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Yep, round 2...



here's the latest (like... TODAY latest! LOL)



Got the new wheel on the back, painted the final drive / brake shoe plate, working on the front end of the bike right now.



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I'll get pics of the Magna front end up later tonight.
 

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Yep, round 2...



I'll get pics of the Magna front end up later tonight.


Looking forward to the front end pics. I have a friend that has a few "spare magnas and I often thought would a front end fit one of my customs.



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Looking forward to the front end pics. I have a friend that has a few "spare magnas and I often thought would a front end fit one of my customs.



Mike,


If you go that route, you have to cut right about 1" out of the steering stem, then you want to grind a 45 degree bevel about 1/2 of the thickness (it's seriously thick metal - like 1/4"-3/8") on both sides so that you get the strongest possible weld in there.



Sand everything smooth by hand and go to town!
 

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did you paint your engine and pumpkin? if so, what color? they don't look silver.
 

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I did! It's called Titanium Metallic Silver, and it's got a blue tint to it. I've been trying to figure out ways to get my wife more involved in the hobby, so I let her pick the color.



I wasn't keen on it at first, but it's really grown on me!
 

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If you go that route, you have to cut right about 1" out of the steering stem, then you want to grind a 45 degree bevel about 1/2 of the thickness (it's seriously thick metal - like 1/4"-3/8") on both sides so that you get the strongest possible weld in there.



Sand everything smooth by hand and go to town!


Doward, do you mean shorten the steering tube or do you mean stretch it out like some others have done. I think the pics will explain when you get a chance to put them up. I checked with my buddy this evening. He has a complete front end (forks, wheel, discs, brakes) and I can take it away if I can get it to work.
 

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I did! It's called Titanium Metallic Silver, and it's got a blue tint to it. I've been trying to figure out ways to get my wife more involved in the hobby, so I let her pick the color.



I wasn't keen on it at first, but it's really grown on me!


I think that metallic silver paint looks great. Very clean and (almost) hi-tec.
 

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Doward, do you mean shorten the steering tube or do you mean stretch it out like some others have done. I think the pics will explain when you get a chance to put them up. I checked with my buddy this evening. He has a complete front end (forks, wheel, discs, brakes) and I can take it away if I can get it to work.


Had to cut the middle section of the steering stem down about an inch, as the steering stem was just too long in order for me to use the stock steering stops heh
 

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Had to cut the middle section of the steering stem down about an inch, as the steering stem was just too long in order for me to use the stock steering stops heh


Thanks for the info Doward. Any pics yet ?
 

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I like the paint also, do you know if it is high heat? It looks similar to Pontiac metallic blue engine paint.
 

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Hey Doward, did you get my last PM? Still a possibility?


Yes, I did! I just haven't had a chance to get back out to storage and snag those pics for you... I'll do my best to hit that tomorrow for you!



As for the paint, yep - it's high temp 550F Engine Paint
 

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Yes, I did! I just haven't had a chance to get back out to storage and snag those pics for you... I'll do my best to hit that tomorrow for you!



As for the paint, yep - it's high temp 550F Engine Paint


Got the exhaust on last night, and started something I really didn't want to do (yet) - pulled the wiriing harness completely apart, and getting started on completely rewiring it, so I can hide and tuck that wiring away.



I'll post pics tonight of the blacked out exhaust with chrome rings
 

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Got the exhaust on last night, and started something I really didn't want to do (yet) - pulled the wiriing harness completely apart, and getting started on completely rewiring it, so I can hide and tuck that wiring away.



I'll post pics tonight of the blacked out exhaust with chrome rings


What's with me promising pics and not delivering??? Ugh, anyway, all the wiring is done except the gauge cluster... that's tomorrow's bit of fun!
 

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It just never ends. After the Ignitech Saga, now I'm moving onto the Right Front Caliper Saga - brake bleeder screw is stripped!



Just ordered another caliper from the 'bay for $20 shipped. I'd love to try something different this weekend, like oh... maybe RIDE MY BIKE?
 

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DAMMIT!!



Got the new right caliper in and on, vacuum bleed the brakes - very little feel at the lever.



WTF, right?



Pull the master cylinder apart - Minimum piston diameter = 0.5488", my piston diameter = 0.5205"



DAMMIT DAMMIT DAMMIT!



Ok, so raiding the parts bin now to see if I can find another master cylinder piston. I think I have an '82 style master cylinder around here somewhere, I just prefer my '78 round all-metal system




*edit*



Nothing. Looks like I'm buying a new one. No riding for me this weekend.
 

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Yeah, going to see if I can turn up something today... calling a couple of places once they open up, see what I can do.
 
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