It's been a while, and I'm happy to report that the project is completed!!!!
I have everything buttoned up and blue locktite on the important parts.
Painting some of the parts was a real PITA, but in the end I had to remind myself that this isn't a pro-job... so I did the best I could and left it. (thanks to the guys who helped in the 'what a fuckin' mess' thead)
bla bla bla... PICTURES!!!!
Made up a super trick little ABS sensor holder. Just some sheet metal and a whole lot of bending and test fitting.
And here it is all tucked away behind the front fender.
Here's a few glamour shots of the bike as well. I'm going to be putting it up for sale this week, we'll see who jumps at it.
First time riding around with clip ons... found I really had to squeeze my legs to keep from always laying on my wrists. I much prefer my dirty bars on my Blue SV.
Oh, and I got the front ABS to activate!!!
Almost didn't notice it, just a light pulsing on my lever as I was pulling up to a light.
Again, no alarms, light is still out and I stayed upright!!
Here's a video of the ABS dash alarm light flicking off after getting it up to speed.
*warning... super boring video, made it just for the doubters on the SVRider forum.
In the month that it's been since the last post... I did a trip back home for a reunion. My cousin brought a couple of old dirt bikes and a little Honda 70 3-wheeler.
My little one loved it.
Cut to her coming with me to one of the bike shops to pick up some parts...
Lol, Momma Bear hates it... hehehehehehehe.
Also, while I was home, my step-father gave me a spare stick welder he had laying around.
It's not the greatest, it's pretty cheap and won't do anything thick... but it's enough to get my toes wet.
^plus, I don't have to rewire my garage for 220v.
So, that's about it for this quick flip project. Depending on the profit$ from this, I may be able to convince my wife to let me try this again.
Thanks for all your help guys, this is why I keep coming back to Custom Fighters.
That, and all the bike porn.
... I had just applied blue locktite, I was finishing up putting the fender on and the front wheel back on. Just tightened down the axle and then I was giving the pinch bolts a twist. (not using the torque wrench of course)
One side was fine, no issues. I was on the last bolt on the last side and I heard a PINK... then there was the crack.
... It was at this point that I put all tools down, went inside and had a beer.
and maybe a cry.
I've had that front wheel on and off about 20 times this month, fucking around with the sensors and the fender.
This last time I put a dab of blue locktite on... because this was going to be the last time I removed it. Lol.
Thanks for your suggestions, I figured that I'd have to get a new knuckle.
EBAY to the rescue!!
Already got one on the way as of last night.
Left side, whole fork, delivered (to Canada) for $136.00 CAD.
Should be here in 6-10 days.
Haven't torn down a front fork before, could be educational.
Found a 2001 GSXR 1000, left fork leg on eBay.
Purchased, delivered, GTG.
Started pulling it apart to get to the knuckle.
Didn't want to pay for another special tool (tools actually) so I figured I'd do it the hard way.
BRUTE FORCE AND IGNORANCE!!!!
Wrote down the settings before pulling everything apart.
Got the top off to see what I was dealing with.
Then I drained the oil. Was a little dark, no chunks.
Looking at the aluminium inner sleeve, tried to make a spring conpression tool... wasn't strong enough.
So I improvised!!!!
Got the top off!!
Pic so I could remember how it goes back together.
Everything laid out.
Then I tried to get the inner dampner rod out.
Turns out I need ANOTHER special tool to go over the dampner rod, down to a nut on the inside of the lower fork tube.
I needed to get all of that apart so that I could heat up and twist the knuckle off the bottom of the fork tube.
But fuck that, guess I'm swapping out the whole assembly.
Gee Sympul, why didn't you just swap the whole Left fork and not have to mess with any of this??
Because the new upper fork is all faded and scratched to shit and had a seal leaking... and because what's the fun in just putting things on without wrenching on them first??
In the end, I buttoned up everything, put in new oil, reset all the adjustments to be just like the other side, let it sit for a day, checked that the air gap was still good, torqued everything down according to specs, and put it all back on the bike.
And she's up for sale again.
Already got a call... from some nice person in the Yukon who wants me to send it to them and they'll pay me via PayPal and get a delivery service to come and pick it up... Lmao. I said 'No thanks, I'm selling it locally. goodbye.' (fuckin' kijiji scammers)
And that's it.
My wife doesn't want me to touch it again till it's sold. She says that I'm playing with fire every time I adjust something or do a test ride.
So I took it on a rip this afternoon.
Fuck it, it's the only bike that's running right now, and it's already plated. Might as well ride it till someone wants to buy it.
A new riding season is upon us. (here in Edmonton)
And with that, the bike is up for sale again.
Don't worry, this bike is my 'spare', I will still have my Blue SV.
After having a winter to think about it, I have come to accept that my original speed sensor bracket is ghetto AF. I have grown as a person (ha!) and my tool shed has grown as well, so I should be able to come up with a better mount for the speed sensor.
Here is a reminder of what the original bracket looked like:
Time to get the tools out.
I started with some aluminum L bracket stock because I wanted a bit more rigidity and no interference with the magnetic sensor.
Zip zip with the band saw and now I had two right angle pieces.
I also wanted the bracket to mount to the outside of the mudguard braces on the fork, because I didn't want the next owner to have to F around with nuts and all that trash. Cleaner setup this way.
I played with the overlap of the two right angle brackets because I wanted a nice tight tolerance to the rotor buttons where the magnets are secured. After I got that dialed in I marked the two brackets, drilled them and then riveted them together.
As you can see I got it nice and close.
I also wanted the rotor side of the bracket face to be close so that I could mount the sensor to the inside of the bracket and keep things nice and clean. After I got the clearances all sorted out, I had to notch the rotor side of the bracket to clear the rotor bolts. Just an angle taken off of the inside and everything was peachy.
I also riveted the sensor to the bracket because I didn't want to have to deal with bolt heads.
^^ this also keeps the sensor wire tucked behind the bracket.
Yeah, it's a little boxy but it's WAY more solid than my other system, so I'm counting this as a WIN.
There's a little ear of the bracket that pokes out a bit from the mud guard. So I stamped it with SPEED so that the next owner will know what it's for. Looks cool.
From the front the bracket sticks out a little bit, you can see it around the front mudguard. Might hit it with some black spray bomb just to blend it. Thoughts?
Overall, I'm pretty happy with this bracket. By having the overlapping L pieces I was able to really dial in where I wanted the tolerances with regard to the rotor and the magnets. I suppose it wouldn't take a lot to make it adjustable with some slots and some bolts, but I felt that the rivets were a more secure solution for this application.
The longer this bike sits in my garage, the more 'tweaking' I'm liable to do to it.
I hope it sells soon so I don't keep eating into my (projected) profit$.
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