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Old 03-22-2011, 03:14 AM   #706
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Looks great! Your attention to detail really shows in the 'glass work.
thanks, i wouldn't bother with fiberglass work unless i could rob the shape from an existing piece for the plug mold. too time consuming to get an interesting part from scratch for a build like this. cutting up that KLR fender and reshaping it for the plug mold, that's pretty easy and fast. unless you had a KLR, you wouldn't guess that 2" was clipped out of the center of that part to make it fit the new bike better.
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Old 03-24-2011, 04:31 PM   #707
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Bump...can't let a good thread down.
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Old 03-24-2011, 05:25 PM   #708
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Bump...can't let a good thread down.
thanks, no time in the shop, tied up with some sucky business stuff all week, but...

i did find time to talk with John over at ADV Monster about his new model 44 LED floods. man, those things put out some light, ordered a set in black, plus the clear lens protectors. thanks, John

John (sanjoh) is a fellow rat bike builder with his own build thread in beasts.

ADV Monster is a vendor here on the forum, but also has a page, here...

http://stores.intuitwebsites.com/hst...StoreFront.bok

so John, did ya ship those lights yet?...not that i'm in a hurry.
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Old 03-25-2011, 05:34 PM   #709
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There are only a few posts that I have been bantering about much, you've gotten more than your fair share. Hopefully it isn't unwelcome.

Yes, we know that buisness can intrude on real life. So don't worry, we'll be here when you get back.

Those lights look really cool. I wish I had seen them before I bought these tourtech pieces of crap. I may still upgrade, if nothing else it should be easier on the electrical system. I also need to break down and get a new battery as the stocker not doing so hot.

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Old 03-25-2011, 06:14 PM   #710
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Those lights look really cool. I wish I had seen them before I bought these tourtech pieces of crap.
the model 44 is the newer light in his product lineup. my piaa 510s are bright for a 4" light, but the 44s are brighter yet. i want all the light i can get pointed out the front, even daytime running.

back in the shop tomorrow on a rainy day forecast, check some things off the list...wiring, gas tank, and i need to work on a solution for the front caliper mount.

as far as chiming in on the build, you know you're welcome in here anytime.
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Old 03-26-2011, 01:50 PM   #711
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as far as chiming in on the build, you know you're welcome in here anytime.
Thanks, helps fight off the doldrums of winter.

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Old 03-26-2011, 04:11 PM   #712
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winter...in the midst of spring...snow here tonight.


went to switch a fuel pump over to the Versys tank and also the sending unit, although not used on this bike since there's no gauge.

surprise, something i hadn't noticed before. the tank shapes are different, and although the mounting flange on the Versys tank is exactly the same as the 650R, the flange has been rotated on the Versys tank and the pump outlet points to the opposite side of the bike. at first glance it looks like the bolt pattern is symmetrical, but not so. the pump only mounts one way.



i can reroute the 650R fuel line, but the best bet would be to order a Versys fuel line, it must be longer. the electrical connection to the pump is the same on both.
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Old 03-28-2011, 08:58 PM   #713
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here ya go, cut up KLR rear fender is now the new front upper fender. fits right in there. ok, i had to make a fancy spacer to get the ribs on the fender down below the lights, but otherwise no problem. very solid mount.



the fenders seem to work well with each other. cut the little fairing down 3" and added some detail. this is what the bike looks like now.

jd, The bike looks good! I really like the way your beak and fender turned out.
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Old 03-29-2011, 04:24 AM   #714
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jd, The bike looks good! I really like the way your beak and fender turned out.
thanks, should work out ok. road test coming up.

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Old 03-29-2011, 09:44 AM   #715
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Great build man , my friend John is really making me thinking about a similar built , did you ever weigh your bike to see how much lighter it is or not
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Old 03-29-2011, 03:05 PM   #716
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Great build man , my friend John is really making me thinking about a similar built , did you ever weigh your bike to see how much lighter it is or not
thanks, no weight yet since i still have some things to add, like my SW Motech bars and so on. i'll see if i can get an accurate weight when it's done.
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Old 03-30-2011, 03:32 PM   #717
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The bike looks fantastic.

Why not a longer fender on the front, to cut down on rocks flying up into the bike? Would it have to be too long to do any good?

I bet it will be a hoot to ride.
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Old 03-31-2011, 04:33 AM   #718
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Why not a longer fender on the front, to cut down on rocks flying up into the bike? Would it have to be too long to do any good?
thanks. the low fender isn't much different in coverage than the Versys fender i used previously, and the beak will help also. i don't want a low fender with more length in back or i can get into interference issues with the guards.

as far as a traditional high fender, i decided i couldn't make that work quite right for me.
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Old 03-31-2011, 05:48 PM   #719
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got my model 44 LED lights from ADV Monster, holy cow, quick ship on these things. the lights are compact units and will fit my existing aux light mounts. i like these lights tucked in out of harms way and the LEDs will mount in even tighter than the Piaas. the 44 use a 6mm mounting bolt while my Piaas use a 10mm, but i can sleeve the mounting hole without difficulty.



i also got the plastic lens protector that applies directly to the face of the LED lens. brown in the photo, but that's just the backing for the adhesive surface.



pretty cool system, now to tie them in and see exactly how bright they are. stay tuned.
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Old 03-31-2011, 06:08 PM   #720
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(stay tuned)
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here ya go...this is what the bike looks like now.

Success !!
THAT looks COOL !!
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