After the winter redo!


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dawgout81
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After the winter redo!

Postby dawgout81 » Sun Mar 25, 2012 4:57 pm



My bike ('81 Interstate) had been in the basement:
1. New timing belts.
2. New water hoses and flush.
3. Stainless steel brake lines.
4. Caliper and cylinder rebuilds for the brakes
5. Greased the rear splines.

All the plastic has been off and needed some crack repair (JB Weld is amazing) on the lower left fairing.

Last week I had 4 big football players here and a big tug-of-war-rope and they pulled it up the stairs and into the garage for reassembly.

Finished putting all the pieces back together today and went for a very short ride. All seems good.

One blinker and the radio didn't work. Took some time to dink around with that and now even they are working.

I want to give a big thank you, especially to the Wingadmin and others who have made even a "non-mechanic" like me able to do these things. Once again this website is awesome.

Hopefully this early warm spring in Minnesota will continue for great riding.



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Re: After the winter redo!

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:19 am

Excellent news! Glad to hear this!

How are you liking your new brakes with the stainless lines? Huge difference, right? :)

J-B Weld IS amazing stuff, and I use it for a lot of things - but not for plastic (ABS) repairs on our bikes. The best stuff for this is simple plumber's ABS cement. Instead of an epoxy (J-B Weld) trying to stick to plastic and hold broken plastic pieces together, the ABS cement chemically melts the plastic, and when it cures, it becomes one whole piece again, as strong as it was when new. I did this to my 1500 in a couple places this winter where I found cracked plastic.

You can also use ABS cement to bond a reinforcement piece of ABS to existing plastic, to increase the strength where needed (i.e. trunk lid when a rack is installed).

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Re: After the winter redo!

Postby dawgout81 » Mon Mar 26, 2012 6:22 pm

Thanks for the advice on ABS cement.

Is there a special place to buy it or does any hardware store carry it?

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Re: After the winter redo!

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 26, 2012 6:49 pm

dawgout81 wrote:Thanks for the advice on ABS cement.

Is there a special place to buy it or does any hardware store carry it?


Any hardware store should carry it. I have some "black" ABS-only cement, I don't know if it's any different or not, but it works fine. You can get combination ABS/PVC cement, I don't know if that works any better or any worse.




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