Author Topic: Taking apart my 800 for a refurbish.  (Read 965 times)

Rlearmont

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Taking apart my 800 for a refurbish.
« on: November 08, 2020, 15:31:45 PM »
I started taking apart my 800 for some OVERDUE maintenance. 
I purchased the bike last year with 46,000 miles on it. 
The handling was so bad I decided to check the steering head bearings and figured while I was at it, I would strip it down, and make a few upgrades. 
So far I found the PO was running 17/42 gears. 
The steering head bearings just about fell apart when I removed them. 
I don’t think the rims have been cleaned since the last time the tires were changed. 
The upper fork tube covers were both badly damaged
The handlebars are bent
2 dents in the gas tank.
Brake pads paper thin.
Spark plugs black. 
1 exhaust stud broke off.


I can only imagine what else I find. 
Glad I ordered a shim kit for the valves

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Re: Taking apart my 800 for a refurbish.
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2020, 17:28:38 PM »
Please keep us advised.

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Re: Taking apart my 800 for a refurbish.
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2020, 02:05:57 AM »
WOW! Too bad.
I think that if you don't care about your bike, well you didn't deserve her.
Take good care of her and good luck with your fixing.
I love my swingin' bike!

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Re: Taking apart my 800 for a refurbish.
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2020, 07:57:05 AM »
Sounds like you bought yourself a job.

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Re: Taking apart my 800 for a refurbish.
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2021, 22:36:52 PM »
Be careful, LOL...   When I tore down the 800, it took me about 2 years to get it finished.
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Re: Taking apart my 800 for a refurbish.
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2021, 14:50:39 PM »
It?s all painted and put back together. After a 16 mile shake down test ride, I found out that I sanded a pin hole in the gas tank when I was getting it ready to paint. 

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Re: Taking apart my 800 for a refurbish.
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2021, 08:14:11 AM »
That's a bummer - I saw your other post as well on gas tanks.    Better check for used tanks from another Drifter or classic..      Got pics of it after it's painted???
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