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post #11 of 133 (permalink) Old 11-27-2012, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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Another lesson, do not try to install the rear wheel alone when pissed off its a pretty beastly job. I have the rear wheel mounted up now to mock it up until I get the new bearing spacer made. Also have the clipons installed and front brake calipers rebuilt and installed, some pictures of the progress so far. Now waiting on the new front rim so I can measure the alignment of the rear wheel and see how close it is.
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Yeah, I've had some lessons along the way as well. Took me 3 sets of forks off ebay to get a straight pair...one set was bent and on another set with the right fork has gouges in the chrome where the fork seal rides.

I also found out that I should have waited to powdercoat the lower legs until I had worked out the front fender mounting. Turns out my Norman Hyde fender brace interchanges from the triumph to the honda fork sliders just fine, so I'll be using this to mount the fender off of...meaning I *should* have shaved the fender mounts off the sliders prior to PC.
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I may have to pick up a fork brace, was thinking it might be needed anyways since the stock thruxton fender mount is pretty heavy duty and probably killed some flex where as the f3 had nothing. I wish TEC had some of their mounts available because I don't want to risk drilling and ruining a 250$ norman hyde brace. I messed up on the forks too, I painted them with vht paint which is chemical resistant and works good but flakes easily and I just held my fender mount up to it and scratched it..
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wheel alignment

Actionabe:

I know you were concerned about wheel alignment and such...I just ordered one of these to align the F3 wheels on my thruxton and thought you might be interested:

http://proaligner.com/

I found it in my AHRMA publication...it seems a bit more accurate than my calibrated eyeball alone, so I thought I'd give it a go.

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Looks like a pretty handy device, let me know how it works out for you, may have to pick one up.
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Just a note, if anyone plans to use the stock thruxton master cylinder or a speedmaster one like I did with woodcraft clipons you will run into problems. There is a tab with a screw hole cast into the master cylinder that hits the bolt holding the bars into the clipons. The threads were painted over on my thruxton one so I just ground it down flush with the master cylinder body and have enough clearence now.
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Just got the new spacer for the rear wheel. The new one is a combination of the thruxton inside and outside diameter and the length of the f3 spacer. Left to right thruxton spacer, F3 spacer and hybrid spacer. also a picture of both clip ons and controls installed. I used CRG mirrors and adapters for the 1in bars. Worked really good. One more small hiccup that is worth a heads up, the 95-96 f3 used a 530 chain and the 97-98 used a 525. Just figured out the one I got is from a 95-96 so a new sprocket is needed..
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Got a super brace the other day to put on and mount a fender to like Rich. They are closing out their 01-08 t100 braces for a pretty reasonable price. As far as I could gather the difference is in the height of the bend in the middle as the thruxton has the raised rib on the fender. Since I am going with a custom fender because of the mounting holes in the stock fender that was not really an issue. The problem is that the f3 forks are about .011 smaller than the triumph ones so the brace does not clamp onto the top of the fork tubes. I got around this by using old feeler gauges to shim the inside of the clamp but will probably have to get the brace machined down a little to clamp closer together. It does fit on their really good right now so it is tempting to just keep it shimmed, anyone see a downside to this?
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Nope. If it fits tight, then it'l be fine. My NH brace fit tight, but, then again, I did have the lower legs powdercoated...perhaps the powder made the brace fit closer.

A few strokes with a file off the clamping surfaces would probably also do it. I guess if I also powercoat the brace inside & out and keep the mating surfaces free of PC it would do the same thing.

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