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Author Topic: Sandrew's XS400 - v2.0  (Read 30369 times)

Offline Sandrew

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Sandrew's XS400 - v2.0
« on: Jan 26, 2012, 18:54:24 »
Well, hello there.

Been sneaking around in this site for quite a bit now and decided to show my little oncoming cafe project. Did c/p from www.xs400.com

The beginning


After 6 months of work



Then...



And another 6 months:



More pics on v1.0 and v2.0


Sander
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Re: Sandrew's XS400
« Reply #1 on: Jan 26, 2012, 18:54:59 »
Well been ridin' for couple of times in total of about 700 km. Also have done some small changes for looks.

First of all, cut off the both ends of the front fender and painted it black.


Then threw away the ugly taillight/blinkers/license plate mount and made a new one.
before:


after:


Mount itself attaches to the original rear fender which got cut in half.


Just some pics after a quick cleaning.




Sander

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Re: Sandrew's XS400
« Reply #2 on: Jan 26, 2012, 18:55:44 »
Got me a package today. First arrival form the UK.


Yammy


... 

Went to a local shop today to try on some random tanks just to see if any of could meet my expectations. And yeah, the answer is "no".

Forgot to take pic of every tank I tried on.
Some Triumph:


And a Hooonda.

Actually liked that one if mounted more horizontally but I still would not like to go with a cafe. Possibly buy it anyway for the future projects (?)

Now I am thinking to go back to the original idea to use xs650 tank.
I mean the late model ones which were about gallon smaller than older ones, am I right?
So if anyone has one and is willing to send it for a few thousand mile journey I would be very interested. I am guessing the gaps are same in 400's and 650's and I have very clean one, so I won't be needing the gap.

Sander

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Re: Sandrew's XS400
« Reply #3 on: Jan 26, 2012, 18:57:09 »
So it's been a while.
My insurance expired yesterday and decided to clean up my garage (boy it was a mess) and bled her out.



Probably tear it down in a few days and start the process.

Meanwhile in last few months I've wasted long hours in ebay and gathered some parts.











/// Side note: the tail light and bars went away (Was going for tracker first).

Updates gonna come more frequently from now on.

Sander

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Re: Sandrew's XS400
« Reply #4 on: Jan 26, 2012, 18:58:08 »
So been working on it for couple of hours.

Almost ready for pulling the motor.


Yep, handlebars were straight as hell.


Needs lots of paint and polishing:).


What came off.


Whats going back (one way or another).


Leftovers.


...and bones.


Sander

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Re: Sandrew's XS400
« Reply #5 on: Jan 26, 2012, 18:59:21 »
Oops, it's been awhile... again. I don't know if I've mention this but no tracker project out of this one! I have really got meself in cafes over the last few months and it got me thinking: why to build a bike I don't even like. So full CAFE mode is on!

I also sold the x6r taillight, the handlebars and grips, obv they wouldn't fit with the style.
So got new grips, which needed to be bit modified to fit bar-end mirrors.


And a few months back, when tearing down the engine (which looked really great inside, btw) I discoverd the reason of my oil leak.

Someone had literally fixed it with sewing gum.

And just a picture of pre tear-down.


Got bt's (also ages ago). Damn these things cost a lot.


Wheels glass blasted. Didn't want to ruin 'em with sand.


Also new bearings and seals.


And of course some patches. Somehow they ended up on my bedroom wall.
Temporary I figure.


Oops.


Fixed.


5 minutes of brushing.


Rims powder coated graphite black and tires on. For those who can't get them on correctly like I didn't a first: Lot of soap and heavy bouncing.:) (Also thanks drewpy)


Brushing revealed some cracks here and there.


New hardware.


And finally, today put the front end and rear shocks on to see where I am headed.
340mm shock are perfect.


Lowered the front an inch.


And a side view with the tank on. And i must say, I really dig the look. Exactly what I was looking for. 1 inch lowering the front, 1 inch raising the rear, and 1/2 inch raisin the tank. I'm in love.


To get the better look. Friggin snow, I hoped you'd skip this year...




Stay creative,
Sander

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Re: Sandrew's XS400
« Reply #6 on: Jan 26, 2012, 19:00:02 »
Another small update.
Got the bar ends, fork seals and front pads.




Also added a golden touch. The last and only things on this bike that I painted with spray (don't like the idea of it). Hammerite does a pretty good job tho, lots of patience and layers.

P.S. the bike's theme isn't going to be gold!

/E: Could someone tell me the dimensions of the swingarm bushings. I don't have the swingarm in hands, so it's hard to measure it myself.
Outer diameter, inner diameter,overall length, flange extension diameter and thickness.


Sander

...

Freshened... umm, what is that? Anyway we call it speedo snail around here.


And drilled and smoothed front disc.


Sander
« Last Edit: Jan 26, 2012, 19:05:00 by Sandrew »

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Re: Sandrew's XS400
« Reply #7 on: Jan 26, 2012, 19:00:42 »
Got the sidestand, swingarm and frame back from sand blasting.
Spent half a day cleaning them up today.

Unnecessary mounts gone.


Chain guard mounts gone.


Steering lock gone.


New side stand spring holders.



And center stand mounts gone.


That's about it for the day.
Sander

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Re: Sandrew's XS400
« Reply #8 on: Jan 26, 2012, 19:01:41 »
Both 18s 120/90 rear, 100/90 front

Cleaned up the garages to get the overall designing goin'.


Nothing gets done without music.

(The CD's are in for illustrative purposes, who uses them nowadays anyway.)

...

Little ones keep on comin'.

Assembled the caliper.


Took the forks apart.


Bought new headlight. Diameter is a bit smaller than original.


And drilled the sprocket cover.


Sander

...


Got the finished gauges layouts back.

And some gloss black powder coat.


Sander
« Last Edit: Jan 26, 2012, 19:11:48 by Sandrew »

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Re: Sandrew's XS400
« Reply #9 on: Jan 26, 2012, 19:03:32 »
Slowly but surely..

Only things on this bike that will see some polishing (points cover, too).


Mounted the disk.


Got a reasonable price on gixxer rearsets.


And a few minutes later they were much skinnier.


Also started working on the engine. Thinking not to split the crank case, as there seems to be no problems.


The muffins are ready !

Cleaning and sanding the oil filter cover was pain in the arse..

Move on to the barrels and head tomorrow. Going to do some dremmeling on the intake.
It's so good when you have a few weeks free inbetween semesters.

Sander

/// Sidenote: and to the present day.
...

Took the valves out in fathers shop.


A friend painted the fork legs for me.


Found my durex in the mail today.


New seals and ATF in and back together.


Accidentally switched them up and got thinking to convert the rotor to left. Seems like nothing isn't stopping me just turn the tyre around BUT what about the speedo counter? I mean, it is going to spin the other way. What should I do about that?




And the sets mock up.


Sander