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As the old adage goes, pride cometh before a fall, caliper looked fine until i attached it to a fork leg, the cap screw heads hit the fork leg (for some reason the XVS1100 has 8mm holes in the discs and m8 threads, instead of the normal 10mm hole)
Bit of a hunt about dug up a set of disc bolts, with the aforementioned plain 10mm dia, and heads 3mm thick instead of 8, a bit of drilling later and we're back in the game
The calipers need spaced up 10mm, so i'll then to the list

Headlight arrived today, 24hr delivery on a bank holiday .... what a time to be alive

and the 22mm bearings have been sleeved to fit the imperial holes , only one fitted as I need to make a crush tube
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dug out the swingarm pivot tube I was going to use on the last build, before I changed plans, it's been trimmed, but still a smidge too long , and waaay too heavy , both of those will be addressed

crush tube has been turned for the rear wheel, to replace the lump of steel tube that was in there, it needs a checking too

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progress is slow, the pivot tube fits, i can now see about halving its weight now

turned up 4 caliper spacers, couple of the dia are a few thou tight, i'll sort that out in the morning

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Discussion Starter · #24 ·
caliper spacers sorted out, took 5 min this morning

then onto making the pivot tube look a little more interesting

need to spend a couple of bob now, those calipers bolts won't do... I only have two, one's too short and they're both scabby as fuck

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was going to size up for a new steering stem... then thought... I have a stem, it's perfect for this bike , in fact it's been in this bike for over 30yr, so i ground the weld off and punched it out of the stock yoke , sorted

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Discussion Starter · #26 ·
The tank looked to have some surface rust, no leaks, but a bit scabby, so I best tidy it up before it ends up finding religion

ahhh, too late came the cry, one holy tank

not too worry, I'll silver solder the holes, clean the rust off and possibly put some tank sealant in the seam

since the tank needs a bit of work I might as well cut a big fuck off hole in it , graft on a bit from a newer Honda

that'll need to do for right now, the pup needs a run ... laters

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Discussion Starter · #27 ·
will be quite some time before I need these, but as I had to order new ones for the GSXR ( originals were donated to someone else's build) .....

started designing the swingarm, pics later

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sprocket cover must have had 30yr of crud in it , enough to start with a steel rule, scraping it off, then a wire brush with degreasant and finally the parts washer

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Discussion Starter · #29 ·
how to blank off the tacho drive on an old Honda motor

have a look at the stock item

load a piece of billet in the lathe

turn the bit that goes inside the engine

....... do the rest of it

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thought I'd best make sure the tacho plug fitted.... all good

needed caliper bolts, I like tye'tainy yum caliper bolts, nowt to do with weight, it just pleases my inner magpie

so now that the calipers are on I can get measured up for yokes, the new forks are 30mm too short and I want nice yokes not big muckle lumps of billet, so thinking short extensions

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Discussion Starter · #34 ·
managed to grab a couple of hours in between workin on the back yard, left it to set and went for rum , rub down again tomorrow , then a guide coat of paint

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as promised guide coat added, without any rubbing i can see the side needs a good bit of work, top's getting there tho

still stuck on what to paint it, black is an obvious choice.... but its an obvious choice, same as grey, every cunt and their mother is painting everything grey just now . Needs to be classy..... time is on my side for now

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we now have a more modern filler neck , tidy that up at the same time as the filled holes

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Hey Yan,

I’ve got a Kz tank here sitting that I’ve been trying to do the same thing to. I got stuck on how to get the vent tube installed through the bottom of the tank. The filler I have still has the factory vent tube attached. Any suggestions?

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Discussion Starter · #37 ·
I've never bothered with the drain tube, I did consider trying to get a position for the tube, drilling a hole in the bottom of the tank and solder it.... then I decided nah , never needed one before, why go drilling holes in the bottom of the tank . I just don't overfill the tank and make sure it has a good seal. For venting you could fit a one way vent to the tank it's self (my big build has one) or a lot of caps are vented
 

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Discussion Starter · #38 ·
made a start on the sprocket carrier , been busy as fuck, done next to fuck all on this bike

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If you're going for classy...what about a nice dark royal blue or an equally dark maroon??
 
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