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Re: 1986 Savage Street Tracker build
Reply #30 - 10/11/21 at 15:16:24
 
I'm having a forking good time today!
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Reply #31 - 10/14/21 at 07:13:02
 
As I wait for more parts to arrive, I got a 12" square sheet of 5/16" thick Buna-N rubber and cut out my own gas cap gasket.  I wasn't real thrilled with the idea of using a "lavatory gasket" as others have.  I went with a medium soft durometer material to get a good squish when closed.  Today I am going to have a look inside the tank with my borescope and find out the condition inside the tank.  The exterior is very scratched up, and the clear coat is peeling off in large areas.  The plan is to seal off the openings and put it in my blast cabinet.  Going to take it down to bare metal.  Another part on the way is a new petcock for a Razor 650, genuine Yamaha part (new).  The speedo looks pretty easily removed, so no worries there.  I am not sure if I will use the OG side covers or make my own.  That will be determined after the seat/tail arrives and I can se how it looks on the bike.

Buchanon's should be shipping my wheels soon.  I expect to see them early next week.  I doubt I will have the swingarm bearings replaced by then as I am still waiting for a shipment confirmation.  Tomorrow I will get the lower triple clamp I ordered off of Ebay.  Fork seals should be coming with the swingarm bearings.  Maybe this thing will turn into a roller by the end of next week.  I am still doing a lot of research on converting the foot controls to mid or rear mounts.  One of the things I did with my Kawasaki build was adding frame gussets.  Has anyone seen any info on whether or not that would help on a Savage?  Not sure if the bike is heavy enough to warrant it.  I am still trying to decide if the frame will be refinished, or left as is.  There are a lot of scratches from the tank being removed (many times!) and the stock petcock being dragged across the frame rail.  I haven't found any rust to speak of.  If I don't do any welding on the frame, I am leaning toward leaving it as is.  The seat/tail section mounting  design may involve some welding - it would be nice if I can design the mounting as bolt on to avoid refinishing the frame.  Time will tell!
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Re: 1986 Savage Street Tracker build
Reply #32 - 10/14/21 at 14:09:22
 
I'm enjoying watching this so far.  My bike came with the same petcock scratches on the frame, and some back by the seat mount points, too.  Sad
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Reply #33 - 10/14/21 at 15:28:40
 
This is the used lower triple clamp I picked up.
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Reply #34 - 10/14/21 at 19:37:13
 
That’ll clean up nice. Press out the stem and use a unibit in a vice to open it up to 7/8”. Knock off this steering stops and shine it up.
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Reply #35 - 10/14/21 at 21:15:38
 
The ID is already bigger than what needs to fit on the top of the steering stem.  I think I need to have a sleeve pressed into it so it fits the stem.
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Reply #36 - 10/15/21 at 08:00:04
 
I went back and checked my build thread. The stem is your spacer. Cut it down to 25mm and press it back into the t-clamp

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Reply #37 - 10/15/21 at 08:31:31
 
Gary_in_NJ wrote on 10/15/21 at 08:00:04:
I went back and checked my build thread. The stem is your spacer. Cut it down to 25mm and press it back into the t-clamp


I went back over your thread yesterday and must have missed that tidbit of info.  That makes more sense than what I was thinking - have a press fit aluminum spacer made, then drill to size after pressing.  Thanks again, Gary!  
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Reply #38 - 10/15/21 at 11:52:20
 
I just checked in with Buchanon's on the status of my wheels.  Apparently they shipped UPS GND two days ago.  Really looking forward to seeing them arrive!! Cool
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Reply #39 - 10/15/21 at 12:40:44
 
And less than an hour after checking they showed up on my door step!
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Reply #40 - 10/15/21 at 12:41:57
 
The new rear.  As stated earlier in this thread, both are now 18".  Front is 2.15" and rear is 2.75.
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Reply #41 - 10/16/21 at 12:52:00
 
Since I didn't want to booger up these new rims, I took the wheels to the local motorcycle shop to have them mounted.  While that is being taken care of, I took the swingarm off to put new bearings in.  The swingarm was really stiff to move which is not surprising since it is unknown how long it has been since it was ridden last.  The right side was still greased and operating smoothly.  The left side, well...  not so much!  This is the lower side when sitting on the kick stand, so any moisture would accumulate here.  This is the worst bearing I have ever pulled apart!
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Reply #42 - 10/16/21 at 12:52:27
 
top side
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Reply #43 - 10/16/21 at 12:59:17
 
I put my borescope in the fuel tank.  I found the expected mild rust here and there.  The nice part is the tank had been drained, so there weren't any areas of grunge or varnish.  I will soak the inside with my usual go-to, Evap-O-Rust.  This stuff works really good.  My new petcock showed up the other day.  OEM Yamaha Raptor unit.
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Reply #44 - 10/16/21 at 13:06:41
 
The fuel tank is fully disassembled and ready for stripping, inside and out.  There are a few small dents, but overall is it a sound tank.  Not near as bad as the last tank I dealt with!
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