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Author Topic: XS400 cafe build  (Read 2603 times)

Offline sandmanred

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Re: XS400 cafe build
« Reply #30 on: May 30, 2019, 14:28:20 »

Offline sandmanred

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Re: XS400 cafe build
« Reply #31 on: May 30, 2019, 14:30:40 »
Final polish.

One short ride last night.  Definitely louder than stock.  Pulled one plug and looks nice and tan.  A little rumbling on decel but no backfires.  Time for some more miles.





Offline sandmanred

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Re: XS400 cafe build
« Reply #32 on: Jun 24, 2019, 10:44:40 »
Going to take one more run at the seat cover and start tear down for paint and powder.  I picked up a new sewing machine that handles much heavier thread than what I had before.  Going with black vinyl and a red top stitch the match the red that the tank and front fender will be.  Top two pics show laying out the stitch lines for the quilted section of the seat.  The front fender is already powder coated candy red over brushed aluminum.  Rims to be gold and frame gloss black.

Any thoughts on the side cover color?  I was thinking the same red as the tank but it's also been suggested to go black like the frame.






Offline sandmanred

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Re: XS400 cafe build
« Reply #33 on: Jul 03, 2019, 07:57:52 »
I'm all torn down for paint and powder coating.  The red on the fender goes on the tank and side covers, gloss black frame and gold rims.  Tank gets some gold graphics to tie in the rims.

Here are the rims underway.  Prime, followed by gold base and 2k gloss top coat.  First time using rattle can 2k top coat.  I'm impressed with the gloss and how it wets out.  We'll see how it holds up.









Offline sandmanred

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Re: XS400 cafe build
« Reply #34 on: Jul 12, 2019, 10:42:27 »
Waiting on powder coated parts.  All my painting of little bits and bobs is done.  Almost everything is de-greased.  Tires remounted.  Taking another run at the seat cover with bigger topstitching.  And then hopefully start re-assembling sometime next week.


Offline sandmanred

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Re: XS400 cafe build
« Reply #35 on: Jul 14, 2019, 08:20:25 »
Engine in the frame  8)




Offline sandmanred

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Re: XS400 cafe build
« Reply #36 on: Jul 17, 2019, 12:02:27 »
Waiting on tank and side covers from powder coating.  Tank and side covers will be the same red as the fender.  Exhaust wrap on headers is next.  Along with the latest seat cover attempt.


Offline sandmanred

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Re: XS400 cafe build
« Reply #37 on: Jul 17, 2019, 19:47:15 »
Header wrap in place.  I hate putting that stuff on but it dresses up my beat up headers.  Ties in nice with the gold on the rims I think?


Offline ridesolo

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Re: XS400 cafe build
« Reply #38 on: Jul 17, 2019, 22:51:55 »
It's looking nice.
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Offline sandmanred

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Re: XS400 cafe build
« Reply #39 on: Jul 18, 2019, 18:57:36 »
Thanks!

Still waiting on tank and covers, should be soon.  Put on the latest seat cover today.  This one has a much larger top stitch and few less defects than the last one ;-)  The white marking in the close up needs to be wiped off, they are layout lines.