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chopsticks
11-08-2009, 10:57 PM
This is my first build here so if you think the progress is moving slow lol well it is. I can usually attribute this to the fact that I have to do most things 2 or 3 times before they are done right haha.

Here's what she looked like the day I got her

http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww39/bodie1204/1234195776.jpg

http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww39/bodie1204/1234195745.jpg

I got it from my fiance's neighbor, he got it in the condition that it was in. Sat in his garage three years and his whife was tired of looking at it so he gave it to me for free :) gotta love that.

chopsticks
11-08-2009, 10:58 PM
So I took it and cut the old crappy struts out and fabbed some new struts and a grab bar for a passenger if I decide to have one. Here is a few pics of the strut construction and fit.

http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww39/bodie1204/strutconst1.jpg

http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww39/bodie1204/strutconst2.jpg

http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww39/bodie1204/strutconst3.jpg

http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww39/bodie1204/strutconst4.jpg

chopsticks
11-08-2009, 10:59 PM
http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww39/bodie1204/fender-fenderstrut-handbar.jpg

Here are a few pics of it all mocked up...

http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww39/bodie1204/handbarconst1.jpg

http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww39/bodie1204/mockup1.jpg

http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww39/bodie1204/mockup3.jpg

chopsticks
11-08-2009, 10:59 PM
Here is the first time I got her to run....

http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww39/bodie1204/th_teststart1.jpg (http://s703.photobucket.com/albums/ww39/bodie1204/?action=view&current=teststart1.flv)


Since the last few pics I have had a few updates. I have since fit the seat, mounted it to the backbone and installed the springs. I also added a modded tombstone style light to the rear fender. I will try and post some more pics later this week of this. For paint I am thinking that I want to incorporate the rising son somewhere considering this is a jap build. Comments positive or negative and suggestions are always welcome like I said this is my first build so basically everything I do on this bike is the first time I have ever done it. Thanks for looking.

Sticks

philbey
11-09-2009, 12:48 AM
Cool, but what is it? Looks like a Kawasaki logo on the timing cover?

JayTucc
11-09-2009, 7:33 AM
Looks pretty sweet with the fender and grab bar. Kawi?

chopsticks
11-09-2009, 10:57 AM
Cool, but what is it? Looks like a Kawasaki logo on the timing cover?

yeah sorry lol its a kawasaki 75' kz 400

chopsticks
11-09-2009, 10:58 AM
Looks pretty sweet with the fender and grab bar. Kawi?

Thanks man I wasn't so sure about it in the beginning but it turned out exactly like I was thinking. yeah kawi kz 400 1975

mjasen10
11-09-2009, 3:51 PM
its a cool chop man, i dig it alot

chopsticks
11-09-2009, 4:57 PM
its a cool chop man, i dig it alot

Thanks man I appreciate it, so far I am really excited with the way that it is going. I am going to take more pictures on wednesday of the elongated backbone and the seat all mounted up.

mjasen10
11-09-2009, 7:50 PM
no problem man, i really like what ya've got done so far. what ya got planned next?

chopsticks
11-10-2009, 2:58 PM
no problem man, i really like what ya've got done so far. what ya got planned next?

Going to mount up a 21' front wheel wheel that I got off a 75 honda xl 175 it has a drum brake in it so I just have to figure out that whole thing. thats about all the chopping I got left honestly other than the normal take the engine out of the frame and clean it up getting rid of tabs and what not and painting it. Some pretty simple stuff and I am on the road baby.

chopsticks
11-16-2009, 2:58 PM
Tank fresh out of paint

http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww39/bodie1204/1258404298.jpg

RockinRyan
11-19-2009, 6:30 PM
Tank fresh out of paint

http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww39/bodie1204/1258404298.jpg

That looks really good!

mjasen10
11-19-2009, 8:10 PM
tank looks sick as hell man! love it!

chopsticks
11-20-2009, 9:14 AM
Thank you Gentlemen, I too love the direction the bike is heading. Now if it could just move a little faster so I could get this bitch on the road lol slowly but surely