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Old 09-26-2008, 06:19 PM   #91
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Old 09-26-2008, 06:40 PM   #92
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Old 09-27-2008, 07:46 AM   #93
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As I've been piecing this thing together, the number of missing parts has been dwindling. Finally, the only thing left (other than wiring) that was preventing starting it was a lack of usable midpipe and muffler mount.

So, I decided to tackle that 2 mornings ago instead of doing what I should have been.

First step was concept:

Sure, that looks about right.

Here's the stainless stock I'd use to make the missing piece:


Next was figuring out how much angle I needed to make up:


I'm not qualified to weld stainless, so I took the part over to Junior of Beauchamp Restoration. Here's the '57 Ferrari he's rebuilding from the ground up:



A craftsman of the highest order, he put my pipe together in no time at all, for beer.

The finished product:






I've skipped a ton of steps in here, so over the next couple weeks I'll go back and fill in. In the meantime, I'm over the moon with this thing- such a neat machine!
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Old 09-27-2008, 09:41 AM   #94
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Nice work Ned, that thing is awsome!

PS did you increase oil capacity any?
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Old 09-27-2008, 08:45 PM   #95
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I'm way, way behind you Ned - still hunting down parts before i can even start the first mockup.

My exhaust pipe was crushed - both the header and the midpipe. It is somewhere enroute to a repair firm to see if it is salvageable.

The forks and shock are out being revalved and resprung.

I'm sourcing some headlights, as my bike didn't come with any. Looks like I may have a solution for that worked out.

Tons of stuff to do - but I'll work at documenting each stage as it unfolds.
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Old 09-27-2008, 09:25 PM   #96
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Hey GP!

How'd I miss this in yer garage?



This is EXACTLY what I want. 640ADV was too big for my skillz, so...



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Old 09-28-2008, 02:27 AM   #97
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I assume both of you gents will be thrashing these beasts on week long trips and such, prey tell, what will you be doing to address luggage carrying criterea?
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Old 09-28-2008, 04:49 AM   #98
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definitely sum gooooood reading here! closely watching n note taking here in WV.....
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Old 09-28-2008, 09:20 AM   #99
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I assume both of you gents will be thrashing these beasts on week long trips and such, prey tell, what will you be doing to address luggage carrying criterea?
Hola ftb!

I am going to use one of the Giant Loop rigs.

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Old 09-28-2008, 01:05 PM   #100
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Not to stray too far off topic but...., I'm looking at the Giant Loop also and I'm wondering what if any effect it will have on the opened up left side panel on my XR650R. Do you know if the attachment points will be on are too near the cutouts for better breathing?

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Old 09-28-2008, 01:30 PM   #101
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GP,

Not to stray too far off topic but...., I'm looking at the Giant Loop also and I'm wondering what if any effect it will have on the opened up left side panel on my XR650R. Do you know if the attachment points will be on are too near the cutouts for better breathing?

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Check out this thread: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=380264
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Old 09-28-2008, 02:39 PM   #102
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Just mounted an XR this morning. Tons of 'thick' plastic to attach to.

First, center it up and drill the 2, 1/4" holes in rear fender.



Take your time positioning the unit. Look for plastic or subframe that might interfere. The air box side on an XR requires a 't' nut (included) on the side panel in order for you to access the air box. You will have to remove 1 bolt inside the bag to get the side panel off.



See the black hole marks? These will accept the fender washer and 't' nut.



One 5/16" hole for the T nut. Position it in the hole and smack it into place so the teeth bit into the plastic.





Trim a little more than 1" off the frint end of the stainless steel heat shield.



Heat shield is designed to fit either left or right side piped machines. Use only one set of holes to create double walled protection and melt-proof the kit.



Takes about 30 minutes the first time and he's ready for a back country trip!




Sorry to hijack - back to the orange!

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Old 09-30-2008, 08:08 PM   #103
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Looks like I may have a solution for that worked out.


I'm going to work on electrics soon, still not sure on what to do there. The current lights are 640 spec, any of you guys chime in with what's worked well on those bikes?
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Old 09-30-2008, 11:09 PM   #104
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I'm going to work on electrics soon, still not sure on what to do there. The current lights are 640 spec, any of you guys chime in with what's worked well on those bikes?
Is the wiring sound & reliable? If it's sketchy you could rewire the whole bike without too much trouble.

Maybe just put on a very simple complete replacement dual sport harness like this one.

Then put in a racing style master switch like this feeding to an aux fusebox like this to power the main circuit and all the cooling fans, fuel pumps, GPS's, roadbooks, etc.

Probably need to do a starter relay and switch as well, here.

I don't know what diameter the headlight bezels are, but I'd look at some Hella Rally lights like these these.

Total cost (without HID) probably less than a few hundred. The bi-xenon Hella HIDs, as you might expect, are pricey..

Also happy to head down south and help out if you need a hand.
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Old 10-01-2008, 12:17 AM   #105
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In the meantime, I'm over the moon with this thing- such a neat machine!
Well done, congrat's!
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