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Author Topic: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget  (Read 52758 times)

Offline NoRiders

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #80 on: Mar 05, 2016, 17:28:47 »
Some of you might have thought I'd taken a break or fucked orf somewhere sunny....but no, I've been busy but trying to do stuff as I can.

Really needed to get the seat in progress, so after an unsuccessful glueing marathon where the seat foam wouldn't stick around the edges due to too much elastacity I had to add another skin to tidy it all up. Turned out nice in the end me thinks :)



Drew a pattern to see how it might look....good imo.



Couldn't get the folds to suit the stitched seams I'd like but it's close enough.

Underside is neater and ready to take the cover. The razor sharp tin thingy is to hold down the cover securely.



Going to run the bug out of the garage so I can wheel the bike outside and de-grease the underside & engine ready for a splash of gloss or satin black.

Thanks for checking in :D

Offline sincerelyadam

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #81 on: Mar 09, 2016, 08:57:49 »
Nice! Did you use chemical bonding medium (glue) to secure the yoga mat to the pan? What kind?

Offline NoRiders

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #82 on: Mar 09, 2016, 09:20:48 »
Nice! Did you use chemical bonding medium (glue) to secure the yoga mat to the pan? What kind?

I used rattle can spray glue and wish I hadn't as it wasn't strong enough to hold the layers of mat to base and foam together. I then used a tin of EvoStik which was much better but by now I had a rough, multi-layered finish that would've looked gash when covered. So, I wrapped another skin over the whole lot and fixed it underneath as well, much better.

I was relying on the EvoStik to hold the foam to the ally base, but as I hadn't trimmed the foam to sit snugly enough (only roughly) it pulled away.

So my tip would be to make sure the foam is in good contact before glueing, rather than hope the glue will pull down the foam....it's all a learning curve :-)

Looking forward to seeing it covered :-)

Offline SonOfNoRiders

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #83 on: Mar 11, 2016, 15:02:27 »
Looks Good, I would get someone to tidy up the wiring if you know any one who is competent enough.  :P

I have just acquired a CB400f and I am thinking about going for a similar look !!

Offline NoRiders

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #84 on: Mar 12, 2016, 17:07:38 »
......get someone to tidy up the wiring.... who is competent enough.  :P

Good idea, pass the Yellow Pages haha!

Had to start the bug (not run since last November) so I could drag the CBX out. Well pleased as it started after a just a few cranks which is ace and ticked over after a few jabs on the throttle :D

Wheeled out the bike and gave it a good going over with me new Nilfisk pressure washer. Dang well got most of the shit off it so I can now paint the frame and engine.

I couldn't resist throwing the guards and tank on to cheer meself up a bit.



Then I thought hang on, there's my entire fleet on the drive.....



Bounced the rear a few times and I think the mono-shock will work out nice :)

Offline Nj732port

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #85 on: Mar 22, 2016, 11:20:57 »
lookin great! get that seat covered :D

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #86 on: Mar 22, 2016, 11:30:54 »
That Bug is looking sweet! What if anything has been done to the Beetle

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #87 on: Mar 22, 2016, 12:11:35 »
Very cool build NR! I really like everything you're doing here. Just a note about your tank. It looks great but I do believe that it is a cb400f tank which is much cooler than a 500 tank IMO! Fits that bike's style perfectly! Keep it up!


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Offline NoRiders

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #88 on: Mar 22, 2016, 15:40:21 »
That Bug is looking sweet! What if anything has been done to the Beetle

Thank you Kamn, damn nice of you to say.

Well...since you asked  ;)

Owned it about 9 years and replaced/repaired the lower 6" all round with the body on. Did most of the bodywork except welding and Ford Rio brown satin paint top coat, I did all the fabrication and body prep as well as rebuilt it. A year later dropped out the engine to clean it up, ended up with replacement barrels and pistons while early (pre65) drive shafts were fitted to allow the deep dish 7x15 Halibrand reps/215BFGs to fit under stock wings. Custom built and powdercoated 4" narrowed beam to accommodate the Rocket Launchers (you couldn't tell) wheels are 4.5" Ford PCD, modified brakes to suit. All the underside is cleaned and stonechipped, so quite clean all round. I built it to be a 'slamdoor driver' and use it as often as I can. It's far from perfect but it suits me nicely for that.

There's a build thread if you'd like to see the epic story and have an evening free haha. http://www.volkszone.com/VZi/showthread.php?t=682286
« Last Edit: Mar 22, 2016, 15:49:27 by NoRiders »

Offline NoRiders

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #89 on: Mar 22, 2016, 15:43:49 »
Very cool build NR! I really like everything you're doing here. Just a note about your tank. It looks great but I do believe that it is a cb400f tank which is much cooler than a 500 tank IMO! Fits that bike's style perfectly! Keep it up!


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Thank you Kanti...it's shaping up how I want it  :D

That's for the info on the tank, the fella at the swap meet told me it was a 550 tank, but having bought a '77 400/4 for my son it has the same shape tank as well. I really like the slabsides which shows more of the engine and the chrome flip filler cap is cool, although I do still like the stock tank, both will fit so I might chop n change  ;)