but first, dogtired, that sounds like a really great idea to wire in multiple fuses. would you maybe be able to send a list (or a link to an already-posted list; i'm still struggling to get the knack of searching) of which circuits you fused and what rating fuses you're using? i'm assuming maybe flashers, horn, headlight/tail light, brake light, coils/condensers.... i'm sure i can come up with something, but do you have any specific advice?
on to the other progress. I dropped the front wheel and, paint on the hub notwithstanding, everything looks fine. There's even lots of lining on the brake shoes.
i opened up the forks while i was there and the first interesting news - unfortunately, i don't have a picture - is that the oil in the left fork was a light brown and the oil in the right was almost black. pretty much the same viscosity. weird? maybe?
second thing with the forks was that the socket head cap screws (the ones that go up into the fork leg) came out pretty easily. i'm a little worried that, since lots of people talk about needing to use tricks and/or special tools, maybe they weren't tight enough? we'll see. the first thing i found when i was inside was that the washers that are supposed to be at the bottom of the fork legs are either missing or are stuck pretty tight. any ideas on how to make sure they're not just stuck inside, before i try to buy new ones?
this doesn't seem to be much of an immediate problem, as there are still enough on the flats to get these out. but, combined with this:
that is, the inside of the fork leg, it's a reminder not to tighten the ropes on the front end so much when you're hauling that you get the forks stuck in the compressed position. i think, anyway. i'm not sure this is a problem either way, but i'm feeling like it'll be safer to be pessimistic.
another thing i noticed is that there's a difference between the two damper bottom nuts (technical term?). they both have a raised ring around the top (top in the picture, bottom when installed) but only the one on the right is continuous; the one on the left has four separate arcs with gaps every 90 or so degrees. should i assume one of this is aftermarket? maybe the same reason one of the forks had lighter-colored oil?
why would someone hit the fork cap nuts? at all, and particularly, hard enough to leave big dents? threads look clean enough, at least.
last bit of frustrating news, to repeat an earlier picture:
i was hoping that was just bad paint, that i'd be able to strip. i was wrong. it's bad chrome, which i'm now trying to convince myself is ignorable....