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Author Topic: The Poor Boy - A Tale Of A CB550- New Electrical  (Read 182474 times)

Offline sxecafe

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Re: The Poor Boy - A Tale Of A CB550
« Reply #30 on: Apr 20, 2010, 00:25:21 »
So I had a redo on the tank this weekend. I almost messed this one up too when I tried to sand down the knee dents, infact I did mess it up but I was able to take the rear of the first attempt and tack it on to this foam with a little work on the seam I think it will look really good. The seat will complete the ass end transition so that its a smooth full slope in to the seat.

Here are the side views:




The Front:


The Back:


Next up is to glass the top. Im a little nervous as I have not glassed something that would hold liquid but Im ready for the challenge.

Thoughts or comments?

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Re: The Poor Boy - A Tale Of A CB550
« Reply #31 on: Apr 20, 2010, 01:23:05 »
Looks cool man. I really dig the shape you came up with!
Like a river that don't know where it's flowin'
I took a wrong turn and just kept goin'

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Re: The Poor Boy - A Tale Of A CB550
« Reply #32 on: Apr 26, 2010, 21:31:05 »
 ;D ;D ;D I got my front end today! I found a dude on CL about two months ago that was getting rid of a 76 Goldwing. Turns out that he wanted to part the thing out so for couple hundred bucks I told him to send the whole front end (minus the rubber) my way. I had to wait until he thought it would be worth it ($$$) to come down to my neck of the woods. In a weird way I think the guy had a good idea... prob made around $2000 today with all the other shit he had to sell.

Here is the whole deal:



The wheel:





The Forks:







The Trees:




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Re: The Poor Boy - A Tale Of A CB550
« Reply #33 on: Apr 26, 2010, 21:37:30 »
I got the front end on to mock up the look (yes I know that the calipers are on backwards) and I ran in to an issue.

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Here is my issue... The top bearings are too tall for the CB550 Frame.



I remember someone else having this issue and there was a relatively east fix. Anyone have any ideas?  



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Re: The Poor Boy - A Tale Of A CB550
« Reply #36 on: Apr 27, 2010, 15:11:57 »
When I swapped front ends, I researched the bearing dimensions for each application ( KZ750/CBR929 in my case ) and looked for a bearing with the inner dimensions of the CBR stem and the outer dimensions of the KZ. I found a set that would work so you should be able to as well. Although in the end I had a friend machine the CBR stem to fit the stock KZ bearings instead. 
KZ's, GPz's N' ZX's

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Re: The Poor Boy - A Tale Of A CB550
« Reply #37 on: Apr 27, 2010, 15:34:39 »
Can you push the top bearing down into the neck using a shim?

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Re: The Poor Boy - A Tale Of A CB550
« Reply #38 on: Apr 27, 2010, 16:05:48 »
do what i did...swap stems...


step 1: grind weld, press out Honda stem



step 2: heat up and press stem out of tree, breaking retaining clip that I ddnt know was there....lol



Step 3: tap stem into tree, weld....VOILA!



step 4 will be to powedercoat the triples black, like the old one
1975 CB550F  Frankenbike, parting out
1982 XV920....longest owned, newest project
2000 KLR685...made it to the arctic ocean...
2001 Ninja 250...The wifes bike
2008 Ninja 250... Holy crap is this thing fun!

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Re: The Poor Boy - A Tale Of A CB550
« Reply #39 on: Apr 27, 2010, 16:09:34 »
You can go either of the suggested routes. Weld the 550 stem into the GL tree or shim the hell out of the bearing. The weld option is the better of the two though IMO.
Like a river that don't know where it's flowin'
I took a wrong turn and just kept goin'