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Author Topic: Excess Four Hundred (XS400 Brat Build)  (Read 266 times)

Offline Rusnak_322

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Excess Four Hundred (XS400 Brat Build)
« on: May 13, 2017, 18:02:33 »
About time I started a build thread for this bike.

This one is for my wife, she has a vision of what she wants. Happy wife = happy life.

Here is her inspiration



She wants it flat blue tank with tangerine wheels.







Here is the blue that I am thinking of, with a matte clear. I plan to paint it myself.



Here is a powdercoat color that we are looking at for the wheels. I wouldn't mind a little orange elsewhere on the bike to tie it in with the wheels, but I can't think of what else to coat.












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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2017, 18:14:55 »
This is what we are starting with.
 




She wanted a disk brake and I think mags will look cool, so I bought a parts bike for $80 and made the swap.


















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Re: Excess Four Hundred (XS400 Brat Build)
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2017, 18:31:12 »
The plan is for a flat seat with a short rear fender.














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Re: Excess Four Hundred (XS400 Brat Build)
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2017, 18:41:12 »
Cut the frame today.






And making a seat hoop. There isn't a off the shelf hoop that I can find that will work with the XS and its wide hips. It isn't a standard die size for tubing benders. So I made my own.





Used a router table with a 7/8" cove bit



Glued and bolted together, added a bushing and a strap to hold the tube.












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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2017, 18:42:13 »
Filled the tube with play sand and welded bolts to the ends.















That is where I am at. I need to come up with a way to bend the hoop to match the seat.

I also picked up everything we need to convert the rear 16" rim to a disk 18". That will allow better tire selection.






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« Last Edit: May 13, 2017, 18:46:04 by Rusnak_322 »

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Re: Excess Four Hundred (XS400 Brat Build)
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2017, 22:04:15 »
Nice build I like the wooden dies for the homemade bender! Very creative!


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