Like I said the bike is cruddy and lots and lots of cleaning ensued. I didn’t want to repeat the mistake of not cleaning the parts as they come off the bike like last year. I ended up being too stoked to get the bike back together and did a so-so job on the cleaning. This time around I’m going down the Nazi route and meticulously cleaning everything as they come off the bike. So now I have shelves of nice, clean parts.
Taking the bike apart was a lot easier this time around. Obviously because it’s now a familiar process. The main thing though is that I replaced most of the bolts last year and took care to copper slip all critical stuff. Removing the down pipes was a job that I dreaded before, having read all the horror stories of snapped bolts etc on the Org. This time around it was a two minute job. Everything just came out so smoothly, using a small ratchet. Copper slip!
Right now the down pipes, collector and link pipes are ready to be shipped off for coating. Black, black, black.