a fine polish.. some of the results look great. And good value too, they can do the entire process for me.. be about 250 euro roughly.. (about 220 pounds) to strip and PC the frame and bits
    and could be about 300 to do the engine, he said that depends on the prep time.

    Motorbike Restoration - Sodablast

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    Re: hello from Waterford , Ireland

    Alrite Iain . I'm in process refurb RD04 , and same story here , rust everywhere. I follow closely see what you do with engine , not to sure about blasting with anything .... that stuff gets everywhere no mater how sealed all holes are.
    Then another thing what you do with suspension linkage ( pain or powder coat ). Here so my pictures

    That thermostat totally corroded

    Frame seen better days

    Val

    2 bikes , twice is happy 🤔

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    Re: hello from Waterford , Ireland

    hey Val

    I think your bike and mine could be long lost twins.. .the frames look about the same.

    I am going to get him to clean the suspension linkage with sodablast, but I am going to use simoniz tough black paint instead of Powder coat, cause the bearings are already in there now.
    I used it before on the Suzuki I restored, and found it very durable.. and easy to touch up if you hit anything from below..
    Simoniz Tough Black Paint - Aerosol | Demon Tweeks


    this is the engine I got done before off a little 82 suzuki DRS-250... , the guy used this really tough very sticky denim type tape to wrap around everything.. and wooden plugs for everything else.. sealed really well....engine was FILTHY and had been painted with hammerite ... I mean ffs... anyway it came back tip top... didnt have any issues at all afterward.. she ran no probs



    and after..




    would be great to see some more pictures from your own build, or the thread if you have one already..
    send on any advice or tips to me.. they are always welcome..

    cheers
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    Re: hello from Waterford , Ireland

    Hello Iain,

    That is SUCH a pretty shock absorber.

    Glad the rebuild is coming along and sorry to hear of the unexpected nasties left by previous owners.

    My RD07 will be apart over the Winter I hope to get the frame done but to do that I have to get my BSA Bantam back together to give me something to ride !

    Let's keep in touch and compare notes.

    Yrs,

    Jolly

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    Re: hello from Waterford , Ireland

    Well here's my plan :
    Start with frame
    Sand blasted then etching primed them coat of hammerite then couple coats Honda white NH138 .
    New rear suspension I opted ( Wilbers 640 ) from Germany under €400
    Forks , swing arm and calipers plan soda blast then anodized
    Intimenators for forks everything else standard .
    New front fairing from Greece rest stock .
    Engine works sweet so nothing to do there just clean but that still up in the air .
    O and most bolts clean and zinc hot deep

    Val

    2 bikes , twice is happy 🤔
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    Re: hello from Waterford , Ireland

    Forgot about wheels. My total scrap , so new rims and SS spokes only thing original rear rim is 2.75" but excel rim available 2.5" or 3.5" so that bit dilemma .

    Val

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