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petary791



Joined: 11 Nov 2008
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Location: East Lansing and Grosse Pointe, MI

PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 12:42 pm    Post subject: Trimming Bushings  Reply with quote

My Mistress should be here Friday, and I'm pretty much ready to mount it all.  I have the Tracker for the back with Red and Yellow Khiro, the Bennett for hte front, but currently I'm running white bottom and orange top, and I'd like to shove a white cone on the bottom too.  How should I cut this?  I tried scissors (hey, I'm at college and I don't have much access to things) with no avail.  I'll be home in a week though, and will then have access to powertools and saws etc.  Thank you for your help.
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jat.



Joined: 28 Jan 2008
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Location: Norway, the realm of crappy weather

PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm guessing this might be of help to you
http://lowtiderides.blogspot.com/...de-rides-how-to-cast-bushing.html
Granted you're somewhere with more equipment than scissors.
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pavedwave



Joined: 22 Oct 2007
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Location: seattle wa usa

PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cool link~  smart guy, wearing a mask.  shaving urethane, always good to have lots o' ventilation and save those brain cells.  

spinning and sanding is definitely the most common and easy way to pull this off.  

another way, not so much reshaping, but just to bring down the height of a cone or barrel -- is to melt them a bit either on a hot plate, or using a torch.   this also kicks up toxic urethane fumes, so again, do this in a very open space and don't go freebasing the fumes!
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LDPanda



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Location: Seattle, WA

PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used a VERY sharp serrated knife to cut down my white barrel/cone combo. I lined it up against the stock bennett bottom bushing and cut it freehand. Its a little ugly, but very functional. Next time I do this, I will glue the cut side of the barrel to the cone and have the smooth side against the hangar, rather than the other way around.
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petary791



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Location: East Lansing and Grosse Pointe, MI

PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I got a Dremel for Christmas, so it's time to put this baby to work.  I'll wait to do it outside though methinks.  Anyone know how much exactly I need to shave off?
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LDPanda



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I assume youre talking about shaving a Khiro barrel/barrel or barrel/cone combo to fit a Bennett stock bottom bushing? If thats the case, you can try lining them up side-by-side and drawing a line on it, thats what I did. Frankly, if youre off by a mm or two, it wont make any difference, bushings change size more than that just by riding them. Also, you definitely dont want to breathe urethane fumes, use that dremel outside.  Smile

edit: i also picked up a dremel recently, heres a few fun projects if you find yourself bored:

Polish the hangar where it swivels around the kingpin (sorry idk what that parts called)

Polish the pivot point, where the hangar meets the pivot cup.

Use longer hardware and cut it all down to perfect size (only recommended if you have your wedging set up the way you like it)

Make fun toestops Smile

Anyhoo, just a quick list of the things ive been doing with my dremel to kill time.
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petary791



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wussed out and ended up using a really sharp knife.  It's not the cleanest cut in the world but it works.  I'll probably end up cleaning it up with the Dremel.

LDPanda, sounds fun!  Why polish though?  I'm really stoked to try my Dremel out.
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Alec



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Location: Woking, Surrey, U.K.

PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LDPanda wrote:


...the hangar where it swivels around the kingpin (sorry idk what that parts called)



I believe it's known as the "Bog Seat"

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LDPanda



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

petary791 wrote:
LDPanda, sounds fun!  Why polish though?  I'm really stoked to try my Dremel out.


Minor imperfections in the hangar over time cause excessive wear in your pivot cup and on the kingpin and bushings. Its not essential by any means, but if you have extra time and feel like playing with the dremel, its not a bad idea. I used one of the soft cotton disks and the polishing compund my set came with, but there might be better ways.
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Drybones



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I put an hourglass bushing that came stock in my RTS on a kingpin, wedged it into place with some other bushings and chucked the whole thing up in a cordless drill.  Put it on high speed and used a jigsaw blade to slowly slice through.  Now I have a tiny little cone to add to my khiro barrel, which added together equal the exact height of stock bennett bottom!   Cool

What I might try next is cutting or sanding down a tall orange venom cone if it doesn't fit on top of my bennett.  Have you guys found sanding soft bushings to be effective?
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Drybones



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's an update.  I found that sanding that orange cone by hand was not going to happen.  So I chucked it up in that drill and used a saw blade to sort of lathe it down into the correct height.

Also, I found that bennetts do in fact eat venoms.  I recently wrapped most of the kingpin in a layer of electrical tape to at least prevent the threads from slicing the bushings.  I am interested to find out how this improves the lifespan of bushings up front.
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Drybones



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yet another update.  The electric tape seems to have been working, as my custom venom has taken almost no additional wear from rubbing on the threads.  I remember seeing a thread where someone had fit some tubing or something over the KP and ended up with the same results, but I doubt a venom would fit nicely over tubing.
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stej



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very late to the game here.. Smile
I tried to cover the threads with epoxy and then after it was cured sanded it.
Sanded to remove the extra parts and also because the bushings where squeaking.

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