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Modern '79 cafe build

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by inda_bebe, Oct 29, 2021.

  1. inda_bebe

    inda_bebe XS400 Member

    Picked up a '79 frame and not sure what year XS400 engine. Plans on this is to give it a dark and sinister look. I was always a fan of how Hookie Co. Evil Crow bike looks.


    To get things going, Im in the process of picking an '98 R1 front end. Fork, brakes, rotors, handlebars, etc. Keeping it as simple as possible cause I don't want to be looking for pieces to force them to all work together, so I decided just use the whole front end and keeping the rear stock XS. Already hit up cognomoto to make a custom stem setup.

    As for electonics, i want to go as simple as possible. keep it kickstart, and just enough juice for led signals and led headlamp. ive seen some kit that can be an overkill for this project. anyone have any recommendations where else to look?
     

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  2. motoTrooper

    motoTrooper XS400 Addict

    I think your front wheel and tire will be wider than your rear from the get go.
     
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  3. inda_bebe

    inda_bebe XS400 Member

    just noticing, its about 1 in difference. damn, thats a lot. ill just stick with the original front wheel.
     
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  4. xschris

    xschris XS400 Guru Top Contributor

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    Bike looks to be a 80-SG 3F9 should be the start of the vin. Welcome to the forum.
     
  5. inda_bebe

    inda_bebe XS400 Member

    wow, impressive. I got to dig more into this thing. got the bike without a title and only a bill of sale. crossing my fingers that it doesnt give me any problems registering it.
     
  6. xschris

    xschris XS400 Guru Top Contributor

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    In most states it’s a huge pain without lots of work. I never buy one unless it has a title. Those are $100 parts bikes without paperwork.
     
  7. spectra

    spectra XS400 Junkie Top Contributor

    Look for a ninja front end off a 250. The wheels are nice and narrow.............. I have one sitting under the house for a future build......... also the rear swing arm..........
     
  8. Scotty4

    Scotty4 XS400 Enthusiast

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    Vermont registration. I just got my plates last month for my 78. I can now bring it to my dmv and get plates and title
     
  9. inda_bebe

    inda_bebe XS400 Member

    I'm just really looking for USD forks. Instead of the R1, I just put in a bid for the Aprilia rs125 front end since I wouldn't need a modified stem.
     
  10. inda_bebe

    inda_bebe XS400 Member

    I'll go this route if the company I called can't do it for me. I'm in California and they said they can get it registered with just a bill of sale as long as it isn't stolen. Crossing fingers
     
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  11. motoTrooper

    motoTrooper XS400 Addict

    I was able to title and register my Lancia Scorpion (basket case) with a bill of sale, so no problem
     
  12. inda_bebe

    inda_bebe XS400 Member

    In California? If so, got a contact info? I also got a buddy at triple AAA, I just forgot to ask
     
  13. motoTrooper

    motoTrooper XS400 Addict

    Yup, just towed it to the DMV and patiently talked to them about it until they understood the deal.
     
  14. inda_bebe

    inda_bebe XS400 Member

    Been working and grinding up the frame, noticed that the swing arm hits and stops at the right side of the frame, while the left side of the frame, the swing arm has some clearance. Just wanted to know if this is normal or of it isn't centered. The frame doesn't look to be bent. Also, the swingarm busing seems fine and doesn't move side to side at all.
     

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  15. inda_bebe

    inda_bebe XS400 Member

    Looking for the stem and wheel bearings for the Aprilia rs125 front end conversion for the original xs400 mag wheels. Any place to get them in the US?
     
  16. xschris

    xschris XS400 Guru Top Contributor

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    Check your clearances with the swingarm in it's normal range of motion. This mean with the shocks on and compressed, also without.
     
  17. inda_bebe

    inda_bebe XS400 Member

    I didn't think about that. I'll check it out again. I don't remember it hitting when the shocks were on. I'll make sure though.
     
  18. inda_bebe

    inda_bebe XS400 Member

    Made some progress on modding a xs750 tank. Grinded off the ears on the frame and banged up the tail end of the tank to make it wider to fit. Mounting hole centers perfectly after bending it down to be flush.
     

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  19. inda_bebe

    inda_bebe XS400 Member

    Dude, my Aprilia rs125 forks just came in today and the stem is really short.
     

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  20. inda_bebe

    inda_bebe XS400 Member

    Careful when ordering a bunch of mixed parts when hunting down these rs125 frontends. The lower brings doesn't clamp on to the for tight enough, and the upper bridge is too small for the fork to even go thru. If planning to do this conversion, buy it as a whole set or make sure you know exactly what you need.
     

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