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Re: Another leader build

Post by gearhead1951 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 4:39 am

Yeah , take look at a Kiwi leafer ! There is always a rebound leaf installed !

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Re: Another leader build

Post by hansgoudzwaard » Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:25 pm

yona wrote:I looked ....you just need a top leaf,, cut from another spring, the same length as the leaf, under the eye leaf .
Good eyeballs Yona.

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Re: Another leader build

Post by kheaton » Sun Apr 14, 2013 8:44 pm

I have the rebound spring, just haven't put in in yet because the bolts holding the spring are too short. Been meaning to buy longer ones for about a month now and you just reminded me!

Just started machining the rockers today. I'm using a buddy's mill so I may not get to finish them until next weekend. Don't really want to ask to use it after work, can't be greedy with borrowed mill time. Almost done though!

Ken

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Re: Another leader build

Post by yona » Sun Apr 14, 2013 9:16 pm

You are farther ahead than I am.... ; ))))
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Re: Another leader build

Post by kheaton » Wed May 01, 2013 10:25 pm

Still not done! I must say I have a new respect for all you machinist out there. I spent hours over the weekend trying to mill my rockers from solid 1" stock. Didn't even get close before I gave up. This was on my buddies Bridgeport. I have since cut new rockers from 1/2" bar and will make them that way.

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Re: Another leader build

Post by curt » Thu May 02, 2013 8:14 pm

i know what you mean
ever notice when you hit somethin or someone with a hammer you feel instantly better

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Re: Another leader build

Post by rudog » Fri May 03, 2013 10:33 am

There's alot to milling before you ever get to turning two handles at the same time. Same principle as working wood to a scribed line, but 1" is ALOT!!!

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Re: Another leader build

Post by kheaton » Fri Jun 14, 2013 9:44 pm

The leafer is done but I goofed a measurement somewhere and only left 4.18" between the narrowest point on the rockers and my hub won't fit. Not only will mine not fit, I haven't found one that will and allow me to run disc brakes. Thought about drum on front but every one I've checked is too wide. I did find a Hallcraft/Airheart setup that would fit but everything I've read on them basically says its a brake to say you have a brake and doesn't work good. Not really comfortable riding without front brakes.

All is not lost though. I'm still looking for a hub and it will go on another bike. I must say even though I haven't ridden with the leafer, it was extremely satisfying to see it on the bike.

Ken

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Re: Another leader build

Post by Jeff L » Sat Jun 15, 2013 4:43 pm

Where do You think the Measurement is off?I just checked Mine, & with the Forks at 8" centers & running the Rockers on the outside, I have 9" between my Rockers.
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Re: Another leader build

Post by kheaton » Sat Jun 15, 2013 11:53 pm

Jeff L wrote:Where do You think the Measurement is off?I just checked Mine, & with the Forks at 8" centers & running the Rockers on the outside, I have 9" between my Rockers.
Not sure yet. I was a little confused with the plans. On one page there was a thrust washer on each side of the rocker and on another page it appeared to only have one on one side. I put one on both. I have the rockers on the inside, if I put them on the outside the axle will bottom out on the rear leg. Working from the inside out I have: the bolt head, flat washer, thrust washer, rocker, thrust washer, lower leg. Measuring from bolt head to bolt head I only have 4.18.

I have an ironhead disc wheel that fits but its a 19" and I built it for a 21". I looked for a used one on a 21" for weeks but no luck and a new one is high as giraffe ears.

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Re: Another leader build

Post by gww25 » Tue Mar 11, 2014 1:34 pm

I know this is a really old post but I need to clarify that the motion of the axle on a leafer is always 'upwards' therefore the axle can never 'bottom out' on the rear legs unless the builder makes a horrible mistake with their rocker design geometry.

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Re: Another leader build

Post by kheaton » Thu Mar 13, 2014 5:47 pm

gww25 wrote:I know this is a really old post but I need to clarify that the motion of the axle on a leafer is always 'upwards' therefore the axle can never 'bottom out' on the rear legs unless the builder makes a horrible mistake with their rocker design geometry.
I understand. Jeff mentioned putting the rockers on the outside to make room for my hub. I put them outside without the wheel or spring legs mounted and when I rotated the rockers, the axle hit the legs. I have no idea if this would have happened with everything put together.

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