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June 18th, 2015, 07:40 PM   #51
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awesome ! my argon ran out today .. be great if there was a swap and go over here ...

that nitride coating on the KW valve stems looks fantastic
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June 18th, 2015, 09:26 PM   #52
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Originally Posted by bushmechanic View Post
awesome ! my argon ran out today .. be great if there was a swap and go over here ...

that nitride coating on the KW valve stems looks fantastic
*looks closer at unboxed bits* hmm me gusta!

I was considering sending the springs over to Rohan at Isotropic Superfinishing for a bit of this action!

I have a good friend in the rotary scene that puts a hell of a lot of work through Rohan and I've had valve springs, oil pump gears and other assorted engine internals done before for a token amount because they're just going through in a batch rather than individual pricing. Anyway, wouldn't cost much for a few bike bits to get the bling treatment.
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July 20th, 2015, 10:15 PM   #53
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Not much to report lately as work/family issues were big priorities over the past 4 weeks.

Earlier today I picked up my freshly reconditioned cylinder head with a 3-angle valve job and the Kiddlewhite valves/retainers/springs all set up. Cost me $140.

Work continues....
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July 21st, 2015, 02:36 PM   #54
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Aaron,
Who did the head work for you?
I'm on the southern side of Melbourne (Peninsula) and the only company that did quality wok on small engines was WideLine Engineering (Harry Bell) but he packed up the business to travel Australia. I know that Eastern Jet Ski's is tooling up to do the current generation of multi cylinder 4 stroke jet ski engines but isn't really motivated to do single cylinder stuff at the moment.
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July 21st, 2015, 05:52 PM   #55
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Duggan Balancing
50 Newlands Rd, Reservoir VIC 3073
(03) 9469 4550

I've had a few odd jobs done there over the years. They mainly specialise in V8 performance and this is the first motorbike job they've done for me.

The last time I went there I needed an RM80 crank fixed (primary drive retaining nut was stripped by previous owner) and they sent me to an engineering firm down the road. Gasgep Industries were unreal! They CNC cut a new LH thread and made me a nut for $100 and it was ready in less than 24 hrs. Could not speak highly enough of that place!

I also ran a big job through North Geelong Engine Reconditioners last year (Landcruiser turbo engine - about $7k worth of work) these guys have a great machine shop and are not the cheapest but their work is spot on. Probably too far for you though!

I'll ask around as the dudes I know building cafe racers may have some useful leads. I'm doing a little XR70 rebuild for my nephew - since he can't get the hang of the clutch on the JR80 yet - anyway the barrel is scored and my hone is too big. Its a really simple job and I just need a no bullshit place that is semi local to clean it up. Otherwise I'm looking at a Chinese "88" kit for it but would rather keep it all Honda genuine.

<sigh> Lots of half-finished projects laying around at the moment. Need to get back into fixing up my RX4 coupe too.
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August 19th, 2015, 09:05 PM   #56
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very brief update:
A little package arrived from Germany today containing part # 800.36.001.000 which is the later "black" lower timing chain guide. I got the upper guide/blade with the head but was missing the lower one and the guy I got the head from seemed reluctant to pull it from his cases. No idea why although he did say he'd chuck it in if I bought some EGO hand guards from him. Well, maybe I will, later.

I got sick of looking at my cracked fenders and put the later model yellow fender on the front and the blue plastic rear went on. I've seen a new sticker kit from SCRUB designs which I quite like.

I've been tinkering with other things and started a bit of work on one of my project cars (RX4 sedan). I've also bought myself a classic 1974 Honda Trail 70 (aka "Dax") in need of a total restoration but with a view to getting it street registered. Its coming over from Western Australia (Mandurah) courtesy of the seller's parents who live in Victoria. Can't argue with free freight from one side of the country to the other but I'm forced to wait a few weeks.
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August 19th, 2015, 09:54 PM   #57
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Wow. You might just see my berg up for sale. Lol
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September 3rd, 2015, 06:52 PM   #58
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I lashed out and bought the Scrub designs graphics. $160 AUD.
Changed my plastics around a little bit. I've got a much newer and brighter (2005?) yellow front fender and changed to a blue rear plastic. As it is a little faded I'll experiment with blocking it back and bringing it to life with a heat gun.

Doesn't run but will look amazing!
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September 4th, 2015, 05:34 AM   #59
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Hey Aaron

I've been restoring my plastics too. Had a go with a heatgun and some old plastics I had and failed royally. My technique probably. But I've been getting awesome results from wet sanding with plastic conditioner, going from 180 all the way to 1600grit. It's slow and painful but my fender and shrouds look brilliant. I was only intending to paint afterwards but I don't see the need now.

Also, I've been using a polyurethane based rattle can to redo my fork and heel guards. VHT wheel paint. I've used it on my husky and it's unbelievably durable stuff with a great satin black finish.
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September 6th, 2015, 07:11 PM   #60
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I had my first attempt at plastic restoration yesterday although I decided that if it was going to be trial and error then I'd best trial on something other than the berg. I'd watched a few vids of the process so thought I'd have a go.

I've got a little Honda XR70 here that I'm restoring for my nephew and the factory white plastics were looking a little sad. The graphics were peeled and scratched and being white seemed to have asbrobed the red mud the bike was last ridden in before it lost compression and was parked up. It was a $150 bargain on facebook which basically just needed a piston/barrell. Although I've given it a full clean up, painted frame, tires, ProTaper bars etc. He struggled with the clutch on the JR80 so this XR70 should be a good starter bike and he can step back to the JR80 to learn clutch and gears.

But I digress, scrubbed them down in sugar soap, used a medium foam sanding block and started with 400 grit wet and dry on the tank. Without much work I had flattend the least of the scratches. I'm still struggling to remove the discolouration but maybe I just need to persist or step back to a 180 grit. 400 was almost too conservative to start with.

The heat gun was borrowed from a friend but didn't come with any nozzle attachments which provide better control. I trialled the heat on a section of the rear fender under the seat where any mistakes won't be seen. It did "gloss-up" nice and easy and I think I've got the confidence to get them looking reasonably OK.

The side pods are really scuffed so I think I'm just going to get some vinyl wrap or sticker-bomb the sides.

On the berg the blue rear fender is only lightly faded and not even chalky so I think that will come up fine although it looks like the SCRUB designs kit will mostly cover it anyway.
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