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All the pictures and full descriptions are on my blog but here is the nearly finished product of 8 months of work. grand total of investment under $800.00 needs some minor finishing touches to make it street legal but its come a long way since I loaded it in the back of my truck 2 days after christmas
 

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its look real good man keep up the work
 

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Thanks, I am 3/4 of the way through rebuilding the forks. seals are pressed in and just need the c clips from the dealer and the fork oil then i just have to wire up the front brake light switch and i'll be done! there is nothing left on the bike that hasn't been gone through, redone or replaced.
 

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Thanks, I am 3/4 of the way through rebuilding the forks. seals are pressed in and just need the c clips from the dealer and the fork oil then i just have to wire up the front brake light switch and i'll be done! there is nothing left on the bike that hasn't been gone through, redone or replaced.
 

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sweet sounds like a ride is in order if you come down this way i will hook you up with a bbg or something like that
 

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got the forks painted, sealed and installed after work today. used atf instead of fork oil and set the air pressure to about 12psi in the forks. front feels perfect. no leaks. might need to adjust the front brake cuz i can hear it drag a little bit but its SO close to being done i can taste it! gotta buff the rear fender, burn in some welds like on the license plate bracket that these pictures don't really show.
 

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got the forks painted, sealed and installed after work today. used atf instead of fork oil and set the air pressure to about 12psi in the forks. front feels perfect. no leaks. might need to adjust the front brake cuz i can hear it drag a little bit but its SO close to being done i can taste it! gotta buff the rear fender, burn in some welds like on the license plate bracket that these pictures don't really show.
 

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didn't have any handy. was really anxious to put it all together. the atf worked surprisingly well. i do think i have an air leak. i let the bike sit for an hour and i lost a few psi. none of the fittings have teflon seal so i will soap test it later and seal where ever it leaks from.
 

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I got a little hand pump. the kind you put air in bicycle tires. i checked a all 4 fittings and 3 of them were loose. its amazing that you can never find a 14mm wrench when you need one. its the only one in my set missing. i had to use an adjustable so i couldnt get to the one that ties the forks together very well. I still didn't soap test them. i'll probably do that tomorrow after we get home from the wifes grandparents house. granma is a kick ass sewer so i'm gonna ask her to stitch some red threading on some white viynl. i ended up cutting the seat down about 3/4 of the foam out. sits better now so i'll just have to cover it
 

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got about 1/2 way done with the seat. shaved it down, smoothed it out, covered it with white viynl and tucked and stapled it. i have to take it apart to have my wifes granma sew the insert in. its a raised spade with 2 layers of extra dense foam backing it to cause it to raise above the seat. then i;ll glue it in place to the existing foam. i had to add another bolt for the front to keep the whole seat from rocking back. here it is now.
 

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new picture i took of the front end on level ground this morning. i'm a little worried that the motor is pitched back too far. a guy i work with who builds bikes said it shouldn't be a problem.



9/9: edit. i dropped the front forks about an inch. leveled the motor. i think i'll rake it later if the ride is too touchy after its done.
 

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just adding to this thread cuz its where all my pictures are stored more or less. Heres how the bike looks after a quick rinse off in the driveway to get rid of 30 years of leaking oil/ fuel and grime.
 

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its looking real good man its really going to turn a lot of heads when its done thats for sure
 

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Danny came over this morning and we finished welding the exhaust. i decided to cut the pipes down even more because every time i tried to get on the bike i would kick the pipes. so its all welded together and welded to the h-box. we fired it up buy hooking it up to my charger (the car, kind of ironic huh) started it up and it started blowing out all the carbon build up in the h box. it blew out all the slag in the pipes so we got away from the back of the pipes, at idle it was loud but when i twisted the throttle danny grabbed his ear. after i shut it off he said it actually hurt his ear. i'm going to get a decibel meter and see how loud is loud. but its sexy as hell and louder than any other bike i have ever heard. new pictures. the front caliper is off because i have to replace the pads and rotor which is when i'll reattach the speedometer.
 

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holy crap i love the look bro if you do come down here make sure its on a wednesday that way you can take it to our bike night here that thing is sick did you ever figure out your rough idle and other problems??
 

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holy crap i love the look bro if you do come down here make sure its on a wednesday that way you can take it to our bike night here that thing is sick did you ever figure out your rough idle and other problems??


yeah the idle problem was a pretty funny one. while it was running i could feel air pressure coming from the underside toward the air pods. turned out since the exhaust was tucked under the bike to exit the right side it had a huge gap between the tacks. the exhaust gases were being sucked into the intake. so i made my own egr system that was causing it to run like crap. that has gone away now the pipes are fully welded. i'm letting the battery charge overnight on the trickle charger and while its running i'm going to make sure the charging system is working to keep the battery charged, if thats not working then i will have officially had to fix EVERY system on this bike. i won't be suprised if its not working but i'll be thrilled if it is. i still need new front brake pads and a rotor. then its off for license and insurance. then i'll work on getting up to kingman. that will be a brutal ride on a rigid with shorted straight pipes, but i'm actually looking forward to it.
 

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well bro if you do make it up here i would let you crash out here that way you can rest a little your butt before turning around and heading back
 
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