Sunday, March 28, 2010

Well, my springs came in and I'll be showing the process that I used to add a good 2 1/2 inches of more travel to my Pace RC35 fork. There was no cutting of any kind of the fork and the only part I added to the fork were the springs. I prefer a softer ride than most but you can use any type springs that you like. The spring that I used was a light weight Rock Shox 100mm travel replacement spring kit that I purchased off the Internet for $19.99. I didn't have to spend any other money than that to do this project and the best part is that I did it in under an hour. Tools needed to use are a screw driver, a Dremel, 2 needle nose pliers, visegrips the new springs and some heavy duty grease/lube. Here is the fork completely taken apart. As you can plainly see the rubber bushing are totally spent. And the fork was not performing up to par.
In this photo I had to shave the bottom of the spring so that it would fit/sit inside that aluminum cap screw.
This photo shows me fitting the spring assembly to the stanchion. On the inside of the stanchion is a lock-nut and plastic washer. I also added a firmer spring (from my old Mantiou SX fork)(not pictured) inside the stanchion (the chrome tube) so the fork would have some damper/rebound properties like the forks today and to keep it from not being too mushy.

In this photo is the spring assembly, stanchion and fork leg all put together and I lubed all rubbing parts for a smooth quite travel.

In this photo is the completed fork with the c-clip cotter pin installed. While doing this I was crimping the c-clip back into shape and it flew off the visegrips and got me right in the left eye. It was truly painful and my eye is all bloodshot. So the lesson learned today is, always wear eye protection! And that's no joke. In this photo you can plainly see the amount of travel gained by replacing the bushings with the springs. The bike feels great and rebounds like new. I am very please with how this little project turned out.
Here is the finished product. Take a look at the photo below you can see that the front has a lot more travel than it use to. I have tested the fork and it's like new. You see the photo's and you are reading the descriptions and I am telling you, "it's that easy!" The best part is, I have a good 4 inches of actual travel now not the pretend travel that you sort-of get with those rubber bushings. Now that was a great $19.99 investment and in under an hours time, I think you guys would have to agree.. Talk to you quick!!!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Check out the new look Pace fork. I purchased these decals off an internet site and they had them to my doorstep with 48 hours. That's pretty freaking quick! Talk to you quick!!!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Bas so what you are saying about the geometry is the bike is built different with a shorter travel fork? Our T-Max's were originally built with rigid forks. What happens to either the bike or the way the bike rides if a fork is too big? You see, I knew I would need your help eventually. Like I have said earlier, "please let me know if I am making a mistake with any part of my rebuild." Thanks for that!!
Talk to you quick!!!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

I can't wait til I start to convert the fork from the rubber bushings suspension to the air cartridge system. This will definitely increase the amount of travel that I don't have now. The Pace fork that I use now maybe has 3" of travel. If you really think about that, it's not much at all when you compare it to the forks of today. It looks like the standard amount of travel is between 5 and 6 inches. I'll be happy just to get 4 1/2 inches. Remember the replacement suspension system that I am going to be putting in states a 80mm to 100mm amount of travel. The only big problem I foresee is my shock stanchions aren't long enough for that amount of travel. This will be interesting on how I go about upgrading the amount of travel with my current fork. Talk to you quick!

Friday, March 5, 2010

What a gorgeous day today. I didn't want to come back home. A little chilly but I'm a winter type of guy so alittle cold weather doesn't hurt me one bit. I'd have to say the bike handled beautifully. This was the first time out with the new/used fork, new tires, new/used handlebar, new pedals and new grips. Holy shit, I have purchase a ton of stuff lately. Ahh, what the hell so a couple of bills don't get paid. Every now and then you need alittle me time and if that's buying a shitload of mountain bike parts, then so be it. I just could not be happier with the way the bike has turned out so far. There is still alittle bit of work left to do, "like the TiTanium spokes and switching the forks' rubber baby bumpers to an air cartridge system." So for now, let the drooling begin. If you a close-up look at the bike double click each photo. Talk to you quick!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

I you don't hear from me for most of the day on Friday, that's because I am going to be ridding!!!! Jealous much???? Talk to you quick!!!!

The aluminum steerer tube should be ready on Friday (tomorrow). I weighed the fork before I took the cro-mo tube out and it was at 3lbs. and 2oz. With replacing all of the cro-mo bolts and the steerer my weight loss will be around a half of a pound. Not bad! Now to figure out if my Manitou aluminum stanchion will fit the Pace? The Pace has cro-mo stanchions "which I find alittle strange because they did everything else to lighten up the fork so why not just go all of the way by adding aluminum stanchions?" But we will never know now, will we? The weather here is so nice and I am jozen to get out and do alittle bit of ridding. There is one other thing I am looking at. It's a Manitou Super Air 100mm-120mm cartridge. Pace says that you can replace the rubber baby bumpers with a cartridge system. I heading in that direction. Any thoughts? Talk to you quick!!!

I just couldn't pass up these Nokon anodized shift cables. Yeah, I know that I'll be adding alittle more weight by using these but come on! Look at how F'in cool they are. I personally think I made a sound investment for more bike. Also the aluminum bolts that I ordered from, Fastener-express.Com were delivered in just one day. Now that's service. But I haven't told you the best part yet, 24 aluminum bolts for $8.95. How do they do that? Delivery in a day and a half and awesome prices,,,,,,,,,ding-ding-ding-ding, we have a winner. And yes, there is more. They have a huge selection in both aluminum and titanium. Remember, Fastener-express.Com and I don't think it's too expensive to ship over the pond. And no, they are not paying me every time I say,
"Fastener-express.Com" But if I were to say, "brought to you by Fastener-express.Com" then that's a different story.. lol Talk to you quick!!!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Here are acouple of quick photos I took of my new/used Pace fork. I have taken the steerer tube to have it replaced with an aluminum tube. That ought to lighten the fork by a good 1/3 of a pound. I have ordered 25 aluminum bolts to replace the cro-mo bolts that are on there now and that should lessen the weight as well. I am going to switch the brake bosses around to the front of the fork so I can lose one of the brake braces. And finally I am going to hack off the cro-mo stanchions and put in light weight springs instead of the rubber bushings that are in there now. That will be a drastic job to do but I assure you that it will work and I'll be giving you detailed information along the way. Talk to you quick!!!!

Monday, March 1, 2010

I have been putting stickers on to add alittle apeal. I like them but I guess I would like a second opinion. Here are acouple of pictures and you guys let me know if I should keep them or not. I only have stickers of parts that I have on the bike. Talk to you quick!!!!!