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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 ed@le-suspension.com

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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 6: Stators, Rotors, Voltage Regulators – Charging Systems

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Episode 6: Stators, Rotors, Voltage Regulators – Charging Systems

…….and w’ere back! Sorry for the delay guys. With Thanksgiving we were all super busy and it was hard to find time to get together. Now we’re back on schedule and will be trying to stick to releasing content on Mondays from now on.   In other news, we have finally acquired some real equipment! I hope you guys can tell the increase in sound quality. We finally got some new mics (Shure SM48), a nice new Yamaha mixer, and cables. Pretty stoked to have some nice stuff. I can already tell how much better things sound while editing the show, I hope you all think so too.

Anyways, on to the show today. Episode 6 is all about motorcycle charging systems. We discuss in depth stators, rotors, and voltage regulators, specifically for the 70’s-80’s Honda CB’s, Yamaha XS650’s (similar systems), and then the more common style used today, with a Suzuki GS750 used as an example.  Here is my show notes so you can follow along with the outline.

If you’d like more detailed information, please visit the Tech Support pages at RaceTech Electric by clicking here. Below are the links to specific sections:

Stators

Voltage Regulators

Rotors

Pulser Coil & Ignition Systems

Also, download the charging system troubleshooting flowchart PDF here.

Show Notes:

  • Stators
  •      Ring/Outer Stator (Honda CB750 style)
  •      Standard Stator (Suzuki GS750 style, modern bikes)
  •      Single Phase windings
  •      Three Phase windings
  •      Stator test procedure
  • Rotors
  •      Field Coil
  •      Slip Rings/brushes
  • Voltage Regulator Rectifiers
  •      Rectifiers (diodes)
  •      Regulator (control circuit, SCR [Silicon Controlled Rectifiers]
  •      Regulation system for field coil rotor bikes

I’m also going to put up a new post with general charging system test procedures so you can have it all on this website.

 

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    Evan Brady

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    Love your show and listen every week. I live in Tampa Bay and have a 75 cb550 I got a few months back and have many things to do on it and this is my first time doing anything like this. I want to get a regulator/rectifier as a single unit to replace mine. Where can I purchase one? Also looking to buy pods for my carbs if you have any suggestions.

    P.S. Yes my name is really Evan Brady.

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    Evan

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    Hey Evan Brady. Rad name(s)! haha
    Glad we can help you with your CB build. I make regulators at RaceTech Electric that will let you replace your old separate units with a solid state combo. Contact me at http://www.racetechelectric.com.

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    Erik

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    Hey guys, thanks for the informative show on charging systems. I’ve been a shop teacher for 15 years now & this really helped clear up my misunderstandings of the system on bikes. Also, I sure appreciate the tech info listed there, especially the diagnostic flow chart. I look forward to future shows. I began with #23 and am working my way backwards & it’s interesting to hear your evolution. Thanks!

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