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  1. Mike450

    Honda CB450 Cafe Racer

    I got the angles worked out and the rest of the exhaust tacked into place. I'm happy with the way things turned out. The bracket on the right side interferes with the current brake linkage setup but I had planned to switch to clevis pins anyways so once that's done I'll have plenty of...
  2. Mike450

    Honda CB450 Cafe Racer

    Did you end up using the included mounting bracket or did you have to fabricate one? I used similar mufflers on my CB77 but the included mounting brackets kept vibrating loose.
  3. Mike450

    Honda CB450 Cafe Racer

    What do you guys think about this setup for the mufflers? I was thinking about doing a 2-1 like I had done before, but just for fun I dug these out of the parts bin and to be honest I'm really liking the look.
  4. Mike450

    Honda CB450 Cafe Racer

    Thanks. I'm still not sure which box the seat is in.
  5. Mike450

    Honda CB450 Cafe Racer

    I'm going to make an effort to post more pictures going forward, I realize that not everyone wants to sit through my rambling videos. Hell, I don't even want to sit through them sometimes. I started on the new exhaust today. I had the headers made by a company called J&D Tube Benders a few...
  6. Mike450

    Honda CB450 Cafe Racer

    This project is still fighting me at every step. I suppose there's nothing to do but press on.
  7. Mike450

    Honda CB450 Cafe Racer

    Finally! Back to work on this project. We moved back in February so the months leading up to that were consumed with finding a house, packing, moving, etc. so no time for bikes. After the move there were (and still are) endless projects and repairs to be done around the house but I think I'm...
  8. Mike450

    CB450 Trouble Mounting Dunlop D404 Rear Tire

    Thanks for the suggestions. I'll check those out.
  9. Mike450

    CB450 Trouble Mounting Dunlop D404 Rear Tire

    So that would mean that it's not suitable for the stock 3.50 rim, unless I'm misunderstanding what the measurements are referring to. That would explain why the gap between beads of the tire seemed so small compared to other tires I've run on my own CB450. Either way, the decision has been...
  10. Mike450

    CB450 Trouble Mounting Dunlop D404 Rear Tire

    One more quick question: would a 110/90-18 have been a more suitable replacement for the old 3.5-18 stock tire instead of the 120/90-18 that I purchased based on the info I found on Common-Motor when I ordered the tires originally? https://www.common-motor.com/honda-cb450-faq#cb450tiresize The...
  11. Mike450

    CB450 Trouble Mounting Dunlop D404 Rear Tire

    Will do. I'll follow up with the outcome. Thanks again.
  12. Mike450

    CB450 Trouble Mounting Dunlop D404 Rear Tire

    I'll give that a try this evening, wasn't sure how far I could safely push the PSI. Should I be hitting the tread on the side that isn't seated, or the opposite side? Or all the way around? Thanks!
  13. Mike450

    CB450 Trouble Mounting Dunlop D404 Rear Tire

    Hey guys, I'm finally getting back to work on my CB450 cafe racer project but I've run into an issue mounting the Dunlop D404 120/90-18 rear tire that was purchased for this bike. I can't seem to get the bead to seat on the inner "shoulder" of the rim. The front tire went on with almost no...
  14. Mike450

    Honda CB450 Cafe Racer

    Thanks. I'm anxious to get back to work on it but it's tough to find motivation when it's 30°F in the garage.
  15. Mike450

    Honda CB450 Cafe Racer

    The cold weather has really slowed down progress lately but I did manage to get the rearset mounting plates done. I cut them out of some scrap 1/4" steel plate that I had. I rough cut them with an angle grinder and then did the finish work with a file. It was quite a bit of work as you can...
  16. Mike450

    Honda CB450 Cafe Racer

    Thanks. As promised, here's the update regarding the return spring. The first one I ordered ended up being too big but it worked as proof of concept. It was off of a VW of some sort and I had just guessed at its size based on a photo in an eBay listing. I should have known better. I ended...
  17. Mike450

    Honda CB450 Cafe Racer

    Thanks
  18. Mike450

    Honda CB450 Cafe Racer

    It took quite a lot of trial and error but I think we finally have a solid solution for the rear brakes. I didn't want mess around with bending the brake rod and trying to make that work, it seemed like that would flex too much and make the rear brake considerably less effective. I thought...
  19. Mike450

    Honda CB450 Cafe Racer

    Small but important steps this week. I worked out the location of the rearset mounting points. The tabs were welded to the frame and then I mocked the mounting plates up with some wood scrap (which quickly broke) and then in 1/4" PVC. Once I get all the linkage squared away I'll make the...
  20. Mike450

    Honda CB450 Cafe Racer

    Thanks. It does use up a little space in the electronics tray but with the battery under the seat hump I don't think it will be and issue. The trickiest part was getting the hinge mounted where it would allow enough clearance between the seat and frame as it lifts up. I had to adjust and...
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