$50 mod thread


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Painting Wheels - JRK5892

Helmet Bump Stop - halfton / autoguy

Home-Made Risers - JRK5892

Cheap Wire Clean-Up (Wire Ties) - JRK5892

Bearing Ring Removal Tool - Bouncer

Stripping Paint from a Tank - JRK5892

Removing Powder Coat - JRK5892

Installing Clubman Bars - Flugtechnik

Headlight Bucket Mod to Fit Speedo - liam

Aluminum Cafe Seat (No Welding) - mrkil

Motor Install / Frame Protection - JRK5892

Relining Brake Drums - Wee Todd

Helmet Foam for Seat - sgt. slick

License Plate Bracket (with Light) - mysta2

Repacking and Packing Baffles - souperman

Cutting Stock Brake/Clutch Levers - JRK5892

Switch Housings Clean-Up - JRK5892

Building Solid State Replacements for Old Selenium Rectifiers - liam

$2 Bridge Rectifier - johnson_steve

Bike Table - JRK5892

Work Bench - Bouncer

Oxalic Acid to Clean Chrome - njsoccerguy

Lighting - BigBSBusa

Managing Your Bike's Amps - johnson_steve

Bar End Mirrors - Flugtechnik

Tail Light - CThor

Cable Covers - JRK5892

Rolling Bike Stand - mbrown67

Tail Light/License Plate Bracket - Useful Idiot

Homemade Manometer - Useful Idiot

Storage for Bike - Useful Idiot

Custom Cut Shapes Into Cases - Bouncer

Manometers - HerrDeacon

Crazy Glue Stitches - Troybilt

Starter Button Repair - 904cafe

Reproduction Switch - Terry

Ignition Switch in Headlight (Mini Guages) - anarki650

Handle Bar Key Switch - Terry

Engine Stand - Bouncer

Custom Seat - jfsebastian

Aluminum Finish Spray Paint - CresentSon

Koozie Seat - Herm21

How to Cover Koozie Seat - Herm21

Cutting Threaded Rod - Jason TEAMSHRALP

Lightweight Corrosion Proof Battery Box - Swagger

Drink Shaker Muffler Mod - loudest143

Soda Blasting for Carb Cleaning - Terry

Plasti-dip Coating - brewtown16

Lemon Juice Carb Clean - Swagger

Lemon Juice Carb Clean - JRK5892

Shock Spring Removal - IMOALE

Evapo-Rust Rust Removal - VonYinzer

Shaker Muffler Mod - Jason TEAMSHRALP

Ford Regulator - CresentSon

Chrome/Black Cable Wraps - JRK5892

$8 Battery Tender - JRK5892

Rubber Revitalizing - Zixxerboy

CB450/500 Torsion Bar Tool - Useful Idiot

Coil Power Mod (Getting Full Power Out of Your Coils) - Gryph

Metal Scrap Pick-Up - jason TEAMSHRALP

Rattle Can Spray Gun Attachment - CThor

LED Gauge Bulbs - Flugtechnik

Flexi Hose (Cable Covers) - MN_TX650

Taping Rims to Paint Spokes and Hubs - tamickler

Cheap Battery Acid Overflow Tank - Autoguy

Aftermarket Coils - Honda CB450 - krukster86

Clubman Internal Wire - magnang

Profile Holes - Swagger

Epoxy Painting Lowers - JRK5892

Cheap Motorcycle Lift - JRK5892

Vibration In Bars Removal - Swagger

Cheap And Effective Method Of Cleaning A Tank - diesel450

Bluing, It Coats And Seal Gun Barrels - Terry

Free 'Bar-End' Mirrors - overdraft

Make Your Own Idiot Light Dash - HERM21

Keep Zip Ties From Moving Around - TDC

Radio Shack Idiot Lights - JRK5892

Small Bright Led Turn Signals - Swagger

Free Manuals - VonYinzer

Homemade Spring Compressor - goodfornothing

Rust Remover - Swagger & boingk

How to Strip and Paint - dixiedevil

LED Headlight Conversion - JRK5892

Metal Polish - malloy

LED Brake Light "How-To" - crazypj

Custom Paint With Rattle Can (Rattle Can BLING BLING) - tWistedWheelz

Homemade Baffels - Twistedwheelz

Under $20 Halo Eyes - my94f2

$2 License Plate Mount - Blake

Strong and Light Fiberglass/CF Parts Without An Autoclave - Swagger

Easy Polish Chrome/Aluminum - msimm43

Polish How-To - Swagger

Fuse Holder - Maritime

New Light For Old Sealed Beam Headlights - Swagger

Cheap Pre-Made Plate Mounts - Swagger

Predone Sealed Headlight w/ Replaceable Bulb - loudest143

Camera Mount - staffy

Other Sites Under $50 Thread

How To Make Your Own LED Headlight - MBellRacing

Motorcycle Table - midnightcafe

Making Cable Ends - Garage Rat

Carb Adapters for Tuning - loudest143

Tire Beads - Swagger

Less Than $10 Headlight Ears - tWistedWheelz

Gas Tank Rust Remover - rjz5400

DIY Paper Gaskets - midnightcafe

Over Flow Bottle Holder - JRK5892

Syphon - interceptor

Spark Plug Tester - interceptor

Butt Joint Welding Clamp - Roc City Cafe

Bending Brake - sebatron

Skateboard seatpan - sebatron

valve spring compressor - Hoosier Daddy

Tank Badge Restoration - bikeboy

Painting Raised Letters - bikeboy

Painting Raised Letters - tWistedWheelz

Stebel Nautilus Airhorn - midnightcafe

Stainless Brake Lines - midnightcafe

Shock adjuster tool - Staffy

Removing Powder Coating And Anodize At Home - Swagger

Steering Stem Locknut Socket - bikeboy

Cloth Covered Wires - Swagger

Adding vacuum ports to your CB450 - Flugtechnik

Media Blasting Box - sxecafe

Paint Stripper - 1911pewpew

Chain Oiler - boingk

Parts/Paint Cooker - Ethanol

Homemade Leakdown Tester - perattzi

Merge Your Headers On The Cheap - hurley209

Spring Compressor - HelthInsXpert

Spring Compressor - bikeboy

Soda Blaster - DP9

Side Mount License Plate Bracket - Wingspan

Tuck And Roll Look - baconpocket

Body Filler Safe Paint Stripper - arcspeedworks

Trip Reset Knob - Nortstudio

Regal Bench Stool - Staffy

$6 Valve Spring Compressor - tsbigdog

NiCd Battery Revival - JohnGoFast

Bike Stand, Upper Fairing Cross-member Swivel, Tank Strap Adjuster - acm177

Reducing Handlebar Vibration - pablohoney

Theaded Inserts - Sunflash

Reducing Handlebar Vibration - JRK5892, richsuz, Swagger

Resistor To Make LEDs Flash - MitchellSK

Front Fender - Rocker

DIY Pro Quality Paint Work - ben2go

Lathe - Sunflash

Work Bench - dynamitedave

Work Benches - ben2go

Bike/Engine Dolly - Swagger

Sturdy Shelves - ben2go

Regal Rolling Stool - Staffy

Brake Light from Turn Signal - vtwin650

Removing Rust from Gas Tank - GLENNWOOD55CAMEO

Spring Compressor - HerrDeacon

Electrolytic Rust Remova - metropolitanhighrise

$6 Shorty Velocity Stacks - montessa172

Home Made Blasting Cabinet - tsbigdog

Valve Spring Compressor - GK

Valve Spring Compressor - Hoosier Daddy

Welder's Mask - RoadRash

No Chemical Tank Cleaning - Hoosier Daddy

Retrofit H4 Bulb into Sealed Beam - crazypj
Great idea JRK, I'm hoping to have one or two of these this winter. It will be interesting to see what appears in this thread.

I love cheap and DIY.
Definitely a good idea. It can help someone that is not sure how they will do something or give folks ideas they may not have come up with on their own.
ill start
Job: Black spokes
Cost: 10 bucks
first i washed the whole wheel in simple green (3/1) and water, then used a wire wheel to sand down my wheels.. ensure that l the loose rust is off and gave a good surface for the paint to grab... again washed with simple green mix... from here i wiped the whole wheel down with denatured alchole... then comes the taping... i started with a fat piece of tap between each spoke, from there using thin maskin tape i wrapped each nipple (do this so i you can still tighten and true the wheel) after that i just stated to cover the whole wheel...
I shot the wheel in black rustolem epoxy paint... light coats, VERY light coats, and follow the directions... let it set up for 48 hrs and removed the tape... here are the pics:


After the wash:

after wire wheel and wash:

Taped up:

with paint on:

final product:


chrome polish to get the chrome back up and BLING'N
Leon... once this starts to grow and get to be afew pages i can organize it and create a index on the first page so it is a bit easier to sort though... we just need people to contribute and it will just EXPLODE with posts! LETS GET EM GOING GUYS!
not my idea twas halfton,s idea , but a sub $50 bump stop made from a german helmet, i used a fiberglass german skid lid from my local harley shop, the skid lid cost me around $35


my bump stop
$3 homemade riser extensions:
ok... here is what you do:
first decide how all you want to go... pull the stock bolt that feeds up from the bottom of the tree and into the stock handlebar clamp... take that to home depot or the hardware store... get a 1 or 2 in longer HARDENED bolt that matches the same threads and demensions just longer... then pick up a box of fender washers that match the bolt (they should be around the size of a quarter or half dollar)... now take a walk over to plumbing and pick up a piece of chrome piping that matches the circumfrance of the washers (the piping that i used was the kind that is under sinks... thin and chrome, it does not bear weight it is just for looks).... last thing to get is a push chrome cap that fits the pipe. ooh ya and some lock tite
Now how to do it:
pull your bars and pull your stock bar clamps off... find the exact center of the push caps and drill that out to match the circumfrance of the new bolts you will be using... measure out how high you want to raise your bars, then just count out the number of washers it will take to acomplish the lift. after you know the amount of washers it will take measure the stack of washers (goes without saying but make sure both of your stacks have the same amount of washers)
cut your plumbing pipe to match the height of the washers, BEFORE CUTTING, put some packing tape around the area to be cut, this will prevent the chrome from flaking, after both peices are cut file down the rough edges and put it all together (use just a touch of marine grease on the washers to prevent any squeeking... just a touch) mine squeeked a bit but my dads and brothers never made a peep... just tighen it all down and there you go! 3 dollar risers! Here is a crude picture to give you a idea


my buddy ICE came up wiht this one... works great i use it all the time to clean up wires and get it together:
Cheap alterative to the billet clamps and other bought stuff. Use zip ties and tuding to create your own spacers. Turns out to be shock mounted too.



This guy:

To take off this guy:

All you have to do is find the right size drill bits. It is a piece of flat bar with the drill bits drilled through. Much cheaper then a face spanner wrench.
come on guys i know i am not the only one...
Mod: stripping a tank
Cost: 15 bucks

head out get a 99c paint chip brush, aircraft stripper (i prefer the liquid form)
1. pour the stripper on
2. spread it around with the brush
3. wait
4. scrape off old paint (wear chemical gloves, i like to use 000 steel wool and plastic scraper)
5. rinse off with water
paint free tank



removing old powder coat without sanding
Cost 10 - 20 bucks

just get some gasket stripper... spray it down with that... let it sit for 20 min, then add a coat of air craft stripper and let that sit for another 10 min... use steel wool and cemical gloves to scrub off the old powder... rinse the part well and wipe down with some rubbing alchole
One thing rarely mentioned is the disposal of the stripper/paint etc. Does everyone just keep adding jerry cans to their collection full of this crap and then finally get out to the haz-mat depot to get rid of it, or do you dump it on the wife's garden?
god damn, I have sooooo many bottles of everything. I'm too lazy to get to a haz mat depot, should probably do that before it all goes up in flames. the last time I used stripper, I washed it off with a hose. It was a spray kind, I dont know how you would store that though.
i will not comment on how i dispose of mine... lets just say it goes away at 3 am when no one is on the street
Seems like an obvious mod, but I figured I'd post what I did.

Mod: Installing Clubman Bars
Cost: $25-$50

Clubmans - $20-$25
Heat Shrink - $5
New Grips - Optional - $20

1. Disconnect wires to handlebar controls behind headlight
2. Disconnect Throttle, Clutch and Brake Cables
3. Remove handlebar clamps and remove old bars
4. Remove handlebar control housings and pull old wires out
5. Use compressed air to remove the left side grip
6. Remove old heat shrink from wires and put new softer heat shrink on
7. Put clubmans on the bike to figure out what position you want them in
8. Use the old bars to figure out where to put the holes for the wires
9. Drill / cut / grind the holes for the wires *Make sure to round / debur the edges so they don't cut the wires*
10. Feed the wire bundles through the bars. NOT EASY due to the 90° bend. Best advice is to take it slow and Push then Pull...Push/Pull...Push/Pull
11. Reinstall left grip with compressed air
12. Mount bar and reinstall bar clamps
13. Reconnect wires behind the headlight and make sure everything works.
14. Lube Cables since they are already disconnected
15. Reconnect Cables and attach control housings

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