Help me achieve perfection - WR450 twin Adv conversion

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by MotoPolo, Apr 22, 2016.

  1. MotoPolo

    MotoPolo So many places, so little time Supporter

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    Kinda slow around here - just doing some clean up tasks as I wait for my body wrap to be done. Son was after me to fab a radiator guard. I'm pretty happy with it. Stainless steel mesh - old school.

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    Pretty good since it started life as one of these

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  2. 515

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    You could even make a spare, seeing as you bought a pack of 2
    Great job overall on your custom adv bike.
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  3. MotoPolo

    MotoPolo So many places, so little time Supporter

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    I have a plan for the second one - stay tuned.

    And thanks for the Kudos
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  4. JagLite

    JagLite Long timer Supporter

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    Headlight protection?

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  5. MotoPolo

    MotoPolo So many places, so little time Supporter

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    You reading my mail?:-)
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  6. MotoPolo

    MotoPolo So many places, so little time Supporter

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    Always looking for multi-use items, I can use this to grill up any roadkill I bag.
  7. 515

    515 Adventurer

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    mmmm roadkill
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  8. MotoPolo

    MotoPolo So many places, so little time Supporter

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    Still waiting on body parts - doing small stuff - converted stock shift lever to spring loaded end

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  9. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    I used to do to my road race bike shifters.
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  10. MotoPolo

    MotoPolo So many places, so little time Supporter

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    Well I didn't care for the "stamped" look - had time to kill so I got artsy with it.

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    I should have been working on my seat pan which I have now started.
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  11. Son of MotoPolo

    Son of MotoPolo The mountains are calling...

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    Plus, you must have shaved off a few tenths of a gram! It all adds up!:lol3
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  12. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    Yeah. IIRC, you are a bicycle guy...
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  13. MotoPolo

    MotoPolo So many places, so little time Supporter

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    Fitted the composite skid pan. I don’t think it looks too bad. A major concern is heat. I suppose if it got hot enough it could actually catch fire. I am mitigating this by not letting the exhaust touch the pan and I wrapped the exhaust with fiberglass cloth. I’ll watch it closely as I test ride.

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    You get a little sneak preview of the body wrap. All but one piece has been delivered so some fun assembly today.
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  14. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    Looking good !!!
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  15. Son of MotoPolo

    Son of MotoPolo The mountains are calling...

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    Much improved over the "dead minion" skidplate. And kinda cruel to just give a glimpse of that bright yellow....
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  16. MotoPolo

    MotoPolo So many places, so little time Supporter

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    Yea but I want to give the total package for maximum shock and awe effect.
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  17. MotoPolo

    MotoPolo So many places, so little time Supporter

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    My master rear cylinder was weeping - not sure where the leak was but it almost looked like it was seeping thru the inlet hose. It said Nissin but I think it was a Chinese copy. I replaced with with a stock FZ07 (Brembo) unit.
  18. mminob

    mminob Been here awhile

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    :beer
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  19. MotoPolo

    MotoPolo So many places, so little time Supporter

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    Some more teasers
    Of all the things I fabbed for the bike I think this lamp stone guard might be my favorite. I made the frame from a length of 304 SS welding rod and silver soldered the whole thing together. Patience is a real virtue when doing this type of work. Fortunately I was not is a hurry. I think it looks like something the 1950's Porsche racing department may have come up with for Le Mans. Silver solder is really nice to work with and you can see why it is used in jewelry - it flows so nicely to make a smooth joint for small parts. A little dap of the right flux and the solder flows so well. The hardest thing is getting the flux off (soak in 210 deg F water for 2 hours).

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  20. Grinder74

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    I silver soldered for several years, right out of high school. I know how fun that was. Great work!
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