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Wheels, forks and engine

Post  S.C_07 on Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:59 pm

Hi
I have a 59 falcon and Ive just started the painting process of my bike, Ive already painted the frame sub frames, swing arm and centre stand.

I want to paint the forks , to get the best paint job possible I will need to take them apart , is this something that is possible to do and how complex is it to do. I have a decent set of tools and equipment but is there any specialist equipment I need ? And how would I go about taking them apart ? Same with the rear suspension ?

Same question for the wheels , i want to take the spokes off so I can get a good paint job done on the wheel hub spokes and clean up the rim . I know there's a machine or tool which you use to re align the wheel when you are putting it back together, but is this something I can do at home and make my own rig to align the wheel , Ive seen that you can do this on you tube but is t actually possible , on top of that will I need to torque the spokes down to specific settings ?

And for the engine i want to take the cylinder head off aswell so I can decarbonise the piston and cylinder head and paint it , is this a hard job to do myself ?

Sorry for the large amount of questions here I just want to get as much info as possible so I know what I'm getting myself into here ?
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Scott
Oh and if your looking for paint , head down Brighton auto paints , its a lot cheaper than rs paints but the paint it's self is a little darker but nothing drastic

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Re: Wheels, forks and engine

Post  Mollbhan on Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:17 pm

Hi Scott, I have never taken Falcon forks to pieces but have stripped down plenty others without any problem, although I would question whether it would be worth doing just to do a paint job, same applies to the rear units. To remove the cylinder head for decarbonising and painting is well within the home mechanics capability but I would not advise you to try to rebuild the wheels, it may be possible but is a very tricky operation.
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Post  kerabo on Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:31 pm

There should be 2 screws that go into the legs at the inside bottom. With these out the springs are loose. Then remove the 2 chrome screws in to top. It most likely will stick on the seals as they get like steel. Just tap them up and let them stay on the top forks. Then the legs should then pull down . Remove the seals and carefully  fit new before rebuilding. I used a plastic bottle cut down to guide the seals over the fork bushes, you can roll off the seal springs and refit once in place.
I can't remember if the top trims are in he way but they are easy to remove.
Before you remove your wheel rims you should get someone to measure the offset of the rim to the hub. With that done you can then cut the spokes.

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Post  S.C_07 on Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:26 pm

Okay thanks for the advice guys . It sounds like the forks and engine are definately possible , I'll have a look into doing the wheels to see if it's worth my while . In the forks , is there any oil or grease inside the actual forks . And what grease should I use for the forks ball bearings ?
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Post  kerabo on Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:52 am

S.C_07 wrote:Okay thanks for the advice guys . It sounds like the forks and engine are definately possible , I'll have a look into doing the wheels to see if it's worth my while . In the forks , is there any oil or grease inside the actual forks . And what grease should I use for the forks ball bearings ?
Thanks
Scott
There will be a little oil or maybe even water.
They don't hold much. Check but I think it's 60mm per leg
Use any quality grease on the bearings . The thicker the better. You will see why when you try to put them back. Get yourself 2 X 19 1/4" ball bearings they are not expensive In fact get some extra you may need them .
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Post  Mollbhan on Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:52 am

Scott, when removing the cylinder it is good practice to stuff a clean rag over the crankcase mouth before you pull the barrel off the piston, if you should have a broken piston ring the last thing you want is for a piece to fall into the crankcase. Plston rings are very brittle, handle with great care.
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Post  S.C_07 on Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:49 am

Okay thanks for all the advice guys , I'll let you all know when it's finished and hopefully post some pictures
Scott

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