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Author Topic: Down under, an idiot and a 400F  (Read 497127 times)

Offline neevo

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Down under, an idiot and a 400F
« Reply #60 on: Dec 08, 2011, 06:17:35 »
Yeah it's hard to resist the temptation to throw cash at it, if it wasn't for the missus I would have all the parts in the shed right now.

It's good though because I look to reuse what came on the bike rather than essentially putting all new stuff on it, that's not the same. Your right too, it's easier to be proud of something you toiled over :)


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Offline neevo

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Down under, an idiot and a 400F
« Reply #61 on: Dec 09, 2011, 22:50:15 »
Tackling the top triple today. When I bought the bike the lower handlebar clamps had the bolts snapped off in all 4 holes. Didn't matter as I was going to have the clamps milled off anyway.

Couldn't be bothered in getting someone to mill the clamps, I don't have a mill at home, so I thought I would crack out the trusty grinder again! Took ages to cut through the clamps but got them both off in the end:



Kept shaving sections off to try and match the contours of the clamp:



Finished off with a flapping wheel and brass brush drill attachment:



Still got some old paint to get rid off, probably going to powder coat them black when I get the frame done anyway, but they do look quite nice brushed.


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Offline neevo

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Down under, an idiot and a 400F
« Reply #62 on: Dec 10, 2011, 01:03:14 »
Enclosing underneath the rear frame so that my wiring is hidden and I think it tidies up the rear of the bike a bit.

First folded over a bit of card and made a template:



Transferred this to my sheet of steel:



Curved the front slightly:



And voila!



Questions:

1. Am I going to have clearance issues with the back wheel?
2. Do I need any drain holes, just in case some water gets in there?

Also what are people doing for mud flaps? I was going to reuse the original one but if there is an alternative I would love to hear it.


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Offline Big Rich

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Re: Down under, an idiot and a 400F
« Reply #63 on: Dec 10, 2011, 03:07:13 »
Cool project Neevo - I just read all 7 pages.

I can't really help with the rear tire clearance, but I would recommend some holes. Water shouldn't be TOO much of a problem (but is it humid in your part of OZ?) but a little general airflow never really hurts anything.

And as far as the front & rear suspension/brakes: a lot of older Honda's used the same parts. Caliper, rotor, forks, etc, can be swapped around with a little research.

Offline Ryanh

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Down under, an idiot and a 400F
« Reply #64 on: Dec 10, 2011, 09:42:07 »
I'd grind them semi circles off too while your at it to make them straight and smooth

Offline neevo

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« Reply #65 on: Dec 10, 2011, 20:25:39 »
Good point Ryan, I was on auto pilot trying not to take off too much but your right, it would look better with a continuous line at the back. Will have to check the holes underneath do not go to close to where I want to cut or it will end up too thin in material.

Made a template for my brake arm this morning, going to make it out of 6mm aluminium with some speed holes.



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Offline Kwality

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Re: Down under, an idiot and a 400F
« Reply #66 on: Dec 10, 2011, 23:43:07 »
Great progress!  I saw that bike on eBay and thought it looked nearly too far gone, so big kudos to you for embarking on the project.  I'll be following with interest (and some trepidation - you've never had an angle grinder blade shatter on you, have you?  I have, and carry the scars.  Now all my power tools have the guards installed). 

Good luck!

Offline 1976cb356

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Re: Down under, an idiot and a 400F
« Reply #67 on: Dec 10, 2011, 23:57:17 »
Niiioce, I did the same thing with my frame. Its a cool feeling when it fits like a glove. The brake arm sounds cool. I need to find a nice place to buy aluminum for cheap. The tank is looking sweet too.
-Bryce
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Offline neevo

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Down under, an idiot and a 400F
« Reply #68 on: Dec 11, 2011, 01:09:04 »
Great progress!  I saw that bike on eBay and thought it looked nearly too far gone, so big kudos to you for embarking on the project.  I'll be following with interest (and some trepidation - you've never had an angle grinder blade shatter on you, have you?  I have, and carry the scars.  Now all my power tools have the guards installed). 

Good luck!

You were right not to buy it! Damaged frame, no carbs and a buggered cam and journal. But, it was affordable for me and I would have struggled to get on the cafe ladder with any decent bike for less than a grand.

I actually like the fact it was soo bad, makes the end result even more satisfying.

Good reminder about the grinder, I will pop the guard back on tonight. I do always wear ear and eyes protection, the guard does make it a bit difficult to get into some of the spots, oh well, would prefer to keep my skin as it is.


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Offline neevo

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Down under, an idiot and a 400F
« Reply #69 on: Dec 11, 2011, 01:10:43 »
Niiioce, I did the same thing with my frame. Its a cool feeling when it fits like a glove.

Got any pics? Keen to see others and how they have done it, particularly rear tyre clearance.


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