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  1. Bit more progress today. Made up some bracketry to mount my generic electric fans to the slam panel, ahead of the ae86 rad. Really fiddly getting them to sit right against the rad without attaching them directly to it, but got there in the end. Even managed to modify the original kp radiator clamps to hold it all in place, pleasing. Also wrapped the exhaust manifold. Needs a bit more wrapping, but waiting for some more steel ties to turn up.
  2. Okay, long overdue an update. Rust patches were sorted by the inimitable @Goat several months ago, sweet! Gearbox mount came together a couple of weeks ago, pretty pleased with it: Exhaust got some love last weekend. Please excuse horribad welds, I'm still new. Got a sweet new shirt: Also got a full set of nolathane bushes. Here's me downstairs bush collection: Rad mountings are also sorted, hurrah! Waiting on a brake kit from MRP, excite. Getting there now!
  3. Bike starts, runs, changes gear, and stops. Lights all seem to work, so I'm calling that 'about done' for now. Just need to get my license...
  4. So I got a bit behind with the thread, oops. Just going to do a bit of a photodump catchup: New braided brake line. Serviced front caliper with new piston and a seal kit at the same time. New repro carb diaphragms. This has twin Keihin CV carbs, and one of the diaphragms was split (pretty common problem apparently). Ran miles better after swapping these in. Had a crack at condensing all the electronics down into an under-seat box. Tiny gel battery means that the original battery tray (which was incomplete anyway) was unecessary. Got carried away. Also converted to blade fuses with some AliExpress goodies. Has gear, hurrah! Despite the stealth electronics box, I wasn't quite happy with the side profile. Had to keep factory airbox as apparently the CV carbs have a mare if you run them on pods, so the whole area was a little cluttered. Only had one side panel and it was damaged, so decided to make some simple ones up out of sheet to cover it up a bit. Pretty happy with that.
  5. Bit overdue an update on this. JDM tyte. Finished the seat, not got any pictures of the underside but it fits up pretty well now. Just need to put the strap and buckles back on (ooh err). Popped the front end back together just to see how it would look, then back apart to get the bastard engine back in. Engine got a bit of a spruce while it was out, but nothing drastic. Back end will go together this week (hopefully). Waiting on carb diaphragms before they go back on. Started tapping a thread into my new right hand control yesterday to thread the throttle cable sleeve into, but the bastard aluminium cracked. Not particularly pleased about that, but have managed to transplant the internals into the old hand control housing for now. Pretty pleased with progress overall.
  6. One of the bits of this I've been putting off is dealing with the original seat pan. It was the worst part of the bike - the sponge in the seat must have been holding damp against it for a long time as it was junk: Finally motivated myself to bend a new one up. Getting the shape done was easy enough, but getting all the bracket mounting points at the right relative heights was a pain in the ain. Close enough. Excuse the wet paint, just tarted it up for the photo. Still needs some rubbers (lol) installed to allow it to rest nicely on the frame. Also need to rivet the cover on. Way better than it was though. Only needs to be good enough for a bit of use and a re-reg, then it'll get replaced with that Ali seat I posted earlier. Had some little bits and bobs arrive from Dime City Cycles today, pleased! They will appear later on.
  7. Bravo, that's some good unbolting. I think I'll leave it for now, not sure my nerves could withstand the aforementioned moment of panic...
  8. Had the same issue with Megan's, was hanging off of it with a rattle gun and no dice. Seemed to start twisting the bolt with 2 breaker bars so gave up. How did you budge yours in the end?
  9. Wibbly woobly
  10. Sweet unicycle dude, any progress with the engine? P.s nice watanabe
  11. Search "cafe racer seat", there's loads of them!
  12. Dents add character, dents are good. Edit: you should see the bad side.
  13. Seat arrived today, thanks AliExpress! Not going to be attached for a while (until after its rereged anyway), but I couldn't help mocking it up.