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Xs400 build start to finish.

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by davey1207, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. davey1207

    davey1207 1981 Yamaha xs400 Special

    In this thread I am posting pictures from start to finish of my build so far. 1981 Yamaha XS400 Special. Her name is Cleo...
     
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    davey1207 1981 Yamaha xs400 Special

    This is what she looked like the day she came home.
     

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    davey1207 1981 Yamaha xs400 Special

    these were the pipes before i cut them...
     

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    davey1207 1981 Yamaha xs400 Special

    right before i started the take down. drag bars and straight pipes. removed the front fender.
     

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    davey1207 1981 Yamaha xs400 Special

    disassembling...
     

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  6. davey1207

    davey1207 1981 Yamaha xs400 Special

    frame cut and welded by a good friend. then the welded part had to be shortened when i remeasured for the seat i was making.
     

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    davey1207 1981 Yamaha xs400 Special

    me working while my dog is crawling all over me
     

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    davey1207 1981 Yamaha xs400 Special

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    davey1207 1981 Yamaha xs400 Special

    coming together...
     

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  10. davey1207

    davey1207 1981 Yamaha xs400 Special

    Trying to figure out the seat. This took the longest but was definitely the most fun!
     

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  11. davey1207

    davey1207 1981 Yamaha xs400 Special

    used rolled steel to make the frame for the seat. lycron for the base. bent the frame 1/2 inch at a time with an old vice grip on a crappy workshop bench. lot of muscle involved.
     
  12. davey1207

    davey1207 1981 Yamaha xs400 Special

    more pics...
     

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    davey1207 1981 Yamaha xs400 Special

    SEAT! fresh from the upholster!
     

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    davey1207 1981 Yamaha xs400 Special

    plenty of beer had to be drank in order to make this happen. decals and 4.5" bates style halogen headlamp.
     

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    davey1207 1981 Yamaha xs400 Special

    weather warmed up. started putting her back together outdoors.
     

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    davey1207 1981 Yamaha xs400 Special

    brought her to a good friend to re-wire things. wired new headlamp, led signals, and side mount Model A Taillight
     

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  18. davey1207

    davey1207 1981 Yamaha xs400 Special

    and here she is. My Brat-Style Cafe Racer named Cleo. Hope you guys like. Still plenty to do but she's cool for now. Gonna ride her threw the summer and probably take her down again next winter to do more fun stuff.
     

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  19. drewpy

    drewpy Excess twin Top Contributor

    loving it, that seat is Killer too :thumbsup:
     
  20. liam

    liam XS400 Enthusiast

    looks effing great, nice and simple
     

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