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Cafe build

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by tonupNW, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. tonupNW

    tonupNW xs newbie

    The rotor is off a Ducati monster. Look on Ebay, there are tons of them. And Ive got a killer light that im gonna run on the tail.
     
  2. tonupNW

    tonupNW xs newbie

    Ok body work guys. I started on my tank while I'm waiting for a few parts to arrive. It had 2 good sized dents that I pulled and got them to where I can use a light coat of body filler. But my question is the sides of the tank where the emblems were attached, what would you suggest to fill these? As pulling these will mess up the tank because of the depth and how small they are. I was thinking about using lead. But figured I'd get your guys opinion.
    Here are a few pics I snapped after pulling the dents.
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  3. dO-bOy

    dO-bOy Woohooo!

    I've never used lead so I can't suggest it. I would weld some sheet metal cut to shape, grind down and filler it
     
  4. ahale2772

    ahale2772 XS400 Addict

    just filler... not too much of an issue to fill it and call it done, expecially if you are going to do the dents at the same time.

    I agree, dont change a thing abojut your plans, it looks mint with the mag, rotor and low stance

    also, I would stay away from a transition with the tank out of sheetmetal and make it out the seat itself....but then again making it look ducati is with some swoopy body work would be cool too

    keep going!!!! :)
     
  5. tonupNW

    tonupNW xs newbie

    I Just didnt want to use filler for fear of having it crack, since it will be pretty thick.
    And as far as the transition, im not gonna have one. I like the look it has with just the tail.
     
  6. ahale2772

    ahale2772 XS400 Addict

    nope, the filler wont crack its super flexy stuff, when I hammered my knee dents I bent the filler that was in that same emblem spot, it didnt crack even when it was bent around and hammered
     
  7. tonupNW

    tonupNW xs newbie

    Ok. What filler were you using? I think im gonna use evercoat
     
  8. dO-bOy

    dO-bOy Woohooo!

    just an FYI, evercoat is just the brand name. it depends on what type of filler you decide to go with. some are alot more brittle like clay which is the root of the horror stories you hear but they have a purpose too. Sorry i can't be of more assistance to a specific product, its been 5 years since I was a bodyman
     
  9. tonupNW

    tonupNW xs newbie

    I was thinking a fiberglass based. Body guys chime in please.
     
  10. ahale2772

    ahale2772 XS400 Addict

    Yeah do some reasearch, I used regular bondo brans stuff
     
  11. ahale2772

    ahale2772 XS400 Addict

    Yes the fiberglass based stuff is usually better, I've used that on a lightened jag nose that sees alot of flex, no cracking
     
  12. bcXS400-81

    bcXS400-81 XS400 Enthusiast

    Ive done a bit of body work and custom fiberglass stuff, I find evercoat lite-weight filler to be far superior to bondo. It sands way easier and there's hardly any pinholes. I plan on filling the tank where the emblem was, as well as doing some knee dents, using the lite-weight filler and some evercoat spot putty. I've had good success with those products in the past.

    Also, did the monster rotor bolt right up? I'm hunting for a modern sport-bike rotor for my front mag too but having trouble determining what will bolt right up and what would require some sort of dual bolt-pattern spacer to make it work.
     
  13. tonupNW

    tonupNW xs newbie

    Yes they are holes. Im going to flatten the end of a copper pipe, and snake it in the tank as a backer and use my little 110v and weld em up. Ive done this on a few tanks and works great
     
  14. drewpy

    drewpy Excess twin Top Contributor

    good idea, might use that one for future :thumbsup:
     
  15. That requires a write up with pics!!
     
  16. jdmjimi

    jdmjimi XS400 Enthusiast

    Dude this gonna be a good build. I am actually using the same rotors on the front of my build. Maybe I missed what kind of caliper ur using, but I am curious? Keep up the good work!
     
  17. tonupNW

    tonupNW xs newbie

    When I fill the holes I'll be sure to take plenty of pics and do a write up. Ive used that method on lots of different things that have thin sheetmetal and works great every time.
    jdmjim- ill be using a caliper from a 2002 R1, or the infamous "blue spot" only my spots will be gold.
     
  18. tonupNW

    tonupNW xs newbie

    Ok, sorry for not posting lately guys, Ive had a ton of other things going on. But I ordered a ton of parts last week, so they should start trickling in slowly. I also bought a planishing hammer to build my seat in the next week or so. Ill try and post some pics this week of everything depending on what shows up.
     
  19. tonitrophy

    tonitrophy XS400 Member

    note that if you replace the exhaust system by a 2x1 you rejet, I would not do, old machines are any error can cause premature death, as I like the esthetic with 2 silencers, but the bike is in your property ...
     

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