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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

SCfest 2018

Rolling out to SCFest 2018...




Well here we are again leaking pushrods. I have had more trouble with the pushrods on this last build than anything. I have been too busy jacking with them and life to even blog about the trials and tribulations. So here's the story. The cool stainless steel Big Jim's tubes leaked and leaked regardless of seals tried. I swapped the fatter aluminum solid pushrods for slimmer steel versions thinking it was the pushrods hitting the tubes. No real change. Daniel thought that the oil tank needed a vent to atmosphere. I tried that, but it didn't help. So I drug the bike back to Daniel in Bartlesville. He swapped the stainless tubes for stock style and everything seemed great. The stainless tube didn't quite center up correctly. Then I noticed that the vent was putting oil out onto the transmission top and clutch basket. So I thought the vent was no longer needed and plugged it with a brass pipe plug.

Well I guess it still has too much case pressure, because oil is coming out the pushrods again.



And oil was even around the brass pipe plug that was sealed with teflon tape. And yes the oil is only about half up in the oil tank.


There was controversy on were to align the breather gear mark when we used the degree wheel on it on two different occasions. I am going to move it from one tooth off to two teeth and see if that helps.

Anyway, I manage to get all the way to Durant before I had to stop for a beer. The 9th Street Bar is a nice little place.


2 o'clock on a Friday afternoon and some random dude was playing country covers for tips and beers. He was pretty decent. Poor guy lost his Harley when he went to rehab.

Back on the road.


Red River bridge to Texas.





Hay bales and countrysides.


Made it to camp. Panhead Fred and Jimbo beat me, and sadly no one had any beer.


Luckily, Pibb rolled in directly behind me.


Pibb saves the day with a trailer full of Bud diesels straight from St. Louis proper.


There were a lot wildflowers, but most weren't where I could get pictures very easily.


Jimbo's primary belt was slapping and he needed to fix it.


Texas Mark got to camp.


He brought his son Eli, too.


The usual suspects.


Beautiful views of lake and sky as always.


Trent and Jason got there about dark.


I have no idea what Pibb was looking for.


Hanging out.


Shemp rolled in on Saturday and his bike wasn't quite right, so Mark got to work.





My wife did an excellent job of taking care of everyone at camp.


More chillin' from these two.


My boys did a little fishing and caught a few.





A hitch hiker on Pibb's trailer.


Campin'


More campin'


Everything was fine...


until the camera flashed and people got irritated.





Another SCfest in the books. 

More on the singing cowboy in Durant, I was getting gas on my way back through on Sunday and I will be damned if the singer didn't show up at the quickie in a pick up truck and get on the trailer and start picking again. Unfortunately, I sent my camera home with my wife so I can't prove it.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Ride in Peace - Sonny Dukes

RIP Sonny Dukes. He did a lot of photography for Easy Riders back in the day. Always cool to me, always encouraging to me about my blogging and my hack photography.


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Carb Mock-up and Throttle Cable Routing

Alright, let's figure out the carb and see if these throttle cables will work on this frontend set-up.

The intake is still sealed up from Jeff at Longbow Customs way back in December. All that has to go.


I have to take all this carb stuff out and apart to get at it.


A quick note, because I always forget, the main jet is 74.


On the hydraulic front end I was running, the cables went out, around, and through the trees to the left of the steering head. That's not really working this time.


I added this guide to the bars and it may or may not stay.


Running them on this side is getting closer to run-able.


Okay this might just work.


Final (temporary maybe?) routing, the throttle cables split over the brake line near the grip, go through the trees on the right, split around the brake again, split over the rockerbox oil line. Everything seems to work and clear all moving parts.


Front Brake Line for the Crossbones Springer with 16 ape hangers

I have already measured the extra length I need to be 6 inches longer than the hose I had. Which is odd because the stock Crossbones bars are supposed to be 12 inches and I am running 16's.


Let's get the rest of the DOT 4 out before I make another mess.


Take the banjo bolt loose to get the hose off.


Cover everything until I can get the proper hose built.



This is where my plans wrecked out again. I was planning to have a hose built locally, like before. Then, I made this discovery. The front brake line has this very specific section of hard line to route it from behind the trees and to the left of the front wheel. You have to have this section to do it correctly. A universal line won't work. Like hiding wires, just another place where a Springer is different than a hydraulic front end.


Luckily, with some internet searching, I found the part number for the 6 over line and found it available on clearance at Dennis Kirk. It was only $28 to my door. I doubt a locally made one could be had much cheaper.


I did buy fresh washer seals for the banjo bolts locally only to find the hose came with them. There were two big and two smaller ones. I used the small ones at the master cylinder and the large ones on the caliper.


Route it through.


Fit it up to the master cylinder. (I need to clean off the yucky clearcoat and put on fresh, but I want to make sure it works out first.)


The proper parts mean a good proper fit. Right in the guide and around the corner twice.


Right to the caliper.


All put together.


Torque the top banjo bolt to spec.


Wow. I never thought this would be an issue. I don't have a double hex socket in this size. I am really anal about torque in an aluminum hole and making sure it seals. Luckily my neighbor had the proper socket so that I didn't have to run to the store to get one. So that got torqued properly.


So I bleed the brake line and of course made a mess on the floor. The brake seems to function, but the lever has a ton of travel. The stock bore Harley MC is 9/16 bore = 0.563. My original plan was a 13mm Kawasaki MC = 0.512. I actually had a 1/2 in Kawasaki MC on had = .500. I will see how it goes. The bigger the MC bore the shorter the stroke needed.