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Old 01-12-2012, 08:40 AM   #21
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that's looking cool as hell I would've painted with rattlecan and been riding the heck out of it till a leter date then done the the re-do but that's just me I'm watching this one can't wait to see it done. My dad used to have a 500 before he married my mom. He loved the hell out of it and always wanted to get me one and him another.
LOL~ Typical Californian...rattle can and ride. Wish I was burried in sunshine everyday, but I am burried in snow this morning so it is more a mid-west thing...The test rides the other day were conducted wearing insulated Carharts...Too funny.

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Old 01-13-2012, 07:55 PM   #22
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I just spent $109 at Bung King and $590 at Lowbrow Customs today on all new pipes, trumpet-style bell tipped mufflers, Amal 626 carb and some other odds and ends. I was tinkering around today replacing build bolts with stainless steel and realized the pipes on it would just never look as good as the bike will when done. The problem is that I HAVE to weld on all the exhaust mounts BEFORE powder coat so I bit the bullet.

The bike starts excellent...with starting fluid...so I popped for the new Amal so I can tickle the carb and flood it for starting. FYI, I have called Lowbrow three times for questions before ordering and Todd has answered every time and been a real help on making sure I got the stuff I needed. Today we talked for 15 minutes about Bonneville alone- Good dude.

Once the parts come in I will make some more progress and post pics.

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Old 01-13-2012, 08:13 PM   #23
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Nice, looks like your having fun, ,might wanna step up to a 930 instead of that 626. It makes a bit more power bolts right up.
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Old 01-14-2012, 06:59 PM   #24
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Default Battery Box

I fiddled around and finished up the battery box and ground today. I made a little pig tail for a ground. I know everyone is used to a big ground strap like a Harley has, but since there is no juice flowing through a starter I only need to match what is leaving the battery and that is minimal.

While finishing up I notched out the top mounting bar I made so it will fit the battery spill tube. I went ahead and polished the stainless bolts by using the drill. After sanding the head markings off and finishing sanding with a fine grit, Just buff them up on the polishing wheel. I couldn't capture the shine here without high resolution, but they they look chrome and never rust. Once this battery box is powder coated black, I think it will have an industrial appearance and look great.

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Old 01-17-2012, 07:31 PM   #25
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Just got the new header pipes and bell-tipped mufflers from Lowbrow and had to put them on to check for clearance. I really like the way the angle follows the bend in the rear of the frame. Now I can weld on the exhaust brackets and mount the side-mount license plate where it won't catch all the exhaust. I rtried to get some good shots in case anyone is looking for pipes- I would buy these again. At about $300 for everything I think they are well worth it.

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Old 01-18-2012, 11:47 AM   #26
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Looks good, reminds me a lot of this http://www.pipeburn.com/home/2011/12...50-bobber.html
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Looking good Scott , I am glad you are happy with the pipes . Todd
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:05 PM   #28
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After setting the pipes on to see it they would work I needed to make mounts and weld the hangers on the rear to support the long mufflers. The easiest way I have found to mount pipes on a new build is to put everything together like it will be on the bike and start bolting everything tightly at the clamps. First the exhaust ports, then where the mufflers attach to the pipes. Once this was all tight I made the mounting points fit the exhaust and so nothing is bent or stressed when bolting it up. The middle hangers were made of an old chrome bracket that was the perfect thickness. I just had to measure were the bend needed to be and then marked and drilled the next hole and it fit great. The real trick was to have a stout mount on the kicker side because the clearance there is tight and I DO NOT want it to come down and scratch the exhaust. I pulled it all in as tight as I could and it cleared by 1/2 in easily. If it was too close, I was going to heat and bend the kicker and add more of a dog-leg for clearance. Once those two points were fitting really nice I made tabs for the muffler hangers. I bolted them to the mufflers, put the mufflers up in place and then just tacked them in place. The system fits excellent and I couldn't be happier with the quality and fir of the pipes.

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From the above text-Rear mounting pics.
I had to tap them left and right...forward and back to make sure they were the same from the top and back.
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Side mount license plate: Bent the light mount for a slanted plate and used a socket and tab for marking out a way to attach to the frame. I used the socket and tab for similiar round-shaped light and the round areas on the bracket and light. After welding it together, I marked the placement on the frame and drilled the top bolt hole...bolted it and then used the bottom hole to mark the next hole forgood fit and angle.

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Default So I got a little distracted...

So I got a little distracted on this BMW project:
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I tried to decide on a paint idea, but decided the metal looked best. I sanded the tank and fender down and will put a light coat of gel stain (for wood) to seal it and give it an antique look. I ordered the new Triumph badges and just had to put them on. I also have the new Triumph rubber tank pads that I will put on also. FYI, the tank badges were $62 for the non-original and after getting them I can't see why anyone would want the original ones for twice the price. If you need tank badges, these are "Emgo" brand and are excellent quality.

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Old 05-26-2012, 07:24 PM   #33
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Nice looking bike scott! Love the 5oo's! I have a 67 daytona! And collecting the parts for a 500 bobber which iam starting soon, they are a blast to ride!
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nice bike

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Just took my 63 t100sr for a shake down run today. Got registration on thursday. i did about 70km (about 45 miles) and it was sweet. its got the daytona engine so goes ok as well. Cant wait to get back on it and go for another blast.
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500's are great bikes! her's a pic of mine,great job so far,and i must say i like that bmw aswell.
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I had to drill out the old thread bung for the oil tank so I could weld in the new vented cap from Lowbrow. I ended up brazing it in to flow it out around the edge. I shaped it up a bit with a die grinder and sanded it smooth.
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I re-sanded the tank, fender and oilt tank and cleaned it with thinner to get it ready for the "vintage" finish. I tried to use stain for the looked I wanted, but it did really work out. I mixed some left over black paint, clear and a lot of thinner and tested it on the inside of the fender and it had the "brushed/vintage" look I wanted and the clear will seal in the metal from rust. I dipped a small rag in the mixture and wiped it on until it looked right. This is NOT something you can put coats on- One coat and you're done when it drys...and it drys quick.

I put on the badges, but haven't decided on the rubber tank pads yet.

The first picture is "before".

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looks good a lot of people overlook the 500 to small of a motor for them
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Just been through the whole thread and it looks great. Nothing wrong with a 500 still plenty of power.

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