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jebsen5721
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I'm in the process of disassembling my 1968 R69S for slinger service, rings, valve job, etc and I want to clean it up while keeping it an original rather than a full resto. Are there any guidelines on what not to do? I'm thinking about things like ss spokes, rechromed rims, blast and paint brackets, bead blast aluminum cases, replated fastners. Advice?

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Restoration or clean original?

post some good pix of the bike, if it is a very fine survivor you may be best leaving it as it is as far as some things are concerned

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Re: Restoration or clean original?

"jebsen5721" wrote:

I'm in the process of disassembling my 1968 R69S for slinger service, rings, valve job, etc and I want to clean it up while keeping it an original rather than a full resto. Are there any guidelines on what not to do? I'm thinking about things like ss spokes, rechromed rims, blast and paint brackets, bead blast aluminum cases, replated fastners. Advice?

SS spokes are what most people use.
Rechroming the rims can present some problems. Where to find a chromer these days. Shipping costs. Grinding and buffing can wear the nipple holes thin. Quality of chome can be poor.
New rims can present problems. I bought cheap chromed rims, the chrome was more industrial than show, so I had to have them chromed again. I would only use the the new alloy rims from Vech.
Bead blasting is for full restos, must be done and cleaned carefully, and should be done to all the castings to make the bike look right - hubs, motor, heads, trans, final drive.
Replating fasteners with original cad has problems of finding a plater, shipping, and cost, and is usually done for correct restos. For my incorrect restos I find that SS, both hardware store or polished from Vech, is more practical.

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Restoration or clean original?

Slippery slope. Some things look really good, then the other things look worse. (I read that somewhere)

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Restoration or clean original?

Thanks. That will get me started. I will post some pix as soon as I figure out how to do it. (newbie).

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Restoration or clean original?

get plenty good ones and try to think like if you were really looking at it in person and everyone else that will be seeing it is partially blind, has a terrible computer monitor, and may have never seen such wonderful patina as is found on and about your bike

stick your nose up in it and not just ten steps away

bright shade or overcast makes the best outside shots

and then upload them into a free photobucket album

easier than taking a dump in the well and a lot safer

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