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Old 12-27-2012, 09:55 AM   #16
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It lives & Rides!

I'm about 95% done with it. I still need to have the custom tank built (have the bungs, petcock already). I also need to wire in some resistors so the blinkers flash slower. I had to weld a gusset in the compression release bracket, because the stiffer valve springs are harder to pull, and the cable bracket just bent over when pulling the lever.
I also need to get my rear shock rebuilt. I went to have it charged, and oil came out of the Schrader valve.
With the crazy Kansas weather, I've actually managed to put a couple hundred miles on it this Dec. Overall the bike is really well balanced.





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Old 12-27-2012, 11:29 AM   #17
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Looks awesome, great build. What is the story on that Triumph engined cafe racer?
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:10 PM   #18
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Looks awesome, great build. What is the story on that Triumph engined cafe racer?
Thanks. The Triumph is a Thruxton that was built by my friends @ Medusa Fabrications, here in KC. They did my aluminum subrame welding for me and will be fabricating the aluminum tank too.
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:34 PM   #19
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[QUOTE=Super Tracker;20338141] I still need to have the custom tank built

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that tank looks pretty sweet to me.
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:04 PM   #20
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Yep!

Very cool man! Wish I had the time to do something like that. Try it when you have 4 kids! Very cool though.

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Old 12-29-2012, 08:23 AM   #21
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With a new baby in the house, progress has been slower than expected. I'm home on paternity leave now, so I've been getting some done, between the baby's naps.
On with the pics!




that thing is looking great!
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:09 AM   #22
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Very nice.
looking to do something similar, but I have some questions.
How did you choose the CRF swingarm? was it to get the disk brake? Did it fit the frame without any modifications? What swingarm bolt did you use?
Can you post some more/better pictures on how you did the upper shock mount?
How is the bottom shock linkage set up?

I am in the planning stages now - I don't even have a bike yet.

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Old 04-12-2013, 10:26 AM   #23
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bad ass!
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:43 AM   #24
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Bike looks mean! nice work.
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:22 PM   #25
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Sorry guys, haven't been on here to update or reply in a few months.

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Old 07-04-2013, 10:54 PM   #26
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Very nice.
looking to do something similar, but I have some questions.
How did you choose the CRF swingarm? was it to get the disk brake? Did it fit the frame without any modifications? What swingarm bolt did you use?
Can you post some more/better pictures on how you did the upper shock mount?
How is the bottom shock linkage set up?

I am in the planning stages now - I don't even have a bike yet.

thanks,
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I chose the CRF swingarm because it was aluminum, had a disc, was from a Honda, clean and the right price. I actually looked at a bunch of different swingarms on ebay, contacted the sellers and asked what the width was at the pivot. Turns out many many models are between 7-8 inches (CR, YZ, Aprilia SXV etc.) I wanted the SXV, but didn't want the extra price tag or weight.

I have a stainless washer between the swingarm bearing and frame, on both sides. The pivot bolt is from an 06' CR. I drilled out the left side of the frame pivot hole, to take the larger CR bolt; it tapers down at the threads, so the right side fits. I used a hardened nut from a clutch basket, slid it on the pivot bolt, and welded it to the back of the head. CR bolts don't have a hex head, they fit in a groove and keep themselves from turning. So I actually needed a hex, or could have welded tabs to keep it from spinning.
You can kind of see it here.



The top shock mount was made from square tube, with a 1" hole drilled in it, and a piece of 1" 4130 CrMo pipe going through the holes. Notched the bottom of the square out a little in back, for the shock to fit inside. I also gusseted pipe. The weakest part would have been the factory, paper thin, tubing, where new pipe is twisting it like a lever, between new pipe and original mounting point. So, I add another rectangle tube from new mount up to original, with a pipe spacer, up in the hole.
I built the bike, using a 1982 CR250 rear shock. It had an after market resevoir (the sweet finned one above). But, the bladder was blown out (almost wiped out riding a blown shock on a REALLY FUN bike...), and I didn't know who made it. It's the same length as the stock XL600 shock. I then started digging and digging through forums and on Racetech, finding another shock. Turns out that the Suzuki LTZ400, 4 wheeler, has the same spring rate as a 1982 CR250 (both Showa). They are the same length and have the same diameters. The LTZ shock has a fixed reservoir that is turned perpendicular and on the piggyback.

The two holes in the gusset are for the header tab/hanger.


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Old 07-05-2013, 02:16 PM   #27
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The tread pattern on your front tire is backwards. Should be opposite of the rear.
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:56 PM   #28
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I was thinking of doing something similar to your headlights; what did you use?
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:33 AM   #29
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The tread pattern on your front tire is backwards. Should be opposite of the rear.
It's an 18" rear tire that is on the front. It's mounted per the arrow.
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:40 AM   #30
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I was thinking of doing something similar to your headlights; what did you use?
I used these 2" square LED's. I recommend one 20 degree and one 60 degree beam. The didn't offer the 60's when I ordered mine, and I had a 120 and a 20. the 120 was too wide and didn't reach far enough, so I called them and they sent another 20 lens. They are well made and very bright for the price.
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