The R80ST has spoked wheels front and rear. In order to refinish the wheels using vapor blasting, I remove the spokes. This let me assess the condition of the spokes and spoke nipples so I can decide if I can keep most of them, or they need to be replaced.
On the rear wheel only 17 out of 40 spokes weren’t bent or rusted and only 8 spoke nipples were not damaged. On the front wheel every spoke was bent. So I replace all the spokes with stainless steel spokes and install new plated brass nipples.
Before I install new stainless steel spokes and chrome plated brass spoke nipples, I replace the front wheel bearings. The rear wheel does not have wheel bearings. Instead it is mounted directly to the rear drive. Since the rear wheel does not have an axle, there is no need for wheel bearings.
Here is a link to the documentation on how I do this work and a short YouTube video that summarizes the procedure.
I had the cylinders vapor blasted. In preparation, I removed the push rod tubes. After they were vapor blasted I install new stainless steel pushrod tubes I got from Euro MotoElectrics, who graciously has agreed to provide the parts for this charity rebuild project for free. I will auction this bike and proceeds will go to the Motorcycle Relief Project.
I have done this work before on my 1983 R100RS rebuild and will reference material from the documentation of that build as appropriate.
I removed the swing arm bearings before I had the swing arm powder coated. The swing arm bearings are the same sealed bearings used on the 1983 R100RS that I previously rebuilt, so the procedure for replacing them on the R80ST is the same. In this document I link to the previous documentation for the 1983 R100RS as appropriate.
I had the swing arm powder coated, so I removed the drive shaft before taking it to the powder coater.
The 1983 R80ST swing arm is designed for a monoshock rear suspension, but the driveshaft is the same as the one used in the dual shock 1983 R100RS. I previously removed and installed the driveshaft in a 1983 R100RS and documented the work. So I will not repeat the procedure here, but link to it as appropriate.
1983 R100RS Dual Shock Swing Arm Design
1983 R80ST Powder Coated Monoshock Swing Arm Design
This is a link to the documentation and a YouTube video showing how I remove and install the drive shaft.