DIY tidy tail, and other Misc farkles.

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by SportFaller, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. SportFaller

    SportFaller Dirt dont hurt, MUCH

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    I had been looking at that ugly tail for quite a while, and had a decent idea if how I'd go about cleaning it up. Finally had the time this weekend to dig into it. I'll let the pics show the story:


    First, I removed the plate, plate holder/reflectors, and the plate light. I then masked off approximately what I'd be cutting out and off

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    Fitst cut, with a hacksaw

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  2. SportFaller

    SportFaller Dirt dont hurt, MUCH

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    I decided to start small, and see just what the double layer was going to leave me on the inside, so I removed the light housing first. At the same time I cut most of the bottom off. Most of the cutting was done with a cutoff wheel in the air grinder, though that was more of high speed melting. Messy, and painful. My saw on my leatherman wave made about the cleanest, quickest cuts.

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    Then some more of the bottom

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    Then some of the inner plastic, to make it parallel with my outer cuts.

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  3. SportFaller

    SportFaller Dirt dont hurt, MUCH

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    a little more off the bottom:

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    That's the final angle of the bottom, before finish filing.

    now the plate and light mount.

    I had originally planned on splicing in a LED and loosing the entire factory light, but it was just so perfectly set up to retain.

    here's the plate, I thought this would just be a jig for a final aluminum piece.

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    Notice the holes in the top edge to match the factory plate light, seen under my hand on the lift deck.

    The light on the plate:

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    I then drilled a counter-sunk hole in the plate holder, all the way through the fender. This, combined with the plate light will hold everything together.

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    The underside view, I may end up reworking this, I dont care for fender washers holding the whole mess together.

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    the finished setup, after filing and sanding, before black silicone sealer on the joints.

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    I have now decided to leave it as black ABS plastic, I think it looks clean. I also plan to change the plate hardware to something shorter and tamper resistant. At one point I had planned to run my plate vertically, because I thought it would look better, buy mt buddy at the sheriffs department said I'd be asking to be harassed daily. Still looks WAY better than stock.
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  4. SportFaller

    SportFaller Dirt dont hurt, MUCH

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    another project of the day:

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  5. SportFaller

    SportFaller Dirt dont hurt, MUCH

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    I also wanted to add a little function to my altrider crash bars by making some plates to darry small soft bags, like the moose racing fender bags. I've seen this done on the GSA crash bars, and liked the look.

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    They are just held in place with 1" rubber coated conduit clamps. I need to touch up the rubber on a couple.


    I started drilling some holes both for tiedown points and to open the airflow, and half way through I decided to try and make some slots that would match the skidplate, and be good tiedowns.

    A router is neither the appropriate tool, nor the best to do this with, but it worked, kinda....

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    I like the slots, not so sure about the holes, I may redo the plates, I have more 1/8th" aluminum. I'm thinking red rhino lining or line-x to match the decals. It will hold up to drops way better than paint, and be better than raw metal.

    Next weekend: plates to fit in the wolfman luggage rack and gutting the cat.
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  6. señormoto

    señormoto Supermoto Abuser

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    Awesome work there :wink:

    Question about your racks; I have the wolfman racks as well but have been reluctant to do a tail tidy since I have the crossbar installed to make them stronger, which comes down right about the same place as the stock plate. so a tidy would just leave that crossbar hanging in the wind. So, the question is: what do you think about running the racks without the crossbar and why didn't you get one?
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  7. Ronin ADV

    Ronin ADV Gear addict

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    Very nice. The crash bar plate idea is cool and looks much better than I expected.
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  8. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    Which model number BRP is that?
    IIRC, the bottom of our swing arms already have two bosses for mounting the thing right?
    As if engineering thought a chain guide would be a good idea but then the bean counters thought otherwise? :cry
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  9. SportFaller

    SportFaller Dirt dont hurt, MUCH

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  10. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    Thanks!

    "the unmentioned mods" thread eh? looks like I'll be killing a few minutes over there... :lol3
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  11. señormoto

    señormoto Supermoto Abuser

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    Here's my post that details the process along with the BRP model #. http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=17691782&postcount=61
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  13. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks House Ape

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    Looks great so far, SportFaller. But... I just can't get behind any sort of farkle that includes the word "tidy." :lol3
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  14. ]I)Money

    ]I)Money D NOT I

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    yet you can use the word "farkle" with a clean conscience?:huh
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  15. SportFaller

    SportFaller Dirt dont hurt, MUCH

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    What experience does anyone have with line-x and or rhino lining? do either offer smooth finishes? colors? I'm still thinking red coating on these plates.
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  16. dendrophobe

    dendrophobe Motorbike Junky

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    Line-X is very rough, sandpaper-esque... Not sure about Rhino lining, I think it's smoother though.

    Look into U-Pol Raptor liner as well. I sprayed the interior of my Jeep with it. It comes in black or clear, to which you can add tint (used to match automotive paint, but if you get some red tint...) It dries nice and hard, and depending on how you spray it, the texture can vary. Basically it depends on what pressure you use; mine's on the smoother side.
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  17. SportFaller

    SportFaller Dirt dont hurt, MUCH

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    Finnaly finished up my project, and it took WAY longer than anticipated. I ended up painting my aluminum pannels to match my GS stickers then coating them in rubberized rocker panel chip gaurd. I also added ortlieb waterproof bags to the crashbar pannels to add a little storage while traveling (not offroad though)

    Enough chat, more pics!

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  18. heti

    heti n00b

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    Can you please post a few pics of the rear end after your mod. Thanks.
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  19. SportFaller

    SportFaller Dirt dont hurt, MUCH

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    I can take some more this weekend, what would you like to see? There were a few finished pictures on the first page...

    Sent from my smarter-than-I-am phone using tapatalk 2
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