GR650 Street Tracker Redux

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Pablo83, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    I used a thin disk on a 4-1/2" angle grinder to cut it.

    I had to make sure ALL the fuel and vapors were out before welding it; it was a bit of a process. First I emptied all the fuel and sprayed compressed air through it. Then I let the tank sit in the sunlight for an hour or in the shop overnight to evaporate most of the leftovers. There was usually still about half a teaspoon of fuel left in it at this point so I would shake it up good and hold a long nose lighter to the cap :eek1 and wait for it to go WHOOOOSH. I would repeat the shaking and lighting until it would no longer light. It was usually ready for welding at this point, but I still needed to make sure the tank cap opening was not pointed at me when I started welding. Fun stuff.
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  2. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Nice exhaust work.
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  3. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    With your skills and a 750 chain drive Shadow , I'd bet you could make a reasonable facsimile of the RS750. The intakes would be tough.
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  4. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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  5. henrymartin

    henrymartin Mr. Tourguide

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    Someone once told me to connect a long hose from a car exhaust to the gas tank you want to cut/weld, and run it for a while. Apparently, all the exhaust fumes burn any remaining fuel and vapors without explosion because of the high CO2 content in the exhaust fumes. I'll be giving it a try on my next project.
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  6. ivantheterrible

    ivantheterrible Been here awhile

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    Thanks for replying to my question, Pablo83.

    i'd heard the same thing about the exhaust gas trick. It's so hard to know which way to go, with so much at stake.
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  7. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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  8. Quickv4

    Quickv4 Pro Turd Polisher

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    MADD fab work man! Keep it coming. Looks like the ol girl is developing some nice curves!:D 2nd on the exhaust!!!! Nice!
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  9. riderjohn

    riderjohn Tag Sniper

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    Saw your bike at Cruise Above the Clouds.I really liked it.

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  10. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    Thanks. My bike was pretty different than anything else out there. I met Dave Doubleday of D&S Motorcycles there. He had the Kawi 750cc 2 stroke triple (the only other bike in the show). We're going to try and get more motorcycle entries for next year and he'll sponsor a prize for the class.
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  11. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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  12. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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  13. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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  14. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    Now it's time for lots and lots of wiring...

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  15. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    I welded in a bung on the handlebar end for a bar-end mirror. It was very difficult to remove the powdercoat from the inside of the bars before welding.

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    I fabbed up a bracket to hold some of the electronics and then drilled a bunch of holes in it.

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    And then I drilled some more holes in some more parts.

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  16. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    More holes

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    Finally I'm painting something

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    And finally, a completely finished part:

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  17. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    I painted the pipes so they wouldn't rust and fabbed up a slip fitting.

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  18. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    Still doing a bunch of wiring, but almost finished:
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  19. pbarmy

    pbarmy Long timer

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    Its awesome!How much time has elapsed since you started?
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  20. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    man you are really really good. You make it look so easy & quick:eek1

    Personally I really liked the look of the tank before bogging but that's just me:D

    Inspiring stuff
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