Got my wheels back all painted today thanks to Aaron Walker. Bearings, kush drive rubbers, and tires… and the Monster Project will enter roller phase! These things are much like my tank, it’s hard to enjoy their true glory without seeing them in person. Check out the close ups to see the prism flake that matches my tank! YEEHAW! SPARKLES!
What do you think when you hear the word ‘kush’? Well, a lot of things come to mind- none of which are little rubber devils of epic immovability. That is what I came to think of my Monsters kush drive rubbers. They refused to be dislodged! I sense a theme for the Monster Project…
Anthony at Bridge City Cycles and his guys took a crack at it, I used a giant slide hammer at MotoCorsa, Kevin Lake (one of our Master Techs) gave it a quick go, and Miles English (our parts guy) also went at ‘em. No budge without dremmeling or drilling.
So, dealing with the wheels turned out to be more of a hassle than I thought- as it always happens with the Monster Project. I got the runaround from different shops about how much getting my wheels stripped would be… no one would just tell me where they take their wheels to get stripped in Portland. A couple people told me they shipped them out of the city. Wtf? Finally, after going to a place that said they could do it… a kind gentleman that worked there told me I should save myself the time and go straight to the source. American Metal Cleaning on Vancouver Ave. It was the that easy.
So then came the task of pulling my bearings (another thing I neglected to realize). Yes, I am obviously totally new to this. But hey! I did it!
Powdercoat preparation time for the Monster Project. Even though I had so many things mapped out in my head, it always takes longer to do once you’re in it. Similar to me taking off my rear shock and taking the swing arm apart. Oh it’s just a few bolts, right… RIGHT?! WRONG… so wrong.
Combine the fact that this bike was somewhat neglected and abused before I got it with the reality that I’m still learning as I go… it took me like 2 hours. I started at almost 12am (blame my insomnia). Needless to say I was tired as hell the next day at work. It started with Heath dropping off my frame, all tail chopped and with new steering stops.