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Looking to buy a '82 cafe project. need seat info.

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 1982xs400, Nov 28, 2014.

  1. 1982xs400

    1982xs400 XS400 Member

    :bike: Looking to buy a '82 cafe project. Needs seat pan fabrication (seat pan and rear sub frame has been cut off), needs a battery, gauges etc. any ideas how to construct the seat and fender.

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  2. jmd_forest

    jmd_forest Bldg 1980 XS400 Cafe Bike

    For the seat of our project we decided the form we wanted by paging through hundreds of cafe racer images on the net and then adding our own twist. I mocked it up in cardboard and made a template I took to a local metal shop who cut it out and folded up the front section and rear section as 2 pieces. I welded them together myself and smoothed them out with body filler and welded some mounting brackets on the bottom. For the cushion, I kerf cut a piece of 1/4" plywood and covered it with fiberglass to maintain the shape and had a family member sew up the cover. I reused the original foam after shaping it with a razor knife and stretched the cover over the foam and attached to the plywood with staples. I attached the finished cushion to the pan with small bolts thru the plywood and drilled matching holes in the pan.

  3. Leivur

    Leivur XS400 Member

    How does it handle after you lowered the angle of the rear shocks? I've been thinking about doing it myself but I'm worried about getting flung of the road on every turn :) Also does it put more stress on the shocks?
  4. Leivur

    Leivur XS400 Member

    Beautiful bike btw
  5. Lou Ranger

    Lou Ranger Former xs400 Luddite Top Contributor

    Last edited: Feb 9, 2015

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