CB550 Tracker Build Pt. 6: All The Small Things

Bike EXIF Honda CB550 Tracker Build
Until you begin with a pile of tubing, all-new elements and a ravishing thoughts, your common garage-built motorbike comes collectively one piece at a time—and it’s not all glamorous. We’re zeroing in on our imaginative and prescient of a practical hoonmobile, however our Honda CB550F Tracker has some unfastened ends to deal with in kind and performance earlier than it finds its stride.

As we speak’s program is basically 5 minutes of fame for the nitty-gritty work we typically overlook within the last product. Tedious, however important in our revival, our work on this section consists of squaring away our problematic entrance fender, finalizing the match of our aftermarket seat, some detabbing and changing our wheel bearings with fundamental instruments.

Bike EXIF CB550 Tracker Build
Fixing the Fender Dilemma For those who’ve been following together with our CB550F Tracker venture, you already know the entrance fender was the only greatest subject I had with the best way this bike was progressing. Our inventory tin fender was pitted and dented, and the radius didn’t play properly with our bigger Bridgestone Battlax AX41 rubber.

That stated, we would have liked some form of fender, not just for performance to appease the feedback part, but additionally as a result of the bike wanted some visible weight out entrance. We mocked up a number of totally different tin models, plastic grime bike fenders and even performed round with the thought of a fork brace earlier than we dedicated to modifying our beat-up stocker.

I began with some tape traces to visualise my cuts, and I reduce each ends off the fender so I might weld them again on to protect the wired edge. I guarantee you, this makes all of the distinction within the last product, because the uncooked reduce edge simply gained’t reduce it up shut.

After becoming and refitting our items, we made the fender complete once more with our TIG welder on low amps and welded it in and out. I dressed it with numerous abrasive instruments, used a hammer and dolly to good the form and completed it off with a mixing wheel on an angle grinder. Whereas the chrome on the fender remains to be fairly hit, and you’ll see the labored space up shut, the entrance finish of our CB lastly seems proper to my eye.

Fitting a universal aftermarket motorcycle seat
Becoming a Common Aftermarket Seat The suitable seat could make or break your construct, and until you’re crafting it from scratch, you’ll don’t have anything various pictures and measurements to base your buy on. We partnered with Tuffside for our construct, and Chris despatched over certainly one of his Universal Street Tracker seats with our desired upholstery and mounting places for our bike.

We might have made issues straightforward on ourselves, as Tuffside affords a direct-fit version of this seat for the CB550. However since there are only a few direct-fit seats available on the market for these outdated bikes, and we don’t concern the cutoff wheel, we opted for the common choice—which is available in at a sporty 26-inch size.

There are many methods to make a seat match, and you’ll go so far as constructing a complete new rear hoop should you like, however within the everyman spirit of our CB550, we determined to take a easy and pragmatic strategy. I’ve mocked the seat a number of occasions and addressed the battle areas as they arose, beginning with the inventory seat’s hinges, and shifting on to different tabs, helmet holders, and many others. At that time, the seat match loosely on the bike, however the body wanted additional modifications to tighten up the match.

The CB’s inventory seat help was stopping our Tuffside seat from becoming tight in opposition to the body, and we’d have been properly inside our rights to trash the bracket altogether, however I opted to transform it as a substitute. I reduce the help off the place it met the body, and bolted it to our Tracker seat to find out how a lot additional ahead it wanted to be.

With that location decided, I added some materials to the entrance of the seat help so it matched the angle of the tail on our Tracker seat and burned it in. Certain, you may make a trick new piece from scratch that appears higher, however aside from in your Instagram account, it gained’t be seen.

The opposite battle space I bumped into was up entrance, the place a inventory gusset/mounting location was stopping the seat from becoming tightly in opposition to the gas tank. I needed to trim a big quantity of the gusset off to get it good, so I made a brand new gusset on the underside aspect so as to add energy and provides the seat tab some extra meat to seize on.

Fitting a universal aftermarket motorcycle seat
All stated and accomplished, the seat mounts with nothing greater than the entrance tab and two bolts by way of inventory holes on the CB’s seat help bracket, that are hid by the upholstery. Lastly capable of climb into the saddle, we discovered the texture of our new Road Tracker seat to be glorious, virtually OE high quality. There’s no give or shifting from poor fitment, and the underside of the seat completely follows the road set by the gas tank.

CB550 Trimming Tabs
Trimming Tabs Detabbing a body is a vital a part of any customized bike, as nothing distracts out of your new cosmetics fairly like a unexpectedly welded tab for a passenger peg from the Seventies. That’s the precise piece that was the largest eyesore on our body, because the tab was large, pointless and cluttered the swingarm space on our tracker.

CB550 Trimming Tabs
There’s no have to overcomplicate this process, however loads of trigger to be protected about it. You need to keep away from chopping or grinding into your body tubes just like the plague, as the ultimate end result can be an unpleasant gouge you’ll need to fill.

Begin with a cutoff wheel to take away the tab fully, however depart the weld space on the body. From there, transfer on to a grinding disc or flap wheel to take off the weld, however preserve your disc targeted on the weld itself, and save the mixing for the tip.

Detabbing Honda CB550
When you have the means, a tube sander will get you the most effective end potential with out gacking your body, and we completed ours with an affordable model and a well-used 80-grit belt. There are nonetheless different tabs on our Honda CB550F Tracker that have to go, however I’ve been eradicating them solely as wanted, since some could also be reused.

Replacing motorcycle wheel bearings with basic tools
Changing Wheel Bearings With Fundamental Instruments Name it an irrational concern, however the considered unique wheel bearings failing used to all the time linger in my thoughts whereas within the saddle of a not too long ago revived motorbike. Fortunately, that by no means occurred, however there’s no motive to experience on OG rollers in case your bike is something like our Honda. We now have a 20-ton press and fancy bearing pullers across the store, however for the sake of precept, I vowed to make this occur with common hand instruments.

We grabbed a funds sealed-bearing and seal package from 4INTO1 for $27 to get began, containing the whole lot we would have liked entrance and rear. On our Honda, each wheels have the bearings pressed in with a spacer within the center and a thread-in retainer on one aspect.

Beginning with the entrance wheel on the retainer aspect, you’ll discover a sequence of peens, or stakes, that preserve the retainer from unthreading. Utilizing a ⅛-inch drill bit, drill barely into the stakes to clear them, and warmth the hub for a number of minutes with a warmth gun. Whereas there are faster methods to warmth and broaden the hub, warmth weapons are readily accessible, and are a safer choice for any floor remedies in your elements.

With the hub scorching, I’ll use a punch to get the retainer spinning, and a pair of pliers to take it the remainder of the best way. After that, we’ll flip the wheel over on the bench and begin heating the other bearing. As soon as it’s scorching, we flip again to the retainer aspect and use a punch to shift the middle spacer to 1 aspect so we are able to hit the bearing’s inside race to drive it out. For those who’ve used ample warmth, the bearing gained’t take a lot convincing.

It’s the identical course of for the retainer aspect, besides that we are able to take away the middle spacer fully to get it out of the best way. Some hubs might have notches within the bearing seat across the outer race that you would be able to get a punch on, however our Honda didn’t.

Removing of the rear bearings is completed in the identical vogue, however our CB550’s rear put up extra of a struggle. The tabs that maintain the middle spacer in place had been stronger, and it took extra drive to get the spacer shifted over. Additionally, the retainer-side bearing has a steel bushing in it that you simply’ll need to work round, and the retainer itself is a bit tougher to take away. I used a instrument we welded up years in the past, however you may also faucet two of the holes to simply accept an M6 bolt and use a pry bar to spin the retainer out.

Replacing motorcycle wheel bearings with basic tools
For those who’ve made it this far, putting in the brand new bearings is straightforward. Our solely phrases of warning are to make sure you have the tabs in your heart spacers bent good, and to remember that some bearings don’t have a seat and will be pushed too far into the wheel. Additionally, it takes some doing to get your new bearings put in by hand. A press would simplify this significantly, however a liberal software of warmth and a few faucets with a brass drift on the outer bearing race will get you there.

Bike EXIF Honda CB550F Tracker Build
Unsolicited Ultimate Ideas To most, I’m positive our CB550 Tracker seems the identical because it did on the finish of our mockup section in Part 3, however I can guarantee you this can be a fully totally different motorbike. The wheels are new from the within out, the suspension works now (higher than new) and we’re honing in on the ultimate imaginative and prescient of our go-anywhere hoonmobile.

That’s what this bike is all about for us, proving what anybody can do with slightly know-how, some fundamental instruments and an affordable outdated motorbike. All of it begins with the large items and ends if you’ve chiseled away the whole lot that isn’t David.

Fitting a universal aftermarket motorcycle seat

Bike EXIF thanks MotogadgetTuffsideBridgestoneLowbrow Customs and Biltwell Inc. for supporting our Honda CB550F tracker construct.

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