Maybe some of you have been wondering, maybe not, but I was away from the P.C. yesterday and today. I was out riding my motorcycle last Monday evening when my bro-in-law noticed I had a leaky front fork.
I got an over the phone quote from the ‘stealership’ that a front suspension overhaul would run me $600.00, possibly more.
“Naw,” I thought, “I’ll do it myself.” So yesterday I stripped the front of the bike down and got the ‘fork tubes’ into pieces. Nice design, by the way — simple in its ingenuity. Then I got on the net to order the bushing and seal kits that I needed. The seals are already home, and the bushings should be here in the a.m. tomorrow. Gotta love the net for that. Total cost in parts, including fork oil: $110.00 CAD. Then I bought a length of PVC pipe to MacGyver a seal and bushing driver for $5.97, instead of buying the mandatory (you absolutely must use this or else you will “destroy” your stanchions and lowers!) tool at a price of roughly $80.00 before taxes and postage. I did a test run install of those parts with the “tool,” using the old parts, of course, and it worked to perfection 😉
I also did my parts cleaning and now I’m ready for re-assembly just as soon as the oil and bushings and ‘O’-rings arrive. Tomorrow evening I should be on the road again with front suspension good for another 100,000 kilometers.
I may be absent for awhile yet, as I have some work to do on my ’05 Taurus,’ my ‘mud digger.’ I rebuilt the entire floorboard on the passenger side already, for a grand total of $17.00 plus change and, of course, a bit of elbow grease. But now I have to crawl beneath the car and attack the rust cancer there, as well as in a wheel well at the rear. I’ve always driven my cars from new until beyond repair. It’s cheaper that way.
Anyway, a few pics, beginning with one of the Rhododendrons that I thought would not flower (the other did not, nor does it look as though it will):
A Rhododendron update for Carol A. Hand:
Regards to all,