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New guy building XS400 Softail Bobbers

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Buddha, Jul 4, 2021.

  1. Buddha

    Buddha XS400 Addict

    Bit of an update.
    Took a mini vacation with wifey and the dogs to see if we can all live together in the coach for 5 months when we are able to go south to Palm Springs CA in the future, we've spent 2 winters there before but had no pets with us.

    Back to building! Stretching the swing arm on #2 build 2 7/8" to match swing arm length of #1 build. Picked up some 1 1/4" .065" and some 1 1/8" .120" DOM. Cut the 1 1/8" plugs to 6" and the 1 1/4" to 2 7/8". Will drill the arm tubes to plug weld the plug in place and then circumference weld and plug weld the 1 1/4" tube to finish it off.
    Couple pics

    Test fit mock up
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    Test fit mock up close view
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  2. CaptChrome

    CaptChrome XS400 Enthusiast

    Buddha, I am enjoying your progress. Everything looks well thought out (battery weight down low, the order of work, etc). It will be fun following along.
     
  3. Buddha

    Buddha XS400 Addict

    Thanks CaptChrome! I find this a very refreshing diversion from building Super 7 cars.
    I will also enjoy your restore/refresh build. Too bad I'm north of the 49th. I have some pieces you need. Don't want any money for them, but shipping may be the killer.
     
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2021
  4. Buddha

    Buddha XS400 Addict

    Made it out to the shop for a bit today.
    Drilled plug weld holes, put it all together, jigged, measured, squared, measured, squared then glued it together.
    Swing arm #2 (in etch primer) is now as long as swing arm #1.
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    Then final welded frame, wire brushed, sanded, de-greased, masked, and painted the frame on #1.
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  5. Buddha

    Buddha XS400 Addict

    Out to the shop for a bit today.
    Did some final assembly.
    Installed tapered bearing kit on bike #1. Temperarlly installed forks to align steering head crown. Installed handle bar holders, handle bar, front MC assembly, and handle bar switches. Installed swing arm and shocks. Installed battery box.
    Some pics.
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  6. Buddha

    Buddha XS400 Addict

    Bit more final assembly. Installed switch and signal/headlight mount. Installed front signal lights. Installed rear signal lights. Installed clutch assembly on bar. Installed headlight.
    Couple 3 pics.
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  7. CaptChrome

    CaptChrome XS400 Enthusiast

    Looking good! Are you doing all of the black paint yourself with rattle cans (I see something I recognize - a cardboard box with paint on it in the background)?
     
  8. Buddha

    Buddha XS400 Addict

    Thanks CaptChrome!
    I'm using Dupli Color wheel paint for the frame, rims, and other parts. It's the low gloss black, not real shiny. It's very fast drying, by time you finish one coat, you can pretty well start the second coat and so on.
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  9. Buddha

    Buddha XS400 Addict

    Bit more final assembly done today.
    Rear wheel is on, put together rear brake system and commissioned it. Disregard brake pedal, I will be building forward controls on these bikes.
    Some pics
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  10. Buddha

    Buddha XS400 Addict

    Today was disassembly fork day. Did one fork at a time. Cleaned, flushed, polished, and reassmbled with new upper oil seals and dust seals and new oil. Installed forks on bike, torque sequence to follow.
    Installed disc on front wheel and torqued and lock tabbed. Lubricated and installed speedo gear assembly on front wheel. Installed front wheel on forks. Torque sequence to follow.
    Some pics.

    Right fork cleaned and ready for assembly.
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    Front wheel assembly installed.
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    Couple of views.
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  11. Buddha

    Buddha XS400 Addict

    Managed to get out to the shop for a bit today. Installed front brake caliper assembly and torqued to specs, installed brake hose, filled with fluid, bled, and commissioned front brake system. Don't mind the generic P clips, will look at getting OEM clips in the future (this basket case didn't have the front ones).
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    Finished body work on rear fender and temporary installed on bike.
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    I am really enjoying bobbing these bikes.
     
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  12. CaptChrome

    CaptChrome XS400 Enthusiast

    Love the new chrome shocks! Are they anything special?
     
  13. xschris

    xschris XS400 Guru Top Contributor

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    They look like stock ones without the covers on them. Just clean.
     
  14. Buddha

    Buddha XS400 Addict

    The shocks are new aftermarket ones from Parts N More.

    Did some fab work and mounted the rear brake light/marker holder. Then with the help of my oldest son inserted a big piece of aluminum on the bike.
    Some pics
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    Last edited: Aug 28, 2021
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  15. CaptChrome

    CaptChrome XS400 Enthusiast

    Pretty nice fab skills Buddha! And I don't just mean on the bikes as I am pretty jealous of that custom roll-around motorcycle bench. There is a chopped hand truck in there and some nicely fitted and strong metal work.
     
  16. Buddha

    Buddha XS400 Addict

    Ha Ha Ha Ha good eye CaptChrome, that is indeed a repurposed hand truck I had.

    Spend some relaxing time Sunday in the shop. Torqued up various items. Installed new chain, new coils, new HT wires, new plug caps, new aftermarket spade terminal fuse box, new throttle cable and new carb mounts. Installed rubber mounted rectifier and voltage regulator, installed condenser. I then mocked up the carbs, H pipe, and filters to get an idea of the overall look of the bike.
    Some pics.

    New coils
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    Coils and condenser installed, the HT wires will be routed on the inner side of the tubes.
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    Fuse box installed
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    Voltage reg and rectifier installed with rubber washers.
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    Overall view of the bike so far
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  17. xschris

    xschris XS400 Guru Top Contributor

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    Emgo pods ? I would still use the black foam uni’s. Much better filtering and tuning. 6” foam ends.
     
  18. Buddha

    Buddha XS400 Addict

    Yeah I hear ya xschris, uni filters (UP-6200) north of the 49th are $23CAN ($18.25US) each. I may have to bite the bullet and get some if the pods prove difficult to tune at 2251' AMSL, time will tell.

    Today I installed the points, gapped, and static timed. Then I mocked up the exhaust system to see what I need for completion.
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  19. xschris

    xschris XS400 Guru Top Contributor

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    ;)$40 (us) is a small price to pay for a good running bike and make it last.
     
  20. JPaganel

    JPaganel XS400 Addict

    It's not about difficulty of tuning. Either foam or cloth pods are going to be a bunch of work, but the cloth ones are objectively worse filters that will let more dirt in.
     

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