Cheers, really pleased with how they look, and work. The new engineering guys I have found are brilliant. Run by Steve, his mate Howard is often there - not sure if he is an employee as such, but both are bikers, and know their business. Howard was fitting a reducing sleeve to an Rd350B style master cylinder today so he could get the correct ratio for some brakes he was sorting. Such a neat job My other engineering place may wrap up this year - the 2 main guys are retirement age, and have had enough, and Covid has accelerated their desire to bale out and sell up The welder, Glen, has a mobile set up with Mig and Tig, so that will be a good thing, so hopefully I can still get any special bits done. I hope to become more proficient with my own lathe too, but felt these adjusters were way out of my league, so was happy to get Steve to do them on his CNC lathe
The other job Steve did was to bush the outer cover. Foolishly, I didn't bush the crank cases whilst they were apart - dont know why, as I always do the Lc cases, and whilst messing around with gear ever options, it was apparent there was slight sideways play on the gearshaft where it exits the generator case. There are no oil leaks from the shaft, but I felt the sideways play could add to a sloppy gearchange, so I decided to get the case bushed. I bought some different bushes from Simply Bearings. All advertised as having an ID of 12mm, and one was a more solid 12mm ID 17mm OD, whilst the other was a split bush like we use in the cases, and 12mmID, 14mm OD;
There is now zero sideways play on the shaft, so job done. Next, I needed to trim back the rubber chain protector/boot that sits over the gearshaft on the inner part of the case. As the bush extends inwards, the rubber boot would stop the case fitting on properly. To gauge how much to trim off, I put a tie wrap on the shaft, then fitted the case - it pushed the tie wrap back to where the bush would be;
Hi Dusty. This seems like a good fix to take any excess movement up on the gear change shaft for when you don’t want to split the crankcases. And if you do ever split the cases you can still bush the cases out if you want to, well thought out mate and an engineering mind to solve a problem .
Hi Yea, the bush has solved the movement issue for sure. I hope never to have to split the cases again, so this was the best option. I've also fitted a number plate and bracket, plus the Yss shocks are back on the bike, and the ride height is now where I want it;
Cheers fellas The R6 gear change arm arrived today. I want a "kinked" arm as it needs to sit further away from the casing as the rearset plates are spaced away from the frame. I did use a straight version, but with an ali spacer, which wasn't bad but not ideal, as I wanted to remove any chance of "slop" out of the gear change. If you need a kinked arm for an Lc/Pv/Ac build, I can confirm the R6 is a good fit;
Gear change action is really slick now, so another job ticked off the list. The last main job now is paint. I need to get a couple of single outlet petrol taps off Norbo so I can double check the tank, and then it can all go off for painting. Few other bits to buy, but really not far off now
Cheers Mouse I had time this morning to get the bike out for a side profile shot. Not an exact "before and after" but you can see how much the rear has been raised in the second pic - the first pic is the YSS shocks on maximum, standard adjusters;
It sits just right now. Had a better chance to check the gear change too, and it feels really positive now. The R6 gear lever works well - I've just ordered another for the Cafe racer bike as that has a straight lever with a spacer, so hope to do away with that.
Still some way to go yet though As for paint, I was up for something different, but as it nears completion, I did start thinking a standard scheme might look the best. I quite like this set, with the side panels getting some speed blocks;
Hi Alex Indie is beginning to get used to Willow. She has tolerated her getting into Indie's bed with her to cuddle up a couple of times now. If Willow didn't want to bite and climb all over her, Indie would be far more accommodating ! Got a way to go yet !! Hope you are good mate