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On 08/03/2020 at 11:08, Kimjon said:

I'll give it some absorption time, and come back to it later if I still like the idea?

 

Maybe you could get another tank and have one with a sight tube and one without and play swap about when you fee like it?

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Is it steep enough to run the tube underneath the tank up close to the frame? 

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Yes, but weirdly I like the look of it. Kind of an old school look, like you'd see on early industrial machines. 

But yeah, I can appreciate why others would not.

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The mail just keeps turning up. Ordered this a week ago from the USA and boom, in my letterbox today.

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Not 100% sure on the black, I kind of like my oldschool "coke bottle" grips. But it's an easy thing to change. 

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No fucking around then...

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First thing I noticed was cheap Philips head machine screws. Wtf...who does that.

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You would think there's something in here that would fit. But no, not only are they cheap shitty Philips heads, they are cheap shitty god dam imperial Philips heads...cunts! Fuck you America...fuck you and you cunty perseverance with an antiquated measurement system...

Anyways, rant over. And installation was reasonably straightforward. I had to drill out the shoulder on one of the cable bosses to get it to fit, but other than that it basically bolted on like you'd expect it too.

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Looks okay, probably preferred the brown grips? But not losing sleep over it.

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Those machine screws offended me so much, I hunted through every container of random bolts I have until finally finding some 6/88875" or whatever the fuck they are cap head screws.

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Thank fuck for that.

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Tig welding like a boss!

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Doing this because everything shifted over by fucking around with the wheel spacers to centre the rear end perfectly.

Unfortunately my fender strut had to shrink a bit. So I cut and welded it with the tig. I'll get it chromed again. Bit sad, as I made these 4 years ago and was quite proud of how they turned out. Back then I arc welded them.

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Clearance for spinning bits is now all mint!

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Brake tab is perfectly positioned thanks to my new hub and rotor centric spacer block I made yesterday.

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Fender sitting just right. Needs a little hammer and dolly love...but good enough for now.

Stoked!!!

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2 hours ago, Muncie said:

You'll have this ready for cert by end of this lockdown. Good shit! 

If I wasn't a brokearse...

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Installed a fully programmable electronic ignition system. It has a myriad of torque curves to choose from already pre mapped in the system. Just select your parts and riding style and compare with the selection on offer and dial it in. 

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Had to install a new rotor behind it, then this just popped in.

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I put timing in the middle and will fiddle with it later.

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Timing cover back on, looking sweet!

I've got a big lumpy cam in this motor, so may take a bit of trial and error to find the right ignition program...but I'm not going to over think it right now.

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My head hurts...

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I'm sure I can work through this one step at a time. But right now, my heads not in the game...can't be fucked...

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Lay it out on the floor in an imaginary motorbike shape it'll come to you rather quick.

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Okay, my first attempt at installing a remote oil filter/cooler was in risk of getting a friendly love slap from the drive belt.

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It looked okay and ticked most boxes, but its placement put the hoses way to close to the rear belt...as in pretty much on it with only 5mm gap, so on deceleration it could slap the oil lines, which would not be good.

 

So I made V1.2:

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But I wasn't in love with it. It seemed a bit back to front to me. Plus the aluminum was a bit thin and I wasn't too sure about its resistance to fatiguing?

So on to V1.3:

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And I'm calling it a win. It now has the maximum amount of clearance required and still sits outside of the frame, so when I dump the oil...it wont spill all over the nice bits.

Here's V1.0 and 1.2 about to be archived:

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Redid my headlight mount. Longer, sexier and has a step in it to index the parts so nothing can rotate by itself under any vibration.

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Small things, but keeping me occupied.

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Running out of things to do, so I redid my exhaust bracket for the 3rd time. Looks no different...but it's much better/stronger now.

Then I found myself in a dilemma. Left or right? All the bikes in magazines have the license plate on the left...by they're mostly American, so I figure we drive on the opposite side of the road here in NZ, so I'd put it on the opposite side to.

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I think it balances the black on the exhausts. But in an ideal world I'd rather not have it at all. But yeah, apparently for wofs and shit you need one...

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Next up I built this hidden space underneath the seat to hold an LED rear brake, lights, indicator light strip.

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Cardboard goodness.

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Metal shaping up.

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Bit of a cunty compound curve going on...but got there in the end.

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Taped in place for a dry fit.

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Couldn't help myself...powered up. Bright as fuck!

So yeah, I'm pretty stoked with that. Be a good back up to the other lights, but subtle enough to not subtract from the looks of the bike.

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