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  • #61
    Well shoot, the time has gone by fast!
    Me and some friends are heading out from san diego to yosemite in 3 days
    The bike still isn't done.....
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    But I have got a lot done I guess
    I got a few more layers of clear coat on the tank, rear fender, side covers, tank, and fairing
    I will be wet sanding it one last time then a final clear coat layer
    I also got a new front tire for the trip and checked all the regular maintenance stuff

    As you can see I managed to modify the pipes I had on there, I found a 2 into 1 exhaust tip at the swap meet along with a fishtail tip muffler
    I shortened the muffler and removed the baffle, I can feel a substantial difference in power especially in mid range, it lowered the sound down a little too which is useful around cops but it still has a mean grown when accelerating and on decel.
    Here you can see the original length then after it was shortened

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    the 2 into 1 isnt the best looking but it works for $2 and I got some welding practice out of it too, that thin stuff isn't so bad now

    I wrapped it in some cheap "titanium" wrap I got on ebay, I got the 2" on accident, I should have got the 1" for tighter wrapping but you live and you learn
    If you decide to wrap your exhaust make sure you soak it first!

    I also got around to working on my seat cover, I got a singer fashion mate from walmart for $150, it was barely able to handle the thin marine I was using but it worked I guess
    I went with a diamond stitch and horizontal pleat pattern
    I covered the entire seat in duct tape, then used a sharpie to mark out the seams, I made a top piece which got the pleats, then several side covers

    To get the pattern on top I cut out the vinyl quite a bit bigger than it needed to be, then I cut out a piece of 1/2" foam the same size, as well as another piece of fabric to go under the foam, i cant recall the name of it but i know it is the same material pillow cases are made of, it's there to secure the foam to the vinyl when sewing a pattern
    I sewed a long strip of vinyl to the tube edging, then started lining things up and sewing them together
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    Overall, it came out somewhat crappy, when i made the templates they might have been a bit off, or maybe it was just because I don't really know what I'm doing, but either way the back rest came out crooked, the top pleats where almost flat since I had to stretch the side pieces around to get rid of wrinkles, all sorts of mess that i didn't think of, but you can be sure I'll remember it next time i make a seat!

    It looks decent, but I know I can make one better, I'll have to upload pictures of it later since it isn't on the bike at the moment, at least it's comfy, this trip is around 1700 miles and I needed a good saddle!

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    • #62
      I am currently hooking up all the wiring for my dash
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      It's got a few more buttons and has been painted but It's currently on the floor waiting for me to figure out where the damn tach wire goes......
      I had this exact problem when i first tried to figure it out, and now I can only remember saying "AAAHAAAA!!!! IT WAS SO OBVIOUS WHERE THIS WIRE GOES!"
      And now I can't remember where it went to save my life.....

      I also got a cheap cat face brake light from ebay, I was going to replace my cracked lens dietz one on the fender but i threw it on the license plate mount and it looks cool there so I guess I'm keeping both

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      Found my shifter knob a hat at the thrift store!


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      I actually sought out some tiny sunglasses which I'll put on when I get to Born free, I just have to try and metal flake them first


      Being as last minute as I can I am trying to get my marshall oil gauge hooked up before the trip, Hopefully I can find the fittings I need in town

      We leave wednesday and I haven't got a single thing packed, instead I decided to check my build thread in hopes that I posted where that stinkin tach wire went somewhere on here but no luck of course, then I decided to update the thread....



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      • #63
        awesome and creative build.

        your Flying Eyeball at your Sissybar is awesome, also the Hamdshifter and generell Paintjob. yim also considering to build myself an 2 in 1 Fishtail exhaust.

        I think an 21 Wheel would kill your look.

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        • #64
          Originally posted by El_Mipo View Post
          awesome and creative build.

          your Flying Eyeball at your Sissybar is awesome, also the Hamdshifter and generell Paintjob. yim also considering to build myself an 2 in 1 Fishtail exhaust.

          I think an 21 Wheel would kill your look.
          Thanks!
          At this point I agree that a 21 wouldn't look right, i plan on swapping out the front end with a sportster one with extended fork tubes and I think a 19" would fit better

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          • #65
            So I decided to knock out the clear coat the other day, there must have been too much humidity in the air because the clear began to wrinkle about an hour after spraying it ( my current paint booth is some trash cans out front under a tree that loves to throw leaves)
            Basically the paint on the tank was ruined, the rest of the parts came out good
            As the last bit of sanity left me I began to pick at the clear coat, 2 days before I leave on a trip to yosemite and I went and pulled the ol "shoulda left it alone"
            I picked until most of the clear I sprayed was gone, it hadn't fully cured so it was still somewhat rubbery
            I ended up wet sanding the now ruined design on the tank until it was gone, somehow the wrinkling hadn't got to the metal flake layer!

            I sanded and sanded, then sanded more, sanded until my fingers where sore!
            I dusted off the airbrush and went to work, i ended up getting a design on there in a few hours, then sealed it with some clear coat (the weather was much better today)

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            As you can see my trash can is slowly being flaked

            I managed to get everything back on the bike including a new universal speedo/ tach
            I haven't got a chance to test it yet but hopefully it works
            Me and some buddies leave for yosemite at midnight tonight, I still can't believe I was painting the tank the day of our trip

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            • #66
              Well that's a bitch. But it looks good. Hope the trip goes smoothly. Post some photos and updates from the road if you can.

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