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Wow! You've been busy since last time I checked...I am envious of your frame building skill and capability. The rear swing arm reminds me of early MTB full sus designs, Fisher, etc...can't remember, putting knobbies on this?
 
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Wow! You've been busy since last time I checked...I am envious of your frame building skill and capability. The rear swing arm reminds me of early MTB full sus designs, Fisher, etc...can't remember, putting knobbies on this?
Don't be too envious, lol, it has taken me a while to get to this point. This is the first full frame I have attempted. Had alot of back tracking, but going ok now. Got a day off today so hope to make a few moves forward. No knobbies, slicks!
 
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Haven't got as far as I would like to be, but got some important stuff done. My first attempt at the swing arm pivot was a fail. I had planned on sleeving the bushing so the threads of the bolt didn't dig into the brass. The sleeve I was going to use was too large for my bushings so i trident to drill it

So my second try is a larger bolt without a sleeve. Got the bolt much longer than it needed to be, tryin to keep the threaded are out of the bushing.

Got it tacked to the frame as squared up
 
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Also did a bunch of grinding, and got my suspension linkage pieces ready to go. Will post pictures tomorrow
 

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I like it, but it's hard to judge without seeing the whole bike in the pic.
Don't know how strong/weak your spring is, but you probably want it stiff enough so that it maintains it's curve except when needed for suspension.
 
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I like it, but it's hard to judge without seeing the whole bike in the pic.
Don't know how strong/weak your spring is, but you probably want it stiff enough so that it maintains it's curve except when needed for suspension.
There is multiple leaves for the spring. I am just using the bottom one for mocking it. They came off a snowmobile front ski. I have both ski's and haven't used the second one yet so if I need I can add a leaf or two
 
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Looks great to me. One possible idea. What if you kept the drops where they are and extend both the chainstays and seatstays to that they don't meet at the drops but instead meet about 4-6" behind the drops? Maybe even flip the curve of the seatstays?
 
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