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Old 01-27-2014, 02:12 AM   #1
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1972/3 Honda CB350 Build Thread

Well guys I decided I wanted to build another old bike. So this time Im going to start a build thread. The last BMW I did was a lot of fun. This time I opted for a Honda.

I purchased a 1972 and a 1973 Honda CB350. Ultimately I can build two bikes, but one will be a donor for the other. And I'll build out the second one later.

Im having the bikes shipped from GA, and they will be here on Friday.

Here are a few pictures that I have, I will take more when they arrive.
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I believe I'm going to start with the 1973. Personally Im not a fan of the single rotor so I'm going to do a fork conversion with a 2007 GSXR 600/750. I have already found the parts needed to attach the forks to the steering stem... two bearings totaling $43. Still looking for donor forks. The second bike has the classic drums, and will retain them.

According to my research I will also need to locate a narrow glide dual-disc hub that has a 25mm axle, from HD. That has the exact spacing needed for the GSXR forks and use the same axle size. I will need to get a set of rotors from a Hayabusa as well.
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I'll have Scooter recoat my frame and other misc parts.

It should be an exciting build. Hope you guys enjoy. Im probably going to need some assistance. So anyone that wants to join in, let me know! I do supply beer and pizza!
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Did more research and stumbled across a aluminum hub that is made specfically for these GSXR fork swap conversions. Will not require and manipulation of rotors or extra shims. Ended up picking one up.
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Did more research and stumbled across a aluminum hub that is made specfically for these GSXR fork swap conversions. Will not require and manipulation of rotors or extra shims. Ended up picking one up.
Where? I have a set of gsxr1000 forks I'd like to graft onto my street tracker so any info/sources would be welcome.
Look forward to seeing your progress.
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Awesome build, I'm in the progress of the EXACT same build! I have a 73 CB350 in orange. I'll start a new thread shortly.
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Micah, can I just go ahead and tell you want I want on this café racer since you are going to be selling it 3 months after you build it. Good Luck Buddy!
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You inspired me to start my thread...excited to see your progress. You will probably beat me as mine is taking a back seat to my new shop build.

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Looks exactly like my dad's first Honda!
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Where? I have a set of gsxr1000 forks I'd like to graft onto my street tracker so any info/sources would be welcome.
Look forward to seeing your progress.
This is only if you want to retain a spoked wheel. If you dont care about that, a GSXR wheel will go right on.

I got it from Cognomoto. Its a guy that makes custom bikes and sells some of the parts he designed.
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This is only if you want to retain a spoked wheel. If you dont care about that, a GSXR wheel will go right on.

I got it from Cognomoto. Its a guy that makes custom bikes and sells some of the parts he designed.
Cool thanks! I'll check it out.
I have a pair of GSXR wheels too but they just don't look right on a tracker style bike to me.
Maybe I could get some excel rims and put em with a hub from your guy...
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Cool thanks! I'll check it out.
I have a pair of GSXR wheels too but they just don't look right on a tracker style bike to me.
Maybe I could get some excel rims and put em with a hub from your guy...
Its not cheap. But I figured the headache from searching for a single hub and making spacers, not to mention machining rotors, would save time and money in the long run.
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Who are you going to have build your wheels? Or are you doing it yourself?

And let me know the next time you're working on it, I'd love to lend a hand if I'm available.
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Who are you going to have build your wheels? Or are you doing it yourself?

And let me know the next time you're working on it, I'd love to lend a hand if I'm available.
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Well I have been scouring the internet for a place to order tanks. I dont want to chance making my own. So I talked to Benji at BCR and ended up ordering a tank/seat combo from him. Maybe ill be adventurous on the next one and experiment with making my own. The tanks are custom made so it will take about 4 weeks for me to get. Should look like this:
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Another Update.
The bikes made it in. I got a little eager and went ahead and started the tear down. I can already say that I hate the exhaust on the Copper bike that Im building first, so they will be coming off at somepoint.

Here are the bikes as they arrived:
1973
1797629 10152240485830850 1460639494 n
1661353 10152240485820850 1662834454 n
1780839 10152240485825850 282797235 n
1662189 10152240485885850 2140716487 n
1798442 10152240485995850 2071459907 n

1972:
1459712 10152240486250850 1077630261 n
1017403 10152240486285850 1724293254 n
The '72 is in better condition. Which is a perfect reason to start on the other one first.

Got busy with dis-assembly:
1545073 10152240486510850 103985939 n
1653468 10152240486685850 111854296 n
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Wow, that '72 is nice looking.

So is the tank you're ordering fiberglass? If so, are you at all worried about the ethanol? I keep reading that the two don't get along well at all.
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Wow, that '72 is nice looking.

So is the tank you're ordering fiberglass? If so, are you at all worried about the ethanol? I keep reading that the two don't get along well at all.
From what Benji over at BCR told me, most modern epoxies are good for 20% ethanol fuels. But he said most people that buy his fiber glass tanks do use a special sealer. And I probably will too. He guarantees his work, so if he is comfortable with it, so am I.

I'll post up the exact product he mentioned.
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Well last night I started drinking after a fight with the girl friend. According to emails on my phone, drunk me ordered a new 32mm Mikuni carb kit for the 350s.

Good job drunk self!
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