CB360 - First Build

zachshine

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As the name of the thread implies, this is my first full on build. I've owned and ridden dirt bikes and four wheelers all throughout my childhood, but I'm in my 20's now and want something for the street.
I've always been interested in the cafe community, seems like there's a lot of room for interpretation on builds and lots of good old fashioned DIY.
This build is already halfway done at this point, but this is the first I'm posting on it. I will add pictures and info as often as I can, but I apologize in advance for not being on my computer much.

Anyways, here's the starting point:
1975 Honda CB360-T
8400 original miles
Started right up and idled when I bought it, but was missing the battery, air filters and mufflers

Right off the bat I changed the ignition points and adjusted the timing, carbs were ultrasonically cleaned, and both brakes were serviced with new pads and shoes.
Tires seemed to be in good shape, as well as the chain and sprockets. The same cannot be said for the tank as there are many dents and lots of character in the paint.
The frame is in good structural shape, but again has very rough paint and spots of surface rust.

More pics and stories to come...
 

zachshine

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Here's some of the results from painting, first time I've ever done any work like this...

Ground off all of the unnecessary tabs and extras, as well as a lot of the surface rust spots along the top tubes of the frame. Hit everything with some fine grit paper and sprayed on without needing a primer. Obviously a good powder coat would be ideal, but this was only $6 and a few hours time

I used Rustoleum Appliance Epoxy, it came in a rattle can. I heard this was a good option for cheap hard drying paint, took 2 ish cans to do everything and it actually turned out pretty well.
 

zachshine

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Last update for today:

I got an order of parts from 4into1 including;
Wide riser bars
New brat style seat
New headlight with a nice looking grill and mounting hardware
Emgo mufflers
All new control switches and matching levers

The front forks got new seals and oil and I polished the stanchion tubes. As well, the rear shocks were disassembled, cleaned, and polished.
The rear fender also got a new bracket to mount it higher up and give it a nice chopped and lowered look.

The bike is still waiting on a set of K&N RC-1820 air filters and a carb tune (hopefully by crazypj...) as well as lots of other miscellaneous things, but it's great to finally see it back on two wheels.
 

ex119x

Been Around the Block
I'd keep a close eye on the tires. In your close up pic of the front the date code indicates that it was manufactured the first week of February of 2009. The rubber appears to be in good shape and not dry rotted, but it is 11 years old.
 

DuckStew

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My thoughts mirror ex119x’s. To expand a bit on it, the numbers being referred to are 0509 molded into the tire. The first two are the week of the year the tire was produced and the last two are the year. Tire rubber gets hard and can cause issues as tires age. Keep an eye on them for squirrelly performance during cornering or sudden maneuvers... Love the work thus far!
 

zachshine

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I'd keep a close eye on the tires. In your close up pic of the front the date code indicates that it was manufactured the first week of February of 2009. The rubber appears to be in good shape and not dry rotted, but it is 11 years old.


My thoughts mirror ex119x’s. To expand a bit on it, the numbers being referred to are 0509 molded into the tire. The first two are the week of the year the tire was produced and the last two are the year. Tire rubber gets hard and can cause issues as tires age. Keep an eye on them for squirrelly performance during cornering or sudden maneuvers... Love the work thus far!

Wow, great spot on the tire markings... will definitely keep a close eye on them for the time being.
Would love to get input on what tires other people have run on their CB’s and what sizes they can get away with... I like the look (and price) of the Shinko 270 Super Classic’s, and their 241 trail tires are a really cool look for a tracker type as well.
 

zachshine

New Member
Update:
Installed some Ti header wrap and K&N filters

Got about half the electrical left to sort out and rewire with new connections, but should be starting up soon.
 

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ridesolo

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Looking really nice. One recommendation: If you still have that front fender and aren't planning to use it I recommend you strongly consider drilling off the rivets that hold the U-shaped bracket to the fender and then paint it up and put it back onto the forks. That's a good fork brace that will greatly help your front end handling/strength. If you do that and paint it black it'll all but disappear on there if you are trying for that fenderless look. Perhaps you are planning to just cut the fender down some or use something else, but either way, don't forego the fork brace.
 

Nemi1596

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This is really cool man Im the same way did dirtbikes and quads growing up and wanted to do a cafe/brat style bike but my base wasnt ad nice as your definitely following your build looks good so far keep it up

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MiniatureNinja

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+1 to what ridesolo said... it's what I did with mine, and I'll tell you the 20 minutes I rode the bike without that while I was picking it up from the powdercoats was pretty sketchy. how on earth people ride without them is beyond me
 

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