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Old 4th July 2019
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Officially had my first break down on my very first ride today, so that's out of the way. Lost the bolt holding the cables to the negative battery terminal. Noticed it when I stopped for gas, but was able to start the bike by holding the cable to the terminal while turning the key, then limped home so I didn't lose the battery charge. Good times.
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So a little red loctite on both battery bolts and we are back in business.
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Started lining up and ordering parts for the front brake. I ordered fork lowers and will grind off the fender brackets, as well as a left caliper and a new seal kit. Next up will be some lower and narrower handlebars and a master cylinder brake lever, then get a new braided brake line. Oh yeah and will need a new disc, also. I'll gather the parts a few at a time because I am a masochist.
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So a little red loctite on both battery bolts and we are back in business.
Red? that´s a bit overkill IMO. I use Blue and never got loose.

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Red? that´s a bit overkill IMO. I use Blue and never got loose.

Meet in the middle with some purple loctite (the preferred loctite of Sam Jackson)...?
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Red? that´s a bit overkill IMO. I use Blue and never got loose.

Red is what I had in the toolbox. Considering how infrequently I (should) be having to replace the battery, I am good with a solid connection there.
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New set of bars from TC Bros, pretty happy with how they fit.







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Finally sorted out the parts I need for the front brake, but first I need to shave a few unnecessary bits off of the new fork leg, seeing as a proper bobber doesn't have a front fender.
Step 1, chuck it up in a vice and let's get to work. FWIW I bought this fork on ebay and got it cheap because the tube was bent, so I don't care about cranking down on it with the vice.

Cut the mount off of the non-brake side first

The switch over to the brake side since it involved a few extra cuts


End result of the cutting stage, pretty clean.



Last but not least, start sanding. This was an 80 grit disc which was too fine but its what I had in my toolbag when I started and I didn't want to go too aggressive at first. I have since gotten a 40 grit and will knock it down some more before going back to the 80. Even with the 80, it still made pretty good work of it. Once the tool work is done, I'll wrap it with some 220 and 400 paper and smooth it down then paint and ready for installation.
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Any thoughts on draining the oil? I ask because there is no drain plug on the oil tank itself, and from reading the technical stickies on here draining from the sump is pointless and risky. Best I can come up with is to siphon the old oil out through the tank filler neck. Only problem is the tank cap has no dipstick, so refilling it is flying blind.
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