Ok. So I practically have all of the parts that I need for my conversion.
I take the FZR to the shop yesterday for maintenance (oil change, Lubrication, air filter, and some other things) and while the guy is adjusting my chain (bastard always gets loose), we both notice that the problem isn’t with chain tension, it’s the swing arm bushings worn out badly. Grrr. There have been enough mechanics who could have noticed this, or even GREASED the darn thing.
It’s my own fault through lazyness, actually. In Canada I refused to pay mechanics and had lots of tools and was OK about getting things done myself. Here, There is somebody on every corner that can get dirty for almost no money. I am a reluctant mechanic, I guess.
The shop guy said that swing arm bushings could not just be replaced. The hole needs to be honed out and new bushings inserted, and it’s a big job and he doesn’t know how to do it, or it can’t be done. I’m not sure exactly what he said.
If I’m going to go through the trouble of replacing swing arm bushings, and probably paying a real machinist, etc, I am wondering if I could replace the swing arm with something that has a little more weight and attack on the road. The kind I mean has a nice curve to it, and looks to me like it might improve the rear suspension and help keep that back wheel from skittering around too much when I have to stop fast. I’ve seen them on Yahoo auctions TW, and I think It would work. But I always ask for a second opinion.
I’m basically trying to recycle my first Taiwan Motorcycle. Keep the old girl on the road with a new face. When things break or wear out, I go for better quality.
But I’m getting sick of spending money…
To hell with it. I’m buying a Majesty tomorrow or Sunday. As much as I like the old bike, I’m getting sick of it, and I need a solution for the ton of stuff I carry everywhere as well. It’s just worn out, and I have enough projects on the go. R,I,P.
The fzr is very reliable, and has many new or reconditioned parts, and I have a shop that is willing to make it good with recycled parts. PM me if you want it. Going cheap.