kdotlowe

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  1. Honda CL175 from hell.

    I'm lucky enough to have a friend who just purchased an ultrasonic cleaner. Cleaned a whole lot of small bits including the original carbs. I should've taken before & after shots, but it did a bloody good job of making everything look like new again.
  2. Honda CL175 from hell.

    Headlight fitted thanks to a friend who has access to a water cutter. Bracket still needs to be painted but it's got me excited for how the whole build is coming together.
  3. Honda CL175 from hell.

    New year, new motivation. Bike now has power. Need to find a suitable battery that will fit the little space I have left. Also found a place where I can hide a coil. The coil wont fit in the original position due to the new tank. Just need to whip together a little mount or drill another mounting hole. Next plan is to get the new air filters, coil and wire the ignition. That should be the bare minimum I need to get the bike running...
  4. Honda CL175 from hell.

    Been a little slow on the updates but I've been painting, polishing and reassembling while I procrastinate finishing the wiring. Pretty stoked with how she's looking.
  5. Honda CL175 from hell.

    Eletcronics tray all folded out of steel. Now just need to source a battery and I'm a ready to run all the wiring.
  6. Honda CL175 from hell.

    Awesome! I'll keep that in mind @SOHC. Cheers!
  7. Honda CL175 from hell.

    @SOHC it's this one here: https://www.ebay.com/itm/232418635440 Keep in mind I haven't tested it yet. But I hear good things.
  8. Honda CL175 from hell.

    Oh yeah, also bought (another) distraction. 1979 XL100s. Was so cheap I couldn't say no.
  9. Honda CL175 from hell.

    Yeah mine are from MMC also. That's good to know! Did you use the same gauge wire to run to the lighting? Or did you step up to a larger one? The wires are tiny! Rad. That's the result I'm hoping for. Haven't actually received my headlight yet... I think it's a 55w one however.
  10. Honda CL175 from hell.

    Yeah looking at it last night, I think this will be my only option also. Relay for horn and highbeam, and have the main headlight switch on with ignition. LED indicators should be sweet through the switches I think.
  11. Honda CL175 from hell.

    New bits! Including possibly the tiniest switch block ever. Not sure how to wire up the ridiculously small wires or if they'll even handle the right amperage. But hey. They look good.
  12. Honda CL175 from hell.

    Making a start on the part that I've been dreading most - wiring. I've never scratch built a loom before so I'm still getting my head around understanding the original wiring diagram and creating my own to suit my needs. These old Honda Twins have pretty shitty charging systems that only charge above a certain RPM or when the headlights are on (I think). Decided to change out the rectifier to a rectifier/regulator which will allow the battery to be charging at all RPMs. $11 unit from a lawnmower which is a common upgrade on these 175s. Just need to bridge 2 wires and then it will plug n play just like the old one! Starting to mock up an electronics tray to keep everything tidy. Making sure everything fits. Still need to fit a flasher relay in there, but I'll make it work. The standard loom only had one main fuse but I'm going to run the ignition/lighting/main/aux all of their own fuse. Mint! Now to make it out of sheet metal.
  13. 98cc's BSA Bantam racer build, FINISHED

    Goddamn that's amazing. Well done!
  14. Honda CL175 from hell.

    How the bike is currently sitting.
  15. Honda CL175 from hell.

    Managed to wrangle the engine into the frame tonight, bloody stoked! No photos as my garage has rubbish lighting, but will update once I get a proper look in the daylight. One problem however. After test fitting the tank I've found that my relocated petcock now fouls the headbolts. It needs to be moved about 50mm back down the length of the tank. Anyone a fabricator/welder who'd be keen to give me a hand?