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New guy, new build

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by sandmanred, Oct 30, 2018.

  1. sandmanred

    sandmanred XS400 Addict

    Engine in the cradle :)

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  2. sandmanred

    sandmanred XS400 Addict

    Closing in on it. A few more bits to put back together. Waiting on tank and side covers. But I wanted to get a look at how the red, black and gold work together.

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  3. SoulMan

    SoulMan XS400 Addict

    Really like the clean look of your bike... I feel like really making mine shine with a little bit of TLC
     
  4. NewHavenMike

    NewHavenMike 1976 XS360C Top Contributor

    And how do you feel about the color combo?
     
  5. jed74126

    jed74126 XS400 Member

    Awesome, You are very talented. Can't wait to see the final assembly. Great job!
     
  6. sandmanred

    sandmanred XS400 Addict

    Thanks for the comments!

    I like the color combo so far. There will also be some gold graphics that match very close in color and gloss with the rims on the tank and side covers. The tank will have checks that are falling away from the front and the covers will have a shop logo. (At least to start, we'll see if they are over the top ;-)) The gold also ties in with header wrap fairly well too.

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  7. sandmanred

    sandmanred XS400 Addict

    Still waiting on tank and covers, should be soon. Put on the latest seat cover today. This one has a much larger top stitch and few less defects than the last one ;-) The white marking in the close up needs to be wiped off, they are layout lines.

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  8. sandmanred

    sandmanred XS400 Addict

    Tank and battery covers back from powder coating! Still some decals to come but here's what it looks like so far. Pics don't capture it well but there's a brushed finish under the candy red that really pops when the sun hits it. I'll get some more shots later when the sun is out and the decals are complete.

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  9. Daniel Chatburn

    Daniel Chatburn XS400 New Member

    Just spent some time reading through this thread. Coolest thing I've seen all year. Off to buy an XS400 now....
     
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  10. sandmanred

    sandmanred XS400 Addict

    Thanks and good luck! They are fun bikes!
     
  11. Dan

    Dan XS400 Enthusiast

    Love the colour combo. Looks great a great, talented build. Nice work
     
  12. sandmanred

    sandmanred XS400 Addict

    Thanks.

    I just got the gold decals on today. There were a few tiny defects in the powder coating on the tank that I decided to hide with some randomly placed checks. Saved having to strip and re-coat tank not knowing if that would even fix it. It seemed to be from porosity in weld lines that didn't pop until it hit the powder coating oven.

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  13. SoulMan

    SoulMan XS400 Addict

    When are you going to invite me over to do some fabrication? :)
     
  14. dreamhard

    dreamhard XS400 New Member

    Nice color combination!
     
  15. sandmanred

    sandmanred XS400 Addict

    Got new shocks on today. Plus a shot in the sun ;-)

    If you have this RFY shock what pressure do you run?

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  16. xschris

    xschris XS400 Guru Top Contributor

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    Be careful with those shocks. They are cheap and the ends can break on them.
     
  17. sandmanred

    sandmanred XS400 Addict

    Thanks for the heads up. They were cheap but they look ok, at least better than the leaky rusty ones that were on the the bike. Went 35 miles tonite with no problems.
     
  18. sandmanred

    sandmanred XS400 Addict

    A few more shots with everything complete.

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  19. xschris

    xschris XS400 Guru Top Contributor

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    Now go and ride the heck out of it!!
     
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  20. motoTrooper

    motoTrooper XS400 Addict

    Great result and craftsmanship. Design-wise I wish you would have left the seat pan exposed and the tank checkerboards off. But it ain't mine :bike:
     

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