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building a xs 400 to hardtail

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by thijs81, Jan 14, 2012.

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  1. thijs81

    thijs81 XS400 Enthusiast

    Tonight i spent some time on the tank. My idea for the tank and rear fender is give them a rust "look". I want to make the flames completely blank and just let them rust, above the flames I make it smooth. The flames on the tank engraved with the hand. Its look nice i think
     

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  2. xschris

    xschris XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    Very interesting.
     
  3. atothep

    atothep Chop it! 54

    Sweet build! Subscribed!
     
  4. thijs81

    thijs81 XS400 Enthusiast

    So long time done nothing to the bike... Today i started with the tank . made the flames all blank steel and the other side smooth. so now it is in the primer !! :D
     

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  5. thijs81

    thijs81 XS400 Enthusiast

    Again a step further...
     

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  6. thijs81

    thijs81 XS400 Enthusiast

    SO .. I think my tank is done... I'm not very excited about it.:doh: I don't know what it is maybe to much blau or maybe red. What u people think? please reactions
     

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  7. Sesty

    Sesty H.E. Pennypacker

    definitely interesting! Could be a bit too blue since the rest of the bike is dark and grey. But i like it

    get a side shot
     
  8. thijs81

    thijs81 XS400 Enthusiast

    Final REsult....:D
     

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  9. levdir

    levdir Rounded bolt brigade

    Oh, that looks cool. I'll be honest, I wasn't sure about your flame design, but seeing the finished product it all makes sense. Your bike has great lines, too. Well done!
     
  10. xschris

    xschris XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    Nice. You may want to put the cover back on for the ignition pickup. The cover holds those rubber plugs from coming out and keeps the rocker shafts in place.
     
  11. BBS360

    BBS360 XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    The final clear-coat really brings out the rust colour. Looks great!
     
  12. thijs81

    thijs81 XS400 Enthusiast

    Thanks people for the reactions!! I will do that Xchris i had a problem with the ignition...
    Should i do the rear fender to in the rust design? What u think?
     
  13. xschris

    xschris XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    I would make the tank and fender the same. But that's me. It's your bike do what you think looks best:)
     
  14. thijs81

    thijs81 XS400 Enthusiast

    This week i started to make a new wiring harness. Al new kabels en connectors al in black.... I make it a little difficult for myself :laugh:
     

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  15. Cliffy

    Cliffy XS400 Member

    Unbelievable build, I have similar ideas for my '84 as well, check out my thread if you like!
     
  16. bkoch

    bkoch XS400 New Member

    Great stance. I also like the fuel tank choice. Do you know what year and model it is from?
     
  17. thijs81

    thijs81 XS400 Enthusiast

    #bkoch its from a Jawa cz from i dont know exact what year its from. i think its about 1950.
    The tank gap is welded more to the front of the bike , because it was to much in the middle.:D
     
  18. thijs81

    thijs81 XS400 Enthusiast

    So finally I had problems with the bike, the bike didn't run anymore...
    After many evenings kicking.. en measurements. i came to the conclusion that the CDI had to be broken. So i made an ignition from a kit and now after months its running again!!





    But it makes a lot of noise..

    Can anyone tell me what kind of carb settings i will need when i use a open airfilter and an open exhaust?
     
  19. xschris

    xschris XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    I would never recommend open exhaust and no air filters so I can't help you there.
     

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