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Old 02-10-2015, 09:08 AM   #61
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...and it lives! I feel like a complete idiot, I've been chasing assumed electrical issues since I didn't have spark. Pulled the stator cover, and found that I had AC output voltage when I turned the crank (by hand). Hooked wiring back up, tried kicking it over, and found that the crank wasn't turning with the kicker. "Hmm, that's odd..." Tried turning the crank over with a drill, fires right up. Quick search shows that I've made the rather common mistake of adjusting my clutch cable too tight. Re-adjust, starts up first kick.

Oh well. Had to cut about an inch out of the throttle cable housing (outer sleeve), installed the wider "heavy duty" foot peg mount, installed the chain, and got the rear brake linkage installed. I'm down to cosmetic stuff: paint and seat cover.
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Old 02-16-2015, 11:18 AM   #62
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Now that I've got it running, I'm going to start on paint, and would like to look into getting it titled and registered.

So, two main things I need to figure out are:
1) how to power a LED headlight, and
2) how to obtain a title.

If anyone has any info (beyond search Google, which I'm getting ready to do), it will be greatly appreciated. I know there are people around here with plated 50's so I know it shouldn't be impossible.
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Old 02-18-2015, 11:25 PM   #63
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First off, thanks for the forks, Mr.Haterz. Good to meet you this evening.

Here we go. New green metal flake. Needs a few more coats of metal flake and then will get a urethane clear coat. Not entirely sold on the color yet.
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Picked up a new (to me) front end tonight that addresses a couple of my concerns. Gets me a 12" front rim and a disk brake. Also, if you even glance at the picture, you might notice the swing arm length to put the length of the front end into perspective.
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So, what are we to do? I've got some ideas... Swing arm? check. Angle grinder with cut-off wheel? check. Extra metal tubing? check. Welder? check.
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No turning back now...
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Got both sides measured, pretty close to even, and tacked in place.
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Will work on the finish welding and clean up this weekend. Next will be to extend the drum brake lever and move the shock mounts up the swing arm quite a bit.
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Old 02-20-2015, 09:57 AM   #64
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Minor update, but I've been looking into how to get a title for this thing and get it registered. I've heard of the "Vermont loophole", where you can register a bike from out-of-state and get a transferable proof-of-ownership on a motorcycle without a title, so long as the bike is at least 15 years old. So long as there's no record of a title on file in your current state, and no liens/etc. on a title in the system somewhere else, you can then transfer the Vermont paperwork into Texas and receive a title and registration.

I contacted a company who specializes in this specific transaction (and claims to have done this exact thing with quite a few "off-road" bikes with titles long-lost) and they feel confident that they can have proof-of-ownership and valid Vermont registration (plate) to me within 3-4 weeks. Is it worth it to pay the extra $150 to let someone else make sure all the right forms and such are filled out in order to make this work as opposed to just doing all the forms and contacting VT myself? Don't know, but I'm tempted to give it a shot.
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Minor update, but I've been looking into how to get a title for this thing and get it registered. I've heard of the "Vermont loophole", where you can register a bike from out-of-state and get a transferable proof-of-ownership on a motorcycle without a title, so long as the bike is at least 15 years old. So long as there's no record of a title on file in your current state, and no liens/etc. on a title in the system somewhere else, you can then transfer the Vermont paperwork into Texas and receive a title and registration.

I contacted a company who specializes in this specific transaction (and claims to have done this exact thing with quite a few "off-road" bikes with titles long-lost) and they feel confident that they can have proof-of-ownership and valid Vermont registration (plate) to me within 3-4 weeks. Is it worth it to pay the extra $150 to let someone else make sure all the right forms and such are filled out in order to make this work as opposed to just doing all the forms and contacting VT myself? Don't know, but I'm tempted to give it a shot.

Id like to know this too. PM me the info on the company?
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Can you not register a bike with a bonded title?
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I like the new front, especially the disc. Mine is still the stock drum, I haven't decided what I want to do. Cool updates!
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Man for $150 that seems well worth avoiding the hassle of bonded title route, especially in 3-4 weeks!
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Can you not register a bike with a bonded title?
I'm sure I could. The bonded title process on my Trans Am was enough of a pain that I'm willing to try the Vermont route with this one.
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Got back to work on the swing arm today, but first, a bit of a change in direction on tank color. Coat of blue metal flake over the two coats of green gives a nice color-shift turquoise in the sun.
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On to the swing arm. First, some braces to go on the lower edge.
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I realized after welding up one side the arm was a little crooked. Cut a notch in one leg, bent to fit, cut and welded the 2nd brace, then welded that all up.
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Since I still didn't have my tubing bender, I had to get creative for the upper brace. 7/8" DOM tubing with .125" wall isn't easy to bend by hand. Assistance from a tree got me to roughly 90 deg. That wasn't enough, so I cut some slots, bent to fit, and welded up the cuts. I left off for the day working on the reinforcement for the chain notch. Still have to get some gussets welded in, along with the studs for the shock mount, and TONS of clean up on the welds, but it's getting there.
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The image embed doesn't appear to work this way, but posted a few more pics of my progress (where all the pics are hosted, just hard to get the direct link from my mobile). I'll try to get the actual image links and get them put in this evening.

http://instagram.com/p/zbEpWyNmC1

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If anyone cares to follow along on Instagram, user ID is @norrisjc, but I'll try and keep updated here regardless. Hoping I can get the frame and swing arm to Tim for powder here pretty soon.
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Here are the actual pics so you don't have to click links
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Maybe I missed it, but what color are you going to paint the tank?
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Got back to work on the swing arm today, but first, a bit of a change in direction on tank color. Coat of blue metal flake over the two coats of green gives a nice color-shift turquoise in the sun.
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Thinking I'm going to go with that metallic blue. Debating putting on the '86 decals as well before I clear it.
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Either way, I think I'm going to get the swing arm and frame up to ScooterTrash to do in a silver, and keep the raw fender plastics, white on back, red on front. Think the red/white/blue will look good on this.
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Since I started keeping track, guess I should keep on, if only for posterity.

Previous total: $819.86
Front end (forks, trees, bars/risers, disk brake, 12" wheel/tire): $100
Tail/Brake light, LED: $9.89
scooter 12V voltage regulator: $4.99
420 master link (x5): $5.65
Sprocket, front 16T: $11.99
Chain roller/bearings: $5.20
TrailTech DOT headlight: $93.53 (may or may not use, will subtract later if a different setup is used)

Running total: $1051.14

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Good work, you have inspired me now. I'm going to get to work on the 82 in the garage for my son to ride since he showed me he can handle my CRF.
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Is it a Z as well?

If so and you need a front end let me know. This one is rebuilt with new bushings and such (legs could stand to be re-chromed) and only has about 5 laps of my back yard on it. Also have the 8" wheels that still need paint and the new tubes and tires I put on them. Haven't ordered a 10" rear wheel and tire just yet, but if someone was interested in the 8" setup I've got I'd be willing to sell them.
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Got a little bit done this weekend. Stripped the bike back down to the frame and straightened the shock mounts and got them reinforced, and finally got the seat cover wrapped up (no pun intended).

Since heating and bending the posts wasn't working as well as I'd hoped, I decided to just cut the posts. Once they were level again I welded up the cut.
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Once the cut was welded up I made a gusset plate to bridge across them. I'm hoping this will be enough to prevent bending in the future.
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Spent most of Sunday afternoon working on the seat cover. I'm not entirely happy with it (especially the part at the very front), but it's good enough for now. Maybe once everything else is wrapped up I'll feel more inclined to pull it off and rework the front.
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Keep it Up , Coming along very nicely .

The Seat ,don't sweat it .
No one will even notice it but you .

Now if Your gonna lose sleep because of it , thats a diff story .
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