Post by donkeychomp on Jun 16, 2018 21:52:34 GMT 1
Thanks Dusty. When I first saw yours I thought it looked all wrong but every time I saw it, it just got better looking lol. Going for black wheels too. And I will attempt a one off paint design as well.
Post by donkeychomp on Jun 23, 2018 21:33:42 GMT 1
So the old girl is getting taken apart. The frame will get powder coated, so will the Mito swing arm when it gets 'trimmed' lol. Wondering if I should look for another LC frame and bolt all my standard parts onto that and make a totally stock one.
The frame is back and the Mito forks are on. Using an Aprilia RS125 yoke of all things but I bet they are the same as the Cagiva one. Next step is take the swinger to the engineers place for a trim, but if they are busy I have found another contact, does amazing welding etc and at a great price too.
And another change of plan. Back to my own bikes for a bit so Elsie got some TLC. Only had an hour but it's amazing what can be done when all the parts are to hand. YZF125 swing arm as I remembered it fitted my A/C RD so well. Just needs a couple of spacers or even washers to fit. And the shock mount will need moving, not a biggie.
The Mito front end just bolts in albeit with Aprilia RS125 yokes. The bars are on, levers and switch gear and I tackled the rusted in part on one exhaust. Anyone know what make these are? Side by side but no name on them anywhere!
Front wheel is Mito with that 320mm ff Brembo, rear is also Mito and will go on fine I hope. Tyre might have to go back down a size to a 150 section (160 at the mo).
Cheers Dusty. Next is brakes, rear sprocket, repair damaged engine casing and then a vapour blast. Then see how much offset there is on the gearbox sprocket. Fit a rear shock and basically get a hybrid rolling chassis. But from now on every part that goes on, stays on! So everything will be restored/painted/powder coated etc first.
Oh and try to get some engine internals along the way!
A little more done. She is now a (sorta) rolling chassis. The shock mount on the swinger needs removing and welding on the top, just needs a bit of careful measuring! The headstock bearings were wrong so I'm waiting for replacements. Had a trial fit of the exhausts, and I know they are not everyone's cup of Java but I love 'em! Reminds me of my Aprilia RS250...
Next job is fit rear wheel bearings, add the sprocket and disc and measure that crucial shock mounting.
Thanks Dave. It's now looking like an R1-Z! Been trawling through Google and this site and have yet to see any LC modded in this way. I have a sneaky feeling it's because of the single (though whopping) front disc. And yes that does let it down a little but it does save a shed load of weight. And it is more than capable of stopping a 350LC. If it can stop a 33bhp Mito...it can stop my bike. There is always an option of adding a second disc but I don't see the point really apart from some symmetry.
Also decided to get the swinger powder coated in that 'chrome effect' stuff. I like it!
I think you'll find the single disc more than adequate for the Lc. I don't think you can add a second disc though - the wheel and forks appear to be like the Tzr and don't have the boss on the wheel or the lugs on the forks. An Szr660 front end would be the nearest twin disc set up I think. You are right about symmetry - I much prefer a twin disc set up for looks. Heavier I know, but aesthetics - for me - mean twin disc front end every time. But that front end looks great and I think you will find it a vast improvement over an Lc front end !
And the chrome powdercoat does look good. Do De Corrosion offer that ? Not all powdercoaters do it.
Cheers matey. I asked Luke there and yes they do. They are branching out a lot hence the new vapour blasting and they will powder coat any bare metal in pretty much any hue you want. And what with that welder/fabricator next door this is a one stop shopping paradise lol.
And yes, that one disc is well up to the job. I am keeping my engine standard so there won't be any bonkers bhp to worry about. Well, kinda standard lol.
Post by donkeychomp on Aug 20, 2018 22:19:16 GMT 1
Had nothing to report for a while as the frame and swinger were off to have the shock mount moved. A month down the line and it STILL isn't done. I am a tad annoyed about this, so today I went and picked up a very dusty frame...(not Dusty's lol)
LC top one and that's knackered. The Mito bottom one fits fine but the top one is a fag papers width too big, even after freezing them for a while so I'll get an LC one. The plan from now on is nothing is going back on the bike until it's restored and ready to go on, apart from the engine as I need to see what the pips look like!
Post by donkeychomp on Aug 21, 2018 22:04:00 GMT 1
Bearings are in and the yokes are being painted. The LC ignition slots right into the Aprilia top yoke but needed 2 spacers making up. Now I need to drill out the bolt holes as the LC ones are way too small.
Post by donkeychomp on Sept 1, 2018 21:57:31 GMT 1
Few more bits done. The forks are all finished and are on as is the front wheel. Lost some spacers but I hope to find them! The ignition now looks like it was designed to fit the Aprilia yoke! Rear wheel getting a tidy up too, new bearings are in the freezer...
Post by donkeychomp on Sept 1, 2018 22:17:55 GMT 1
Ta muchly (doffs lid). At the mo probably drill and add some bolts mate. It's the cheapest option for me. I'd try Clive again but for now anything I can do on my own...I'll do! Once I've got the rear wheel in I'll make a template of the shock mount then take the swing arm over to him.
Hi mate I think it's looking fantastic The front end looks great, and nice to see something a bit different. And I think the pipes look awesome - again, different to the norm, and I've not seen another set like them. Keep up the good work
They look great Alex Looks like they've cleaned up well too. You could space the footrests away from the frame meaning the exhausts can mount behind the footrests and look neater, plus it gives a bit more room for swingarm clearance. Both my hybrids had their footplates spaced away from the frame by 10mm - it also gives the impression of the pipes being more "tucked under". I've got pics if you need them.