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The greasey fingers build :)

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Greasey Fingers, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. Greasey Fingers

    Greasey Fingers XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    The greasey fingers build

    Finally decided to make a build thread. I didn't want to make one until I was ready to start the mods and custom stuff. First just wanted to get her roadworthy and registered and have done that. I'm in no rush and have been taking my time on this, anyway I hope this thread motivates me to get a move on and get some good ideas from you guys. Here's some pics, first two are of how she looked when I got her and the rest are how she is now....roadworthy, reliable and rideable :bike: Now for the fun stuff to start customizing and make it look the way I want :D

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    Last edited: Oct 17, 2014
  2. xschris

    xschris XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    Can't wait to see what you come up with:)
  3. Greasey Fingers

    Greasey Fingers XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    Thanks chris wish me luck! And whilst I dont know exactly what im gonna be doing, I do know the seat has to go lol :) Also the indicators,grab rail, rear frame, guages/cluster, tail light, rear fender is all going (to be replaced with cool stuff he hehe). I have a vague idea of the look I want, some old school british bike vibe. Maybe somewhere in between a cafe racer and a brat bike?
  4. N8Bishop

    N8Bishop XS400 Addict

    Great looking bike! I like the wheels without paint. Everyone paints them black it seems, i say keep 'em that way! Wish mine had looked this good befire i started mods.... don't have the patience though :)

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  5. bcware

    bcware Well-read Top Contributor

    Yeah, the raw metal wheels match the engine color. It doesn't look bad at all.
  6. drewpy

    drewpy Excess twin Top Contributor

    +1 on the wheels from me too :)
  7. Are the mirrors Halcyon? Nice work so far! I'm at the same point as you. Just started a build thread but have no ideas set in stone for my build. I'm also going to be using the media blasted aluminum parts, as you are.
  8. njcafe84

    njcafe84 XS400 Addict

    Is that seat shaved down? Mine doesn't have such a drastic dip where the driver sits

    Digging the wheels too

    How's using the clubmans with the mid-controls instead of rearsets? And did you use stock length cables rerouted or order short ones?
  9. njcafe84

    njcafe84 XS400 Addict

    One more question....what did you use to strip the wheels?
  10. Greasey Fingers

    Greasey Fingers XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    cheers guys! esmith the mirrors are an old Taiwanese brand called 'velo sport' I found this NOS pair for $18 on fleabay so I snapped them up and it was local pick up too so they were nice and cheap, I think they are called continental style mirrors or something.

    njcafe the seat may have been shaved not sure that's what was on the bike, its really ugly hey lol. The clubmans have been a bit hard on the wrists so far but ill keep using them and see if I get used to them. For the wheels I just hit them with spray on paint stripper then sent them off to get vapour blasted. I have the stock cables on there, with a little rerouting you can get them to work with the clubmans.
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2014
  11. njcafe84

    njcafe84 XS400 Addict

    Thanks for the reply!
  12. Spad

    Spad XS400 Addict

    Greasy fingers..How do those pipes do when cornering, do they touch the pavement? I have a set like that and was going to mount them at an upward angle...If they don't touch the way you have them, I'll try your way....The bike sure looks good compared to when you started. Be watching your progress, have fun...Spad
  13. Pork Chop

    Pork Chop XS400 Junkie

    How about one of these seats. Look radical and I am sure they are nice and cheap. :D

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  14. Greasey Fingers

    Greasey Fingers XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    Hi spad, don't worry there's no way you will be cornering low enough to scrape the pipes if you mount them there. Upswept would be cool but you would have to loose the option of pillion pegs.

    Checked out those seats pork chop they are AWSOME :D But look a tad too expensive for me...oh well. Ill just settle for the west eagle seat I bought over a year ago.
  15. Spad

    Spad XS400 Addict

    Hey thanks Greasey Fingers, have to give it a try...Spad
  16. Greasey Fingers

    Greasey Fingers XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    Little bit of progress, im converting to wire wheels :D Got the front one on today with no issues....Loving the old school look it gives the bike!

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  17. Greasey Fingers

    Greasey Fingers XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    Now I just have to convert to a rear drum on the back. I don't have a drum brake swingarm, but I do have a spare disc brake swingarm. Im gonna try just cut off all the disc brake mounts and associated tabs, then have my mate weld on a tab underneath to mount the stabiliser bar onto.

    What you guys think, anyone converted a disc brake swingarm to a drum brake swingarm? Should be pretty straight forward I guess :shrug:

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  18. bcware

    bcware Well-read Top Contributor

    All you need to do is weld that tab on the under side for the brace that holds the rear drum from rotating. Perhaps cut off all the other unnecessary bits and fill the holes if there are any.

    If you have a friend that can weld it's the best solution and a simple job! You're on the right path. You don't want a ghetto rigged swing-arm with some home made contraption clamped on to act as a brace :laugh:
  19. Atomic Wedgie

    Atomic Wedgie XS400 Enthusiast

    Those raw metal wheels are bad ass!!
  20. Greasey Fingers

    Greasey Fingers XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    Don't worry they wont go to waste I have another future project they will go onto :) I just want the wire wheels on this one because its more the look I want for it.

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