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  1. kmcphee

    Braced swing arm OR modern swaps for a CB500/550?

    Bit of a delayed reply but MotoGP Werx out of California is building new Calfab swing arms for the 550 and other bikes. He bought all the rights and stuff. I bought the cb550 version for my 650.
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    '78 CB750A bobber build

    Lookin' good. I'm thinking of doing a bobber on my next project. Love this!
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    CB350 Bagger Project

    nice work, thinkin' outside the box. Looks great man!! :)
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    Lets see your front end swaps!

    Thank you sir
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    1979 Honda cb650z cafe build

    pipe will likely sit a couple of inches lower but same angle. Might be a bit loud but I have another baffle that fits inside if it gets too loud. I use to ride a Harley so I'm use to loud. This bike is built for zipping around the city and maybe a hwy or two. Probably will not see any long trips.
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    hello, 1st build, 81 cb650

    the 650 is a derivative of the 550, a lot of inter-changeable parts. Frames are very close, you can take a 650 engine and pop in 550 frame. My swing arm is from Moto GP Werks and for a 550, bolted right up (had to order the 550 swing arm bolts etc. I lost an inch on the length from the 650 arm...
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    1979 Honda cb650z cafe build

    Couple more angles
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    1979 Honda cb650z cafe build

    On two wheels now. Getting closer. Ordered a Pingel fuel petcock with steel bung. Also order a frenched site glass. Once these are in I have a shop lined up to tig weld into my tank, then test. Then lined and off to paint.
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    1979 Honda cb650z cafe build

    Here ya go If your frame has the removable piece you'll have to notch out the bolt locations like I did. Also radius out the back side of those notches.
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    hello, 1st build, 81 cb650

    I'm 2 years in now but at final assembly. Its all the little items that hold you up along the way, waiting for parts etc. I also have an 18 month old son which takes priority. I get a little bit of wrenching in after he goes to bed and sometimes on the weekends. It will get done though. on...
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    hello, 1st build, 81 cb650

    Didn't you get the memo? until further notice none of us are aloud to experiment with our bikes unless we have an approval in writing. Further more, any parts acquisitions (even if we are paying) must be approved prior to ordering! :) I like the direction you are heading with your build.
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    1979 Honda cb650z cafe build

    Also picked up this little 2 stroker for a future project. Yamaha GT80, got it for nothing. Needs some TLC. Once my 650 is on the road I will tear this apart and clean it up. Likely sell it. Its a little big for a starter bike for my little guy. I should be able to make a few bucks on it though...
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    1979 Honda cb650z cafe build

    little bit more done this weekend. Have to order up a new fuel bung to get welded in. Fuel petcock is hitting the carbs so have to move it towards the front slightly, bout an 1". sucks but oh well.
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    1979 Honda cb650z cafe build

    thank you for the heads up on the stainless, I'll check my manual tonight for the torque rating. Having never worked with these crush washers before (its my first bike build) I just wasn't sure if the washer actually crushed in there or there was a torque setting. Glad I asked, I would have...
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    1979 Honda cb650z cafe build

    I'm hoping someone can offer some advice regarding the exhaust crush washers?? How tight do I need to go with the nuts?, does the copper washer actually need to flatten out in there?? do I have to use any other type of gasket sealer in there? I replaced all the studs with stainless. Had...
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    1979 Honda cb650z cafe build

    Now I can move this thing along and get the seat pan and tank finally painted. Needed to get the engine in the frame and this weekend I will get the carbs (CR29) installed. There might be an issue with the petcock hitting the carbs so that may have to be relocated. That's why I have been held up...
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    1979 Honda cb650z cafe build

    more assembly happening!! Engine meet frame I'm finding my pictures are not the best, going to try and get some better ones with my wife's camera.
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    1979 Honda cb650z cafe build

    Still haven't ordered rear shocks yet, wanted the Fox Podium RC1 but can't seem to get them right now, Cognito Moto is out of stock??. Progressive has a new shock out, the 490 Series, blacked out. Available for Harley Dyna's, some Triumph models but only eye to eye mount. They look kick ass and...
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    1979 Honda cb650z cafe build

    rear set brackets are from Cognito Moto but halfway thru I decided to do the rear disc conversion so had to take Devin's bracket for the right side and modify it to hold the rear master cylinder, had to mess with this one anyway to make it fit my bike. Speed holes are my design to make it go...
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    1979 Honda cb650z cafe build

    Assembly has been a slooooow go, waiting for parts to come in and little bits to be powder coated. Frame was powder coated in a black texture finish, similar to wrinkle but not quite, more like an OEM finish. Might be hard to tell in these pics. I just wanted something a little different than...
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