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Old 03-05-2016, 04:49 PM   #11
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Hej, no problemo.. I was a bit worried that the exhaust would sit a bit loose due to that they are only mounted in the engine and no other place but they stay where they are really well and I just love the look they gave the bike!

I looked at the link you posted up, there seems to be an easy fix for the front and that is to get a fatter and lower tier. No clue of how this actually looks! :/ To go from a 19" to 17" would just make the whole front look better! Will do some digging on this matter..

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Old 03-05-2016, 05:00 PM   #12
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I think that http://www.buchananspokes.com could make a rim and spokes for it. Haven't really looked for anyone in sweden/europe who does that but there might be someone around. I'd probably go for a 3" wide 17" rim if I was to have one made up. It's the same width as the ace/aero rim and those have 120 wide stock front tires. And going to 130-140 should look great. If you find yourself on the way to ordering, let me know. We could split the shipping and import costs.

And for the pipes. I ran my V&H short shots just attached to the engine for a season before i made a bracket to hold it. Worked great but I felt better when I got the bracket on.
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Old 03-05-2016, 05:26 PM   #13
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Sadly I think that will be for a later update. This season will be all about getting the electric stuff hidden and sorted.. and everything I have half assed fixed and done good and clean! No more strange bits and pieces.. :)

Have had my eyes on Buchanans for a while, would be nice to find someone closer! Must be people doing those kind of jobs in Sweden??!!
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Old 03-05-2016, 06:15 PM   #14
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I'll look into it for next winter. I too have to get my bike back together. But I think Sweden is to small to find anyone here. I did however just find some Germans that might be able to make it happen http://www.sscycle.de/SSC/Products/R...SSCycle_Felgen .

Keep up the good work and maybe I'll see you on the roads this summer.
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Old 03-06-2016, 04:51 AM   #15
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Nice, that address goes to the bookmarks! Seems to be able to fix a lot, both full wheels and build with supplied hubs and rims.

Yeah would be fun to see some other shadows on the roads! Spotted one in town, but that was a non-modified.. :)
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Old 03-08-2016, 07:45 PM   #16
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So. I've made some progress and have some pictures to share... Everybody likes pictures... Right? I know I do.

First I got the forks off and dissassembled. I think it's still the stock oil from 1989 so it's due for replacement. I also ordered a set of progressive front sprlngs because I've heard nothing but good things about them. Still waiting for my local shop to get me the new seals and stuff for them.

I then pulled the carbs to install the TJBC jet kit. When I bought the bike it didn't run very well because the air filter box was not attached properly and I got receipts for two trips to a shop that tried to fix it by cleaning the carbs. Well I opened them up and it seems they've done a number on the jets. Don't know how they did it but the heads of the jets were fucked. I also pulled the float needles and holders and they are supposed to have a fuel filter at the bottom. One of them did not. Lucky me I got new ones from TJ as well. Also the rubber seal for the float bowl seemed to have been sealed with some liquid gasket over the original. Well. That's now clean and new ones are in. Should work better now even if it ran great when I had reattached the air filter after I bought it. I'm never taking a bike to the shop that did that stuff ever though.

I then had to splice the wires for the handlebar switches because I painted a set of hand controls for a VT750 instead of the vlx's. And well. The connectors are not the same. Should work now though. Will know when it's time to start her up.

Finally I took a box of stuff to a friend and spent the evening sandblasting the rims, hubs, fork lowers, top tree and more and will be dropping them off to powdercoat tomorrow. Hopefully I can start assembling something soon.

Here are the pics:









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Old 03-09-2016, 10:57 AM   #17
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nice project! it's not common to see a blu frame shadow, i really want to see how this is going to look at the end.
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Old 03-09-2016, 11:35 AM   #18
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Thanks. The first years of the vlx had frames the same color as the rest of the bike. Black, red or blue I think. I really want to see it done as well. Dropped the stuff at the powdercoater today. He should have them done within two weeks. While I was there I saw some stuff in cool colors that got me thinking of doing the frame in. Mint green stood out the most. I need to get into that before next winter.
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Old 03-10-2016, 06:35 PM   #19
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Started working on the exhaust today. It really takes a lot of thinking to get that right. I'll might take it all apart and start from scratch again but at least this got me some much needed welding experience. I should however not have taken the wheels off the bike when it was tucked into a corner of the garage... Well, you learn as you go.

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Old 03-16-2016, 07:11 AM   #20
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Keep up the awesome work bro!
The mint green frame idea sounds wicked.
I own the same bike even in the same blue so seeing what you do to this is inspiring.
What kinda head lamp did you replace the stock one with? Looks like a 7" side mount but I like the way the lens comes out of the bucket a little and how round it is if that makes sense.
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