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    Quote Originally Posted by Motomicah View Post
    lol yeah in that case I wouldn't trust my work to look original so I'd get a professional to do it too haha. Luckily Canada is a bit less strict when it comes to those things. As long as it doesn't affect the safety of yourself or others they're usually okay with it. Oh yeah, and as long as it's legal I was just reading up on our laws as I was curious if the tail light had to be a certain height off the ground, but couldn't find anything so that's good. As long as you have a running light and break light that's all that matters.

    I was looking at the final drive and found that the bottom shock mount might be able to be used as a second support point. This would mean you wouldn't need to mill out those pockets so it should be easier to machine. I think I might actually go that route instead just because it seems like less work lol.

    Keep up the great work though, I can't wait to see what else you come up with!!!
    That's actually a great idea! I had been eyeing the oil cap (replace with a cap with a hook on it) but it was clearly a bad idea, don't wanna go messing with that cap. But the shock mount would be perfectly suitable. If I go the diy route I will definitely take that into consideration.

    At the moment my remaining motorcycle budget is nil (I throw most of my money at an indie car game I'm developing) so I'll stick with cheaper details, like getting my idiot lights project together, cutting my front fender and possibly restoring to new your gauges (changed my mind ) if I can find someone local to cut me new glass circles on the cheap. By the way, do you remember if they open easily? Like screws, or a pain in the ass like cb ones that had to be slowly, slowly pried open and never went back together like before?

    In a couple weeks/a month I'll hopefully proceed to plate holder and frame cutting/seat.

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    You might be able to find glass domes intended for clockfaces, or even buy up old broken clocks to get the glass domes. I'd consider plastic domes, though, for safety.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FezMonki View Post
    That's actually a great idea! I had been eyeing the oil cap (replace with a cap with a hook on it) but it was clearly a bad idea, don't wanna go messing with that cap. But the shock mount would be perfectly suitable. If I go the diy route I will definitely take that into consideration.

    At the moment my remaining motorcycle budget is nil (I throw most of my money at an indie car game I'm developing) so I'll stick with cheaper details, like getting my idiot lights project together, cutting my front fender and possibly restoring to new your gauges (changed my mind ) if I can find someone local to cut me new glass circles on the cheap. By the way, do you remember if they open easily? Like screws, or a pain in the ass like cb ones that had to be slowly, slowly pried open and never went back together like before?

    In a couple weeks/a month I'll hopefully proceed to plate holder and frame cutting/seat.
    Yeah I thought about that too, but since the threads for the cap are aluminum for a reason I figured I wouldn't be able to put much torque on it and I'd be afraid it would wiggle loose. But yeah, hopefully the shock mount will work.

    LOL, same thing happened with my entire bike. I was like "I just want a bike to ride" and then it became "what can I spend money on making something else for it" haha.
    There is a metal band that runs around the gauge but can be pried off or cut. See this thread for more info http://cx500forum.com/forum/cx-custo...assembled.html. Sounds like a bit of a pain, but you could always get a new band made too.

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    Hey, I haven't got much done over the winter, mostly been slowly (too slowly) restoring a tacho Motomicah sent me. I was almost done until instead of "putting my hands in my ass" as we would say around here, I decided to take out the lights in favor of installing a neopixel led ring since I don't like how leds look like when installed aftermarket, this ring will be able to emulate the natural green, with a 50.000 hour lifespan, roughly 3 mil kms in the dark, but I'll elaborate more when I'm done with gauge build pics. I also chopped the rear and will be getting the very end tips resoldered onto the stumps for a more legal look.

    But, the mod that might interest someone, is a fabrication from scratch that I drew up in AutoCAD and had my blacksmith cut out of inox for me. Basically, I want to keep only the tacho, and move the rpm's to my idiot bar setup in the future. I found one online ( » Honda CX500 Cafe Racer Parts for Sale) but a) its kind of expensive, b) I don't like it and c) it requires relocating the key switch, that I like just where it is.

    So I give you, my gauge mount:
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    Before I get it powder coated black, I'm thinking about getting a hole drilled to thread the choke into and secure it with its own plastic nut against the mount.
    Last edited by FezMonki; 03-18-2015 at 04:30 PM.

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    Glad to see you back again! That bracket looks nice. I've always admired the look of a single gauge on a bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motomicah View Post
    Glad to see you back again! That bracket looks nice. I've always admired the look of a single gauge on a bike.
    Thanks. What do you think about the choke hole? The problem is the irreversible nature of it lol. My blacksmith friend made it for free, but like most free things it takes months to get them made, and he was grumpy through the whole process.

    Next step is getting my tips soldered back on (the threaded bar is just to make sure they get soldered on straight, at the same angle):
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    Right after if I manage to hold his attention, I want him to solder a thick flat inox bar across the frame, with two close holes drilled through. The seatpan will have two nuts soldered on the upper side corresponding to the holes. This way not only I add some sturdiness to the frame (I think?), I can thread two screws across the mudguard from the bottom, through the bar, and into the seat. This way I lock both mudguard and seat into place without any visible screws from the outside. I would then find an additional spot to lock the mudguard with another screw, probably near the slot the stock plastic mudguard locks into, so it does not wobble. Illustrated:
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    Is this a sound idea?

    Edit: Dammit why does everything look 10 times dirtier in photos.
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    Good luck on your build!
    In regards to getting your rims done, check out MotoSynthesis: Home of the Comstar Spoke Conversion Rings: Converting the Comstar to Spokes
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    I would get all the gauges and stuff mounted and looking how you want it to, then if you're still trying to find a place for the choke and it looks okay, you can drill the hole then. I would hold off as long as possible just to make sure you don't mess up that nice bracket.

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    it may just be me but it looks like your front tire is on backwards but build looks good keep it up
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    Quote Originally Posted by lucky View Post
    it may just be me but it looks like your front tire is on backwards but build looks good keep it up
    Oh it is, I just threw it on with the bolt to move it around the garage And thanks.

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