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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 09-13-2017, 12:58 AM   #101
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Payday on Friday. Gonna order all the front end bearings so I can finish slotting the GS front end in.

Meanwhile I'm gonna start working on making brackets to put the Harley tanks where I want them.

Right now the game plan is this:

Finish mounting front end so I have the actual sitting position of the front of the bike
Get a new rear tire, and finish the rear axle (find a spacer or cut the current one down)
Replace the Magna 12.5" shocks with a pair of 9.5 or 10.5" shocks to bring the back end lower, or as low as possible without running the tire into the frame anywhere under travel.
Mount a set of bars (any bars) so that I can verify total clearance as I position the tanks
Mount and adjust seat position relative to the new geometries of the bike
Mount the foot rests, and then make brake and shifter mounts to match.
Once all this is done I can figure out where I need the bars to sit, and find a set I like to match that.

Once all this is done, then I'll work on mounting the engine, order a new front tire, find and plumb up the brakes, etc.

Step by step, it's a game plan!
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 09-17-2017, 01:44 AM   #102
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More parts have arrived! Details in the morning!
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 09-17-2017, 12:49 PM   #103
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Morning is gone, it's after noon now..

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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 09-17-2017, 01:05 PM   #105
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Yeah yeah, gimme a few. It's sunday. I barely put my pants on at this point lol
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Don't need pants to post pics... Besides it's 8:30 PM!

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Meh, I'll post my updates when I get home from work tonight lol
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Ok. So my progress isn't near what I hoped it would be. Went out to Rat's again, came home with another bin of parts. Whole load of shocks, couple sets of gauges, set of handlebars, full set of front brakes, rear fender.

Played around a little to see what was gonna work. Fender is good, but may required some trimming, depending on swingarm movement. In the pics, the fender isn't bolted on, but the holes are lined up for mounting. Prolly just need to trim the inch or so where it tapers at the front end and it'll be golden.

Tried installing the brakes, just to find the same problem I had with the brakes from the yard.
As I mentioned before, I pulled the wheel and brakes from a leading axle set of forks, these forks I'm using are bottom mount. Rat has the right set of brakes, just needs to dig them out. No big deal. I'm having fun looking things up with the parts I'm using lol.

None of the shocks will work, sadly. As you can see in the pics, this things got hella fender gap, damn near at stock height. I want it to sit much lower, both loaded and unloaded.

I sat on the bike, held the bars roughly where they would be mounted to the GS triple, they're wide enough, but I'll have to get a couple risers to bring them up and back a little.

For the gauges, I'm gonna be breaking down both of these sets. I'm gonna use the Honda tach with the GS speedo. I was debating maybe just using both GS gauges, but I wasn't intending on hooking up any kind of fuel level sender. Trying to keep all electrics to a minimum since at this time I'm running it off a battery pack. I'd run the full Honda set, but the Honda speedo has the odo external. It could be removed, but not sure if I want to be without an odo. On the other hand....It's a rat bike. If I need to know how many miles I've gone, I can set my phone to track my locations. Now that I think about it......why the fuck I need a mileage counter anyway?

Still need to order my steering bearings lol
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 09-17-2017, 11:47 PM   #110
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That's some oldschool steering lock there.

Those gauges are super clean. Rare to find them in that good of condition.
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