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    So I got down to it again this weekend. Got a nice bikelift upgrade, can't wait to get a rolling frame.

    Prepped the rims and painted one of them (they take a LOT of paint, got to get some more). I finished the model for the rearend, pretty pleased with it. Next week I will spend a day in a metal working shop where I am going to build it with the help of this guy. If its going to look anything like the model I would be very pleased. The frame is going to get prepped there too, going to cut of some tabs I won't be needing (at least, I hope).

    I also found an adress for sanding and coating the frame for a very reasonable price. When that is done, it is build up time. Still got to do the carbs (found someone who has an ultrasonic bath) and buy some stuff.

    I also went to the yearly bike show in the Netherlands, saw a nice CX500 in the custom section, got a picture in as well.

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    Learned a lot about metal shaping this weekend and learned that I have a lot more to learn. Incredibly happy with the way it came out.

    We made two models (I had made the deal that I could learn the basics and also get his expertise to actually get a nice product). At a certain point we choose one (mine, because you know.. that way I can say I hammered it roughly in the right shape myself) and he added the finishing touch. We still have to do the final fitting and welding the bottom plate but coming 5 weeks I am not going to have much time to spend on the bike.

    To me it going to bring this bike to the next level. I will post pictures of the process.

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    Part two:

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    For about five weeks I did not have the time to tinker on the CX. This Easter I reserved a whole day. Although I did have to fix some stuff on my XJR, barely fit the new bikelift (one more season with the XJR, I am secretly looking at the MT-10)

    So I did some cleaning up on the frame, removed some tabs (which I hoped I did not need anymore). I have decided to coat the frame and weld a box for the battery afterwards. It may not be the right but I need to see everything installed before I can think about a good place for it. I haven't seen this thing together in a long while now and I am still a novice so I need the visuals.

    My butt is ready! Came out incredible if I say so my self, handmade craftmanship and partly by my own hands. I am going to leave it as is, not exactly the the same bare steel cover as the rest but we'll see. I love the way you can see the hammered structure of the metal.

    Furthermore I cleaned the most gross carb. It did ran when I bought it but the left cilinder and exhaust were significantly cooler when running. And when opening full throtle at a certain RPM it bogged a bit. I borrowed an ultrasonic cleaner and went to town but the result is not that profound. It did got cleaner but the copper got a bit of a white rash (I was warned on the label).

    Next steps are going to be the blasting and coating of the frame (I found a little rusty hole in the frame, got to weld that up first), cleaning and rebuilding the carbs, making the seat and buying more stuff.

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    This weekend and the last I got a few hours in. Most of the time I got to the carbs, disassembling and cleaning them. I used an ultrasonic cleaner I borrowed and I am happy I did it. Both carbs were pretty dirty and the one I thought would be the cleanest, turned out to be the worst. Now I am waiting for a second set of new gaskets and rings to reassemble the second carb.

    Also finally got to my rear wheel. That means the painting is mostly done. I did find a weak spot in my frame unfortunately. I have e MIG welding unit at my disposal but I do not yet know how to operate it. Youtube and some random steel plates are going to be my best friends considering the practising. After that I will have the frame sanded and coated.

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    Last week I got to welding and cleaning the frame up before sending it to the coater. Being new to welding I got a short intro and off I went. It was going rather well and I saw another little weak spot so I decided to fill that up as well. Of course I did not need safety glasses to clean the spot up before welding and I ended up getting a spark in my eye.

    Long story short: The doctor had to drill it out (with a very small drill, but a drill nevertheless).

    So dropped the frame off last week and picked it up yesterday. Also got the front fender, the subframe and the frame part that holds the radiator done. Very happy with the way it came out.

    Time to assemble! So I searched through my disassembly pictures to see what should come first and decided the subframe and the front forks including wheels should be the first so I got a rolling frame. Got my CX book and saw al the kinds of bearings and caps that I would need but I could not find them. I then saw I had still left them in unfortunately. Since the frame has been sanded and the rubber seals have had a coating I am going to have to replace the whole bunch.

    Today someone came along with a original CB550. This may be the wrong site but it drove pretty good and the sound of that 4 cilinder engine is awesome.

    If anyone has a rough guide on what to assemble first, or rather last, suggestions are very welcome!

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    I tend to install the centrestand and forks/front wheel first. Then the bike can sit on the centrestand for subsequent assembly.

    The swingarm bearings are 30202 and should be available at any bearing shop.
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