1975 Commando 850 restoration

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gortnipper, I read on another thread about your tip for removing rust from chrome bits. The tip about using crumpled aluminum foil and dish soap with water works really well. I used it on my chain guard with great results. Tried it on my kickstart and It worked pretty good but there is too much pitting to be satisfactory so I guess it's rechrome or replace. Thanks for the tip.
 
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I love to see shots of parts all shiny and clean.

You never know when one of your decent, well-framed, well-lit photos will be EXACTLY what somebody needed to see, to correct some flaw in their bike...
 

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...also, you never know when just ONE good photo will get somebody to FINALLY get off their duff and GET TO WORK on their poor, neglected Commando...
 

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I love to see shots of parts all shiny and clean.

You never know when one of your decent, well-framed, well-lit photos will be EXACTLY what somebody needed to see, to correct some flaw in their bike...
Thanks for the comments. The pictures were easy, the cleaning, priming and painting not so much.
 

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My disc brake rotors are rusty and look nasty. Can I have them turned to help with the appearance? Other than looking bad they appear to be serviceable.
 
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Some more progress on the disassembly. Wiring harness in the box. Man it's gonna be a fun time hooking that back up! Said nobody.
As the wires on the harness are at best over 45 years old, I would suggest obtaining a new harness, twill save you a lot of hassle later. Great rebuild, by the way.
 

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Make sure you check that the stantions you get have a laser etched p/n on the end under.the lower bush if you are ordering an A.N. set. There may be some.older ones about of suspect quality.

And get Jim Schmidt's Turcite fork bushings. Slippery goodness.
 

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Removed my clutch plates tonight. I don't really know what I'm looking for here but to me the steel plates seem to be a little off. Thoughts? Total thickness is 1.057 in. Is that within specs?20200615_200106-01.jpeg20200615_201836-01.jpeg20200615_205526-01.jpeg20200615_205826-01.jpeg
 
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Still trying to remove the primary, ugh! Can't get the alternator rotor off. It says in the workshop manual to take a couple of tire spoons and pop it off. I don't have any tire spoons so I used two big screwdrivers and it didn't even budge. Squirted some penetrating oil on the area last night and will try again today. Any ideas?
 
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