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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 02-25-2018, 10:47 AM   #21
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Postman dropped off a package. May have blown my own budget but hey, whatever.



Looks even better on the motor. Going to have to move the petcock now but that shouldn't be to bad

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Worked on the seat today getting that taken care of and rolled the bike outside for a bit. Springs to stiff as if sits but I can take care of that easy enough.









Need to get my tail in gear if I want to finish this bike. Still a bunch of fab to do ( battery box, headlight, exhaust, oil tank, and now fuel tank ) Plus the wiring and plumbing
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Getting started on this battery box. Sat down on the computer and drew up a simple box. Threw a couple random holes in it for good measure and got it burned out this am



Formed it during lunch break. Try and weld it up tomorrow of possible

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Finished up the box yesterday. Need to draw up a top plate to secure the battery still



It'll go somewhere in this general location

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Battery hold down strap is burned out now.



Been playing around a bit with the pie cut exhaust also. First pieces were too tight an inside radius for what I wanted. Never really tried to make certain radius's before, always just did whatever looked about right. So its been a bit of a learning curve but I think I got it now



Also picked up this tank for $10. Coworker robbed the petcock and filler bung for a mini bike fail. Not sure if I'm going to use it, chop it up, or make wall art but I couldnt turn it down.

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A lighter spring for the mtb shock came in yesterday. Got that swapped over and it's a bit better. Seat now has a little bit of spring to it. Could probably drop another 50lbs or so but that be it. Don't was it to be too springy so I'll try this one first

While I was in the shop I had the brilliant idea to throw this other tank on the bike. It's crazy wide and would need a decent chunk removed from the center, but from the side it doesn't look half bad. It's large enough, that if I plan it out right when chopping it down, I may be able to hide 3 quarts of oil inside also.



Thats something ive been trying to sort out the past 2 weeks or so without much luck. The MTB shock takes up the space for an oil tank. Could fab up a chin spoiler tank but I don't think that will look right. Other thing is 2 small pill shaped tanks mounted somewhere on each side of the bike Not really sure about that either
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Only one way to figure this out. Chopped 4.5" out the center today. If this doesn't work I'll chop it back apart and make wall art and use the old tank



With the two halves in hand, I decided take the guess work outa this and see just how much room would be needed for the required 3 qts of oil. Filled the side with exactly 3 qts of water. Turns out it isn't nearly the amount I was thinking. Half of one of the tanks halves is all.



Of course I'll build the oil side a bit larger so theres a bit of air space. But in theory I should be able to do this and pick up a bit more room for gas also. First and fun parts going to be gluing these 2 tank halves back together. Neither side tank profiles matches the other
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Took a bit of pushing and pulling but Ive managed to get a decent shell started. Got a couple an fittings on order also. Just need to find a couple caps



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Got a bottom fitted to the tank now



And formed up a tunnel for the backbone



3 of the 4 fittings ordered have arrived. These are for the oil tank. Petcock bung should be here soon



Still debating on gas/ oil cap setup. Probably sit down tonight and find something. Also need to be thinking about a gauge. Got an old small Koso unit I might try and use
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Had a bit of spare time this morning so I started working on cutting the tunnel in the tank.



May have ran into I bit of a snag with the steering. With the tank on Im only going to get about 28* of steering from center, so 56* total. Something tells me thats not enough but I cant seem to recall how much is necessary. It would only really matter in the parking lots but if anyone knows that magic number, I'm all ears

Jumped over to the headlight setup I'll be running for a minute. Ran this projector on an old bike I built and I'm thinking it will work good with this one also. With a little updating as it seen better days

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