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BikeMaster CR125M Rebuild | Part 4

BikeMaster CR125M Rebuild | Part 4
By Bikemaster January 10, 2020
Above: The wheels were showing its age with some serious corrosion and rust.

Our CR125M project needed the wheels completely rebuilt. Hubs needed sanding and repainting, spokes needed replacing and new bearings, from Vintco, needed to be installed. As daunting as it seems to re-lace a wheel, it is not rocket science. Yes, there is an art to trueing the wheel but if you take your time and be consistent with your spoke adjustments, they true up rather nicely. The BikeMaster Wheel Balancer (151965) is a must for truing wheels. Since we do not make a habit of re-lacing wheels, we like to use small pieces of masking tape to hold the spokes in place while we fit the rim into position. This little trick makes it easier to install the nipples without fighting the spokes moving out of shape.

We found a nice, straight, correct year swingarm that just needed sanding and a coat of paint to bring it back to its original shiny state. The internet makes finding missing parts so much easier for these old project bikes. We reached out to Progressive Suspension for our rear suspension needs and they bolted right up. Before slapping the wheels on the bike, we installed new brake shoes from BikeMaster. It is amazing the wide range of applications available.

We now have a rolling chassis and this always brings a smile to our faces. Our project has turned the corner from a pile of parts on the floor to something that definitely looks like a bike. Every project has its milestones that help escalates your motivation. Now that our project is a roller, we can now turn our attention to the fuel tank and body components. We can envision more sandpaper in the near future!

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The hubs were sanded smooth and painted. New spokes were ordered to replace the old, nasty spokes.

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Final wheel assembly with new bearings installed.

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Front wheel installed and our project is starting to resemble a bike.

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A stock swingarm was located, and a new set of Progressive Suspension shocks installed.

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Finally, a rolling chassis emerges!

Look for part 5 of the BikeMaster CR125M Rebuild coming soon.

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