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Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by JimVonBaden, Aug 20, 2017.
Oh yeah, tribal dragon
Parts are in. The most important that green intake screen. Now I can put it back together, give it a tune, new brakes, and we are running!
OK, got it all installed, and tossed it on the bike for a view. I haven't added gas yet because I need to bleed the brakes and do a tune-up, but I couldn't resist a mock-up.
Then I added the strainer and assembled the tank. The PO said the tank was rusty, but it isn't at all. Just a little liner scraped off by long fuel nozzles. I added the Roundels and the rubber pieces.
Then I assembled it temporarily:
I think it is looking pretty good. It needs a little more mechanical work, then a good cleaning and polish, and it will be ready for its glamour shots in the sun.
And before and after pics!
Amazing how much of the paint work I did is hidden by the bodywork and panniers.
I'm not missing that top box
Looking good! What a difference. Tell a noob what's with the can of break quiet? Is that used instead of the that goopy paste?
Exhaust seems a little short, skinny, to me, proportionally? Fairing still reminds me of Harley, but overall transformation is looking good. Nice vision from the beginning.
Me either. I am considering cutting the protruding lip off the rear seat, but not sure yet.
I helps to prevent brake squeal.
Yeah, it may turn out to be too loud too. I have the stock one if needed. I can always paint it black.
Actually, the fairing is intended to look Harley(ish).
Nice,...the overall black/dark theme does wonders to smooth out and blend the overall visual balance of the bike. I actually like the fairing look. Sure, it may be similar in some ways to a Harley Batwing fairing. but different enough for its own look. Maybe just loose the rear seat section to replace it with the symbolic cruiser/chopper bag usually strapped to the forks, mount it behind the seat on the fender.
Interesting idea. I have it set up so that you can leave the rear seat off completely. I'll post a photo.
Mechanical prep for the finish.
First I changed the old nasty oil.
See if you can spot an issue?
Yup. the filter seal stayed on the motor.
Don't let that happen of you will have leaks.
I also changed the trans fluid, see the magnetic drain plug?
No worries, this is normal and really just a metal paste.
Next up are the valves.
They were close, but definitely needed adjustment. I also adjusted the rocker arm end play.
I also put in new plugs. The old ones were well worn.
Lastly, someone asked about the rear seat. It can be left off if you want. Just remove the support silver spacers.
I think if you wanted to do this, you might want to remove the lip on the back of the driver's seat for better looks.
I have always felt that that is one of the ugliest two-wheeled vehicles on the road (sold by a big manufacturer - there are plenty of home-brewed abominations ), but you sir have turned that thing into something awesome. I'm not a huge bagger guy, but that looks mean. Well done!
Fire it up!
Honestly? I never really liked the CLC though I do kind of like the C version.
Thanks for the compliments. I think it did come out pretty good.
Finally able to polish and wax the paint on my project bike. I got a few pieces done. I am pretty happy with it overall, though it is not perfect.
FINALLY. The front end scuffs were driving me crazy! looks fantastic. You're a master.