1966 BMW R69S Restoration: July 1999 [page 3]

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1999 July 31 (Saturday)

Paul surprised me at Joe’s this morning with spacers of varying thickness. Time to mount the front swing-arm.

Front swing-arm
Front swing-arm installed

Front swing-arm installed

Front swing-arm installed
Front shocks installed

Front shocks installed

Front shocks installed

The first combination of spacers I used fit, but I couldn’t get the pre-load on the bearings right. The second combination was a bit harder to assemble as it was about .2 mm thicker. Once together, though, it tightened down nicely. The second picture shows the shocks mounted to the swing-arm.

Front fender
Front fender

Front fender

Front fender
Front fender

Front fender

Front fender

The only hard part about mounting the front fender was remembering which way the front brace went. A quick perusal of some earlier pictures was needed to refresh my memory.

Front fender brace
Fender brace/swing-arm close-up

Fender brace/swing-arm close-up

Fender brace/swing-arm close-up
Front fender at rear of swing-arm

Front fender at rear of swing-arm

Front fender at rear of swing-arm

The first picture is a close up of the mounting. The stainless steel hardware looks great, especially the SS pinch-bolt. The second picture shows the end of the swing-arm axle. The axle nut is not normally chromed, but why not? The rubber plugs were good enough to re-use.

Headlight bucket mounting ears
headlight bucket mounting ear

headlight bucket mounting ear

headlight bucket mounting ear
One ear installed

One ear installed

One ear installed
Both ears installed

Both ears installed

Both ears installed

The previous owner had recently replaced the headlight mounting ear rubber so it was in good shape. I am using stainless steel hardware, though. I installed one, then the other. Looking good.

 

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