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Old 09-01-2012, 12:56 PM   #1
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Old 09-01-2012, 01:10 PM   #2
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After I had everything off, I started to inspect everything to see what I would need to replace. The rear shocks definitely had to go, as did the wheels. The front forks were leaking so I had to rebuild them. It really wasn't all that bad. Aside from the rusted wheels and spokes, there wasn't really much rust anywhere.

After I was done inspecting I started to look on the web for parts. THAT'S WHEN THE SCOPE OF THE PROJECT HIT ME. was expensive. Even just buying essential parts, like new fork seals, wheel bearings and gaskets, the money was adding up real quick I spent the next two months spending my earnings on parts. Finally, other came up and I had to stop spending money and actually do some work.

I started to disassemble the fork assembly and found the fork tubes to be badly pitted I thought I was gonna get somewhere that weekend. A month later, my tubes from Forks by Frank came in So shiny and new! But wait................ the tubes were wrong apparently in 1972 Honda had two different kinds of tubes. Sent the tubes back and did more waiting

In the meantime, I started to polish some parts (as best I could) and paint some others.
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Dang thats sexy! I am curious how much money and time did you put into it?

And as far as copying ideas. Too bad they didn't patent it. They could have banked like douchebag Apple...
I'd say wrenching, I've put in maybe 12 hours so far. That's stripping the bike, taking time to label everything, rebuild the forks, polish some parts, paint others, assemble the front end, and some minor stuff here and there.

Money..., at last count around 1,700. the bulk of it on the tank and seat. More on the tank and seat in a bit
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Continuing where I left off, the correct fork tubes finally came in and I was able to finish rebuilding the front forks with new seals and oil. I'll get those pics when I visit the garage tomorrow Tis' shiny and sexy!

Around the same time I finished the forks, I've finally saved enough money for a tank and seat combo from Benjie's. I first saw the tank and seat on a cafe racer blog and I knew I had to have it. Since I dropped so much dough on em' I had to stop and wait for a long while (this was handmade so I had to wait anyways)

Months passed and my project really slowed down at this point. I had to spend money on other things and There wasn't really much else I could think about doing to the bike at this point. At last, the tank and seat arrived!

I already knew how I wanted it to be painted so I had my paint guy start on it. When he was done, I was almost in Looks so beautiful. Here is a pic of it on the frame
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As of right now, I've gotten various small things done here and there. Waiting til' I can find the time to take the frame and swingarm to ScooterTrash to get PC'd. After that, I'll start trying to locate some parts again... Slowly but surely

Stay tuned! Will try to post up some more pics tomorrow.
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Is that a fiberglass tank?
Be aware that the crappy gas is hard on FG. Even though it was supposed to be resistant it ate the resin in my FG tank which then gummed up the carbs on my streetfighter...
Just sayin ...

If I was gonna go fiberglass I would run race gas. Just my. 02
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I meant to that too.
I like the shape of that tank!
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Subscribed. Looking good. Hope to see the finished project in the not tooooooo distant future. LOL.
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Is that a fiberglass tank?
Be aware that the crappy gas is hard on FG. Even though it was supposed to be resistant it ate the resin in my FG tank which then gummed up the carbs on my streetfighter...
Just sayin ...

If I was gonna go fiberglass I would run race gas. Just my. 02
What kind of liner did you use? I asked Benjie about this and he recommended something (forget the name) so I had him line it before he shipped it. I wanted the aluminum but that was big $$$ Didn't want to go over budget. Thanks for the heads up!

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Subscribed. Looking good. Hope to see the finished project in the not tooooooo distant future. LOL.
I plan on having it done before April. Of course, what you plan and what really happens is another thing.
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What kind of liner did you use? I asked Benjie about this and he recommended something (forget the name) so I had him line it before he shipped it. I wanted the aluminum but that was big $$$ Didn't want to go over budget. Thanks for the heads up!



I plan on having it done before April. Of course, what you plan and what really happens is another thing.
The name of the liner is Caswell.
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I didn't use a liner. The tank was sold as having resistant resin and that there would be no trouble. It worked fine for a while.
I thought about coating it and continuing to use it but decided I didn't want to worry about it in the future. I'll be going with metal.
After looking into tank coatings, I agree with Patrick, Caswell is the way to go, if I could have coated it before it had gas in it.
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heres another bike that yamaha made with no intention of cafe racing
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your build looks very promising. good luck to you!
Yep, that yami looks frickin sweet. Thanks
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^^^^^^^That's probably one of the best looking cafe racers I've ever seen. Makes me want it!
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]Here's a pic of the front end assembled. Thinking about painting the bottom of the forks black...
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and no, the clip ons will not be that low once the bike is complete lol
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