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Author Topic: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget  (Read 34873 times)

Offline xb33bsa

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #160 on: Jul 09, 2016, 19:37:20 »
my other opinion is the fender nedds rotating forward an hour maybe 2 hours
try that and stand back and look .....unless you are going for the snub-nose .38 revolver look
i am not a fan of the front fender rotated back/bobbed back that far ,obvuiously many are we see a lot of it

Offline NoRiders

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #161 on: Jul 10, 2016, 07:22:28 »
my other opinion is the fender nedds rotating forward an hour maybe 2 hours
try that and stand back and look .....unless you are going for the snub-nose .38 revolver look
i am not a fan of the front fender rotated back/bobbed back that far, obviously many are we see a lot of it

Thanks Xbsa, it's turned out pretty much how I intended, it's not perfect but looks the part. I hadn't thought of P clips to mount the guard....hmmm, quite like the orange lined versions? I was to weld two centrally mounted shaped washers using buttonheads (smooth on the tyre side) and domed s/s nut on top. Abel clips not available on UK Ebay....but I could use some orange silicon tube I already have and line a bare clip instead?? ;-)

I pondered a long while the exact guard position and each 10mm either way makes a visual difference, you're right, position is everything. I have one eye on practicality and, working with a used item which had previously been trimmed, had to cut n shape the rear end as best I could with what I had.

I rather like the moderate 'snub nose' as I think it offers a balanced look with enough rear guard to offer some splash protection....I might even add a mud flap :-)

Thanks for checking in  :)

Offline NoRiders

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #162 on: Jul 11, 2016, 20:24:04 »
Well, from a few bits of metal I've managed to knock this guard mount out. Cut, weld, grind, fit, re-fit to the power of 10 and it's together at last.

I very pleased with the way it looks, I just hope there's enough real world clearance haha! What do you think?







I like the overall view from 3 mtrs, think I got it right ;)

Oh, I gave the tank a quick compounding and it came up a treat me thinks :-)



The eagle eyed will have spotted the oil filter nut is now polished...well done. I drained the oil and changed an O ring in one of the oil cooler feeds and the filter. Resisted polishing the filter cover....must resist.

Old hawkeye may also have spotted the oval piece on the guard...it's an old ally metal label turned over and riveted to cover two ugly old mounting holes.

Question: I'd like to run some fuel through the carbs so check the float bowl gaskets hold. Is it just a matter of running a pipe direct to the feed spigot from a funnel/pipe?

Thank you.

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #163 on: Jul 11, 2016, 21:02:38 »
Holy smokes, NoRiders, you've been busy these past few months :)  Compared to where you've started it's quite a different bike already.  Cool stuff, sir!  Nice front fender; looks British :)

Offline NoRiders

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #164 on: Jul 11, 2016, 21:45:58 »
Holy smokes, NoRiders, you've been busy these past few months :)  Compared to where you've started it's quite a different bike already.  Cool stuff, sir!  Nice front fender; looks British :)

Ah...well, I've been making the effort to find time....I can see it coming together now :-)

I wanted an old Brit bike look, thank you.

Offline NoRiders

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #165 on: Jul 12, 2016, 17:08:56 »
Righto....the front guard was too low, Lord knows how it happened, but I've removed it once again (10th time I reckon) and...ahem adjusted the rear hoop to sit  higher, this has the effect of raising the guard away from the tyre. I had to redrill the rear hole and pay more attention to the slight slack in the mounting, nipping up the bolts with it in the up position.





There's defo clearance now, the rear of the guard sticks out slightly but, ho hum, that's what you get for using used parts. I still like the snub nose and overall style so I'm pleased and moving on to other jobs.

Speedo mount first fit.....I'd like to rubber mount this but just wanted to see how it looks and the angle of the speedo head....happy with it so far :-)



The four holes are for the LED idiot lights, I might paint the ally mount black...not sure about the ally finish? Have to get used to it sitting there as it was bare before.

Offline NoRiders

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #166 on: Jul 21, 2016, 18:49:34 »
A week of unbike related busyness has left me feeling slightly peeved. Family stuff is at a peak at the moment and there's no getting out of it. However, on the basis of 'every little helps' I've had my mate, Greg, turn a rev counter mechanism plug out of alloy.

Component parts including the drive housing, Greg made the plug and bolt.



There is an old oil seal wedged down the housing and the plug has been machined so I can wriggle an O ring down there to form a new seal. The housing is hollow, the geared drive shaft has been removed.
The O ring meant a bit of pressure to allow the locking bolt to thread correctly. I used a G cramp my son Matthew made during his Network Rail apprenticeship. Thanks Matt.



And, finally, here it is installed, hope it's oil tight :-/



Thanks for checking in.

Offline NoRiders

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #167 on: Jul 23, 2016, 12:07:55 »
Plaiting spaghetti  :-\ that is all.


Offline xb33bsa

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #168 on: Jul 27, 2016, 17:16:03 »
A week of unbike related busyness has left me feeling slightly peeved. Family stuff is at a peak at the moment and there's no getting out of it. However, on the basis of 'every little helps' I've had my mate, Greg, turn a rev counter mechanism plug out of alloy.

Component parts including the drive housing, Greg made the plug and bolt.



There is an old oil seal wedged down the housing and the plug has been machined so I can wriggle an O ring down there to form a new seal. The housing is hollow, the geared drive shaft has been removed.
The O ring meant a bit of pressure to allow the locking bolt to thread correctly. I used a G cramp my son Matthew made during his Network Rail apprenticeship. Thanks Matt.



And, finally, here it is installed, hope it's oil tight :-/



Thanks for checking in.
that looks great having the machinist buddy is gold
but you could have gone low profile by deleteing the intermediate part and just capping off  at the base

Offline NoRiders

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #169 on: Jul 27, 2016, 20:35:01 »
that looks great having the machinist buddy is gold
but you could have gone low profile by deleteing the intermediate part and just capping off  at the base

Thanx beeza, I had thought of chopping it down, but liked that it looks like a gidjet with nothing to do  ;) Plus, if I ever feel the need for a tacho.....