Well it's obvious that I'm going to have to wait for my documents (I don't even have the torque data although I am only doing a dry fit now), but 2 more front end questions so that the day is not totally lost for me... where did you put the Timkin Steering Head Bearing, and regarding the angle you just mentioned... drilling angled holes makes sense to accomodate the additional rake, and I probably would have done the same thing you did had you not made mention of it, but with the extra rake, it seems like there is going to be a gap somewhere - either between the bottom of the 4-holed plate and the lower tree (which would not attach it completly to the tree) or between the top of the 4-holed plate and the fork stop (which it is designed to fit flush to). Does that make sense or do I just need to wait for the documentation? Right now, my stem does not come out of the bottom tree at a 90 degree angle (to give it the extra rake I assumed).
(it's been a long weekend. maybe I am losing it.)
Glad to hear another HCII builder is out there, welcome to the club and this thread. If you havent yet, start at the first post and work your way to the end, LOTS of helpful advice in them posts.
My kit came with 3 bearing and race sets I have not completed assembly so I can not address that question.
The fork lock base that is screwed to the top of the bottom tree will sit flush with the tree. The stem bolt should be at a 6 degree angle to the bottom tree, hence the 6degree rake of the forks. Because the stem is at 6 degrees, everything will line up flush with everything else. YES you need to drill and tap the holes for the fork stop at the 6 degrees or they will not sit right. I also kinda messed up the drilling and tapping but managed to scape by when I inlarged the counter sink holes.
Anything else, dont hesitate to ask, there are about 4 guys that have finished thier bikes in here, and a couple more working on one, and yet countless that are chomping at the bit to order, or have it delivered.