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Intro and Build

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by CadXS, Nov 21, 2010.

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  1. drewpy

    drewpy Excess twin Top Contributor

    I know what you mean regarding paint, Its a killer decision.

    If you go black frame then you have a blank canvass for the periphials, tank etc. depends what statement you want to make.

    have you decided how your gonna protect the alloy from corrosion? the only way I know is elbow grease!

    CD175 was the first bike I ever had @ 14. learned a great deal on that. Never rode it but spannered and even got it going! GT750 TLS front end on too, geez with hindsight....
     
  2. CadXS

    CadXS XS400 Addict

    I was thinking about having some colour in the frame Drew and going bare metal with the tank...maybe...

    That could now be out the window as I've managed to trip over my tool bag and knock the frame over, which just happened to land on my tank and put a sharp little dent in the front.

    Shit...2 years this thing has been in my bedroom with no problems. The day before I take it out to get powdered I knock it over and knacker my tank :wtf:

    I've got some stuff called Owatrol Oil (Penetrol in US, AUS etc) that I'm going to try on the bare bits. Had an email discussion with the bloke from Holiday Customs in Oregon who produces some lovely bikes with bare parts and it's what he uses to keep the rust at bay.

    I think I'm just going to turn up at the power coaters, look at a few samples and just make some random choice there and then, lol :shrug:
     
  3. drewpy

    drewpy Excess twin Top Contributor

    FFS Cad, what yer like. that's the trouble with long term builds.

    my tracker fell over while I was spannering, but luckily it was light enough to gently drop it and the clutch window was yet to be fitted!

    that Owatrol Oil sounds interesting, its £23 on ebay but says don't mix with automotive paint! ( but they have other stuff that does)
     
  4. Large

    Large XS400 Member

    Hi Cad likeing the build, looks like it's all coming together really well.

    I like the look of those rear shocks you got there was thinking about something similar myself to give the rear end a little bit of hight.

    Could you tell me what make are they? how long? and where did you get them from?:wink2:
    cheers.
     
  5. CadXS

    CadXS XS400 Addict

    Hey Large, the forks are an old Italian set of MX forks from a company called Paioli. They are around 400mm centre to centre and I got them from some guy on ebay. My swingarm has been stretched 3 inch so the regular length forks brought the frame too close to the wheel, that's why they had to be so long. I also had problems with the rear mounted number plate hitting the wheel as well.

    Not sure if that hepls much....I had some 350mm (maybe 375mm?) Hagons from a Z1000 before the swingarm was stretched and they were perfect for pushing up the rear a little bit. I looked at loads of places trying to find some shocks the right length, measure up what you think you need and let me know and I might be able to tell you where to find some. I still have the Hagons I think if they would be any use to you :shrug:
     
  6. frwinks

    frwinks XS400 Addict

    hey Cad, do you know if this stuff is sprayed on in one or more coats or do you just wipe it on with a rag and hope it "penetrates" the metal enough to stop rust from forming?
     
  7. drewpy

    drewpy Excess twin Top Contributor

    hey CAd, I'm not happy with my current shocks and you have a set of hagons. looking for 14" (360mm) to replace what I have ATM.

    PM me is you want to trade or sell!

    drewps
     
  8. redratbike

    redratbike XS400 Addict

    my project has stalled to the point that i havent even looked at it for 2 months :banghead: covered up in the garden

    life has been up in the air ..wife had a big op so worked at home for 2 months but the free time i thought i'd get didn't materialise , got burgled (bastards!) , smashed the car up, work has been manic as i'm doing 2-3 peoples jobs ,been on a diet so i'm a bit tetchy ha ha ,had to do some decorating to earn brownie points:(

    but other than that i'm peachy...lol
     
  9. CadXS

    CadXS XS400 Addict

    To directly quote Jared from Holiday customs..."yeah it rains a ton over here so I use a clear coat called penatrol . You can put it on with a brush and slap it on and it drys smooth and glossy. Good luck with your project- Jared"

    I was asking him how he stops the rust eating at the bare parts on the bikes he builds seeing as he is based in Oregon and it rains a fair bit there.
     
  10. CadXS

    CadXS XS400 Addict

    Until you have over 2 years into a build your just not trying hard enough :thumbsup:
     
  11. drewpy

    drewpy Excess twin Top Contributor

    could be worse.....:D
     
  12. redratbike

    redratbike XS400 Addict

    ha ha not sure how yet !
     
  13. redratbike

    redratbike XS400 Addict

    yeah yeah ..lol...at least the end is nigh ...sounds like you'll be there soon though
     
  14. CadXS

    CadXS XS400 Addict

    Got the frame and swingarm back from the powder coaters and can finally start building a motorcycle and not just have a glorified clothes hanger.

    Nearly all the bike parts are now out of my bedroom and in the corner of somebody's studio in Hackney (thanks Ben for sorting the space out for me :thumbsup:) where I can build the bike in relative comfort.

    Starting to look like a motorcycle at last....

    [​IMG]

    Thanks Guy for the use of the space and Ben for the use of his truck and transporting the parts across for me.

    :bike:
     
  15. volcomskater77

    volcomskater77 XS400 Chopophile Top Contributor

    damn man. that looks lick. those tall shocks at tits. and the swingarm. and the forks. and the bike. haha. cant wait to see it finished
     
  16. redratbike

    redratbike XS400 Addict

    hey Cad, did you get some front wheel spacers sorted?
     
  17. drewpy

    drewpy Excess twin Top Contributor

    great your getting moving on this thing. I reckon your still 3 months away. its all those niggly little twatty things that stop the build while you wait for the post!:bike:
     
  18. CadXS

    CadXS XS400 Addict

    Mark, I've just made some from some 20mm ID steel tubing. I definitely want to get some better ones made up, especially to fill the gap the speedo used to fill just to stop water and crap getting at the bearings (the bearings are sealed though). Had a bit of a guess at the lengths, which I will fine tune when getting some proper ones made.

    Are you volunteering to get on the father in laws lathe ???
     
  19. CadXS

    CadXS XS400 Addict

    Mark, I've just made some from some 20mm ID steel tubing. I definitely want to get some better ones made up, especially to fill the gap the speedo used to fill just to stop water and crap getting at the bearings (the bearings are sealed though). Had a bit of a guess at the lengths, which I will fine tune when getting some proper ones made.

    Are you volunteering to get on the father in laws lathe ???
     
  20. CadXS

    CadXS XS400 Addict

    Already there Drew, waiting on some stainless washers, a couple of bolts, a chain, bar clamps etc, etc....:doh:

    I can't go at my usual glacial pace though. I don't want to take the piss out of the bloke being good enough to offer me a bit of space to build in.
     

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