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    budget sv650 cafe racer

    Slowly my wife has been ill and in hospital Been doing some tig practice and learning as I go. Although the fuel tank is still a work in progress, my birthday is coming up and I am being asked what I want. I am thinking of asking for this fuel cap. But keen to know what others think. If I buy a...
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    My Tank is giving me a headache

    To me it looks like it just fits across the stock recess I would cut a peace of flat plate to size mark drill and attach the inside nuts then weld/braze the plate in place and then cut the filer hole. I think it has more chance of warping out of shape if you cut the hole first. I think...
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    Fitting a Quick Release Pin to secure my fuel tank to the frame.

    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005002776742495.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.73b04c4dEa3oK2 6mm dia 25mm length :)
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    Post a pic of your latest purchase

    looks great, I only have small toolboxs at the moment but I can dream.
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    tank vent

    Hi I'm doing a similar thing and have the same questions What I have found is https://www.aliexpress.com have Harley caps with bungs and from what I can tell, most most Harley right hand threaded caps are vented. Show us what you end up doing, Good on you giving it a go...
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    GS450 1981 Spark plug caps

    My sv650 caps where about 10k from memory but the inside unscrews and the resistor can be swapped. I used some silver solder rod to convert to non resistive, and used some solid core wire from the local dirt bike shop.
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    I want to indoctrinate my friends and family...

    One of the best family bike days we had was my daughters 21st birthday we hired 10 50cc pagsta mini choppers at the Gold Coast. and we all rode round like a little gang, We got comments everywhere we went and traffic gave way to us it was a ball. If something like that doesn't work nothing will
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    budget sv650 cafe racer

    I have started cutting out my final patterns for the tank and started thinking of paint. I am thinking Frame and swing arm black base with dark blue candy over it. Seat and tank Black gloss with a little metal flake and some sort of bright colour detail. And a little less duct tape. How does...
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    The perfect bobber platform...

    I loved my xs650, I had owned some early vw's and If you can think of a mod some one makes it. And that's what owning a xs650 is like. It's the VW Beetle of the bike world.
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    Post a pic of your latest purchase

    A step closer, only thing stopping me from using it is the missing hose to run between the regulator and the welder. Should some rubber fuel line do the trick? I am thinking of mounting my little plasma cuter on the lower arm.
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    Post a pic of your latest purchase

    I started making a stand for my new welder now I have to learn to tig
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    Bypass Battery from Charging System: Motogadget/Lithium Battery

    I had a sv650 gen R/R die and blow up my lithium battery. I replaced the battery and the R/R charge voltages etc. were correct but the battery was losing charge if sat for a couple of days perfect while running, so I adapted a gsxr600 R/R now all is good max v14.5 and the battery holds charge...
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    budget sv650 cafe racer

    Just making a trolley for my new welder today still needs wheels, handle, and toolbox. then I can star welding my new tank.
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    budget sv650 cafe racer

    What can I say Brodie, your right. I was thinking of lowering the rear of the tank to get it as parallel as possible with the seat line but to get another litre in the tank I am raising the front and lengthening it about 20 mm, should make it about 13-5-14.5 which I am much happier with.
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    budget sv650 cafe racer

    I don't really want to raise the tank, if I put fuel volume around the whole tank like the original I can increase volume but that reduces the air box volume. I will look at what I can do. I was taking the easy way out, thanks for pushing me to do better.
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    budget sv650 cafe racer

    I was working out fuel capacity for the tank I'm making and a conservative estimate is about 12-13 litres. I can live with that but I hope it's a bit more when all done.
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    budget sv650 cafe racer

    Arrived at last a honey come baffle. (like a cat without the catalyst coating) Since the firs 6" of my megaphone muffler does nothing to quieten the sound level of the bike and I would like to keep the appearance of the old school muffler, I thought this style of baffle may make use of that part...
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    budget sv650 cafe racer

    Been making a pattern for the inside shape for the new tank, also pick up some shield gas for the job.
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    budget sv650 cafe racer

    Getting there I think just 1cm (3/8") more drop over the seat and we are there I think, what do you all think am i missing something? I feels right
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    budget sv650 cafe racer

    I am more incline to raise it jus a fraction to match the seat support. If I drop it do match the seat it may impact ground clearance but I will consider it when doing the finishing touches.....Thanks
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