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bikiniwinner2006
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Posted on Sun, Nov 22, 2009 06:05

My husband and i recently divorced after his dumb a$$ got thrown in jail, before finishing the small project on my bike, my cam bushing went out, and he replaced it with all new parts for a 77 he was intending on building, however he custom cut that cover for his bike and not realizing it before it was on. The back brake has no where to attach! lol my question is....Can a brakeline be ran from my handbrake for the back brake beings i hardley ever used it anyway or should i have it put somewhere else wich will be more of a financial obligation, and if it can be done how safe is it? will it affect anything at all to do it that way ?

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Trudy Lee

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Posted on Thu, Jan 20, 2011 20:52

Check on-line for parts. I found this, U-0101 PRIMARY COVER. RIBBED STEEL. CHROME. Since they accept Pay Pal, any transaction will be guarantee safe or your money back. If you were in Sac I would offer to help, otherwise send me the Airline ticket to and fro, pick me up and drop me off at the Airport, and you got a wrench for the weekend. ;)


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Posted on Tue, Jan 11, 2011 15:57

you know thats a thought, but it will take someone to to that sorta thing, so instead of paying to half ass it ill just buy the right parts and do it the right way, have had tons of ideas passed down but im also a new rider and a women with kids so if im gonna do it te safe way i might as well go ahead and spend the money and just not bother paying someone to weld and attach it elswhere which someone else told me will eventualy cause the frame to weaken and rust over time i also found some aditional problems with finding a motor mount screw missing and others loose, im just gonna tear it down and spend the time he didnt spend with me to show me how to work on it, so it will benefit me in the long run


Trudy Lee

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Posted on Tue, Jan 11, 2011 15:48

Thanks i have a guy here who deals in antiques and will just replace out the right cover for me when im ready a lil pricey and i will learn to to do it myself if i find someone with the patience to show me how to deal with it incase of later issues , i can at least have a lil more knowledge than get on and ride lol thanks


Trudy Lee

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Posted on Tue, Jan 11, 2011 15:38

well u know the old saying , assume makes an as out of me and u lmao!, i still havent done anything with it and she still needs to be fixed , however i decided with all on my plate , i will just replace that cover and get rid of the 77 custom cut and do it the right way i hope to have or find someone to help me do it and be done by spring, that way i have time to work on all th issues and have the money to do it the right way., i did actualy hear the exact same thing as you said and thats why i shy'd away from it , im a new rider and i dont want to chance t as i am all i my kids have .,.thanks for taking the time to read it though!

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Posted on Sun, Feb 07, 2010 06:02

I assume you found a solution by now. I'm curious to know what you came up with. If it was me, and I didn't have the money to properly replace the sidecover and reinstall the brake pedal and line, I would just ride without the rear brake. At best only 20% to 30% of stopping is performed by the rear brake, and that is at best. Slicing the rear brake line into the front brake controls [line] is a very very bad idea. Under NO circumstances would I ever do that because the rear wheel will lock up whenever you brake hard. If both lines were sliced together and the rear wheel locks, the only way to free it up would be ease-up your braking, which would probably mean that you would hitting what ever you were braking for, or run off the road, or crash because the rear tire lost grip and slide out. A lot of sport-bike rides don't even use their rear brakes while riding hard on the street.


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Posted on Fri, Jan 01, 2010 23:01

i think it would be better to put it back on the frame the wy it should be ,is safer


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Posted on Fri, Dec 04, 2009 20:03

it is possible to use the front brake master cylinder for the rear brake, but I would not recommend it...for safety reasons, it really is best to have control of both front and rear brake.... I think the afore mentioned idea of forward controls may be your best bet


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Posted on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 14:00

You should consider forward controls as a quick, easy fix. You can peruse craigslist or ebay for a pair of used that should be fairly reasonable. There's also a shop here in Austin called Bud's that specializes in parts, new and used for older scoots. Short of that I'd consider trying to locate a good used cam cover. I may be able to help with that is you exhaust all your options.


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Posted on Wed, Nov 25, 2009 19:29

I would mount it elsewhere.



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