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Café Racer build - Portugal

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by NPLR, Sep 20, 2018.

  1. NPLR

    NPLR XS400 Member

  2. Frankie

    Frankie XS400 Member

    That is looking amazing bro
     
  3. NPLR

    NPLR XS400 Member

    Thanks!
    I am not an expert... Just doing my best...
     
  4. Frankie

    Frankie XS400 Member

    Is dismounting the engine a pain in the butt man?
     
  5. NPLR

    NPLR XS400 Member

    For my skill level, yes!
    Tried to take it of alone... lol... them called a friend...
     
  6. Frankie

    Frankie XS400 Member

    Lol I think we arenon The same spot bro, i have pulled apart everything but the engine I am scared of not being able to put it back together, is that step really necessary?
     
  7. NewHavenMike

    NewHavenMike 1976 XS360C

    The engine can be removed and installed from the left side very easily. The only problem is the risk of scratching things up. I used tape and hand towels, whatever I could find really.

    I did it with the bike on the kick stand but im sure of you use the center stand it'll be easier. I was able to set the engine on the ground on the left side of the bike. I leaned over the frame and used the frame to support myself. I was able to lift the engine using the kick start and holding the cylinders. You can pull the engine up and onto the left side of the frame and rock it into place. this way, you wont put any strain on your back and you just use your arms.
     
  8. Frankie

    Frankie XS400 Member

    How difficult is it to put it all back together, wiring and all that?
     
  9. spectra

    spectra XS400 Junkie

    Dont over think it as putting it all back together is pretty simple. All wires can only go to one place so its easy.

    Pulling the motor is pretty easy also. As stated above just put tape on the frame to protect the paint or powder coat.
     
  10. NewHavenMike

    NewHavenMike 1976 XS360C

    If your harness is all stock, you may find that you have a lot of extra wire length on the loom once it all ties into the headlight bucket. Some parts of the loom have a lot of extra wire, and some other parts are not so forgiving.
     
  11. motoTrooper

    motoTrooper XS400 Addict

    When removing/installing old wire harnesses I always make sure to thoroughly warm them up (sitting in the sun, or with a space heater and a box). Old copper and plastic seem to appreciate it...
     
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  12. NPLR

    NPLR XS400 Member

    Some progresso... Almost done... Paint and elétrics next... IMG_20181111_121210.jpg IMG_20181111_121224.jpg IMG_20181111_121218.jpg IMG_20181111_121232.jpg IMG_20181111_121238.jpg IMG_20181111_121244.jpg IMG_20181111_121250.jpg IMG_20181111_121256.jpg IMG_20181111_121310.jpg IMG_20181111_121327.jpg
     

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  13. sandmanred

    sandmanred XS400 Enthusiast

    Looks awesome! Nice work
     
  14. motoTrooper

    motoTrooper XS400 Addict

    If you are deleting the front fender for looks, you may want to at least chop it down to the braced part and mount that to keep the spindly fork legs under better control...

    Also those footpegs without their rubbers look slippery as hell.
     
  15. NPLR

    NPLR XS400 Member

    The front fender is not ready yet. Its the original one but choped...
    The footpegs havent arived. Maybe next week.
     
  16. NPLR

    NPLR XS400 Member

    Happy days...
    First run... needs rejeting!!!
    Happy Day.jpg
     
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  17. NPLR

    NPLR XS400 Member

    Looking for color scheme ideas... thoughts please... 17_12_2018.jpg
     
  18. sandmanred

    sandmanred XS400 Enthusiast

    Paint decision is always hard for me, so many options..... Everything so far except the exhaust pipes says go shiny and new. A wrap on the exhaust would fix that. If you are leaving the wheels as maybe use them as the inspiration and go black with silver pin-striping? Or just about any bold color would look great.
     
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    NPLR XS400 Member

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