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:
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?
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.
700 East Redlands Blvd. Ste U Box 410
Redlands, CA 92373
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:
Piston skirt scoring:
Debris between cylinder and piston
Motor ran hard before at operating temperature
Will discuss next episode
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
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:
Scotchbrite pad on
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
To replace worn or damaged parts
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 cables (clutch cable, tach cable)
Drain fluids (oil, coolant)
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
Removing valve springs and valves:
With the appropriate valve sprin