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Replacing the rear disc I screwed up last week. I Googled “threadlock disc brake ex500” and found that golden advice quoted above! lol

Not saying @bpe is wrong but, I have never ever used thread lock on anything on this bike or any bike or car/truck for that matter. I have never had a bolt break or seize on the brakes. I also want to add I have never used teflon on any brake part either, only brake grease where it is supposed to be used, and anti seize compound where it is supposed to be.
 

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Flushed brake fluid. Easy!
Even easier if you install a bleeder banjo bolt on your master cylinder. Did this for the hyd clutch on my Guzzi and it was a snap to bleed air from the system. The typical process is backward. Air rises, so why is the bleeder at the low point? If you want some swag for your master cylinder that actually works, consider one of these Ti banjo bleeder bolts. Works better than a jet kit, I tell ya.

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Reupholstered my seat. First time reupholstering anything, figures it would be a motorcycle seat.
You can see the low spots in the finished pictures where over time the foam wore down due to being exposed, but all in all im pretty satisfied with it.

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Musical instrument Bumper Automotive exterior Tints and shades Comfort

Musical instrument Bicycle saddle Bicycle part Bumper Fender

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Tire Wheel Land vehicle Vehicle Automotive lighting

Black Wood Floor Flooring Gas
 

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Nice job. Strangely, the thinner the vinyl, the better it conforms to the complex shape of the seat. The flip side is...well. Had a much worse seat done by a pro who charged me something like $26 years ago. He told me that it took a lot of work with a heat gun to get his commercial-grade vinyl to stretch into shape.
 

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Nice job. Strangely, the thinner the vinyl, the better it conforms to the complex shape of the seat. The flip side is...well. Had a much worse seat done by a pro who charged me something like $26 years ago. He told me that it took a lot of work with a heat gun to get his commercial-grade vinyl to stretch into shape.

I'm not even sure exactly what I used. It was my mom's idea and she provided me some random material she had lying around that looked the part lol, but hey it worked so well I didn't question it. I do wonder how it will hold up after a few thousand miles though. May need to keep an eye on the stretch and staples and what not.
 

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Very Nice work! did you just "go at it"? or use a particular tutorial you could point to?

Staples...there are stainless staples available nowadays...but the plain steel ones have lasted a long time on my 40 yr-old bikes.
I'm guessing your mum got that upholstery vinyl at the local fabric shop. The larger stores often have it and it's not too expensive. The stuff I bought is a pretty close match for these bikes.
 

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Very Nice work! did you just "go at it"? or use a particular tutorial you could point to?

Staples...there are stainless staples available nowadays...but the plain steel ones have lasted a long time on my 40 yr-old bikes.
I'm guessing your mum got that upholstery vinyl at the local fabric shop. The larger stores often have it and it's not too expensive. The stuff I bought is a pretty close match for these bikes.
Oh yea of course. Heres the video I used.
I didn't follow it to the letter. For example I ended up not having to use the heat gun like he did in the video. I kinda just winged it after I got the basics down. If I did it again I would get a staple gun with more punch than what I had though. And yeah I think she got it at hobby lobby at some point. Thanks!



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Wood Comfort Flooring Human leg Foot


Shoe Fawn Fender Grass Personal protective equipment

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Hey-thanks to you for the "encouragement"! You certainly have a talent to do it first time...mine has a repaired tear so you've given me some hope to give it a try this fall.

That's awesome. It's funny I was a actually going to have my mom do it, but her arm was giving her some pain so I tried it out. It was originally frustrating but I'm gonna blame that on the beers. Came back at it fresh and sober the next day and I knocked it out. Make sure your staple gun is good. Mine was a little weak and caused me to have to waste a lot of staples trying to get good solid punctures. You can do it!
 
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