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Dirt Bike Rebuild – HRC Honda Style part 2

1987 ( HRC )) Honda Cr 125r Build- part 2

The Tear down

hello again C2W fans,

Well here it is November the second, and it is time for the second part of the bike build. In a quick recap of the first part we have searched for our bike, found our bike, bought it, and now your home, and like a kid on Christmas morning, you want to rip it apart. Unlike a Christmas present with  wrapping paper, you don’t just want to rip your bike apart without taking a few things into perspective. This is how i go through a few of my steps while taking my bike apart, before I can build her back up on this dirt bike rebuild.

Taking your bike apart, 101

When you are tearing the bike apart, depending on how old, or new that your bike is, you should always remember a couple of things. You don’t want to just rip it down and have a bunch of scattered parts everywhere, and depending on how much you have broken down bikes before, you are probably not going to want to break the bike all apart and let it sit for a year and then try to put it together. I have also done this before. Unfortunately I waited too long on one of my projects and it became so discouraging to me that I just sold it in boxes, because I had too many parts scattered around, bolts and parts ended up who knows where. It was very overwhelming doing a restoration on a bike if you let it sit for too long and then try putting back together. Lets just say when you start a project like this keep moving forward.

Something else I have learned along the way, and I don’t know why I never did this before, but after putting all the bolts and nuts into a coffee can, and then trying to find the right spot for them to go back too, which by chance was an epic fail, I now put pretty much all the nuts and bolts back in it is place facing the way it came out. I can only assume on some of these bolts that the manufacture had a good reason for making the bolts face a certain way, and now i do it this way to save time, and a lot of aggravation.

Taking pictures saves you time in the end

Here is what I mean by this. You know the old saying, that a picture is worth a thousand words right. This is so true, when you are putting something back together. Let me explain how…

When you are finally putting your rebuild back together, there are going to be pauses where you are saying to yourself, how the heck was this piece going, or better yet how was this cable weaved through the bike to not get in the way of another piece of the puzzle. The best part about taking a bunch of pictures, and don’t be shy the more the merrier. Take pictures at every angle, and at all the stages of your tear down. One picture will not get those nooks that you might need to see into. The best part of taking pictures of the tear down, is when you are all said and done, now you can look back at all of these pictures and take pride in the before and after pictures of your hard word, and be proud of what you have done.

Problems along the way

O.K.  you know that nothing is perfect in life right, and if it was I would be off on an adventure somewhere warm and sunny, enjoying the high life. Unfortunately it is not, and I want to talk about problems that may arise as you break down your machine. One really in particular that gave me the most problems with. This also depends on how old your bike that you are working on is. The main bolt that holds the swing arm to the frame. All I can tell you is this, it was not moving at all, and I also want to tell you what not to do. Let me tell you the story of what not to do first. So there I was man and machine, who was going to win, well in this story it was not a happy ending for the man. Like I said the bolt was not moving, and it was stuck so good it would not turn, and be hit out with a hammer. I did some research on how other people had the same problem, and had some interesting ways of getting the bolt out. Unfortunately i did not have a press of any sorts. So the only one that I could try was holding a socket and try to hit it with a hammer. Well the hammer was not moving it at all either.

So me and my infinite wisdom, I decide to get my trusty sledge hammer out and see if that might be the equalizer that I needed. Well good for my wisdom, the bolt finally moved a little. By the way I sprayed this bolt with everything that I had in my tool box,  hoping that would help to loosen up. Well like I was saying man, and machine brought together for this special moment in time to share this common goal, and with one wack of the sledge I was thinking that my problem would be solved. So with everything I had, I swung up that sledge hammer and held the socket with my fingers, and you all know where I am going with this right. Yes I was that guy, the guy who crushed his thumb between a sledge hammer, and a frame. So after about four days later, I decided to use a set of pliers to hold on to the socket, and good news for me between that and the 4 days of a soaking bolt. The bolt finally was moving, and with that the bolt was out.

To keep things into perspective, I now think things through a little more these days, and give you the thumbs up on another job done. Just like a carpenter,  measure twice and cut once, or in my case hammer once.

All apart, now to figure out the color

Well as far as my research tells me, on looking at all the forums on rebuilding bikes, one in particular showed me that the color of the frame is going to be flash red, which actually looks like it should be called flash orange, and that being said, this color looks great when it is all done and has the rest of the bike around it. There are a lot of forums out there for you to search through and get some clarifications. So don’t be shy look and ask questions, it is the only way to know.


Well the good news is the bike is all apart, and now I can move on to painting the frame and getting it ready to start getting some parts back on to it. if you have any questions or comments on all that you have read please don’t hesitate, because without you and your comments and questions, it just stops with me, and that’s no fun. So get involved tell me your story, ask some questions.

Until next time, thank you for coming.

Mark @





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