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Author Topic: XV920R - Fat and Low  (Read 9465 times)

Offline MORK

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Re: XV920R - Fat and Low
« Reply #20 on: Feb 11, 2017, 12:09:31 »
I'm actually debating on steel vs aluminum for what I have. I have plenty of sheet steel for practice and i might be needing it to be magnetic for what I have planned.

Right now I would love an English wheel, but to learn the fundamentals first, I'll be making a stationary forming dolly for the planishing and then using the other standard hammers for the rough work.

Offline Duncn70

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Re: XV920R - Fat and Low
« Reply #21 on: Mar 04, 2017, 18:03:56 »
What's involved in doing the nighthawk rear wheel swap?  New bearings, spacers, and upgrading to the 530 chain?  I also have a 920r with an '08 R6 front end and can't stand that virago rear wheel.  I already have a nighthawk wheel, brake, and hub.  Any help would be great!  Thanks!

Offline MORK

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Re: XV920R - Fat and Low
« Reply #22 on: Mar 13, 2017, 23:03:08 »
What's involved in doing the nighthawk rear wheel swap?  New bearings, spacers, and upgrading to the 530 chain?  I also have a 920r with an '08 R6 front end and can't stand that virago rear wheel.  I already have a nighthawk wheel, brake, and hub.  Any help would be great!  Thanks!

You pretty much got it, I'm still waiting on the final rear spacer that sits in the cush drive bearing. You also obviously need the new seals but all balls has the right bearings and seals.

You also need to drill out and or replace the drum spacer.

Drilling and tapping the front sprocket will probably be the hardest part. I'm going with an xs650 front sprocket. I think I'm doing 17/36 if I remember right but I'm not sure off hand. I used a couple calculators with the different chain pitch, wheel diameter, and sprocket sizes to get as close to factory as I could. 

Offline MORK

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Re: XV920R - Fat and Low
« Reply #23 on: Mar 19, 2017, 19:39:14 »
Finally found the tank I wanted. I had picked up a Benelli Indian remake turd and was getting so annoyed polishing that piece of crap that I went out and found what I really wanted. It's been done a few times, but I don't care and I really like the lines.


Offline Brodie

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Re: XV920R - Fat and Low
« Reply #24 on: Mar 19, 2017, 20:13:40 »
Looks great. The benelli is a very played out on the Virago.

What is the new tank from?
I'm not sure, but don't ask Brodie.

Way to many build and half done projects to list here.
Sr250, Gs750, Z50A, XV1100, A10, Z160A.

Offline MORK

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Re: XV920R - Fat and Low
« Reply #25 on: Mar 19, 2017, 20:24:21 »
I liked the Benelli but along with the quality issues (I was welding and grinding every leaky seam) it only holds 3gal. It also just felt so narrow.

The new one is from a KZ650SR.

Offline Kunphushun

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Re: XV920R - Fat and Low
« Reply #26 on: Mar 19, 2017, 22:04:23 »
You guys doing these Virago conversions are just flat amazing!  Well done.  Looking forward to updates!

Offline jgyuen

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Re: XV920R - Fat and Low
« Reply #27 on: Mar 20, 2017, 01:50:27 »
How much work is going to go into getting that Kz tank to stay put? Centre channel is obviously wide enough

Offline MORK

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Re: XV920R - Fat and Low
« Reply #28 on: Mar 20, 2017, 09:49:14 »
How much work is going to go into getting that Kz tank to stay put? Centre channel is obviously wide enough

Almost wide enough. I need to smush in the tunnel a little. Front mounts look to be pretty good, but I won't know for sure until I set it all the way down. Rear mounts need to be welded up, but those are easy enough.

Offline MORK

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Re: XV920R - Fat and Low
« Reply #29 on: Mar 21, 2017, 16:38:03 »
Tank mounting Tuesday. Not the final hardware and needs a bit of finish sanding, not to mention a better damper, but progress always makes me happy.