Well it’s almost 2am and I just came in from the shop because my girlfriend is bored and needs some attention, but here I am updating this so I guess I’m probably being a disappointment to her 😛
Tonight I started with the rear brake, with what I thought would take 5 minutes I ended up wasting an hour just trying to get a retaining clip into the dowel on the pedal pivot due to the tight clearance…FINALLY got it though…So I could move on to bigger and better things.
Next up I used my now-functioning rear brake in conjunction with the new chain to loosen the counter-shaft bolt so I could replace the front sprocket.
Out with the old… (originally a 630 chain!!! never seen one so big! [that’s what…she…said.])
in with the new…530 conversion, now isn’t that much nicer?
So now I can just stick the chain on right? HA, never that easy…
Look a bit on the long side to you?
That was actually only 4 links too long. So I just folded it to the length that I wanted, going around the rear sprocket for this part makes everything much easier.
I marked the doomed link and did a quick little grind job.
couple of love taps with a center punch/ hammer and presto, what was once one is now two.
This big ass O-ring chain didn’t come with a clip style master-link. I’m fine with the clips for smaller bikes but when you get up to these bigger power houses I feel better with a good solid chain riveted together.
Every home should have one of these handy dandy little riveters.
a twist and a pull and curse word or two later leaves me with this, beautiful!
just had to adjust the rear wheel a little bit. Now that looks better doesn’t it?
Now I believe here I took a little dinner break but don’t worry I’ll be right back with a wiring update!