R5e Weekend Progress Update

Didn’t get quite as far as I wanted to, but got the frame all sandblasted, primed and painted along with the triple-clamps and the swingarm.  I discovered a slick way to press the bronze bushings into the swingarm- you do not want to hammer them in- I got a 5/8″ x 11″ bolt, slid it through the bushings that I had started in the swingarm with a pipe-clamp.  It worked like a charm, and pulled straight and centered…  probably even better than using an arbor press.

At any rate, now I can tinker away on the rest of the assembly, oblivious to the weather.  The shocks are next to put together and mount, and then the forks.  I still am on the fence about polishing the fork lowers or giving them a paint job, but I have to mess with the glass bead blasting a little more.

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2 responses to “R5e Weekend Progress Update

  1. Are the bronze bushings Babbitt~type bearings, or just plain bronze? Or, put another way, is this to reduce friction compaired to the plastic bushings or for more durability?

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