Alrighty, the rear frame connection point to the back bone was a bit of a worry. I wanted to make absolutely sure that this was plenty strong, so I did some additional welding in this area!
You can see here that there is now an additional piece connecting the bent frame back to it's original weld spot on the backbone.
Very thick steel was used for this and it definitely helped strengthen up the area a bit. You can also see in both of these pictures that I've taken a piece of steel and wrapped it around the inside of the bend on the frame and then welded it in place. This will hopefully help strengthen it up a bit more. I then did the same thing for the front bends as well, hopefully triangulating the whole area and making it plenty strong.
The should be plenty strong!
Then, while i had the welder out, I filled in the holes that were created by cutting out the original front tank mounts.
I also plugged up the back of the frame.
And then ran a rear bar with a mounting plate for mounting the battery/electronics.
Next up was trying to get the Dream 50 front forks mated to the CB125T front triples.
You can see here that there are a few problems right off the bat. The easiest to notice is that the forks tubes are shorter. This doesn't bother me too much as the front forks will be very stiff and a lower front end means a lower frontal area. The big problem is that the Dream 50 fork tubes are skinnier.
What the poor Dream looks like after removing the front suspension.
While I was thinking about the front forks, I noticed that turning the triples resulted in a very notchy, disgusting feel. The bearings in here were definitely shot. So I took the triple apart.
Now, this being the first bike I've worked on in earnest, I don't understand a lot of things. I could be mistaken, but I'm pretty certain that when you take the triple apart, the balls from the ball bearings (both upper and lower) shouldn't explode all over the floor. Then again, maybe that's how these are designed, it just seems like a bad idea though.
After picking all the little balls up off the floor I decided to call it a night!
Until next time!
Alrighty, not much of an update because I was slammed busy all weekend. I did get a little bit of work done in the few hours I had available though!
Most importantly, I sorted out my front fork issue. The main reason I was going to use the Dream50 front forks was so that I could easily and painlessly use the Dream wheel and brake. However, they were too short and too skinny to use in a safe enough manner for me, so out of curiosity I tried mounting the Dream wheel in the CB125T forks and to my surprise, it fits perfectly. The bolt is the exact same diameter and the distance between the forks is identical as well. So, I ordered a set of newer CB125T forks which have a proper mount for a caliper and those should be arriving soon. Then, I just need to sort out my front triple bearing issue and I'm golden!
Next up was the rear. Here's the rear wheel and disc of the Dream temporarily mounted in the CB swing arm.
I'm just using a spacer at the moment because I didn't want to remove the brake caliper (which double as the appropriate spacer) from the Dream. The biggest problem I'm running into is that the CB forks are a little too wide (to accommodate for the style of chain adjusters it uses). Since the chain adjusters are essentially a big "U" and sit on both sides of the swing arm mount, the bolt for the Dream is about two thick washers too short.
I'm still mulling over potential solutions to this problem in my head. Ideally, a new bolt would solve the problem, but finding the perfect diameter bolt in the perfect length aint gonna be easy.
Next up was dismantling the rest of the frame, starting with the swing arm.
And then the center stand, brake lever and rear sets came out as well!
I feel much better knowing that I've got the majority of heavy hitting issues sorted out now. It's getting to the point where I need to do just a little more frame clean up (and adding a brace or two here and there), order some new parts to make everything move like butter and then start on the engine.
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