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1985 VT700c Rebuild/Mod Project
Old 08-09-2012, 03:44 AM   #1
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1985 VT700c Rebuild/Mod Project

So I bought this bike my first year outta high school. Saved up 800 bucks over summer, picked her up off of craigslist, and had my first bike of my own (had been riding my dads old KZ since I was 15).

It ran but was in shitty condition. The dumbfuck who owned it before me had no business being on anything with two wheels. It showed obvious signs of being laid over on both sides, mainly that all but one of the turn signals were being held on by duct tape, and the infamous left side cover was missing. He left the poor thing in his side yard, in the elements, so the tires were all checked and crap... but hey, I had 800 bucks burning a hole in my pocket, and I saw the possibilities.

So I got it *safe* to ride, and since I just blew all my money on a purchase that I shoulda haggled down to 500 (not shitting you, it was that bad), I rode it like it was. Slightly bent handlebars and all. And for a couple years, that was ok cause I had no money. Damned cigarettes...

Then the wiring harness shorted out (8 months ago). I didnt ride for 6 months while my buddy worked on it, I'm all thumbs when it comes to wiring problems. Got it back 3 months ago, and rode for 10 hours straight, I kid you not.

Then I decided to make it something to be proud of. Swapped the stock cruiser bars for a European set, made a vacuum forming machine and made some new side covers for the thing, and replaced the huge stock signals with chepo lo-profile ones. Now I'm giving her a new (half-assed) paintjob.










Ill update with pics when its back together, also I'm gonna redo the seat soon. Mad Tailor's "From Stock to Custom Seat" thread is gonna be a huge help there. Also coming soon are customized ammo can saddlebags (gonna reshape the bottom edges of the cans).

When winter rolls around, I plan to:

-do the pod filter/airbox mod
-lower the tail with smaller shocks
-get/make a new fender
-get/make a nice passenger seat
-do away with the idiot lights and tach

and other stuff I can't think of at the moment.

Oh and so you can get an idea of what I'm going for, I'm thinking kinda bobber style, but with a passenger seat for the bitches and some sidebags cause I wanna be able to take trips without needing a backpack.

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Old 08-09-2012, 03:52 AM   #2
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made a vacuum forming machine and made some new side covers for the thing
Any time you want to detail that little job, I'll be listening.
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Old 08-09-2012, 03:54 AM   #3
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yall know what this bike looks like stock, these are just to show what sorry shape the thing was in before.


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Old 08-09-2012, 04:24 AM   #4
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Any time you want to detail that little job, I'll be listening.
i made a basic vacuum table, basically a board with a hole in the middle and a pvc connector to a shop vac on the other side of the hole. heated up some plastic in the oven and used the original side covers as molds (i was missing the left side and got a busted one off ebay...still cost 90$). sucked the melty plastic down on top and when it cooled, cut it out. its a pain in the ass the way i did it but i needed something to cover my wiring. im gonna work on perfecting the method soon, when i do ill take copious pictures and make a tutorial thread. i think i may also start selling them once i get it so im not making one-offs.
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Old 08-09-2012, 01:03 PM   #5
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Nice! another 85 vt700. i'll be following this. Check mine out if you havent

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Old 08-09-2012, 04:36 PM   #6
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Nice.....and creative to boot.
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Old 08-09-2012, 06:23 PM   #7
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@danteisme, yeah i took a look right before i posted mine haha.
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My little 10-minute, parts floating around the side yard wet-sanding setup. Unused sand mixing trough thingy, some baling wire and a pvc elbow for a drain. Makes wet sanding much easier for super cheap. I think I got the trough from Lowes for like 5 bucks once upon a time.

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thx. im a show off so you can bet ill update frequently haha.
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