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For anyone following this thread contemplating building your own Shovster check this out.

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Hmm, don’t know what that is, I’ve never had a new bike before.
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Hmm, don’t know what that is, I’ve never had a new bike before.
Iron head smell like a new barbeque and an Evo smell like they took the aluminum in a garbage bin. LOL
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Its been a slow couple of weeks: last weekend we had running buddies visiting from out of town and we ran a 1/2 marathon (and recovery these days takes MUCH longer than when I was in my 20s or even 40s). And this weekend I was quite sick and actually not quite better yet - I think they need to find me a different antibiotic.

In spite of this I got some work done. I wanted to plug my oil drain holes since I have external drains and my cylinders don't even have oil drains. I don't know if its a good idea or not, but its done now. I can't imagine it would hurt anything:



Then I was itching to get my heads re-assembled. I lapped my valves just be sure they are still good (they were newly installed 10 years ago). but then I had a setback. I broke one of my valve stem seals. These are an odd size of valve guide ".520" and the closest size seal I could find in a 3/8 valve stem is for a .530 valve guide. so I ordered a set of them exactly the same type as what I had because at least I can compress the clamps a bit to tighten them up that extra .01". I could only find a set of 16 so I won't have to worry if I break more. And I did find a youtube video showing how to use packing tape to help slide the seal over the stem.



So, on to fitting rings on to the pistons. I have these because back 10 years ago when I was assembling parts and starting to work on this I must have had more available cash than I have now.



I already had them sized to the cylinders by the same guy who honed them 10 or so years ago. So the just needed a dap of oil and install in recommended orientation:



I really wanted to get my jugs on but I've read here the importance to clean, clean and repeat till a white cloth wipes clean. I thought they were already clean but it took 5 of these washes in hot soapy water:



Total Seal recommends using their dry assembly lube on the cylinders. I haven't seen this stuff before (or used it). I applied at as per instructions and it ended up looking silver rather than green which apparently means it isn't clean enough. So I cleaned some more using only brake cleaner and WD-40 like they suggest. It can't really get any cleaner than clean, but when I re-applied, it still looked sliver to me. Yes it does have a slight greenish tint but I not as green as I imagined from the instructions. It sure makes the cylinder walls slippery though.



Finally I can bolt the cylinders on and its very satisfying:



I know the heads aren't ready to go on but I wanted to make sure the rear head would still fit under the frame. I thought I had more than enough room there, but I did add some height +.15" rocker box shims - .09 head shaving = +.06. That's not a lot, but I won't know if there's a problem or not till I try. I know it would fit once installed but I couldn't know for sure if I could slip it over the fire ring to install it. Yes, just barely, but it does go on! That's also very satisfying:



So now waiting for seals to arrive. Also waiting for a tranny closed end countershaft bearing and a clutch bearing. The countershaft bearing is already 3 weeks late. Stuck in some box at the western Canada distribution center for the bearing company. I hope they find it soon...
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