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    East Van Camel Hump

    Hey Folks,

    It's time to start sharing with you the progress of my build. It's a ratty 78 SR that I picked up a few years ago for $600. It's all there minus a mirror, a side cover & a rear footpeg.

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    As you can see there are some rough areas. Apparently the gas tank had an encounter with an angry wife wielding a hammer. This will be a full teardown project.

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    It even came with a busted spark plug in the cylinder head.

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    Let the fun begin.

    Steve

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    Now that is going to be a PROJECT; what direction are you thinking of going with it?
    BTW, have fun with the swingarm and caliper rebuilds (we have some very good advice archived for all that here).
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    I have a general idea where I want to go. As you know things can change. There will be some inspiration from these bikes.

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    I'll try to use a good portion of the original parts. I definitely want it to represent Yamaha.

    Steve

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    I kinda like 'em, but suggest you dont go too fat on the front tire and wreck the handling. The last one, the Brat Style looks decent.
    '81 Yamaha SR500 Caff Racer
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    '98 Honda Shadow 750 ACE Deluxe
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    With a few tweaks I could find happiness with #3.

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    I'll be borrowing a few ideas here & there. The fat tires on Monkey #10 look cool but I won't be going that way.

    Just to let you know by project is not at the begining point. I'm comfortably into it now. I didn't want a thread that went on too long.
    I did a lot of reading on the forum before I did anything. It's been a fantastic source. Thanks everyone.

    I first needed to prep an area that I could do some of the work. So I cleaned up the space under my back porch where I keep my garden supplies.

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    This will be my teardown & storage area. The rest of the work will be done in my basement.

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    Time to start pulling those pieces off.

    Steve
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    Teardown went as expected.

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    The swingarm had the anticipated fight. I soaked it for several days to help get some movement. I worked it back & forth using the nuts.
    I stacked washers & then some wrenches in there. I kept some lube on the threads to help prevent stripping. I was making some fairly good progress.
    I did sustain a bit of a scrape when something slipped.

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    At this point the shaft began to spin. I next tried to drive it out but it wasn't moving. That was the end of this. I took the frame to a local machine shop
    & they pressed it out in exchange for a case of beer.

    Steve

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    Way to go on the S/A removal!
    There are many horror stories on the old forum. I bet you felt like hugging the machine shop guy when that S/A came out.

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    WAY better than having to cut it out!
    When you rebuild it use 'marine grade' grease on EVERYTHING.
    '81 Yamaha SR500 Caff Racer
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    Hey Henry,

    Yes I was quite relieved. Thanks to the forum members who shared their stories I was able to bypass many a headache.

    Thanks for the tip gcrank1.

    I bolted a mount to my bench to help spin the wheel during polishing.



    This was going to be a long & boring process so I figured I'd get it out of the way first first.

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    Things looking better after fist grit. I think it was 220. I'm not sure where I was grit wise on the next pic but it's coming along.

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    This was the the relax & drink beer no think part of the project. I needed to speed things up so I removed the motor from my drillpress, made a mount for it & then inserted the wheel onto it's axle.
    I got a large rubber band & wrapped it around the motor & wheel.



    This would spin the wheel nice & true but it was only good for the outside part of the rim.

    Steve

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