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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 08-29-2011, 10:46 PM   #31
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if i didn't see pictures i would have said "no way, can't be done". How long did it take you to bore through that with a hole saw? How accurate are they? Great job by the way. My only concern would be their accuracy both to each other and to the fork diameter. Ive used some heavy duty drill presses before and i wouldn't have attempted that on those
Everything is aligned perfectly, the fork legs in relation to each other, to the spindle and to the top and bottom clamp. The holes were drilled with a bi-metal hole saw each one 2mm undersize from the their respective holes. Each hole took approximately 30 minutes to drill using the cutting wax and blowing off the bit frequently. I didn't use a boring bar (aka flycutter) because the drill press does not provide the ridgidity that would be needed. After each hole was drilled I removed the remaining 1mm (to the line scribed on the metal) using the spindle sander with 50, 80 and 120 grit sandpaper,. the sanding took approximately 15 minutes per hole, so 45 minutes per hole total. An example of the accuracy of the hole diameters themselves is provided by the fact that when pressing the stem in, it went perfectly smooth, with no binding and required 300 ft/lbs to press into place.

With regard to the vise, it is a simple cross-slide vise from Harbor freight with 7" travel both ways. I secured it to the drill press table using t-bolts and nuts.



Hope this helps to answer all of the questions. Here is the pattern that I drew up and scribed onto the metal face, keep in mind this triple clamp is designed for an FZ6 Stem with 2001 R1 Forks:


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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 08-29-2011, 10:57 PM   #32
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Man, you just went to the top of the "Handiest Dudes on the Site" list. This is fantastic!
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You're like the Bear Grylls of CF, minus the drinking piss part...

Mad props man, I think every "non-machinist" on this site has experienced the "DIY Yokes" delusion of grandeur. Thanks for knocking down that wall...


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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 08-31-2011, 12:49 AM   #34
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Yokes are done, will mount them on the bike tomorrow. I will pick up the fork tubes on Thursday and hopefully finish rebuilding them the same day. Hoping to have the bike back together on Friday or Saturday.




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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 08-31-2011, 01:28 AM   #35
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Wow dude. Fantastic job!! I was also a non-believer until I saw your pics!! Very well finished work, I am seriously impressed with what you accomplished. REP

So the real quote you were going for is: "You can drill with a mill, but you can't mill with a drill, unless you plan on buying new bearings for your drill in the near future"
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now when people say "whoa where did you get those man!"

you are going to have to go though the process of trying to tell them that you made them with in a vice with your fucking drill press haha

its a simple concept really,
build bike from what you have and can afford
ride bike with your friends as much as you can
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38 posts, and youre already a glorious beacon of light....
















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Don't worry. I repped you.
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now youze my frandd
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I have to say, the only thing that gets me about these is the tooling (drill) marks. Even though you can't see them.

Other than that, these are excellent examples of what someone properly motivated can do.

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