'79 Custom - staying custom...for now (10 year sleeper)

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Re: '79 Custom - staying custom...for now (10 year sleeper)

Postby steve murdoch icoa #5322 » Mon May 14, 2018 12:34 pm

Did the carb synch lessen the rattle?
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Re: '79 Custom - staying custom...for now (10 year sleeper)

Postby desertrefugee » Mon May 14, 2018 12:59 pm

Barely. This one is really loose. Not as bad if I bump the idle to 1200 or so, but that's cheating. And not really an idle.
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Re: '79 Custom - staying custom...for now (10 year sleeper)

Postby daves79x » Mon May 14, 2018 4:01 pm

You'd better pull the alternator wire plug apart and look at it too. Many have gotten hot and melted to some degree. Make sure you look very closely at your square profile o-ring seal. Pull it off and note that it is not square. Install the widest dimension so it's doing the sealing. Many are put in the other way because it looks like it fits better. You have to be squeezing the o-ring and the narrow way it doesn't.

The clutch rubbers will help a whole bunch. Just follow the excellent instructions. Have a clutch cover gasket and pulser gasket ready. And the correct hub nut tool!

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Re: '79 Custom - staying custom...for now (10 year sleeper)

Postby desertrefugee » Mon May 14, 2018 4:52 pm

Thanks Dave. As usual, really appreciate the tech tips. I know you've already saved me some aggravation. This will help, too.

...gotta look into the hub nut tool.
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Re: '79 Custom - staying custom...for now (10 year sleeper)

Postby desertrefugee » Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:59 pm

I thought maybe I wouldn't post this since I don't always have a lot of finesse with power tools, but what the heck. I'll open the kimono.

Regarding the clutch rattle. I ordered the rubbers from Bert at Six Center and got them installed a couple of weeks ago. The clutch really quieted down and I am well pleased. It truly was bad enough before to be embarrassing.

Unmolested but rattling:
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Grinding, drilling, tapping, grinding more. The plate definitely shows residual scars from heavy-handing application of a rotating wheel. At least it's hidden:
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All in all, this is a bit of a project, but is time and money well spent...if you don't like embarrassing noises. Or if you don't mind marred surfaces that were once pristine.
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Re: '79 Custom - staying custom...for now (10 year sleeper)

Postby Syscrush » Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:07 pm

Looks great from here.
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Re: '79 Custom - staying custom...for now (10 year sleeper)

Postby wyly » Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:27 pm

mine clutch isn't at that level as yet, fine tweaking of the carbs eliminated 99% of the rattle the other 1% gets lost in the rumble from the Pipemasters...when it comes time to put in the sixcenter rubbers I'll let my mechanic do it so I don't mess it up...
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Re: '79 Custom - staying custom...for now (10 year sleeper)

Postby desertrefugee » Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:07 pm

We're on the cusp of cooler weather here in Southern Arizona and I've got some stuff lined up for this custom beast. I'll add a couple of installments as I do the final sorting, but after that I'll just be riding it!

Yeah, the Six Center rubbers are a godsend and made a huge difference on my clutch noise.

I obtained a "spare" six pack and had Mr. Nixon do his thing on them. I installed the Randakk kits in the current set, but they're not perfect. Close, but off. Rather than pull them again, fettle around and re-install only to still not have them perfect didn't sit well with me. So, these will be going in soon and I suspect any remaining clutch noise will be dang near eliminated. Hope Mike doesn't mind if I use the shot he took of them before sending them back my way:
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Also, and since my bike is already pretty far down the custom path, I also sourced a Pro-Link swingarm. Bearings are solid and it's so clean, I won't even touch the finish, just detail it. I picked up pivot adapter bushings and shock mounts from Jim Sawtell. I just need to mock it up and I'll get them welded on. I should be ready to rock, but since the arm length increases, I'm going to convert to a 530 chain while I'm at it.
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Looking forward to showing off a bit this riding season (as much as a 60 yr old kid can do that).
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Re: '79 Custom - staying custom...for now (10 year sleeper)

Postby steve murdoch icoa #5322 » Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:10 pm

If anybody else is interested in the swingarm conversion parts, Jim can be contacted through his Facebook page.
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I am not on it but there is still contact information available to everyone.
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Re: '79 Custom - staying custom...for now (10 year sleeper)

Postby desertrefugee » Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:34 am

And another day closer to death. But, today was a good day. I got the Pro-Link swingarm shock mounts on today. Took him about 20 minutes. Sort of anticlimactic, really.

So, the only thing holding me up now is a 530 chain. (This slightly longer arm gives me an excuse to get rid of the 630).

Time to get after it!
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