Winter projects?

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by HoughMade, Jan 11, 2010.

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  1. HoughMade

    HoughMade Guest

    If you are like I am- love the MB, but with 2 feet of snow on the ground and a nice enclosed car, it's build time or modification time.

    Let's hear about your winter projects!

    I am taking on something I have not seen elsewhere. As much as I like the Grubee Skyhawk Stage II gear box on my Honda, good is never good enough. I have the thing completely apart...let's just say "speed holes" and over-the-top polishing are in order- pics to follow. I am also considering cryotempering...overkill, but what the hey. Will it make any difference? Other than strength through the cryotempering, maybe not, but I'm having fun. Also, I have the clutch apart, and besides the holes in the shoes done by others, I am addressing the rough machining and generally going to make the clutch work like it should. the shoes will slide smoothly and when they should. By the way, this gearbox project has led me to build my own vibratory tumbler- pics on that in the future, perhaps.

    There may be an engine mod or 2...still planning that out.

    So, what do you all have planned....and you guys in the warmer climes...don't think you can make me jealous- I am where i want to be.

    Anyhoo- what do the rest of you have going on?

  2. professor

    professor Active Member

    Hough, I am telling myself to go slow on the gas/e-bike.
    April is a long way off.

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  3. HoughMade

    HoughMade Guest

    That's the truth...the last thing I want to do is get this thing ready to ride in mid February...
  4. james65

    james65 Member

    Winter projects

    Spent some time cleaning up, adjusting and lubercating both of my rides. Wasn't easy as there are so many projects qued up. Took time to re-route as much wiring inside the bike frame as possiable(eliminating or minimzing ty-raps).

    Pending winter projects:

    1. Get that 50's schwinn I picked up years ago and make it right.

    2.Build third s-ray

    3.Building new lighting system, consisting of four 21 Led lights. The two in front, mounted outboard on the handle bars, serving as day-night headlights. These will run fulltime(21 Leds ea.), and will bilnk for turn signal.

    Rear outboard lights also on full time(9 Leds for ruinning/turn sig. and the other remaining 11 leds for the brake lights).

    As of this time, I am using 8 transistors for light control and am giving it a life test.
    I am using one of the cheap $9 controls tor timming. Will integrate my own timming control in the next stage.

    4.Going to clean up one of my earlier elect. bike builds for a charity case.

    5.Am going to get out the three wheel elect bike I built and get it ready for wife in spring.

    6.Hope to build a quiet(dual) exhaust that will cut down on back pressure and install it on my non-tuned bike.

    If winter last long enough I'll do some projects for my wife, if it isn't, her projects will have to wait!

  5. professor

    professor Active Member

    Jim- that last line was a good one. I read it to my wife.
  6. Warner

    Warner Member

    My winter list...

    Here's my winter project list:

    True both wheels

    Clean rims and check for brake noise afterwards - replace pads if necessary

    Align drive chain better

    Tighten up second muffler mounting

    Figure better bag securing method

    Clean and lubricate bike, chain, and cables

    Adjust front and rear derailleurs - replace rear cable if needed

    Clean and lube air filter

    Replace kill switch?


    Convert to threadless headset
    Buy new higher rise stem
    Buy new higher rise handlebars
    Replace forks with suspension forks w/disc brake mounting tabs
    Buy and install front disc brakes

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  7. ibdennyak

    ibdennyak Guest

    Well, looks like some busy members here. For me, considering how the economy is on an upswing, I guess I will continue to try to survive.
  8. HoughMade

    HoughMade Guest

    ...and that's why my projects will (mostly) be low cost stuff.

    On that front- should have my vibratory tumbler done in a couple of days- some people will say "why not just buy one from Harbor Freight?" To that- 2 answers- cost: 1)yes, I know they have one for $55- mine will be much less than that- probably less that $20, 2) design- mine will have a bowl about 1.5 times the size of the cheap harbor freight model, but more importantly, there will be no rod up the middle of the tub, which limits part size and mine will be adjustable for frequency and amplitude...

    Sure am glad I got a heater for the garage.
  9. james65

    james65 Member

    Wish I had a garage!
  10. AussieSteve

    AussieSteve Active Member

    After recent discussions in another thread, Mounting Motor To Frame, I hope that you didn't drill the frame to re-route the wiring. (Sounds like you might have.)
    Drilling can cause the frame to fail catastrophically.
    I drilled my down-tube for the front engine mount and now wish I hadn't, after reading a couple of horror stories.
    The above thread is worth reading. Al.Fisherman drilled for wiring and the frame snapped.

    ... Steve
  11. I'm going to replace the drive roller bearings on my Staton friction drive bike as they are getting a little noisey. I also need to adjust the valve lash on the Robin 35 on this bike. On the GEBE drive bike I just need to do a few tweeks, primarily to center the front disc caliper on the disc as the new fork has it off center. Lots of filing on the fork caliper mount to accomplish this. Wheee!
  12. james65

    james65 Member

    winter projects

    When I routed some wires within the frame, I was well aware of frame fatigue. What few holes that were required, were minimum in size and delibertly done in low stress and vibration areas. Being a conservative person by nature, whenever I have to drill, weld or modify the bike I take safety into consideration.

  13. Chris Crew

    Chris Crew Member

    Dang, my winter project was a new set of pull down attic stairs in the house.

    My shop is unheated and it has been freeeekin cold down here in the Tar Heel State so not much bike stuff going on.

    I have replaced both tanks with gallon size tanks and modified both exhausts---pictures and report soon.
  14. HoughMade

    HoughMade Guest

    Again- I'm loving my Kerosun radiat heater.

    james- I agree that if done carefully, should not be a problem.

    I have weighed all the internal rotating parts from my gearbox- have the "speed holes" in the intermediate gear. I should be polishing the gears by Saturday.

    Also, doing some research about a fluid for the gearbox- I'm thinking the highest friction auto-trans fluid there is- all auto trans. run wet clutches. So far i have come up with Ford Type F as the "grabbiest" still researching though. I;m just thinking that if I am able to free up the gears with eight reduction and polishing, the last thing I want to do is bog it down with thick grease...though I will go back to that if I have to.
  15. ToeCutter66

    ToeCutter66 New Member

    My winter projects consist of the following:
    Finishing my first HT motor bike, just waiting for parts
    Rebuilding the carbs of my cb750 chopper, the float valves are worn out.
    Finish winterizing my boat, and replace the waterpump impeller
    Paint the master bedroom in our house
    Clean out my back basement and move my batcave to this newly cleared out space.
    Finish learning how to play "long cool woman" by the hollies on my Telecaster
    Loose 20 pounds
  16. HoughMade

    HoughMade Guest

    What year engine is the CB750....I have wanted a stock CB750 to make a mild cafe' racer style for a while- wonderful bikes.

    ...oh, and Telecaster- classic.
  17. MotoMagz

    MotoMagz Member

    slowing down on Mb projects!

    As soon as it got could I started tearing my bike down for new paint,new wheels,a sprocket adaptor from Creative eng.which should be here soon I hope and a 6 volt led lighting system here is a peek from 10 ft away with two 4ft lights on in the garage...I might have to tone it down a bit.:devilish:I'm waiting for parts which is a good thing cuz I can't ride for 2 month anyways.


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  18. Warner

    Warner Member

    My shopping list...

    This is all the "stuff" I think I'll need to convert my old Trek 920 to front suspension, front disc brake, and higher rise handlebars. I also need to order the correct front hub for the disc brakes and have my wheel re-laced (the hub I want is around $50). Total cost for all of this is going to be in the $300 range. I think the bike will be safer and more comfortable, though.


    All of these parts are from

    2009 Rockshox Dart 2 Post Black 80mm $89.98

    Avid BB7 Mech Disc Brake Grey Fnt/Rer 2009 160mm $44.98

    FSA Pig Headset $19.98

    Sette Duo O/S 31.8mm Riser Handlebar - 2014 2.5" Rise $21.98

    Avid Speed Dial 7 Brake Levers 2009 $17.98

    Sram Pit-Stop Full Metal Jacket Disc Brake Cable Set 2009 $19.98

    Truvativ AKA All-Mountain Stem 2010 Black 110mm $34.98

    Subtotal : $249.86
  19. mountain80

    mountain80 Member

    Machined and fitted my dellorto phbg, new gears, deraileur, and rear tire installed. Polished the cases on the engine and slowly getting my mb fitted for a railbike setup so that not only can i run an abandoned railroad with it but I will be able to undo it quickly and stow it on the bicycle so I can ride it as a bicycle to get back home. Also have a dyno tuning session forthcoming in early spring on a friends dyno to optimize it as well as a better cylinder head.
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2010
  20. ToeCutter66

    ToeCutter66 New Member

    HoughMade, you do some exceptional work on these bikes. but my CB is a 1976, I did a top end rebuild on it a couple years ago, and put in an electronic ignition, so that only leaves the carbs. You should come over to

    I am sure we could find you a cheap stocker for you to cafe out. You should check out Carpy's work

    And not just any tele, but a USA w/Texas Specials, and a VOX AC15 amp. Too bad I cant play for ****.
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2010