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Playing around with different clears over a satin bronze today, in terms of the process, things are getting better! Starting to see better results. Getting close to choosing a color scheme for the bike so I can get on with the build!
 

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A few more powdercoat experiments this weekend. Tried the chrome version, came out great and I think this will be a viable option for some of the bike parts. Next I wanted to try a rim. It came out stunning but it has a few finish buggers where it sat on the oven racks. I won't be able to fit the 19" mags in the oven anyways. It really made me realize that I need to stick with smaller parts as my shop now looks like strip club with a layer of glitter on everything....🤦😂
 

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A few more powdercoat experiments this weekend. Tried the chrome version, came out great and I think this will be a viable option for some of the bike parts. Next I wanted to try a rim. It came out stunning but it has a few finish buggers where it sat on the oven racks. I won't be able to fit the 19" mags in the oven anyways. It really made me realize that I need to stick with smaller parts as my shop now looks like strip club with a layer of glitter on everything....🤦😂
Wow. I'd love to see that on the back of an XS.
 
A few more powdercoat experiments this weekend. Tried the chrome version, came out great and I think this will be a viable option for some of the bike parts. Next I wanted to try a rim. It came out stunning but it has a few finish buggers where it sat on the oven racks. I won't be able to fit the 19" mags in the oven anyways. It really made me realize that I need to stick with smaller parts as my shop now looks like strip club with a layer of glitter on everything....🤦😂
Seems I need to visit a strip club...
 
Seems I need to visit a strip club...
Guy I used to work with in the Air Force when I was stationed up in Alaska used to call me up and ask me if I wanted to go out "Christmas Shopping" with him.

That was his code words to get past our wives for "Lets go visit the local strip clubs tonight!"...which Anchorage was pretty world renowned for at the time. :laugh:
 
Guy I used to work with in the Air Force when I was stationed up in Alaska used to call me up and ask me if I wanted to go out "Christmas Shopping" with him.

That was his code words to get past our wives for "Lets go visit the local strip clubs tonight!"...which Anchorage was pretty world renowned for at the time. :laugh:
I was in one 14 years ago in Cocoa Beach. It just felt weird and uncomfortable...
 
Ok, had to get a better powder coat gun, the Eastwood wasn't cutting it. Anyways, decided on a couple pretty wild colors, Franken Sparkle for fenders, possibly tank,.etc. and a Heavy Black metallic for the frame components. I think it'll look pretty rad in the sunlight. here's a couple test panels with the green and the black metallic for the frame. I also got around to shooting the lower triple tree tonight, think it looks pretty cool! May be a little orange peel there, may have laid it on a tad thick, but nothing I can't live with. It's pretty hard to get the camera to pick up just how much metallic is in this black, it's a lot😂
 

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Nice! I like the green, unlucky color don'tch know (taboo). my sister has a jeep whatever,
looks black most of the time but in the right light the green metal color comes out.
planning to go that route with my tank and covers.
wish I had a v8, the vodkas a little dry! :laugh:
 
Nice! I like the green, unlucky color don'tch know (taboo). my sister has a jeep whatever,
looks black most of the time but in the right light the green metal color comes out.
planning to go that route with my tank and covers.
wish I had a v8, the vodkas a little dry! :laugh:
That's the intent! Hopefully the entire bike will look black in low light, then really pop in the sun! 🤞
 
Got the lower triple installed for now, went to work on trimming the old Speedo/tach holes off the upper and prepping it for coating as well soon. I left the key tumbler mounts thinking this is where I may mount my Speedo/tach? Still to be determined, but I'm running with that for now.PXL_20231217_184626571.jpg
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Hey guys, powder coated the lower legs. I'm rebuilding now with new seals and emulators. My question is the torque on the m10 lower bolt joining the upper and lower halves? Manual states 25 -29 ft lbs. For an M10 bolt, Seems a little strong in my opinion. What do you typically torque those to?
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Hey guys, powder coated the lower legs. I'm rebuilding now with new seals and emulators. My question is the torque on the m10 lower bolt joining the upper and lower halves? Manual states 25 -29 ft lbs. For an M10 bolt, Seems a little strong in my opinion. What do you typically torque those to?
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The manual has a miss print in the torque spec. You’re referring to the bolt on the bottom of the fork leg that goes into the damper rod. Torque is 14.5 ft lbs.

This from the XS 650 SJ Service Manual. 19.6 Nm. 44.5 ft lbs is misprinted.
 
The manual has a miss print in the torque spec. You’re referring to the bolt on the bottom of the fork leg that goes into the damper rod. Torque is 14.5 ft lbs.

This from the XS 650 SJ Service Manual. 19.6 Nm. 44.5 ft lbs is misprinted.
Oh wow, glad I asked. I ended up just going around 16ft lbs. Guess I'll just leave it there. Thanks!
 
Do you guys think that fully welding these swingarms will invite stress cracks? I'm considering welding up these two small areas, mainly to keep corrosion out and to clean it up visually a bit. Or could it be that these areas were left unwelded to allow the swingarm a bit of flex when setting rear axle torque🤔.
 

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I welded up all the open seams on my swingarm. Before you start, measure the distance between the axle plates. The heat will distort it. Then use a jack to open it back out to the correct distance.


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