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Vroom's 79 Build Thread- scrambler/brat?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Vroom4, Dec 8, 2012.

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  1. njcafe84

    njcafe84 XS400 Addict

    What shocks did you order and from where? I've been looking for all black shocks and haven't found any
     
  2. Scorpio1963

    Scorpio1963 XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    About how much does this stuff cost?
     
  3. 16VGTIDave

    16VGTIDave XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    I paid $28 CDN (including taxes) for a 5L jug at Walmart.
     
  4. Scorpio1963

    Scorpio1963 XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    Ouch thats bit pricy I`ll have to check our local walmart here and see how much it cost.
     
  5. 16VGTIDave

    16VGTIDave XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    I didn't think so, especially when compared to Castrol Grand Prix 4 Stroke 10W40 at $5+ per Litre... And the improved clutch feel and shifting make it worth it to me!

    Dave
     
  6. ondrej91

    ondrej91 XS400 Member

    hi, can I ask you? what type of tires is it?
     
  7. Vroom4

    Vroom4 XS400 Addict

    Thanks Chris, I'm going to be getting into the battery and seat in the next week or so.

    -The shocks are from mikesxs... they are listed for the 650, but are universal.
    -The tires are Duros I think. I'll have to double check on the spelling, but they came on the bike. I'll be switching over to dual-sports once these wear a bit more.

    Sorry for the delayed responses. Just got back from a ski trip in Breckenridge :thumbsup:
     
  8. Vroom4

    Vroom4 XS400 Addict

    Finally had a chance to get some work done on the XS and take a ride! :D

    I chopped the rear of the frame and also my rear fender! Decided to use the oem rear fender to make my own "duck tail" style rear fender. Was a total pain in the arse to get the fitment right, but I think it came out rather good. I also installed a new tail light and tightened the slack in the chain created by putting in taller rear shocks. I had to move the left rear pipe, and wow! That was such a pain. I don't know who designed that mounting system, but it was retarded how the bolts just spun in place...:banghead: took forever to get it back on.

    Didnt get a chance to snap pics while doing it:doh:

    But current progress pic coming soon!

    Took her out on I-95 last night after bolting everything together. She was more than comfortable at 85mph and felt like it still had something left. I just cruised at 70-75mph tho, to keep the revs low. Considering a +1 front sprocket, but dont want to loose too much on the bottom...:shrug:

    I also picked up some new headlight brackets and fork gaitors. Im planing on putting new oil in the forks when installing those too:thumbsup:
     
  9. Vroom4

    Vroom4 XS400 Addict

    Pictures! :laugh:

    Quick mock ups...
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    I had the battery box out to do some measurements. I built a battery box but more on that later...:D

    How she currently sits...
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    Seat and front end rebuild come next:thumbsup:

    Sadly I have barely had any time to keep things moving with the xs... and I may not at all over the next week or two:( but im really glad to have it for riding around at night
     
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2013
  10. njcafe84

    njcafe84 XS400 Addict

    I love what you did with the tail section...I was wanting to shorten my stock fender also...could you possibly provide more detail...exactly what you did and some detailed pics? I would really appreciate it. I would like to measure twice and cut once when doing this so the more details the merrier.

    Thanks!
     
  11. Vroom4

    Vroom4 XS400 Addict

    Thanks! It wasn't 100% what I had in mind, but it'll do lol. I dont really have any pics of what I did. Was in a bit of a rush while getting it done, sorry. I just cut down the fender little by little until it fit. I admit it wasn't the best method, but I just went at it. I used the second holes on the fender and the oem hardware to mount it on the first set of holes in the frame. Essentially sliding it back and cutting so it will match up. I also used another screw to mount it to the plastic pan. I'll try to get some new pictures and put them up:thumbsup:
     
  12. njcafe84

    njcafe84 XS400 Addict

    If you could get me some pics of under the seat so I can see how the fender sits and where you cut the rear frame. It would help me a lot.
     
  13. Vroom4

    Vroom4 XS400 Addict

    Finally had a chance to get some shots and go for a ride!

    Got her good and dirty!:laugh:
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    Here are more shots of the rear to help others out:thumbsup:
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    And underneath...
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    I still have some adjustments to do, but am just enjoying having it to ride around for now:bike:
     
  14. Vroom4

    Vroom4 XS400 Addict

    So I did't get a chance to clean her off and now it's kinda bugging me... I went for a ride and decided to get myself into a park near the beach. Im not sure if the stuff is sand or salt??? I also passed by a we construction zone close to the highway.

    How bad is it to leave this stuff on there??? I might go try to find a gas station with a hose to get some of it off...
     
  15. njcafe84

    njcafe84 XS400 Addict

    Thanks for the photos vroom.

    Do you think you can still ride a passanger with the cut frame since the seat bumps rest on that metal hump thing connecting the rails?

    Also where did you get the end caps you stuffed into the cut end rails?
     
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2013
  16. Vroom4

    Vroom4 XS400 Addict

    No prob:thumbsup:

    Yes, you can def still ride with a passenger. Notice on the picture with the seat up, that the frame hoop that supports the seat is still there. You can also see the rubber mounts under the seat. I didn't cut it shorter for that exact reason. Gotta be able to let the gf hop on with occasionally:D

    For the frame plugs, I used the bar end plugs that came with my tracker bars.
     
  17. 16VGTIDave

    16VGTIDave XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    Hmmm... Looks to me like the frame isn't as strong as it may have been. Make sure the GF does not exceed the weight limit you consider reasonable. And she will have to sit as close to you as possible, while holding on to you tightly, since the rear grab handles are gone. For safety... Of course! ;)
     
  18. Vroom4

    Vroom4 XS400 Addict

    I think those suggestions would be applicable before and after the frame cut:laugh:

    On a serious note though, I dont see how the frame would be weaker. The same supports are in place(I only cut off the blinker mounts), so I would think there is actually less weight on the rear of the frame. As we all know, less weight = better!
     
  19. njcafe84

    njcafe84 XS400 Addict

    I agree I dont see how the frame would be any weaker just removing 2 protruding pieces of metal that really doesnt seem to have any structural importance.

    Thanks for all the info vroom im going to be doing this exact set up on my bike:thumbsup:
     
  20. Vroom4

    Vroom4 XS400 Addict

    Good luck with it njcafe!

    Had a chance to snap some pics in good light. Enjoy! :D
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    Been riding to work and around town lots... couldnt be happier:bike:
     

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