Updates are a little slow but we have managed to get quite a bit done. The chassis is almost complete, just needs a few small items but we can call it a rolling chassis now. A quick list of all the goodies you can see in the picture. The forks are new radial type forks from a 2004 model RS and the wheels are PVM. The rear shock is a rebuilt stock unit from our 2009 RS. The front axel is made out of 7075 and the rear axel is Titanium. The triple clamps were made in the shop and are made out of Dural.
The yokes/triple trees were quite a challenge to make. The design is quite simple as they had to be made using manual machines. The Dural was great to work with and is quite strong. This material was developed for use in the Aerospace Industry.
The only downside to using it is, it cannot be anodized and is quite vulnerable to the elements compared to other aluminum alloys. At the moment, they are still bare metal but that may change in the future.
The stem is made out of 7075/Ergal. Not much to say here, again the design was influenced by the size/type of machine used to make the part.
The stem was made to be pressed into the lower clamp, no pinch bolts used here. Just careful work and a 20 ton press …
The clamps and stem are more than strong enough for this application. The original clamps are also fine as the forks themselves will flex long before the clamps do.
One thing I noticed making these parts is that I seemed to be spending more time cleaning away chips than I did actually machining the parts. I turned a complete block of aluminum into a big bag of chips…
Making these parts was very time consuming! I learned a lot doing this and that was kind of the idea. With the pockets, chip evacuation was a real problem as recutting chips can dull your expensive tools fast. I used compressed air to clear out the pocket as I worked but still could not avoid a few chips. I actually had to use 5 different VHM cutters to make these parts.
I only managed to break one end-mill. It broke while I was climb-milling, it yanked the wheel out of my hand. OK, lesson learned…
If you look at the pictures, you can see that we also installed the radiator. To do this, we had to make some new spacers and dampners. The dampners we printed on our 3D printer using some soft TPU filament. The stuff is pretty soft, so we were happy that we could actually print parts using it. The dampners are not perfect but 100% useable. The spacers were turned from a bar of 7075 (Ergal).
Thanks for stopping in and if you guys have any questions, feel free to contact us or leave a comment.