Lost Cause

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Pokie, Feb 27, 2021.

  1. Arktasian

    Arktasian Feelin the BMEP

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    I try to never dance.
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  2. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    remember those sparkly streamers on the bar ends of your sting ray when you were a kid?
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  3. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    I have an old, badly damaged tank that I thought I'd play with. Let the cutting begin!

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    After some cutting,...

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    I need to do a little more trimming then the hammer blows start!
  4. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    Yeah, I know, I haven't been showing any movement for some time,... been busy doing other stuff.

    The wiring in the rear, under the license plate is done. I trashed a couple of old wire harnesses to get the proper colored wires.

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    Course, it will all have to come apart for paint.
  5. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    I'm figuring to have a wiring collection point under the gas tank or maybe even in place of the gas tank. I'm starting off by running all the wiring to a point under the tank, just to see how much room I'm going to need.

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    On the other side of this plate is the voltage regulator, coil and the starter protection relay.

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  6. OLD GREEN

    OLD GREEN Long timer Supporter

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    Pokie, what are you planning on using for a tank? It'd be kind of cool to utilize a /2 kneepad toolbox as your wiring terminus. With your skills, I'm sure you could graft that into whatever you build.
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  7. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    No, I'm not going to use a /2 tank as they are just too valuable. Even so, I like your idea!
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  8. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    Starting to work on the terminal plate. I have an old piece of phenolic that I'm going to use as a base.

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    I've got a bunch of male spade connectors that have a hole in the base, I just have to connect them together then bolt them down. The photo above is actually the back side that will retain the nuts for the spade connectors. I've cut a thin piece of micarta to insulate the back side.
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  9. Solo Lobo

    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing Supporter

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    Gotta say that I love this idea!

    I have been ruminating on how I am going to wire the LED turn signals I plan to put on my Craven panniers...
  10. Manks

    Manks Been here awhile

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    So, just how valuable is a slash 2 tank? In good condition, with a cap, and maybe even a toolbox key. Asking for a friend.
  11. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    A regular /2 small tank in presentable condition should be worth between $400 to $600. The optional large tank in presentable condition should be in the $600 to $1500 range. Of course, there are many determining factors involved, just like any used part.
  12. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    The Right hand side of the gas tank will likely not hold any gas, if it does, it won't be much. I've started making a box to hold the wiring and flasher unit.

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    The "Top" is actually the base. I wrote Top to remind myself to have it upright when welding. I would make it one piece but my scrap steel pieces are all quite small. The studs are for the horn relay and flasher unit with one extra stud for the future. The stud on the bottom is for ground.
  13. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    The box welded and ground, ready to dry mount.

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    Yeah, it's a little deep for the spot but I need some depth for the spade connectors on the connector plate. Besides, there's not going to be any gas tank on that side anyway.
  14. OLD GREEN

    OLD GREEN Long timer Supporter

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    Pokie, I don't know how I missed your posts back in may about the turn signals, they look great! Of course I'm a little biased, I used a similar theme back when I put my R90 together. I can definitely feel the flower power vibe that you've got going, it's certainly going to be one of a kind.


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  15. CA-Cincinnatus

    CA-Cincinnatus Semi-retired GI-Bill student, husband, GSD-host Supporter

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    bpeckm Grin! Supporter

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    Love the tail light cooling system!
  17. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    Box in place along with the start of the wiring,...

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    The rest of the wiring put in, it sure gets crowded in there!

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    Looks better with the top on.

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  18. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    The loom going around the front of the frame is the ignition wiring. It's there just for testing, I sat it on the L/H cylinder for dry testing and making sure all the indicator lights were functional.
  19. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    hmmmm...the relays buried under all that wire. the relays are the failure point, not the wire.
  20. Arktasian

    Arktasian Feelin the BMEP

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    Glad you clarified that rogue wiring loom & it doesn't appear the "relays buried under all that wire" would be hard to access - if need be (plenty of time to be negative later in the day, too early right now)
    In fact, I suspect with the high class workmanship and worthy format of this chopper build, the name of this post will soon require a change to "Found Cause".
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