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Ethan

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Awesome work Pete! I assume you made the mount for those dampers? My son and I are nearly done with the engine rebuild in our 450. It won’t be anywhere close to this level, but I’m getting some ideas!


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Pete12

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Thanks Ethan. I've been following your post and yours is coming along well. Great to see your son helping as well.
 

Pete12

Been Around the Block
I bought a new left hand switch assembly as it was a narrow one and gave me the right amount of clearance around the clutch lever. I had previously bought another narrower one but it had really small wires and would have required relays to function correctly, so I bit the bullet and went with this one. It was fairly expensive, but had everything I wanted and was from a dealer I had used previously who was great to deal with. When it arrived it was exactly what I wanted, however the back part of the assembly was for 1" bars, with the front part (with all the switches) was for 7/8" bars. I fitted it up and it wouldn't tighten up on the bars, so I messaged the dealer and he was very apologetic and offered me an immediate refund, including him paying for the freight both ways. I thanked him for this but as the switch was perfect for my application I decide to make up a new back piece. The third picture shows the original one at the bottom and the replacement at the top, and it all tightens up perfectly.
 

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Pete12

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Here's the new switch in place, nice and tight on the handlebars now.
 

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NoRiders

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Nice :)

I can only dream of having the machines and skillz to 'knock up' a piece like that, very nice.

I have spotted a KTM leftside switch that looks neat n tidy which can have an optional indicator module which should do nicely.
 

Pete12

Been Around the Block
NoRiders said:
Nice :)

I can only dream of having the machines and skillz to 'knock up' a piece like that, very nice.

I have spotted a KTM leftside switch that looks neat n tidy which can have an optional indicator module which should do nicely.
Thanks NoRiders. I looked at the KTM switches but they all seemed to be too wide as well.
 

Pete12

Been Around the Block
I made up the main earth and power wires and was able to crank the motor over a few times on the starter motor. It spins nice and freely, but I had the cam covers off and no oil was pumping up to the top end. I cranked it for maybe 15-20 seconds and have seen no sign of oil, perhaps it just takes longer to get up there when the motor isn't running. I'm not really a four stroke person, aside from a Harley, Ducati and Rotax all my bikes have been 2 strokes, so I'm hoping that I am just rushing it a bit and it will get there soon. No problem if not though, just need to remove the clutch cover and find out what is happening in there...
 

teazer

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You could see if it's possible to use a hand pump to fill from above. That might prime the pump.
 

Pete12

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Thats a good idea Teazer, thanks. I know that it was sitting around for a very long time (20-30 years) so there's a good chance it has nothing at all inside the pump.
 

Pete12

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I finally made it back from overseas a few weeks ago, but had to build a deck on the house and build a car hoist in my shed, but now I'm back on the bike. I now have oil going to the top end and have started modifying the wiring harness for all my new fittings, which now just needs to be taped up and fitted. I gave the seat and tank a final coat of red which just needs to be rubbed back and then stripped when it's all dry, so it's getting closer now.
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Pete12

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Got the tank and seat striped up over the weekend. I went with HRC colours so I mixed up the paint to match and then masked it and sprayed it on. Next I need to add the stickers - HRC both sides, Honda on the top and a set of chequered flags on the top of the seat. I think it will look OK, but we'll have to wait and see. EDIT - pictures added
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Pete12

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Finally home from a horrible Christmas break at Lake Conjola and have made up the stickers for the tank and seat. I now just need to clear both of them, finish the wiring and make up a mounting plate for the rear taillight/number plate combination and we're in business. I hope the guys at the Racing Corporation don't get pissed at me...
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