There are lots of little tips and tricks to building or rebuilding a motorcycle that you won’t find in any book or magazine article. You can learn these tricks of the trade through trial-and-error, hands-on experience or by working with someone who’s done it before. What I’m going to do in order to help my motorcycle-wrenching friends is write a little How-To blog entry every time I find myself doing something interesting in the shop. 

And I’m going to start things off with a blog post about what to do when you get your frame back from the paint or powder coating shop.

  1. First off, you’ll want to remove the paint from the motor mounts, transmission mounts and the forward control tabs. If you leave the paint on, it will eventually turn into powder and disappear.  When this happens, the part will become loose and create problems.
  2. Run a tap or die over any threaded bolt or hole with threads in it. This will save you a lot of time later because the bolts or nuts will go on with no problems. It’s not fun to have to take off a bunch of stuff in order to remove a bolt that has broken off.
  3. Make sure to thoroughly clean out any hole that something will eventually go in. Examples include the spring seat front mount, axle plates and steering neck.

By doing these few tasks ahead of time, you’ll save time and headaches as you progress with your build/rebuild. 

For those of you that like visuals, here’s a brief video covering the same topics as above:

Finally, if you have any questions on a project you are currently working on or plan on doing in the future, post it here as a comment. I’ll be more than happy to help you out.