I AM ALIVE! Ok finally got everything I needed to remove the stripped bolts holding the calipers together. I had to buy a Impact Driver and Drill set, lucky to find last gen for 99 bucks!
The bolt removers broke, of course. But the drill bits worked fine. Only one stud remains frozen in it's home. I need to buy some vice grips and pull it out.
I tried to pull out the 3 or 4 pistons that I had some meat on them where i could grab them reasonably, no dice. I'm not sure how easy they SHOULD come out. I know you can blow them out with compressed air, so I may see how I can go about that next. In the meantime, I think I'm just gonna buy a full rebuild kit, including pistons.
I'l dunk the caliper halves in the ultrasonic cleaner and get them properly cleaned up.
I don't know if I mentioned it, but the throttle is now sticky as hell, no longer springs back and such...where it did before i replaced the clip ons. I can't help but think this dual cable throttle setup is way to much complication. If FCRs meant a simpler throttle cable, that there might be enough of a reason. I really am not looking forward to debugging that issue.
I have some beautiful new Titanium caliper bolts I ordered from Aliexpress, grade 5 titanium for 31$. Took a long time to get here but worth it. Made some updates to the budget, as I find myself adding things that are "must haves" the overall cost is going up, but I'm trying to get alternative with my ascuisitions to save money. Compared to Pro Bolt, the Wanyifa Titanium bolts are over 1/2 the price. At any rate I got about 1K to spend to get all the must have stuff done. It's taking ages, but that's fine. I just hope the engine will still turn over by the time I get it ready to start. Damnit.................
Note - The bolts are listed at Grade 5, same as Pro Bolt. I notice Pro Bolt states that the country of manufacture is the UK. But with China being the #1 producer of Titanium in the world. One has to wonder where Pro Bolt gets their "Raw" Titanium with which to "manufacture" bolt shaped Titanium objects that they sell. A quick Google search finds many UK Titanium stockists of Raw Ti stock, but I do not find any Raw Ti manufacturing or smelting or however you make RAW Titanium, anywhere in the UK. So odds are it's all bought from China anyways. Speaking of anyways, if your still reading this...ANYWAYS....hahaah <3
Note 2 - I sound like I'm bashing Pro Bolt, I am not in anyway, their product is great and I still buy from them. But for this project, I'm trying to keep the costs as low as possible partly for the fun of it. So I find it interesting to learn about the Titanium industry and get me some bolts direct from the source...etc. BTW if anyone needs a Clutch Slave bleeder valve in black aluminum, let me know I have 10 of them, as I am running one on my 748s, they were cheap in bulk so I bought bulk. FUN!
Note 3 - My next bike repair will be to my 748s, because I took it to have some front head shake debugged (front axle out of round, so new Axle & Co hardware)...and they TOTALLY botched my spedo' cable routing it in an insane way and breaking it. So now I get to learn how to do that repair. KICK ASS [email protected]
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