The Blue Streak Wrenchin' Thread

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Shoganai, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. Shoganai

    Shoganai Let's do some livin'

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    She's home!!

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    BB = Baby Blue
    SW = Shop Whore

    Some comments after riding her home last night:

    1. BB has 51,700 mile and it shows. Less overall vibration felt thru the grips, saddle and pegs than the SW with 180,000 miles.

    2. The pull on the clutch is 35% - 45% lighter and the shifting up and down is very, very smooth. (I suspect I now need to adjust the cable on the SW)

    3. The excelleration is smoother and quicker.

    4. It is more nimble in the turns.

    5. The throttle is more responsive.


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    Well, it begins :D

    So the first thing we needed to do was puts some lights on her.

    We started with these pics...

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    And we sent them to a friend of ours.

    While waiting to hear back, Steve set up the PIAA's with HID's.

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    Time to test fire it...

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    Our friend sent these pics.

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    Ok, here's some more pics of the process.

    Steve mounted the Blue Sea fuse block. We didn't use it for this light project, but set it in place for future projects.

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    Hey! Look! My bike matches the floor!! :D

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    Steve wired it so the the high beam switch turns on the PIAA's. So low beam is the main head light, high is all three.

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    We wanted the relay and 30 amp fuse (white box) in a place that was not too hard to get to.

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    Wires pulled thru.

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    More prorgess forward.

    The inner plate and outer plate center holes were slightly enlarged to allow the connectors to pass thru.

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    Ok, now the brackets are here, time to make them fit.

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    It's out of focus, but you can see the raised bushings, they'll need to be shaved down.

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    I cut out the rubber washers on the back

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    Then I pushed out the bushings.

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    This was the sanding set up I managed to come up with.

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    This was my first attempt

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    Well, that clearly didn't work. I couldn't control the bushing very well.

    Ok, STOP! Think.

    This was my next attempt. Different bolt, and washers, #12 3/4" socket...

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    That worked GREAT!!. I had very good control of pressure and the ratchet allowed me to gently rotate the surface I was grinding.

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    However, when I assembled all the parts, there was a gap between the bracket and the rubber mount.

    I marked out where each bracket will go.

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    Then I pushed out all the bushings again, and began with Dremel, to create a recessed area for the bracket.

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    Here's the finished mount less the light.

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  2. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    Welcome home baby blue..... You are my boy blue.
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  3. exwingnut

    exwingnut Entremanure

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    Sweet modification! Looks real profeeshional n'all.
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  4. Shoganai

    Shoganai Let's do some livin'

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    Thank you both. :D the left side is now finished with the seating of the bracket into the stand-off.

    When Steve gets home, he said he'll work on the wiring.
    I'm no good at herding electrons :uhoh

    ZZZaaaP!



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  5. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    If I had one 'o them things I'd rack up too many speeding tickets to hang on to my license.
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  6. Anorak

    Anorak Woolf Barnato

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    Wow, Gwen, you do some nice work. I understand your attraction to the flying bricks. One of these days I'll break down and find a K1200RS or GT. Those are my favorites.
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  7. nwgs

    nwgs solarfied

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    My old K bike was the same color. What a beauty Gwen.

    What a beauty...:thumb
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  8. Steverino

    Steverino Arrogant Horse's Ass #1

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    Test fit and test fire works...

    Now she gets to take the brackets off and clean them up. :thumb

    Can you say "holy shit" light...PIAA 910's with a 35w H3 HID. ZAAAAAAAAAAAPPPPPPPPPP...
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  9. Steverino

    Steverino Arrogant Horse's Ass #1

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  10. Cogswell

    Cogswell Spudly Adventurer

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    Love the color of the bike Gwen.

    Great write-up and pictures.:thumb


    Mike
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  11. Shoganai

    Shoganai Let's do some livin'

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    Testing an idea. The c-clip the fit the seat pin is a PIA.

    1. the clips often fall out.

    2. The ones that stay in, when I need to remove the seat, are a bitch to remove and replace.

    So, this is what I did tonight.

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    I'll grease it up tomorrow and see how it works out.
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  12. Shoganai

    Shoganai Let's do some livin'

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    Steve mounted the Blue Sea fuse block and ran wires to power the GPS, tank bag and Gerbings.

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    Next he replaced the worn out handlebar bushings.

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    In the mean time I sanded and painted the light brackets. I'll be mounting them back up today.

    Pics to follow.
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  13. Putts

    Putts Gettin' there.

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    Wow, looks great. :thumb Have you had it out at night yet?
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  14. Shoganai

    Shoganai Let's do some livin'

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    Yes, we have...:evil

    Low only.

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    PIAA's and high.

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    Low only.

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    PIAA's and high.

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  15. Shoganai

    Shoganai Let's do some livin'

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    OK, I'm done in the garage for today.

    PIAA lights are mounted.

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    GPS is mounted. I cut and painted the bar yesterday, but it turned out like this...

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    So I said screw it, sanded it all off and left it like this.

    I made two small bushings and cut these screws down to the right legnth.

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    Next I mounted my Heat-troller for the Gerbings.

    I cut another peice of alum. bar and shaped it.

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    Steve will be home soon, so off to fix supper. :wave
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  16. 13

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    Great work! Nice write up too.

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  17. Fredfredburger

    Fredfredburger CTRL ALT DEL

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    Great photos, love the color of your flying brick.

    thanks
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  18. EvilGenius

    EvilGenius 1.5 Finger Discount

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    MORE!!!!!!

    I want more!!!

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  19. Shoganai

    Shoganai Let's do some livin'

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    Ok, I've been fooling around with my tank bag again. :shog :rolleyes

    Problem: 1. It slides side to side in the turns.
    Problem: 2. I like this tank bag.
    Problem: 3. The pad was too big.

    Steve suggested using this stuff to give it grip.

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    So I took the pad to work one night along with a roll of that material.
    I cut the pad to the exact size of the tangbag base. I was going to hand sew a sandwich of the tacky roll to the pad, when a co-worker saw me struggling with the whole needle and thread thing.

    She offered to sew it for me and I gratefully handed it over to her.

    I got it back last night and sewed a hem around the edges to retard fraying between the materials.


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    Not only does it match the pattern on the saddle...

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    It sticks like glue!!!

    She also replaced the three little straps where the buckles go.
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  20. Shoganai

    Shoganai Let's do some livin'

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    I made these new zipper pulls out of leather for it this week.

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