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Author Topic: T500 build-----It's on the ROAD!!!  (Read 14972 times)

Offline Hurco550

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Re: T500 build
« Reply #10 on: Dec 01, 2015, 10:40:00 »
00000hhHH that's one of those rare left handed kicker ones :o

JK... I'm in for this 1 8)
Super rare =) lol I'm in too
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Re: T500 build
« Reply #11 on: Dec 01, 2015, 16:51:28 »
I have a very clean t500 tank left over from my project that I might want to sell if you decide to restore the bike.  It is black but needs painting, no rust or dents.

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Re: T500 build
« Reply #12 on: Dec 03, 2015, 15:45:35 »
good to know----thanks!

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Re: T500 build
« Reply #13 on: Dec 03, 2015, 15:48:40 »
Ooooh my.i'm in sir!

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Re: T500 build
« Reply #14 on: Dec 08, 2015, 21:01:47 »
Continuing to poke away.   Wanted to go with one of those snazzy fibreglass "cafe" tanks to replace the leaky T500 tank, but holy do they ever eat up budget in a hurry!  So, I had snagged a late 70's KZ400 tank locally for "next to nothing" and started to imagine how it might attach/look.    It needed a gas cap (found at a local bike salvage yard), and a petcock, needed to be cleaned inside, and some dents and dings outside needed some attention. 

Apple cider vinegar and bb's worked great to clean up the inside, and I've been working through the dent filling process.   In the meantime, I've been scouring images of seats.   The tank's top edge drops towards the back, so my minds' eye was not seeing a seat with that tall of a hump.   I've been wavering back and forth too on "all fabric" versus a FG seat/pad, and I think I've settled on "all fabric" (eg, leather, vinyl, whatever....).

On the weekend, I stumbled on a certain Laverda built by Wrenchmonkees----(have to credit them!!!) and its seat made my heart go boom.

My photo editing skills rank slightly lower than my dent in tank fixing skills, but if it pleases the court, this is where I'm hoping to go with my little T500:




 

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Re: T500 build
« Reply #15 on: Dec 08, 2015, 21:40:18 »
I rather like it.
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Re: T500 build
« Reply #17 on: Dec 09, 2015, 07:58:23 »
Pretty good profile..should be nice!
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Re: T500 build
« Reply #18 on: Dec 12, 2015, 15:07:37 »
Thanks all.

Must holler a shout out to the local Kawasaki dealer here in town - the parts guy (an all around great guy) had helped me identify the Kawasaki tank that I had bought, and knew that I was then shopping for a cap and fuel tap.  I had called the other day to order some rubber tank mounts, and he said "get your butt over here - there's a box outside with about 20 fuel taps (amongst other bits) in it, all free for the taking".    I now have a handful of fuel taps to work with.   

Tank dent repairs are coming along nicely, so started tinkering with some way to mount the tank.   It's not pretty, but the front mount is solid--combination of some new KZ400 tank rubber bobbins, a pair of brackets, and some hardware.  The whole rig becomes one solid bracket that attaches to the coil mounting plate and rolls up over the center rail of the frame.   The icing on the cake is that there's a huge amount of space under the tank  - I'm pretty sure I'll be able to stuff all the electrics in under there. 

Now need to build up something for the rear - there's a nice factory cross member between the frame rails right where the tank's rear will mount.  Thanks Suzuki!!   I'll post up some pics when it's all test fitted.

Once that's done, and I can start mapping out that seat that I want to have made.




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Re: T500 build
« Reply #19 on: Dec 15, 2015, 16:16:37 »
Won't win any beauty contests, but here's some pics of my Kawasaki tank on a Suzuki 101 "creativity"(?).

Front tank mount - bottom bracket held in place by front coil mounting bolt, then reshaped to give me something to run a pair of bolts through to hold rubber tank mount bobbins.   Each bolt also runs through one end of a bracket that hoops over the top frame rail, then runs into one single long nut that holds the whole thing taut.   It's solid, but everything will still get a touch of loctite upon final assembly.   The "bottoms bits" of the top bracket below the bolts (in the pic) have since been shaved off.



The rear mount is no less "sexy".... ???


Simple and effective.   Rig attached directly to the original tank rear mount bolt hole.

With the tank on the mounts:
   

And with that in place, a seat pan was templated and cut out. 

This will be a all fabric covered seat, as per a "mock up" picture earlier in this thread.