At last, I get to start putting this motorcycle back together. Every time I install an engine in the frame it’s a milestone. Instead of taking things apart, I am starting down the road to getting it all back together again :-).
Here is a link to the documentation and the video I shot.
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.