Replacing triple tree on a chief.

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  1. will

    will Bronze Member
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    Anyone know where there’s a video on how to replace the Chiefs triple tree!
    Would like to get a idea of what I’m in for before starting.
    Can’t get a mechanic or shop to do it. Not that they can’t, not that they wouldn’t jump at doing it.
    Both shops in town and a couple outside of town all said exactly the same thing. “We are booked solid for at least the next month, possibly longer.” I asked why, “can’t get mechanic to work or can’t find good workers.” Same excuse from all.
    So, any help with a video would be appreciated.
     
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    Check on line for a workshop manual PDF and have a read. Which ever way you look at it, it will be a big but interesting job,.....you handy with tools? I’d come and help but it is a little difficult getting out of the country right now,......and even more so getting back in!:p
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    will Bronze Member
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    I have the tech manual for the bike, but would really like to see it disassembled once on film.
     
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    Got ya,.....you are a visual man like myself,.....I have trouble ‘seeing’ stuff in my head,.....
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    photo, photo photo, write down, label as you go. Whatever it takes. You can do it, good luck.
     
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    That’s good advise from @muz there @will ,......do it all yourself and look back through your work and pat yourself on the back!
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    I would wait the required month and book it in with your favourite mechanic - but that's just me.

    The fact that you are even considering doing this gets my respect!
     
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    Started the project this morning.
    Got the nacelle almost off before going to work. Along with using most of my daily curse word allotment.
    Will restart project when I get home tonight at midnight which also happens to be the time my supply of new daily curse words come in.....o_O
     
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    Well done for the night. Three hours in and she looks like this. 0E8FB687-358F-4B8E-8A8A-1303B295458D.jpeg

    Ran into my first issue:
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    Not quite sure the size or if it’s SAE or Metric.
    It’s been all metric and torques the whole time.
    So into town to purchase a socket, may even replace my torque wrench.
    Only used one curse word tonight, so I should have a ample supply in the morning.(must’ve had something to do with my little helper, Conor and the great 70’s music playing on the radio tonight.
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    believe this is dog for, “pop, it’s beer time”
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    will Bronze Member
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    30mm in case anyone is wondering the head-nut size. Good thing I had a antique caliper in the toolbox. Forgot I even had it;)
     
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    Connor knows best!
     
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    Going well @will

    Beer, dog and music will surely help!
     
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    Well the party ended! Got the triple tree installed only to find out that yes it shortens the rake, but only by moving it back more towards the tank.
    While installing the rear cover of the lighting nacelle did I discover that with the cover you only have about 1/2” between center and hitting the tank.
    So, off with new and back with the old along with back to the drawing board.
    Never really wanted to get rid of the Vintage, but may have to trade her for a Springfield. If it has the bigger engine and can get it in the green and cream that may be the best option.
     
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    Custom is the only likely way to get a Springfield to match your house.
     
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