|Starting to look pretty bare.|
It was time to tackle the intimidating electricals, not to mention the hydraulics.
Before I did that, I started with something easy: the final drive unit.
It wasn't too bad. I just had to disconnect the rear brake, remove the brake shoes, take off the shock then remove four nuts. A couple smacks with the trusty dead blow hammer loosened it up and the job was done.
Now it was time for the electricals. I actually made video of me removing them, but I will spare you that fun. I like to save absurd videos for the house-related posts.
There were a couple tricky connectors and things, but it wasn't too bad. The worst part is that I unplugged everything inside the headlight when I didn't need to. It may never go back together. Thank god I have a full-color wiring diagram.
The instrument panel came off first.
Then the headlight.
|This is before I tore into it.|
And everything with it.
|The infamous wiring harness. I only know what 1/4 of the wires are for.|
Hand grips and controls were next.
And the handlebars themselves.
Here is my inspiration for the entire project: the handlebar mounts. They are amazing - raw aluminum in the perfect shape.
There was also the master cylinder and the front caliper.
I also have some part purchases to report. I ordered the exhaust nut wrench along with a bunch of random maintenance parts like gaskets and oil filters. I also got the rebuild kit for my carbs. All of it came from http://www.northwoodsairheads.com/
I also made some ebay purchases. All from one seller, I got header/exhaust pipes, a rear subframe, and a timing chain cover to basically replace the one I broke the bolt in. These are all identical parts to what I have, but they are cheap and allow me to keep the original parts in-tact in the off chance I want to return to stock someday.
I also picked up a new front fender five minutes ago.
Before all that, I got a new air box.
Here's some fun numbers. The price to get these parts new and what I payed. All prices not including shipping.
Air box: $160 new; $30 ebay
Rear frame: $592.94 new; $32 ebay
Exhaust: $478.58 new; $65 ebay
Timing cover: $356.72 new; $36 ebay
Front fender: $188.66 new; $10 ebay
I have reached an interesting milestone - I have now spent more on parts and miscellaneous stuff for the motorcycle than I paid for the motorcycle itself. Does this project make sense any more? I don't think it ever did.