Go_Western_Flyer

Discussion in 'BUILD OFF 14 - CLASS 1 - BUILD JOURNALS' started by MONARKofSoCal, May 1, 2019.

  1. MONARKofSoCal

    MONARKofSoCal

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    Didn't get everything done over the holiday as I had wanted
    But did get the rear of the bike sorted and that was the main thing

    Needed to put the manta ray rear coaster on the narrow rim
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    dismantled both
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    Turned out the manta ray had 48 spokes so I had to remove 6 from each side to fit the standard 20" rear
    I didn't get to fully finish mounting the coaster brake (need 18 slightly longer spokes due to the difference in rim width
    At least I do at least have a roiling rear for now
    Good thing too since after getting it mounted it turns out I still had to add a wider sprocket to clear the disc
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    Before the last pic I also had to widen the rear of the bike
    keep in mind the rear on the huffy is already at 4" in stock form
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    After stretching the rear with a jack and with the coaster brake at the needed width its almost good to go
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  2. MONARKofSoCal

    MONARKofSoCal

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    Everything with this build literally rested on the rear
    So once I knew it would work I could start mocking up the bike
    and check out the springer arrangement as well
    which is a 28/700 size may go to the 26" once my new tires arrive

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    Bars leaned forward
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    Flipped in racing mode
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  3. kingfish254

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    Ready for Bonneville!
     
  4. MONARKofSoCal

    MONARKofSoCal

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    Lol
    I wish
    It needs a motor and a front brake still to be ready for Bonneville
    But I do have plans to hopefully take it there in the future

    I don't even know if it will be ready to go gravity racing b4 the build off deadline
    but it should at least be a fully ride able bicycle by then

    One of the things I need to address b4 the deadline is a bracket to attach the sissy bar to
    I cant attach it to the rear axle since this bike will require foot pegs
    and the rear drop out area doesn't have any suitable area to attach it to either

    I grabbed some of the end scrap metal from the girder springer I was originally building for this project
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  5. MONARKofSoCal

    MONARKofSoCal

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    picked up this gate hardware that i plan to use to make a floating attachment point for the banana seat
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    Also toying with the idea of flipping the fork springer arms
    I can adjust the ride height better and the side truss bars clear the tank better
    I just dont know if i like the look of it enough to switch it up so late
    Guess I will wait until the tires arrive later today
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  6. MONARKofSoCal

    MONARKofSoCal

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    Got the bike finished enough for the build off this weekend
    It still needs stuff like front brakes and a few other small bits to be a gravity race
    but that will all come later
    but for now she is a rider and pretty much in the final form

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    More finished pics here

    http://www.ratrodbikes.com/forum/index.php?threads/go_western-_flyer.109525/


    you can see in the pic bellow how the seat is mounted using the gate hing
    its bolted to a quill style seat post similar to a gooseneck)
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    Eastern "throttle" 20 x 2.3 tires for that Goodyear Bonneville look
    (really wish I could have gotten ahold of the Eastern "Squealer" semi slick tires)
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    Front bars have to be angled forward
    having them straight up makes them hit the tank at a very small turn
    but with the springer flipped and the bars leaned forward the turning radius is actually quite a lot

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    More build pics to come later
     
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