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I am starting this thread because I don't want to thread jack "cafe build". I am goin to get some pictures of how I got my battery and all electronics under the seat and out of site. Feel free to talk about that kind of batteries u have used and how u mounted them.
 

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here is what i did for my gl500. I have it put together rough right now and wanted to test it to make sure it works before i make it all nice. 900 miles so far and all good.



how she sits now



















crap i forgot the picture of the battery i am using right now. It is a fully sealed battery for a fire alarm system. its a 12V-7.2ah. 2.5wide x3.5high. i have a ton of these batteries is anyone wants them. 40.00 per battery. the only thing that is tricky is attachment to the + and -. they are little tabs. the best thing that i have found is srewing everything down with washers works the best. I will get pictures to show everyone if they are interested.
 

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Just noticed your feet in the pic. 9/10 pics include peoples feet.


I just got these and didnt offer to the group because i didnt think there was a want for them. also, im not 100% sure on the how to hook them up. The way i have mine works good so far but looks like boogers. I think you went the good way. hows that exhaust comin...
 

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i just totally bit your idea for battery placement on my project. i'm not doing a cafe i'm doing a bobber/chopper. but i never even considered turning the battery on its side. thank you for saving me an couple more hours with a grinder and a porta power to get the battery in the location i originally chose.
 

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Looks good, I just bought a Gel Cell battery, for my Chopper CX. Can be mounted sideways, upside down etc, like yours. Wanted to keep the "hole" empty, where the air box was.



Good batteries, better shelf life, hold power longer if you don't ride every day.
 

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I used the space to fit a bigger battery








I will be making a nice alloy box with dimpled holes in it though to set it off better than just a plain battery.



Cheers

Steve
 

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Steve I really like ur bike. I really like that color too. What happened to the battery lcated under the bike.
 

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Steve I really like ur bike. I really like that color too. What happened to the battery lcated under the bike.


I never had it under the bike, when the temps got real cold here in winter the bike was hard to start so I went with a bigger than stock battery which sorted it out just fine.



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I used the space to fit a bigger battery








I will be making a nice alloy box with dimpled holes in it though to set it off better than just a plain battery.



Cheers

Steve


Steve, very nice bike tasteful. Re: Your battery, just like the Rollling Stones said > paint it black. Over the winter months (Stateside) I'm going with a Lithium battery they're tiny. As a general rule I usually go for "mass centralization". Move any mass towards the center of gravity, helps with quicker handling.

Cheers, 50gary
 

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Need4steed, I love the tank. I'd do it to mine this winter, but I'm afraid I'd screw it up
maybe if I can get my hands on a spare tank I'll try
 

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Need4steed, I love the tank. I'd do it to mine this winter, but I'm afraid I'd screw it up
maybe if I can get my hands on a spare tank I'll try


Its really easy to do. All you have to do is make a template out of cardboard and then trace it onto the tank. One hint, just make it a bit smaller than you want to account for the metal bending/and or a messup. The key is to do small hits and start in the middle and work your way out. it will take about 30 min a side, but you cant go smashing the crap out of it. You have to tease the metal with small hits.







in this one you can see the knee dents better and i made handle bar dents too. you can see them at the front of the tank.





This winter i am going to bondo the small dents/hammer marks and make it smooth as a babies behind. But dont be afraid of doing it.
 
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