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Author Topic: Project xs750 lowrider  (Read 9561 times)

Offline Markie-V

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Re: Project xs750 lowrider
« Reply #10 on: Mar 26, 2018, 20:08:41 »
In building the rear sub-frame,  I added 14 gauge steel plating as a larger gusset around the swing-arm pivot. This is where the old and new frame sections connected. I wanted uber strength.  But as a side benefit,  when frame is painted red, those gusseting brackets will actually blend into the fiberglass side panels that will surround the battery  bay.. I am wanting the tank,  side panels,  and seat to flow seamlessly into  the rear fender.  In the second pic... you can see how closely I got the backbone to hug the top end.  It is a squeeze getting the engine in and out, but the trade off is a seat height of about 22 inches. The downside is... only the coil-packs can be shoe-horned under that tank.
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Offline Markie-V

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Re: Project xs750 lowrider
« Reply #11 on: Mar 27, 2018, 22:49:56 »
Modifying the stock front fender.  Moving the mounts rearward so as to move the front of the fender forward.
« Last Edit: Apr 05, 2018, 00:10:00 by Markie-V »

Offline Markie-V

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Re: Project xs750 lowrider
« Reply #12 on: Mar 30, 2018, 00:05:23 »
Beginning the long paint process.  Yes... it will be red and chrome, with black accents.  Degreasing older engines is a PAIN. Polishing cooling fin edges is a PAIN. In the end, though, I think it will be well worth it.
« Last Edit: Apr 05, 2018, 00:13:31 by Markie-V »

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Re: Project xs750 lowrider
« Reply #13 on: Mar 30, 2018, 13:47:19 »
Very cool work.  Not sure what's up with the upside down pics.  Try flipping the camera 180 degrees?   Most cameras store EXIF data about the picture including orientation when taken.  This data tells a computer how to display it. 
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Offline Markie-V

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Re: Project xs750 lowrider
« Reply #14 on: Mar 30, 2018, 18:46:50 »
Thanks CanyonCarver...
I am not a smart phone expert.... frankly.... I suck at  it. The bike is fun to work on. I am five weeks into it in my spare time. Quick question... I looked up the serial number on the internet, and it listed that the bike as a 1978 xs 750 D model. However, it has the oil level window and had the shortened exhaustband teardrop tank. I thought these features  were released on the  78 x750 se model. Any insights?
« Last Edit: Mar 30, 2018, 23:58:27 by Markie-V »

Offline Markie-V

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Re: Project xs750 lowrider
« Reply #15 on: Mar 30, 2018, 18:48:48 »
More paint...

Offline Markie-V

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Re: Project xs750 lowrider
« Reply #16 on: Mar 31, 2018, 22:31:42 »
Engine is now ready for UV baking to cure this finish. Trying to ensure that the paint is scratch, chip, and ethanol resistant..
« Last Edit: Apr 05, 2018, 00:22:48 by Markie-V »

Offline Markie-V

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Re: Project xs750 lowrider
« Reply #17 on: Apr 02, 2018, 21:51:38 »
Squeezed in the three coil packs... or whatever they're called today. Not enough room for three individual brackets, so I fabricated a single bracket to hold all three.  Not a millimeter to spare.  I even had to cut away the upper crossmember on the downtubes. (I'll  replace and move it down lower  later... maybe) Even carved out the space for the triple packs in the foam fiberglass tank mold. Another day. Slow and steady.
« Last Edit: Apr 05, 2018, 00:26:07 by Markie-V »

Offline Markie-V

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Re: Project xs750 lowrider
« Reply #18 on: Apr 03, 2018, 16:12:27 »
Okay... today's geometry challenge... how to get the Hitachi electronic ignition box, the rectifier, (pic 1) into the currently itty bitty space be tween the battery box and the rear fender.  Geometry sucks.
« Last Edit: Apr 06, 2018, 23:52:42 by Markie-V »

Offline Markie-V

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Re: Project xs750 lowrider
« Reply #19 on: Apr 03, 2018, 22:40:47 »
Modified the fender to gain additional 5/8 inches of space to install the electronic ignition box.  Made a mounting bracket and welded the bolts to the back of the bracket, which was then welded to the battery box.  Everything fit with 2 millimeters to spare. The rectifier can now be mounted above the rear master cylinder and it's  fins will be exposed to cooling air through a hole I will fabricate into the fiberglass side covers.
« Last Edit: Apr 05, 2018, 01:04:06 by Markie-V »