Suspension for the $100 Honda. The CL125A fork tubes were heavily rusted so I fished around and found a pair of '73 CB200 legs for a great price of $50 (I still owe you Jack) and in my stash of stuff a nice pair of barely used Koni shocks with appropriate springs that were only 1/4 inch longer than the frozen up CL125A pogo sticks. A good start.
Making them fit. The CB forks are the later type that need a fork crown with pinch bolts to secure the tubes. So back to eBay to find compatible parts. The offset on the later fork crowns is a little different so the CL underbracket would not work. I came up with an SL175 underbracket that matched a CB crown and I thought I was in business. Wrong! It seems that the pressed steel model frames use a steering stem tube that is 25mm longer than the ones on the tube frame bikes. How to fix it? Well you could grind the weld on the CL125A bracket and press out the stem or you could cut a section of it 25mm longer than a section from the SL tube an weld them together. I wanted to go with the first method but the top diameter of the CL tube was 1mm smaller than the SL so that the crown would need a thin bushing to fit up snugly. Since I had already cut out both tubes my friend Chuck was able to take the bottom section of the CL tube and the top section of the SL and weld then together with a slug in the middle to provide strength and the proper alignment. Triple trees done.
The forks legs themselves were in good shape with just a blown seal on the right side and even the rubber gaiters are in fine shape. After an easy disassembly, cleanup, new seals and 5oz. of some ancient Yamalube 10wt fork oil each from my shelf they are ready to go. So here's that painted frame? Wish my painter would call me back