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Old 07-11-2012, 01:44 PM   #11
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08.12.2011
Finished the seat tonight! All-in-all it turned out great! Mind you, I'm not an upholsterer by any means, but it sure beats the stock look on my bike now. The material is perfect with the look of being slightly older. I would have liked the flap to be a bit lower, but still it really came out quite clean. I've got a stitch pattern in mind so we'll see where that goes; but for now I'm happy with the outcome. I used nothing but the stock foam, even the cut off pieces were recycled for the seat's rear extension. Total cost for seat is about $8 due to buying some spray adhesive. So far, I've kept the cost of this remodel well under $150. Next up might be some handlebars, but I'm so uncertain whether I want apes for this project or something beach cruiser like. I also still have to spray seal the exhaust wrap (on tomorrow's agenda) and looking forward to some more little odds and ends. I'll take some outside pics tomorrow, but here's tonight's episode:









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Old 07-11-2012, 01:51 PM   #12
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So, from this ...



... to this:





08.13.2011
Alrighty, sprayed the pipes with the silicone sealant and it darkened them up nicely until the fade, lol. Took her for a nice ride to burn off the residue; didn't smoke too bad. Thunderstorm coming, so had to cut it short. Hope you guys have been having fun with my silly self indulgent posts ... I have. Anyway, here's the outdoor pics which really compliment the bike more so than under those hellish fluorescent in the garage. Wifey's new SUV in the background (just today) ... pretty much her payment for tolerating me, uh, my hobbies ... she's happy.








08.14.2011
Did a couple of things today, one of which I had planned and the other just a moment's thought. First, I put a small screw into the footpegs where the hinge and joint meet. The reason for this was to put a slight angle on them for a more stable leg position. The new angle is ever so slight, but it actually forces your legs a bit inward. This is good due to the forward controls stretching your legs forward thus a feeling of wanting to slip outward. +1! Second, I had some sheet aluminum layin' around so I designed a headlamp visor. Holding off on the turn indicators because I might swap 'em out, we'll see. Free mods, love 'em!

The whitewalls have turned just a bit off-white and that is to be expected. No peeling or adhesive issues. But I'm sure our weather conditions are very different ... and we don't have salted roads, only salt air! ;) Many have done this with great long term results. I will keep you posted. As for a springer seat, I have contemplated it but for now I like my retro meets modern. ... I placed a nice before and after shot at the bottom for you.

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Footpeg mod:

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Old 07-11-2012, 01:53 PM   #13
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Headlight visor:






Before:


After:


I meant to post this pic too but since I had attached the visor prematurely I omitted it as it's supposed to sandwich 'under' the outer ring. You can see the screw in the lower left; obviously one on the opposite side. There is a bracket under it where the headlamp housing attaches to that bracket. All I did was drill through it and viola! It ain't goin' nowhere.

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Old 07-11-2012, 01:54 PM   #14
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08.17.2011
Continuing on ... tonight I thought I'd do something a bit different. First, I rotated the stock handlebars forward because they were too low and way too close for my liking. Funny how they almost appear to be baby apes! The reach is perfect and height is more comfortable. A note to anyone adjusting or replacing handlebars ... hold on to them when loosening that last screw on the riser, or your fuel tank will get dimpled, and I don't mean a smile. ... Almost!

Now, for the project: I designed a simple yet effective bracket to relocate the stock mirrors. I wanted them out of my line of horizontal vision so I turned to the latest Harley Davidson Forty-Eight for inspiration. I moved them below the grips and mounted to the vertical part of the handlebars using a couple of PVC T-couplings which I cut out a section to "snap" on. Then I used a threaded brass cap which I drilled and tapped to accommodate the stock mirrors. Mounting them was a 'snap' and they stay in place snugly using some pieced of bicycle inner tube. For a more secure fit, I was going to use some typical band clamps (shown), but they kind of mucked up the look since I painted the brackets black to match the bike. Silver looked too "I'm trying to match chrome" - ish. So I'll most likely just take a couple small self-tapping screws and tighten them down. All in all, I spent $10 for the T-couplings and brass caps. I love the new look, and they are quite ergonomic as well. No, the don't hit the tank when lock-to-lock, and they don't vibrate anymore than stock. Rear visibility is clear (no, my arms nor body get in the way, see the pic) and my forward view is now unobstructed. Now I only need to get some decorative caps for the stock mounting locations.

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Old 07-11-2012, 01:57 PM   #15
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08.20.2011
So when the weather is turning bad I get bored. Added a bit more red accent. I think it brings the theme together more. ... *sigh* ... sucky weather.








08.23.2011
Stopped off at Broward Motorsports this afternoon and picked up a few feet of clear fuel hose. Clear makes things easier to diagnose when it comes to clogging or contaminants. It's the same hose BM uses for Jet-Ski's. Super pliability compared to stock and really gets itself on those fittings nice and tight, much more so than stock. I also got a small bag of 10mm snap-rings. You can see the O.D. difference to the stock (black) tube. I would have thought the smaller snap-ring would have been in order, however the fittings expanded the tube just a bit much, so I'll exchange for the 10.5/11mm. Still waiting on the rebuild kit(s), possibly tomorrow according to the counter guy.

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Old 07-11-2012, 01:58 PM   #16
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08.25.2011
Alrighty then ... With the tank off the bike and my carb rebuild kits not yet here I'm getting bored. I really wanted to do some accent striping on the ACE-R but a few things were becoming obvious to me. First, my eyes are not what they used to be. Hand painting stripes were quickly beginning to fade from my mind as I'm in dyer need of prenoscriptnoscriptnoscriptnoscriptnoscriptnoscription glasses but have yet to do so. Second, I couldn't stand the thought of paying someone to do striping for me as it can be down right costly ... nope, not for this budget build. Third, stickers ... hmm ... I've seen the good, the bad and the ugly. Good kits are about $100 :shock: and the bad and ugly stand on their own right at you get what you pay for. Okay, enough of that. I broke out my old Roland Stika design cutter and dug up some of my old vinyl from a bin in the garage. Good stuff - the 7 year all weather UV resistant marine grade stuff. I used to use this little machine back when I had a speed shop and race team. I can't believe the old machine still works flawlessly even after being in non-AC'd storage for the past 6 years. Well, I conjured up a few designs from good ol' Google and jazzed up the tank tonight. It's just a test run, but I'm pretty happy with the result so the tester may just stay. What I really like about this method is that I can redo anything at anytime if I get tired of it ... hardly any hassle. I'm still working on a few other ideas for the rest of ACE-R. ACE-R you may ask? What is this "R" you speak of? I am affectionately calling her ACER as to me the "R" designates "Rod". Here's the pics from tonight:







For those just wondering, the 02 and 03 Shadow & Spirit VT750's share the same carbs with the 98-01 VT750's.




08.27.2011
Got the carbs rebuilt today and she's running better than ever ... Took about 6 hours, but I was stopping to take pictures and satisfy my curiosity by taking time to investigate with these VT750 carbs, as it's the first time I've cracked this particular model. I actually took quite a bunch of pictures and will be working on a VT750 rebuild how-to that should enhance the factory manual's black-n-white pics and basic instructions. It'll take a little time, but I'll get it done.



08.28.2011
I added some accent striping to the front and rear fenders today. I'm not real happy with the front though. It's a bit thick and I'm just not sure of the body flow ... probably gonna redo it. I think the rear brings the tank together nicely, eh? I'm mostly happy just to have the carbs done and have her ride-able. (still working on the how-to) ... Here's some new pics with the Von Dutch-werk:




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Old 07-11-2012, 01:59 PM   #17
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I'm going to re-plot with a thinner line-set and see how it looks. I'm thinking the design though should be more elongated to compliment the other two.



08.30.2011
I removed the front fender striping last night ... just got sick of looking at it knowing full well when I put it on I didn't like it!

Getting back to my carb rebuilds ... I found a few other things not necessarily adding to the fuel leak I had, but really performance related. Let's review and add to, shall we?
- Main culprit of the leak was a hole in the fuel intake hose leading into the port on the rear carb.
- The rear carb float chamber gasket was leaking slightly (as posted earlier).
- One of the float valve tips was was stepped down a bit.
- A few of the needle jet pin-holes were gummed up.
- One of the slow jet main passages was also gunked a little bit.

Remember, I was only hunting down the fuel leak but decided since I pulled the carbs I thought, might as well dig in. Good thing! I can only imagine what some older bike carbs are looking like as mine only has around 4K miles ... of course, a bike that sits for long periods can age the fuel which can contribute to a few of the issues listed above if not properly stored. A few pics that I'll include in my write-up (which is going slow due to work):










08.31.2011
Eh, by now you're sick of hearing from me. That's okay because I'm known to talk to myself. I re-did the front decal tonight ... MUCH better. I was fighting with a few designs that were kinda too artsy-fartsy including symbols and words; really going out of my way. I instead settled on good old no fail straight forward simple and flowing. Here's some process pics. Now if this rain would only give up already!

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Old 07-11-2012, 02:00 PM   #18
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09.28.2011
Well to further things that I've been still contemplating, I am still planning on red rims & maybe the spokes. I had an idea for cleaning up the stock turn indicators, but for now that fell by the way side. I recently redid the striping (I may have mentioned that) and it's much cleaner with better fitment and tolerance around the fuel tank. I also swapped out the spark plugs and fuel filter noticing a significant smoother revving.

Hey, all it takes is time and/or money ... and right now they're both a mystery. So until then, I just continue to enjoy the ride!



10.01.2011
Ah, well I did it now. Dernit if the bike doesn't look like a complete other bike. Didn't get an outside pic today (in a hurry to get to dinner), but will do tomorrow. Pics speak for themselves ... Here goes!





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10.02.2011
I plan on some blacking out and maybe some signal modifications. Time and money ... although, not too shabby for a $16 wheel upgrade. And I'm still under $200 for the whole custom job, excluding fuel filter and spark plugs maintenance. Yeah, I'm still planning on powder coating but more when the tires get replaced. But I just got back from a 30 mile trip test on and off highway between 35 to 70mph; so far so good! I researched if anyone has done this to motorcycle wheels, especially spoked and really couldn't find any. A guy on another forum works with Plasti-coat on VW wheels with great results, so I figured what the h e l l.

Here's the pics from outside today showing the real color compared to in the shade under fluorescent lighting in my garage. I also included one showing the updated striping on the tank ....... annnnnnnd my son decided to model for one shot, ... just like his old man!





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10.05.2011
Now, I've been tossin' around an idea, and it's time to bring it to fruition (and yes, inexpensively). We'll see how it goes, but so far so good ...



Work in progress ... stay tuned; more to come!



10.06.2011
Tonight I did some finishing touches on my rear fender mod. A little reshaping, grinding and sanding (all by hand). I headed over to ACE Hardware (which has been very appropriate for my ACE thus far) and got a couple of bolts. I 'welded' the threaded bolts to the back side of the fender mod I created; and by weld I mean JB Weld. Primed it black and will be ready for paint tomorrow. Fitment is superb and next I'll be working on my side plate mount. Pics for now ...






That creepy looking figure in the background of the last pic is my son jamming to some old Journey and Styx ... that's my boy!


I'm pretty much a black & white guy when it comes to my vehicles. Right now, white Suburban (grey leather), white Nissan 240 (black & white leather), and my bike in flat black. For the bike I wanted the old school red accents, thus where I'm at now.

My white walls have tinted a bit to an off-white which is fine by me as it adds in my opinion a bit of nostalgia. :wink: I have had many compliments, even more so when I tell them how it was done. I have had no cracking or lifting; side wall preparation is key prior to applying the paint. I have NO idea how it will do in the cold ... it's Florida! Be forewarned though, as the newer the tires are the more likely the browning effect due to the oils in the rubber working their way outward ... again, side wall preparation is key. You can always put another fresh top coat on any time you want though. Note, back in the day of true rat-rods, they weren't real concerned about perfection. Now adays, we try to mimic the past by making it "look the part". I'm happy either way. Even though I've seen friends do this on old cars, I personally have never done it until now (a couple months ago from this post). I figured it wouldn't hurt a bit to experiment and just run the tires down until their ready to be replaced with real WW's. However, from what I've seen most tire manufacturer's don't offer WW's as wide as what I've done, especially the rear.



10.09.2011
Well the weekend here SUCKED! Weather was really windy and stormy. So of course, I got bored. What do I do when I'm bored you may ask? Mod the bike of course. :mrgreen: So I came up with a few custom things that were burning in my mind. As the previous pics were demonstrating, I eliminated the rear turn indicator/license plate tree by fabricating an aluminum 'plate' to cover up the mess in the OEM fender. I wanted something different in the way of LED blinkers, but not simple plug-ins or replacements. I haven't done the fronts just yet, but it's in the works. Oh yeah, and I painted the chrome rear fender supports flat black too ... yes, that's Plasti-Dip, again. :mrgreen: Once again pics speak better than me ...



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