Slimming down a Tiger

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by layzrider, Apr 3, 2019.

  1. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

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    On a dirt bike yet !

    Does it have a pocket on top for score keeping?

    What's the deal M8?
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  2. flinders_72

    flinders_72 Long timer

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    That pic is from back in the day when the word 'bling' wasn't invented yet, back when changing the handlebars was overkill. That leather cover made it trick.
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  3. JagLite

    JagLite Long timer Supporter

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    I can see a fabric tank cover could be excellent, but it will have to have the same shape as the tank it covers, or some type of framework to hold the shape.
    I fabric cover could be great for covering up an ugly dented tank...
    The advantage of a glass or other fabric hard shell is that it could be a completely different shape than the tank it is covering.
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  4. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

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    Yep Jag, that's the rub....what is the backing material ?

    Seat foam came to mind...they shape that stuff, but how thin will it hold up.

    Maybe just folded sheet metal and bondo to smooth out the welds and corners ?.

    I guess a little padding would hurt things.

    That is what they use on seats after they shape them to smooth things out.
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  5. layzrider

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    Making a headlight "box" to hold all the wiring and the speedo. I will make side panels to cover the sides. I cut a slot in the bottom to run all the wires thru. I cut some tubing to wrap around the sharp edge of the slot to keep the wires from getting cut. I will paint it red. Hopefully, the Rustoleum red is close to the Honda red of the headlight shell. 20190414_150628.jpg 20190414_150647.jpg 20190414_164121.jpg
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  6. Highliner

    Highliner Been here awhile

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    Love the steamer bodywork better than the girly plastics on the newer tiger, I’ve been wondering if the steamer plastic could be adapted.

    My 05 Tiger is too nice to cut up and then I wouldn’t have anything to ride.

    I think I like your first try a bit better. I can’t wait to see the outcome.

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  7. layzrider

    layzrider Layzrider

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    Back working on the Triumph again after doing a bunch of riding 20190902_134311.jpg 20190703_202814.jpg
    And kiteboarding. 20190910_102423.jpg I am making the side panels now along with the tank. The side panels will be of aluminum to get some shape and then I am covering them with epoxy glass so I can paint them and correct for errors that I made one cutting out the pieces.
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  8. layzrider

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    I made a headlight holder instrument cluster or whatever you call it from aluminum and mounted the Baja Designs headlight on it. It is kind of big but I needed space for all the wiring that used to be in the fairing. 20190910_122520.jpg it looks a little odd but that's the way it is. It looks little bit strange because I have the radiator out to work on the pipes
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  9. layzrider

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    MotoPolo So many places, so little time Supporter

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    Looking good - subscribed
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  11. layzrider

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    Couldn't resist any longer so I cut the tank along the cut line more or less than half. I'm chiseling out what I can, then I will grind the rest with a wire brush on a drill. 20191002_083428.jpg 20191002_085905.jpg
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  12. Roofchop

    Roofchop Hands up mother stickers, this is a f**k up!

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    Will acetone melt that stuff out, after you got the big chunks out?

    Smelly/gooey but no dust!:D
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  13. layzrider

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    Tried that acetone on it really wasn't effective although I did work some
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    I meant to say I tried acetone on a previous tank and it really didn't help much. I will now work on the inside of the tank, building up some Thin spots and smoothing it out. 20191003_064053.jpg
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    wanderlost Been here awhile Supporter

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    Hey Lazyrider. I have a factory shop manual for Triumph Triples of your vintage. Got it back when I had a 96 Tiger and now it's just sitting around. It's your for the cost of shipping. If you want it shoot me a PM.
    Paul.
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    Thank you for your offer. I see they were quite expensive. I got one with the bike but thank you for your generous offer.
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  17. layzrider

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    What a mistake using blue tape. I thought it would be a good sealer to make the Surface smoother and not have the foam absorb so much epoxy. I poured some acetone on the tape and I see it absorbed it readily. It's softens It softened it up and makes it easier to remove but still a hassle. It tells me I really don't want to leave the tape on there. Ultimately I can put a layer of epoxy on there and encapsulate whatever's left.
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  18. layzrider

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    I put the fuel Outlet into the tank. The previous tank I tried to bond a plastic petcock on it proved to leak too much. 20191004_092127.jpg I bonded the two halves back together with several layers in the groove. Now I need to smooth things out. I've drawn on some lines to try to get the tank is symmetrical as possible. There is some adjustment possible with filler and more layers 20191005_085234.jpg
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    I was concerned about the glass epoxy bonding with the aluminum. And in fact some of it has not bonded on one panel. As can be seen the lighter areas around the edge. I'm going to apply another layer, and I really don't think it matters that it does not entirely Bond meanwhile another layer on part of it the tank that is too start to form the edges a little sharper 20191007_174942_001.jpg 20191007_174907.jpg 20191007_174942_001.jpg
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    I am done with the epoxy phase of the tank, Fender and side panels. I won't miss the itchiness of the stuff. Had to take a shower and put the clothes in the wash after each sanding session to avoid itching the rest of the day. Next I will use epoxy Bondo too smooth and shape the tank and panels 20191009_161717.jpg 20191009_161539.jpg 20191009_161630_001.jpg
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