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Episode 23: Paint Prep

Episode 23: Paint Prep And.....we're back! Hey guys, so sorry for the delay in new episodes over the last month or so. We've all been super busy throughout the start of the summer. RaceTech moving into new offices, Jarred & Brady working on new bikes, it all adds up.  So finally we're covering Paint Prep, a topic we've been asked about before.  Our paint guru Brady Young covers most of the steps for paint prep, and Jared and Evan bring up some good questions.  We also cover some recent emails and questions at the end. Prep notes for this show:

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Episode 22: 'How to Build a Cafe Racer Guide' Review

Episode 22: 'How to Build a Cafe Racer Guide' Review Awhile back, we posted this article after a listener told us about Jim March's "How to Build a Cafe Racer" guide. We skimmed through it, but never really went over it in detail or discussed it.  After we all read the document in depth we saw it had some really good points to discuss. Make sure to download the document below and follow along to the podcast with it. Jim March's Cafe Racer Guide (PDF) We'd like to mention that all credit for this document goes to Jim March. He definitely put alot of work into compiling all this information. In this show we are using his advice as talking points to discuss, and we are not criticizing him or saying he is wrong. You are listening to our opinions on his opinions! Jim has a link in his document to tip him if you found the document helpful, but the WePay link does not work any longer. His email is in the document and it sounds like he welcomes feedback. So, what do you think?

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Episode 21: All About Suspension w/ Ed Sorbo from Lindeman Engineering

  Episode 21: All About Suspension w/ Ed Sorbo from Lindeman Engineering If you're a couple episodes behind, you don't want to miss this one! We met Ed Sorbo, owner of Lindeman Engineering at Deus Ex Machina's Saturday School event in April. Ed had a booth at Saturday School and was leading excellent suspension seminars that drew a crowd every time.  We were very excited to have him join us on the show and talk in depth about suspension. Note: this is our first show recording a remote guest via Skype. There are a few sound quality issues due to our old computer hardware. We'll be upgrading soon to be able to record remote guests with much better quality. Make sure to contact Ed at Lindeman Engineering for any of your suspension needs! Make sure to tell him you heard his Motorbike Mondays episode. Lindemann Engineering 700 East Redlands Blvd. Ste U Box 410 Redlands, CA 92373 (909) 838-4587

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Episode 20: Top End Rebuilds Part 2

Episode 20: Top End Rebuilds Part 2 Episode 20 continues with Part 2 of our series on Top End Rebuilds. We pick up where we left off after describing disassembly of your motor to prepare for a top end rebuild. This episode covers the tools necessary to rebuild your top end and the steps to prepare your motor for final reassembly. It's recommended you have listened to Episode 19 before starting this show. Notes for this episode: Assembly Piston skirt scoring: Debris between cylinder and piston Motor ran hard before at operating temperature Rebore Will discuss next episode Pistons Thoroughly clean piston ring grooves, if using same pistons Install new piston rings in appropriate orientation While installing piston to connecting rod, be aware of piston orientation mark on top of piston Slide wrist pin through piston and connecting rod and insert wrist pin clip Deglazing/honing: Adding a surface for the new rings to break in Oil the cylinder wall thoroughly and tool With triton hone or ball hone on drill move tool up and down through cylinder at a constant quick motion Remove tool out of cylinder whilst still in motion Removing old gaskets: Gasket scraper Razorblade Scotchbrite pad on

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Episode 19: Top End Rebuilds Part 1

Episode 19: Top End Rebuilds Part 1 Episode 19 is part 1 in our series about rebuilding the top end of your motor. This episode will cover disassembly of your top end, and goes over the important components of the motor top end as well. Make sure to listen to Part 1 before moving onto the new Episode 20, part 2 of Top End Rebuilds. Check out the notes below for the important points to follow. Episode 19 Outline/Notes: What is a Top End? The top end of a motor is anything from the cylinders and up Why? To replace worn or damaged parts Performance upgrades Burning oil She's just tired Engine in or out? Not all bikes require you to remove the motor from the bike May be easier to rebuild it on a workbench Where to start? Remove gas tank Remove air intake and carburetors Remove exhaust Remove cables (clutch cable, tach cable) Drain fluids (oil, coolant) Disconnect battery Remove spark plugs and wires If it's connected to the motor, disconnect or remove it Removing the head: Check manual for proper process to relieve pressure off of valve train Remove cam(s), rockers, or cam followers Remove head bolts/nuts Remove heads Removing valve springs and valves: With the appropriate valve sprin

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Episode 4: Cleaning Carburetors

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Episode 4: Cleaning Carburetors

 Hey! Welcome to Episode 4 of Motorbike Mondays. This show is all about cleaning carburetors. If you’re new to bikes, or just picked up a bike new to you, you’re going to have to learn to clean carbs. Hopefully this show will guide you through it. There’s alot to it, but it’s also no that complicated. Listen to the whole show and I bet you’ll be ready to rock!

Here’s our pre-show notes to walk you through our discussion:

Tools Needed:

Philips and flat-head screwdriver

Socket or wrench set

Wire brush

Jet cleaner tools

Compressed air

Carb rebuild kit (optional)


-Stage 1


Shut off petcock and drain float bowls


Remove carb(s) from bike


Prep work surface


Remove float bowl


Remove jets, mixture screw, float, float needle, and float needle seat


Soak brass in carb cleaner – no rubber


Remove slide cover


CV style

Remove slide and clean needle

and adjust or replace if needed

Check rubber diaphragm for cracks/tears

Clean slide and cylinder walls on carb body. make sure it slide freely


Slide style

Remove slide – by bolt or unscrewing cap with throttle cable


clean slide and cylinder wall on carb body. make sure it slides freely


-Cleaning jets


Remove jets from carb cleaner


Spray carb cleaner through jets and blow out with mouth or preferably compressed air


Check if you can clearly see through jet opening


If still not clear use jet cleaning tool to clean out junk


Spray more carb cleaner and check if clear


Do this for each jet and jet holder/emulsion tube. Make sure any holes on the sides are clean as well


Clean off float, float needle, float seat, checking for excess wear and make sure its seats properly


-Cleaning ports on carb body


Go through every port/hole on the carb body and make sure it has good flow with no blockage


Blow compressed air through each port/hole


-Stage 2


If carbs are heavily varnished, soak in cleaner


Chem-Dip- make sure no rubber is on while soaking


Pine-sol – remove all brass or go back and remove residue

Wash with hot water after soak


Blow compressed air over everything including ports/holes



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    Anthony vasconcellos


    I have been listening to your podcasts the last couple of weeks and so far have really enjoyed them, looking forward to next monday. I have a question: what is the website you found that has the ability to find what bikes a specific part was used. This info would be awesome. Anyways keep up the good work. I am working on a 1969 cd175, next project is a cl350 with a blown piston.


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    Bobby Black


    Finally getting around to listening to the show and loving it. I’m pretty sure its my CB750K that Brady is talking about being a carb nightmare. lol.


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    Lovin’ the podcast so far. Located in Utah, found it through a google search. Thanks for sharing your expertise


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    Listen to via the website. Another great podcast guys!


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