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Hardtailed77's "Re-build Thread"

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by hardtailed77, Dec 10, 2010.

  1. You bet! hahaha
  2. volcomskater77

    volcomskater77 XS400 Chopophile Top Contributor

    you gotta show me how to do it when (if :() i come down
  3. How to light yourself on fire? hahahaha Naw, I know what you mean. lol
  4. bikersteve

    bikersteve XS400 Member

    HI hardtail, just wamted to say l think your lifts very clever , havnt really got the space for one myself but if l had l would deffo make one, cant wait to see how your bike turns out, well back to cleaning my engine :bike:
  5. Thanks man! I wish I had the coin for a nice " real" lift, but I'm kinda glad I didn't, or I wouldn't have built the one I have. It actually saved me a ton of money in the long run.

    I'll try to find a lift that I seen online awhile back...it was a pretty neat design using only plywood. It just sort of interlocked together without the use of any screws, allowing it to be broken down for easy storage.
  6. drewpy

    drewpy Excess twin Top Contributor

    I had a friend weld an ancient Humber snipe petrol tank, and it must have been 20 years sonce it was last used!.

    the thing blew on him., I'd chuck a match in there on a long stick just to be sure!

    And video that please :laugh:
  7. Travis

    Travis Staff Member Staff Member

    Use the gas from your MIG welder and flood the tank with an inert gas while you cut it open.

    Here's the link to the plywood table: http://www.bbcracing.com/old/box/
  8. isigt

    isigt XS400 Addict

    I soaked my tank in an oxalic bath for a couple of days to get rid of rust, and then rinsed it with water and then acetone.
    cut it open with a grinder after that without any problem. Not sure how it would have reacted to welding though.

    I've heard of people filling the tank completly with water, since it's the gas that ignites they made sure it was empty by filling it up. ;)

    good luck, and make sure to catch it on film! could become a viral. :)
  9. drewpy

    drewpy Excess twin Top Contributor

    nice one Trav, just posted this on the YOC

    took a loosey at the xs650 forum on screw oil canisters, bit of a spat there mate!:wtf:
  10. Travis

    Travis Staff Member Staff Member

    drewpy, yeah... people like to argue on the internet :shrug: It makes for entertaining reading.
  11. That's the one Travis! Thanks for finding it for me!

    Thanks for the tips guys. It sounds like I'll be video-recording the tank process! hahaha
  12. IThaJokaI

    IThaJokaI XS400 Member

    Wow, I just signed up here, your bike was fucking rad in the beginning. I am pretty sure I want something of the likes.
  13. Thanks bro, and welcome! It's a lot of work, but it's cheap to build the bike that way. It's taking a lot longer on the rebuild than I had planned, but I think the final outcome will impress! Stay tuned man!
  14. volcomskater77

    volcomskater77 XS400 Chopophile Top Contributor

    ive been stayin tuned. any progress? lol
  15. Sorry peeps....I've been crazy busy the last couple of months. I haven't really touched the 400 much in that time, but I have been gathering a few build parts. I got a set of levers from Skillz (thanks again man!), an old vintage, glass lensed taillight, among other little things. I also finally found an old 3/4 helmet to paint matching the bike when I finish it. I'm hoping to pick up my new welder in the next few weeks so I can finish welding the new hardtail on. After that, it's pretty much a downhill battle for the rest of the build. I'm still in the market for a different headlight, but I may have found one on Ebay. I have also been drawing up plans to turn the bike into a jockey shift.

    Not much of an update, but it's better than nothing I guess. haha
  16. volcomskater77

    volcomskater77 XS400 Chopophile Top Contributor

    cant wait to see it done, from what i hear, your collected parts look pretty awesome
  17. lhaolpa

    lhaolpa XS400 Junkie

    I take them to the carwash,soap,then home to rinse with water,then paint thinner,then alchohol.That usually leaves them pretty clean and fairly safe to cut or weld,after airing out overnight,lhaolpa
  18. lhaolpa

    lhaolpa XS400 Junkie

    I'm getting all allen key bolts for the ones that are not already replaced.Right now,they're all mixed up with the hex bolts rusty,the allen heads non-rusted.lhaolpa
  19. lhaolpa

    lhaolpa XS400 Junkie

    If the metal is clean[no grease or oil] you can use white vinegar,just spray on with a spray bottle,and use a clean cloth,and paint. lhaolpa
  20. ahale2772

    ahale2772 XS400 Addict

    HT, I dont know what style you are going for with your bike now but i was looking through my dads junk today and found the most killer Perlux fog lap with a slate/grill style front that looks SOOO cool, I may try to use one on my bike, they are redily available on ebay....just think it would be a bitchin lookin light for a hardtailed bike. (feel free to steal the Idea)
    thats what it looks like.... its got a bulb inside and then a grate thing that is covered by another clear glass thing...looks kind of "mad max"

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