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Old 05-10-2012, 07:51 PM   #16
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Rats. Didn't work out as good as I had hoped.

Made up another bracket based on a few measurements. Looked okay.



Built a jig to hold things in place while I welded everything up so the dash holes would all line up. Pretty simple.



Made a couple of brackets:



Bolted them to the jig:



Welded a couple of supports on (going to have to make them a little stronger):



Removed the jig, and viola.



This is what my bracket is replacing...



With the dash mounted:





So... It looked good, but I'm way off on my measurements. The upper bracket needs to be a LOT closer in to the ignition switch and the whole dash needs to be tilted back a lot more.







Back to the drawing board.
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:58 PM   #17
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So I gave up on that one, and started over with a slightly different plan. Here's what I ended up with. Lots easier to make, not as many goofy angles, and fits just about perfectly.





Slapped some paint on it:



Some test fitting.









Seems to fit great. Need to get something better than some cut up rubber hose to go between the fork leg and the bracket, and some better hose clamps, then its on to figuring out where to put all the stinkin wires.
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Old 05-23-2012, 05:43 AM   #18
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Old 05-24-2012, 08:11 PM   #19
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Thanks... I'm not real impressed with my welding skills... Keep meaning to figure out my TIG welder a little better, but I ended up just using my 110 Wire feed. Did okay when I bothered to check the settings before I started...

Little more work tonight on figuring out the rats nest of wiring. Started with this:



Mounted the three relays(?) to my new bracket using zip ties. Bent, twisted, overlapped, etc to get the rest of the wires where I need them-



The bank angle sensor will be bolted to the bracket, I just need to drill and tap a few holes. Should I be worried about having the bank angle sensor on the forks? Will sudden movements of the front wheel set it off? Gonna have to test that...

Still had these three things to deal with. Computer? CDI? Not sure, but the two smaller boxes will fit inside this nice hole behind the headseat, and the bigger one will attach nicely to the little cover (not shown here)



The cover in place.



I need to figure out how to mount the two smaller boxes inside, but the bigger one will probably be mounted right to the plastic cover the way you see it in the last picture.

Getting closer!
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Old 05-25-2012, 09:58 AM   #20
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Pretty cool. Always thought a nekkid ST would be a neat project.
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Old 05-25-2012, 12:28 PM   #21
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Pretty cool. Always thought a nekkid ST would be a neat project.
I guess your beginning to notice that the ST1100 is built like a friggin tank! Looking forward to seeing the final result.
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Old 05-25-2012, 02:58 PM   #22
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Yes, it is definitely built like a tank. Having been broadsided by a Suburban pulling a boat with basically NO critical parts broken, I'd say it's pretty safe to say that!

Spent some time on it today (SCHOOLS OUT!!!!). Got everything mounted, replaced the rubber hose with some flat rubber trimmed to the right size, put some stainless hose clamps on it, bolted everything down, wired the blinkers, mounted the electrics, and rolled it out for some un-cluttered pictures.





I'm missing the little side to side adjustment screw, so the headlight isn't pointing the right direction...





Think I will eventually make a cover to go between the "gastank" and the head to hide all that junk...



If you look close you can see how I mounted the bank angle sensor. Came out pretty clean looking!



Next step- build a cover for the back of the instrument panel and put the windshield on. At least now its rideable!
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Old 05-25-2012, 03:03 PM   #23
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Lookin at the pictures again, I like it. A lot. It looks a little 919-ish- which is currently on my extremely short-list of bikes to own. If I were to leave it like this without the windshield, I think the instrument panel would have to go in favor of a Trailtech Vapor, and the headlight would have to be move an inch or two further back.
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Old 05-27-2012, 04:41 PM   #24
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One of my buddys took the tupperware off of his ST to paint it one spring, , then mounted the gauges and lights back on it and rode it naked all summer. He used a trash bag and duct tape to protect his instrument panel from the weather. Maybe you are going for a more refined, finished look.
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Old 05-29-2012, 09:57 AM   #25
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Hey...found this thread while noticing your posts on the "stuff I built" thread.

I LOVE this!!

I rode a rat '83 Yamaha Venture XVZ for many many years...but hated the fairing on it...so I tore it off.
WOW, whadda difference!! Not only was it a ton lighter in the front end, but I loved how open it felt after that. My only concern was the electronics...so I put a tiny window on it.
The old girl was pretty tired, so I sold it for parts. Had I kept it I wouldda spent some serious time working out some sort of new simpler dash. (half of the gauges didn't work right anyways.)

I like the Ventures cause they can pull my trailer without blinking an eye...much like a GoldWing...(but we hated our Wing...so that's out.) Also...the Ventures rode & handled wierd. I'll bet an ST would be up for the task.

(you can see my neked XVZ up front...oh, and our trailer too!)
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Old 05-29-2012, 05:53 PM   #26
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cool thread! it's great to see you learning to fabricate and resurrecting a great bike at the same time

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Old 05-30-2012, 06:36 PM   #27
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So I got the windshield mounted... I don't really like it. It's too big. I may try and trim a little off on the lower parts by the forks, but I'll be looking for something a little smaller.

Built some brackets for the upper windshield mounts:



Put 'em on:



Looks pretty clean from the cockpit!



Stuck an old numberplate from a dual sport headlight over the back of the gauges...



Mounted the bar-end mirrors:



And there you have it. Lots of little things to do, but its RIDEABLE!!!



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Old 05-31-2012, 02:11 PM   #28
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Outstanding!
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Old 05-31-2012, 04:04 PM   #29
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Meh... still not impressed with the windshield. Put about 30 miles on it last night- will try raising it up and tilting it forward a notch or two. Does a great job of blocking the wind but it just looks goofy. Got plans to go for a longer ride on Saturday to see what breaks.
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Old 05-31-2012, 04:20 PM   #30
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cool naked 1100... ditch the screen... make a short opaque fly screen to take the blast of the chest and call it a day...
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