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Author Topic: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget  (Read 51590 times)

Offline NoRiders

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #60 on: Jan 31, 2016, 19:01:34 »
Fit new plug leads they said, it won't take long they said!!!!..

Well, a whole evening to change 4x plug leads...talk about taking my time. All I had to do was strip off the old leads of cap, coil screw cap and lead sleeve and then slide them all onto the new silicon leads. They're only circa 1mm wider, no problem on a test fit.

However, trying to do all 4 the rubber sleeves were tighter than a tight thing, well lubed with vaseline and WD40 I couldn't get the new leads through the lead marker ring of plastic on #1 lead. tried warming it and gave it a good go, but it would not pass through the marker ring....bugger.
Had to split the rings three times.
Not too sure they'll glue back in place and I rather like the idea of having the factory markings with just a bit of orange visible.

I have a plan, I've ordered a 1:72 letter/number transfer kit for RAF model planes. There's a good selection of font sizes on one sheet. I plan to use new shrink wrap with these numbers stuck on to replicate the OG markers....hope it works? :-/

Here's a few snaps.

The orange looks dull in these images, poorly lit I think. They're actually very bright orange haha!.



You can see #1 doesn't have markers....



With the tank in place, there's just a sneaky splash of colour, caps all facing the same way and outer sleeves the same distance from the cap. They better bloody work, I tell ya.

Only a small cosmetic job, but immensely satisfying....I also cleaned & degreased both handlebar control units and most of the loom/connectors. Nothing to see.....

Thanks for checking in..:-)

Offline NoRiders

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #61 on: Feb 02, 2016, 11:21:17 »
Some shiny stuff has arrived:





I'm very pleased, even though Protech missed out the spacer collets, on my own order was well ha!

Now, do I paint the coil orange or leave it black? I'm looking for orange detailing around the bike and thought the coil would look rather smart....what do you all think?

ITMT..gathered together the latest arrivals, can you guess what they are to be used for?

Answers on a postcard.... :-)

Offline NoRiders

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #62 on: Feb 02, 2016, 14:31:04 »
For those of you who have never seen a mono-shock in situ:



I had thought to paint the spring orange, but I think I'll err on the conservative and leave it powdered black as it looks so smart I think.



Nice n easy to get to the damping adjuster knob, 13 stage adjustment should mean fine tuning can be done on the fly.



Of course, it's not fixed in place yet and the spacers are on their way.

I now need to get the forks refilled and fitted when I've painted the headstock area in glass black. Then I can trial the ride height and rear end for clearance etc. Progress I think?

Cheers chaps.

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #63 on: Feb 02, 2016, 16:26:36 »
nice bit of progress mate like the idea of keeping spring black looks quite stealth that way  8) keep up mate ya gonna be riding this summer  ;)
Life's too short to go slow at anything !  unless your re-building ya ride !!

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Offline NoRiders

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #64 on: Feb 05, 2016, 18:44:57 »
nice bit of progress mate like the idea of keeping spring black looks quite stealth that way  8) keep up mate ya gonna be riding this summer  ;)

Thanks yorker, riding it this summer? I certainly hope so fella.

In other news....I've filled the forks with ATF (as per the manual) and now I know how to I can upgrade when/if I want  :D
Mind you, what a bloody ballache I've had keeping the oil in them....you wouldn't believe what prize bellend I've been haha!

First, propped them in the back of my van to bring them home from my VW club workshop night, only for one to have rolled a bit a dribbled oil out of the airway hole in the top cap...but, to compound the problem, I took a closer look at the painted fork legs only to tip the thing and piss even more oil out all over the floor/step/tools...f'f*cksake!!
I needed to refill it as enough pissed out to mess with the levels and I'd struggled to fit the endcap against the secondary spring pressure. Eventually, using the plastic coated handles of a pump wrench to grip either side of the top cap housing allowing me to compress and twist at the same time....viola!

So, I had to do it all again.....bloody hell. Popped into Scotty's and got on with it, topped it up nicely and was sorting another pump wrench when big Sean asked what I was dicking around for...told him how I'd got the end cap on and he just grabbed the cap, pushed down and twisted in on.....f'f*cksake!! He did it with his barehands.....

So, I now have two forklegs topped up with oil, painted, detailed and looking smart enough.



Detailed them a touch with stainless bolts and gaitors but I think they're too small. Luckily, I scored a larger pair at the motorbike swapmeet but they need sleeving out on the top (forks 35mm, gaitor tops 38mm).....just need to find some rubber strip.





They'll do  ;D

All I need now is new brake pads and I could be assembling the front end...yay!

Want to get it back on two wheels so I can wash down the engine outside.

Offline sincerelyadam

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #65 on: Feb 05, 2016, 19:24:45 »
Good stuff


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Offline NoRiders

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #66 on: Feb 06, 2016, 13:16:26 »
Good stuff


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Thanx Adam.

Offline NoRiders

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #67 on: Feb 08, 2016, 10:08:15 »
In an attempt to get a bloody move on, I'm deciding if I'm overengineering some jobs such as the seat. I wanted to have it hinged with a roller catch to secure it. This will need brackets and fixings (rivnuts) sorting out etc. All a lot of faffing about and time I could spend actually getting it together and running!!

Whereas, I could just velcro it to the subframe and be done with it?

Here's the underside of the seat.

Along with the two rubber bung locators I have, that fit holes on a cross brace, I think two strips of velcro along the subframe will hold it in place well enough, do you?

I've ordered industrial strength velcro which is self adhesive but can be stitched into the seat leather as well.

FOOTNOTE: Here I am dithering about whether to use/or not to use velcro when there are amazing feats of engineering featured in other 'builds'....I feel inadequate on here :-(
« Last Edit: Feb 08, 2016, 12:28:34 by NoRiders »

Offline NoRiders

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #68 on: Feb 08, 2016, 18:28:42 »
I know my mantra is aimed at getting the bike together and running, but I will need something to sit on so justified some time on the seat tonight. Got the material grab strip pop riveted in place





and added more padding ,to cover two nuts for the bungs and rivet heads, so it's a bit more comfy now.

Spent an hour cleaning the petcock off the primered tank...came out nice, but it's not complete and the original CBX tap is fine....cleaned the wrong one... ::)

Offline sincerelyadam

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #69 on: Feb 09, 2016, 08:29:49 »
I know what you mean about getting a bloody move on. I've postponed a lot of jobs on my bike that can be done after it's up and running. It seems like the seat might be a bit shifty with just those two bungs and velcro. Could you attach a few studs to the seat pan and weld pieces of tube to the frame that correspond with the studs? A male/female situation. That would eliminate any lateral movement.