'74 CB360 cafe/fighter-ish project

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Nice build man like the headlights! What kind of front tire setup are you gonna run with that cbr front end?


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Re: '74 CB360 cafe/fighter-ish project - Tank Color Poll

the stock one for now. the rubber is old and probably hard, so I'll get something newer, but I havent looked into it. whatever fits the stock rim. I do think im going to go 100/100 front and back though.

I changed around the tail section and I'm replacing my batt with a 9000uF 50VDC cap, so my wiring genius friend was supposed to come over and work his magic tonight. But he's one of the most unreliable people i know, so of course he couldnt make it. To pass the time while I waited for his "I'm sorry bro, but..." txt to come in I repositioned the headlights up a little higher (2.5") to flow more with the new tank.


Then while I was still waiting for him to say he couldnt make it, I wrapped my new pipes. I left the flanges at the head chrome so they can get that awesome blue/gold look, and I wire-wheel'd the tips because I hate the look of chrome.



Last night I sealed the tank with por-15 tank sealer. I guess i fucked it up because the edges on the inside arent sealed. that and there are little rust spots poking through on the spine. After i cleaned the metal ready out of the tank, it flash rusted. I didnt want it to get worse, so i threw the sealer in as fast as i could. I emailed por-15 today and they said that is perfectly normal and I should be fine. I'm still not happy with the results, but it was probably my fault. oh well.


I let the tank drain, upside down through the fill hole, overnight into a 5 gal bucket. This is what i pulled out of the bucket today.

Speaking of the tank... I kinda like the beat up, faded, rough, weathered, vintage look it has going on. I had another friend say he like it too. Initially I was going to paint it low-gloss black like the old/original tank. What do you guys think?


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no can do. it looks like shit. the clear is coming off on half of it, spilled phosphoric acid on it while cleaning it so its like 3 different shades of dark brown, there are rust spots on the back edge and some small rusted dents, the badges are peeling, etc. So its "rustic" stock, or low-gloss black.


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my wiring genius friend finally stopped by and semi cleaned up the rats nest that i couldnt fit the new seat over.

Should be all wired up by tomorrow, if he stops by. left to wire in are the rear blinkers/marker light, tail light and cap.


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I like the look of the wrapped pipes, going to keep your toes toasty though?
I see what you mean about clearance for straight pipes.
Running a bit rich as well by the look of things ( is that carbon on brake pedal end?)


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this bike hasnt been on the road enough for my toes to get warm. hopefully ill find out this summer though.

the rear sets are raw aluminum that i sprayed black, so the paint is wearing off on the top.


Coast to Coast
mounted the rear turn signals today. They're flush mounts for a late model sport bike. I flox'd them into the angle cut rear frame tubes and drilled holes in the top of the frame rails for the wires. green tape is holding them up while the flox cures. Flox is white-ish, so Im going to tape off the lights themselves and spray the ends of the frame tubes black.


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tied up a bunch of loose ends today.

Sprayed the flox on the turn signals black and mounted the cap.


My neutral safety light came out while doing some wiring, so I floxed that in. wont move again.


Sanded down the seat where resin dripped, then sprayed it semi-gloss black.

One of the head pipe flanges was dented. I guess I did it at some point. I tried to tap it flat, then i put some copper RTV on the mounting flange in the head. should be fine (I hope).


Exhaust baffles came in today. crazypj said they were probably too restrictive, so I bent the tabs to allow some more flow.

I routed the fuel lines from the tank to the carb today. Threw some inline stone filters in there. I broke the stock fuel screen when I got the tank, so right now I'm technically running on reserve and dont have an in-tank screen. I just coated the tank, so I think I should be ok until I can get my hands on one.

Cut up the seat pad from the last seat/tail I had. Looks like hell but I'm going to wait until I absolutely hate it before I change it. For now, its functional.

Since I only got one member's opinion on the tank, I guess I'm going to leave it for now. a friend of mine said it looks bad ass all beat up, so thats the other opinion i got.

My wiring genius friend said he would stop over tonight and finish everything up. he just needs to do the rear lights and the hidden kill switch. After that I'm going to fill it with gas and take it for a spin.


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i like the different direction that your build is taking. i always wondered what a dual headlight setup would like. i like it raised up how you have it now. what is this flox taht you throw on everything? resin with cavasil? what are the details on your battery setup? keep up the ideas.


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Thanks for the compliment. I try to keep the centerline of the headlight(s) in line with the front corners/shoulders of the tank. They were lower before because that's where the shoulder of the stock tank was. Threw everything off. The new tank allowed me to raise them up and keep the agressive look.

Flox is resin (I use west system) and flocked cotton. Its so strong its structural. Learned about it when I helped my uncle build his lance air legacy (550cid, 2 seater, carbon fiber and fiberglass airplane, a hotrod with wings). I get it from aircraftspruce.com. if you look at the first post I mention it in the word "flox" is a hyperlink to a description.

The battery has been eliminated. My friend came over and wired everything last night. we used a battery to start it up to see if everything worked with the bike on and it took 3 kicks. We took the battery off to see if it would start with just the cap and it took 1 kick. The cap starts on the first kick, every time. 1 kick bike, no battery. I have a handlebar switch that cuts power to all the lights, so that helps. Down side of the cap is that there isn't enough power at idle to work the blinkers. Its kinda funny to see because you can put the signal on then rev the bike and see the light get brighter and start blinking.

Took it for a spin around the block last night, and a longer around-town ride today. Runs great, sounds good/loud, smells like exhaust wrap. Toes do get a little warm, so I just angle my foot out and its fine. The new riding position is a lot better than it was with the stock front end and the seat I had.

Idle/rev vid.


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Ran into a little problem on my last ride. Bent the front drum brace.

Replaced it with the old headlight bar from the stock front end setup.


I don't think this one's going to bend.


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It's not so much the bar that bent but the bolt. It's not designed to work that way.

Go back to the old strap and bend it into an S/Z shape so the top is flush with the fork lug and use a short bolt.

BTW, that's a lot of fork for such a little brake.


Coast to Coast
It does look like it was the bolt, but actually, its the bar that bent. The bolt was still straight and able to be turned with a wrench. Yes, the bolt, not just the nut. I was surprised when it came out and was straight. I threw it out so I don't have a pic. The aluminum caliper mount on the fork is slightly dented from the bolt piviting in the hole.

That's a little brake compared to anything. It wasnt great on a stock bike. I've lightened the bike in some areas and added weight in others. I think I netted out. Where can I get it weighed at?


Any truck yard or gravel pit would have a weigh scale, either call em or just ride on and off. Weigh displays are usually a digital display at the end of the scale. I used to weigh my pickup to see the difference fucll and emptty tank made.


Coast to Coast
The por-15 tank sealer is bubbling up. Mark @ por-15 won't tell me how to take it off because their product is too good for that to happen. Any ideas?


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I'm pretty sure you don't want to fit a 100 series tyre on front rim.
I've pulled the Conti 'GO' off the alloy rims and fitted them to my 360. (90/90x18)
Very 'twitchy' but I guess I'll get used to it.
May try dropping tyre pressure a bit first


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Damn, I love the look. Oh well. What're some good, reasonably priced tires? I haven't even started to look at any yet, but want to get them soon.

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dp9 said:
no can do. it looks like shit. the clear is coming off on half of it, spilled phosphoric acid on it while cleaning it so its like 3 different shades of dark brown, there are rust spots on the back edge and some small rusted dents, the badges are peeling, etc. So its "rustic" stock, or low-gloss black.

well you could wetsand down the clear and even out the finish a bit and throw a new one on there? give it a sealed worn look?

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