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Author Topic: '75 CB550K1 Gulf - Round...3, the fun stuff  (Read 155649 times)

Offline t71ford

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Re: '75 CB550 Gulf - round two
« Reply #1005 on: Feb 19, 2012, 00:27:57 »
I actually like it. It looks like it was made specifically for that bike, instead of being a graft on. Will there be issues with heat and the finish of the fairing?
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Offline Ringo

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Re: '75 CB550 Gulf - round two
« Reply #1006 on: Feb 19, 2012, 00:35:54 »
I'm not sure yet.  It's something I'll have to look into, with maybe some heat reflective material...and seeing how close other fenders get to the pipes!
Chris

Offline john83

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Re: '75 CB550 Gulf - round two
« Reply #1007 on: Feb 19, 2012, 12:02:04 »
My fairing is fairly close to my headers and thus far I haven't had any problems with finish/color. That being said it's not AS close as yours will be according to the photo. Also only the inside of mine is exposed to heat, looks like yours would kind of be exposed on the edge where it wraps around the pipe.

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Re: '75 CB550 Gulf - round two
« Reply #1008 on: Feb 19, 2012, 12:22:51 »
I actually like it. It looks like it was made specifically for that bike, instead of being a graft on.

'zactly what I was thinking as well.
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Re: '75 CB550 Gulf - round two
« Reply #1009 on: Feb 19, 2012, 17:11:51 »
I made this belly pan last summer for my SFV and its fairly close to the front header and really close to the catalytic converter, no issues at all. I say you'll be fine. Love the look of it too, going to be very nice.




Offline schaubster

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Re: '75 CB550 Gulf - round two
« Reply #1010 on: Feb 19, 2012, 17:18:26 »
I like the belly pan!

Offline Ringo

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Re: '75 CB550 Gulf - round two
« Reply #1011 on: Feb 19, 2012, 17:48:19 »
That looks great, Deacon!  And thanks for the info, definitely good news.
Chris

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Re: '75 CB550 Gulf - round two
« Reply #1012 on: Feb 19, 2012, 18:00:12 »
Thanks. Also forgot to mention that this was painted with just Dupli-color rattle can, so I can only expect even better resistance with 'real' paint.

Offline Ringo

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Re: '75 CB550 Gulf - round two
« Reply #1013 on: Mar 03, 2012, 17:00:03 »
Some slow progress lately.  Building the fender and belly pan plugs has been kicking my ass.  It's such a time-consuming process.  I seem to have blocked out just how labor intensive composite work is.  Last winter I remember it being much quicker. 

Here's the belly pan plug.  It will be trimmed, smoothed out, and painted.  Then waxed, PVA'd, and a female mold created from it.  From the female, a carbon fiber part will be made.  Long road ahead...


Here are the beginnings of the front and rear fender plugs.  The end products will be created the same way as the belly pan.  The front fender will mount directly to the Tarozzi fork brace, and will be custom molded to the brace.  The rear will incorporate (hopefully) a chain guard as well.  Not much to look at yet...



In other news, both brake rotors have been sent off to have the hole pattern recreated on the second rotor.  The guy I sent them to has stopped answering my emails and phone calls.  I'm a little nervous, but will give him the benefit of the doubt...for now.
Chris

Offline Ringo

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Re: '75 CB550 Gulf - round two
« Reply #1014 on: Mar 04, 2012, 13:36:05 »
Merged both threads to keep everything in one place...thanks Tim!
Chris

Offline bradj

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Re: '75 CB550K Gulf - plugs, plugs, plugs
« Reply #1015 on: Mar 04, 2012, 20:17:04 »
If you get burned on your rotors you should go to a fzr brakes swap

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Re: '75 CB550K Gulf - plugs, plugs, plugs
« Reply #1016 on: Mar 04, 2012, 21:21:55 »
I'd do it if it's nearly bolt-on.  I want to get this turd on the road and not take it apart for a while.  I'm burnt out on fabrication.  Easy swap?
Chris

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Re: '75 CB550K Gulf - plugs, plugs, plugs
« Reply #1017 on: Mar 04, 2012, 21:42:45 »
easy swap?....what does that mean....im confused, is there such a thing?

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Re: '75 CB550K Gulf - plugs, plugs, plugs
« Reply #1018 on: Mar 04, 2012, 22:23:03 »
I know there are options for larger modern discs and the fzr parts may well be a good option. I believe it would be relatively easy for me to recreate a bracket that you make in a good hard wood first. Since I'm making spacers it would be cake to make a plate style caliper mount(or two) to suit. I'd look for double piston non-opposed calipers to clear the spokes but they are plentiful and cheap and there are loads of good stout pads available.

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Offline Ringo

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Re: '75 CB550K Gulf - plugs, plugs, plugs
« Reply #1019 on: Mar 04, 2012, 22:30:13 »
Hah, alright you got me.  Too broad a statement.  I'm over fabricating fiberglass!

I'll do a little research on the matter.  I'd love something that doesn't involve a fork swap or hub modification.  Considering I'm happy with the current brakes 95% of the time, the most effort I want to expend down there basically involves bolting things on.
Chris