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Author Topic: 1983 XV500 Cafe Racer  (Read 41240 times)

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Re: 1983 XV500 Cafe Racer
« Reply #150 on: Feb 19, 2017, 13:41:12 »
Made the mounting bracket for the subframe today. Was hoping to have got more done, but cutting/turning metal isn't a quick process with hobby tools.


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Re: 1983 XV500 Cafe Racer
« Reply #151 on: Mar 05, 2017, 13:27:05 »
Finished fabricating the seat hoop mounts and welded it all up today.





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Re: 1983 XV500 Cafe Racer
« Reply #152 on: Mar 11, 2017, 15:35:10 »
Stripped out the swing arm bearings from the frame today.
Hell of a job getting them out, had to grind one side out. The bearings are obviously destroyed, looked up new bearings from Yamaha dealer, 30 each. Hefty price, so spent an hour on the internet and found replacements, slightly shorter but the diameters are right. The issue is the diameters are none standard sizes. Anyway got a pair of bearings for 20 including delivery, a saving of 40, so a result!


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Re: 1983 XV500 Cafe Racer
« Reply #153 on: Mar 18, 2017, 17:12:10 »


Modified the swing arm mount today. I've taken 20mm off the left side as I want to mount the rear shock left of centre and I need the clearance.


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Re: 1983 XV500 Cafe Racer
« Reply #154 on: Apr 02, 2017, 15:32:15 »








Fabricated the shock mount on the swing arm. I'm going to brace it some more, but for now it's a good reference point to do the rest of the fabrication.



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Re: 1983 XV500 Cafe Racer
« Reply #155 on: Apr 16, 2017, 15:08:02 »








Fabricated the shock mount on the swing arm. I'm going to brace it some more, but for now it's a good reference point to do the rest of the fabrication.



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Re: 1983 XV500 Cafe Racer
« Reply #156 on: Apr 16, 2017, 15:12:12 »
Made the rear shock frame mount today. Took several hours as the profile to match the contour of the frame tube took a considerable time to shape using the bench grinder and hand file.






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Re: 1983 XV500 Cafe Racer
« Reply #157 on: Apr 17, 2017, 06:06:57 »
Awesome work man.  That is a cool looking shock set up.

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Re: 1983 XV500 Cafe Racer
« Reply #158 on: Apr 17, 2017, 06:54:19 »
Thanks for the kind words, coming from professionals like yourselves means even more, cheers.


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Re: 1983 XV500 Cafe Racer
« Reply #159 on: May 01, 2017, 14:08:06 »
Welded up the bracket. I decided to grind the weld back, but now I'm thinking the weld might have looked better, unfettered.



Anyway, it now stands on its own two wheels and the suspension works as planned.

 


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