winter stripdown

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Re: winter stripdown

Postby dunk 1 » 25 Nov 2019 18:46

thanks - drilled them out when I got home this evening.

Next question - no where near up to this yet but thinking ahead will I have to remove the swing arm bushes if I am getting it powder coated? - thanks - Duncan
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Re: winter stripdown

Postby Mepstein » 26 Nov 2019 01:27

I’m powder coating mine shortly. I’m doing it at our shop so I’ll plug and block off all the areas that shouldn’t get powder. Talk to your coating shop. They usually have different sizes of silicone plugs and high temp tape for areas that shouldn’t get coated. You want then to plug off the threaded areas and parts of the frame that shouldn’t have a buildup of material.

I wouldn’t wait until everything is apart to send off parts. Painters are notorious for taking longer than promised so get the tank and side panels to your guy asap.
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Re: winter stripdown

Postby mbmm350s » 26 Nov 2019 11:28

Hi Duncan,

I find the more prep I do the better the job will be.
For example the painter will like you better if everything is clean and degreased before blasting.

The Swingarm bushes can be left in situ but I would make sure that they are well masked off.
But given that the bushes aren't expensive wouldn't you replace them while you can?
Wheel bearings must be removed though.

As you are dismantling you may well want to replace some of the fasteners, so
keep the old ones to plug threaded holes in frames etc.
[some one else can open the stainless versus BZP debate :D ]

There are a few areas of the frame that given the age /usage of the machines there can be cracks
and should be carefully inspected just to be sure, hoping of course that all is fine!

1. The upper rear engine mounts
2. Side stand bracket/lower frame rail
3. rear passenger footrest hanger loops

cheers
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Re: winter stripdown

Postby Steve Brown » 27 Nov 2019 19:25

dunk 1 wrote:thanks - drilled them out when I got home this evening.

Next question - no where near up to this yet but thinking ahead will I have to remove the swing arm bushes if I am getting it powder coated? - thanks - Duncan


It could be worth removing the bushes (try to remember which side they came out of if they are good to use again) I left them in mine and the coater man mentioned that grease often sweats out of the bushes and the tube they sit in. If this happens it stains the new coating.
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Re: winter stripdown

Postby MarkB » 29 Nov 2019 10:43

Adding to what Mark said about areas prone to cracking, also check the rear upper frame where it cantilevers back from the top shock absorber mounts. My '75 Strada had developed stress fractures on both sides there.
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