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Author Topic: '87 Radian project  (Read 13569 times)

Offline scott s

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Re: '87 Radian project
« Reply #30 on: May 03, 2013, 20:06:43 »
 I need to pull it outside for a better pic, but here's the gauge mounted.



 Still have some wiring to do. I think I'm going to use the stock plugs for the dash lights and tachometer/tach background lights and just but female connectors on the end. The Danmoto should plug right in that way.

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Re: '87 Radian project
« Reply #31 on: May 03, 2013, 20:08:37 »
Dude, this is cool to see somebody lovin' on a Radian.   I have an 86' Radian that I'm close to road-worthy on.  Bought it for my wife but we're not sure if it's a keeper yet, the suspension on these things is not impressive.  Yours is looking great though!  Changing out that headlight, signals and dash, and bars makes a world of difference. 


 Thanks! If I can get my mufflers here and get my body guy to start on the tank, this thing will progress quickly! However, the body guy is in the middle of moving shops and I have about 2 1/2 weeks of overtime coming up. :(
 I'll get back on it soon. I'll keep pecking away and it'll all fall together fast when it happens. I still have plenty of time with polish and 0000 steel wool ahead of me, too.

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Re: '87 Radian project
« Reply #32 on: May 10, 2013, 20:03:25 »
 Cleaned the chain and gave the chain guard a coat of semi-gloss black today.
 I also dropped off the seat at my favorite local guy. I was just going to leave it with him while I worked on the project, but he called two hours later and told me it was done! Stock pattern in heavy duty, marine grade vinyl.






 I also studied the wiring diagram and the instructions for the Danmoto and I believe I have that all figured out. The only variables are maybe needing a resistor for the tach signal and figuring out which wire on the oil level unit I can use to light up the oil pressure light on the Danmoto. I plan on getting all that wired up in the morning.

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Re: '87 Radian project
« Reply #33 on: May 11, 2013, 17:33:21 »
 Drilled out the head of a bolt (man, that thing was hard!)....



 Epoxied in the magnet....



 ...and made up a bracket for the Hall Effect sensor. I would have liked for it to have been on the RH side since there's a holder in the fender for the speedometer cable, but the LH side fork has the pinch bolt and that was a perfect place to hold the bracket. Not sure how I could have mounted it on the RH side.




 The bracket will be painted black and I plan on cleaning up the forks a bit when the wheels are off to have the tires mounted.
 I also wired up the Danmoto and everything that I can check without having the bike running seems to work.

 Got a great deal on a clean tank, so that's on the way, and my mufflers should be here by Tuesday. If I weren't on massive OT at work, I could probably ride this thing by the end of next week.   >:(

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Re: '87 Radian project
« Reply #34 on: May 13, 2013, 20:08:11 »
 Pulled the wheels today in anticipation of my new tires. Took the opportunity to clean up around the swing arm...



 ...and pull the forks. I changed the fork oil to 20W for a little firmer front end.



 I also stripped the old clear coat and sticker residue off, lightly sanded the forks with a ScotchBrite pad and clear coated them again.


 
One done, one waiting..



 Much better!



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Re: '87 Radian project
« Reply #35 on: May 13, 2013, 20:16:43 »
 My mufflers also showed up today.



 Got them temporarily mounted. I want to get the wheels back on and the suspension compressed so I can figure out the hangers. I'm going to have to bend/shorten the hangers just a bit.



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Re: '87 Radian project
« Reply #36 on: May 14, 2013, 16:46:48 »
Nice work 8)

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Re: '87 Radian project
« Reply #37 on: May 14, 2013, 17:07:31 »
Nice!  Any issues mounting those reverse cones on the old headers?
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Re: '87 Radian project
« Reply #38 on: May 14, 2013, 17:49:56 »
Nice!  Any issues mounting those reverse cones on the old headers?

 Not really. I used the supplied reducers and it was a tight fit. I had my GF hold them straight and I used a block of wood and a dead-blow hammer to tap them into place. Didn't have to beat 'em on, but they didn't just slip on either.
 I mentioned earlier about the hangers. The hanger bracket/slot is pretty close to the swing arm, but I think I need to get the wheels back on and the suspension compressed. I'll probably have to shorten and bend the hanger slightly and drill out the upper hole to fit the stock Radian passenger peg bolt. I don't see any real issues.
 Tires should be here by the end of the week, so maybe I can have them mounted and get the bike down off the lift by the middle of next week.

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Re: '87 Radian project
« Reply #39 on: May 14, 2013, 18:18:34 »
He did a really nice job on the seat!
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