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Ping
04-06-2015, 10:47 AM
Hey guys, I've been lurking around after stumbling on the site a few weeks back, thought I should take a few minutes and say hello, and also share my project. BUT FIRST, a story.....

I bought my 2001 Custom back in 2008 from the 2nd owner, barely any miles on it. The seller had it set up more of a cruiser, so once home I stripped off all of the parts I didn't want, turning it back into a pretty stock looking bike again. I started slowing changing things here and there once I stumbled across the 650ccd forums - gutted the pipes, GAK mod, lowered it, you know the drill. I also added mini apes, a bobber-style fender, and relocated the license plate. I put nearly 7 thousand miles on the bike between May 2008 and the end of riding season 2010....not bad for my first bike. Around that time, I went through a pretty bad divorce, and at the beginning of 2011 riding season, the bike wouldn't start, I didn't have the extra money for a battery, tune-up, etc., so it just sat....and sat....and SAT....until a week ago.

My amazing wife has been encouraging me to get the bike out of storage, get it going and start riding again. I think this could in part be due to her starting to watch Sons of Anarchy, and I'm perfectly OK with that ;) SO, last weekend my helpers and I got the trailer and loaded my neglected baby up and brought it home. Since then, we have started taking the bike apart to clean it good and get some much needed maintenance done. And it's been decided as it goes back together, maybe a few upgrades and new paint as well.

On the trailer ready to come home, after nearly 5 years in storage:
http://i.imgur.com/gPC125hl.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/5552iy5l.jpg

Home safe and sound, my helpers hard at work:
http://i.imgur.com/YFixV9Rl.jpg

Back inside, parts starting to come off for cleaning. CHEERS!
http://i.imgur.com/2nHEwHFl.jpg

Cleaning up the rear:
http://i.imgur.com/TTpkPxbl.jpg

Test-fitting the new pipes (got these off a 650ccd bro years ago, been sitting in a box ever since):
http://i.imgur.com/TwrYIMDl.jpg

Chrome was pretty pitted on the wheels (rear especially), so thought I'd give them a new look. Degreased, pressure washed, and 180 grit paper to scuff up the surface:
http://i.imgur.com/04wbVnXl.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/NgeA4mtl.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/UDGGncJl.jpg

Two sore hands, and hours later, finally happy enough with everything, masked off and cleaned with Acetone:
http://i.imgur.com/tLPnTgrl.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/ysB9jzWl.jpg

Painting the rear drive-line also, same drill - degreased, 180 grit, mask off what you don't want painted, and Acetone:
http://i.imgur.com/O3YF9NVl.jpg

First coat of self-etching primer laid down:
http://i.imgur.com/NPUIguLl.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/dQNMQvNl.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/MkxRqfPl.jpg

And that's where we stand as of last night - the temperature started to drop so I called it a night. I'm planning to lightly sand everything again, then a second coat.
Any questions, please ask! I hope this will turn into a nice project for my kids and I, and hopefully in a few weeks I'll have it back together and on the road again. It's been too long....

coheed
04-07-2015, 10:12 PM
Really digging those pipes. What color are you doing the wheels/driveline?

Magnificentbastard
04-08-2015, 9:24 AM
Really digging those pipes. What color are you doing the wheels/driveline?

I second that, love the pipes - are they stock just cut down?

I've cut mine to the last baffle chamber and was really luck since they did not need any rejetting. But I was planing this year to cut them to a similar lenght.

Ping
04-08-2015, 10:52 AM
Really digging those pipes. What color are you doing the wheels/driveline?

Thanks bud I appreciate it! Color is going to be Metallic Rust, by Rust-Oleum, rattle canning it on a budget - doing the wheels, driveline, tank and fenders in the same color. The bike was black when it was stock, so I tried to get a color I thought would go good with the gloss black and chrome. Hopefully going to get the second coat of primer laid down tonight, should have some color done this weekend for you guys to see.


I second that, love the pipes - are they stock just cut down?

I've cut mine to the last baffle chamber and was really luck since they did not need any rejetting. But I was planing this year to cut them to a similar lenght.

From what I remember, the 650ccd bro I got them from had an old set of Cobra pipes laying around and whacked them off, put some tips on them, painted and wrapped them. I was running stock pipes, completely gutted in addition to the GAK mod - loved the sound. I can't wait to hear how obnoxious these are ;)

Ping
04-09-2015, 12:26 PM
No kids last night, so I was able to sneak away for an hour or so and get a bit more done:

Rear drive line primed and ready for color:
http://i.imgur.com/IoxTiUQl.jpg

Final coat of primer on the wheels:
http://i.imgur.com/ZSmyLFel.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/IkMiwqpl.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/DbeFFwkl.jpg

Cover for the rear drive line primed and ready for color:
http://i.imgur.com/dz8fwYTl.jpg

It sucks waiting. Since I decided to work on this thing again all I've wanted to do is paint it. Then you have to spend time taking things apart, cleaning, sanding, taping - it seems endless. But when you finally DO get to that point, and can see a bit of color going down, you start to see the hard work preparing everything pay off. I love the look of the "traditional" bobbers with flat black/red wheels, but I wanted to do something different. After a few times going back and forth between colors, the Mrs. had to make the decision for me, I just couldn't decide.

COLOR!!:
http://i.imgur.com/m7Kl8fjl.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/RXGns07l.jpg

Close up of the color:
http://i.imgur.com/VlfNEirl.jpg

I should have waited another night before starting the color, but I couldn't help myself. I'm on a budget, so I'm rattle canning everything, but I'm pretty impressed with how well the color sprayed. What you see is 5-6 light coats, waiting 5-ish minutes between them. I had to call it a night, but I can't wait to see how it looks after it cures a few days and I can get it out in the sun.

Ping
04-13-2015, 10:38 AM
The weather was great this weekend, but we had a house full of kids, and the rain had me backed up on chores outside, so I wasn't able to get much done. But, I was able to sneak away for an hour or so and get the rear drive line complete and also the first few coats of color laid down on the wheels. Damn it's tedious painting these things! I'm trying to be patient though, light, multiple coats will give me the results I'm wanting, just takes time. I hope that by the end of the week I can get the last few coats on and be ready to clear by Friday night. If all goes well, Sunday afternoon maybe I can be putting these babies back on the bike!

Four coats on the wheels, a couple more to go:
http://i.imgur.com/UNIgsmzl.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/LLY6WbUl.jpg

Back of the rear drive line finished up and ready for clear:
http://i.imgur.com/gwm9Ccbl.jpg

Overall, I'm really happy with this color and how it's spraying. The metallic shows through really well even without clear on it, so hopefully that will really pop once I can get it all finished. I can't wait to roll these things out in the sun and really see what the color looks like!

tonyd
04-13-2015, 12:09 PM
Looks great, keep it going

coheed
04-13-2015, 6:28 PM
Looks awesome, love the color choice. I love seeing stuff like this being brought back to life.

blueknight
04-13-2015, 8:08 PM
That color is awesome, I woulnt have guessed it was rattle canned.

MadRiverMoCo
04-14-2015, 7:25 AM
http://cdn.meme.am/instances/500x/58778125.jpg

Or vulcans...

He might be here for vulcans...

But not bobbers...

Fuck bobbers and chobbers

Ping
04-14-2015, 11:26 AM
Looks great, keep it going
Thanks bud, I appreciate it!


Looks awesome, love the color choice. I love seeing stuff like this being brought back to life.
I hear you! The more I'm getting done on it, the more it makes me want to work on it. I can't wait to see it back together and on the road again!


That color is awesome, I woulnt have guessed it was rattle canned.
Thanks!! I'm really impressed with how well this stuff is spraying. Of course I took the pictures when it was wet, so as it dries it doesn't have as much shine to it, but I think the clear will help with that. I can't wait to see how it contrasts against the chrome and glass black of the bike.

We are in the middle of a monsoon here in KY at the moment, so I'm not sure if I could even GET to the garage in my dad's back yard without waders at the moment, but still hoping to be able to get what I've started complete and start getting the wheels back on the frame in the next week or so. Once that's complete, tank and fenders are next, then a few upgrades and maintenance as I put it back together - front brakes aren't working, battery, plugs, fuel filter replacement, etc., then have to find someone to adjust the carbs and get it running again. Hoping to have it on the road by the time the weather really starts to warm up!

Ping
04-16-2015, 12:33 PM
I got a few minutes this morning before work to hit the wheels with the last few coats of color. The pictures may be a bit repetitious, but thought I'd share none the less.

Paint is done, ready for clear!!

http://i.imgur.com/QihkjiKl.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/qh7Vv1wl.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/r2mWpnml.jpg

It's far from perfect, but I'm not out to build a show bike to begin with. This bike is going to get ridden, will probably get caught in the rain, get chips, and honestly, may not be cleaned often :) Overall, I'm very happy with how it's turning out. There are spots that aren't as consistent as they should be, but unless I actually go to the trouble of taking the wheels apart and powder coating, I simply won't get that quality, and I'm perfectly OK with that.

This weekend, I hope to get these parts cleared and start reassembly early next week. Once it's rolling again, I'll continue painting (tank and front/rear fenders) while I get it put back together.

Ping
04-20-2015, 11:08 AM
Got more time to work over the weekend....

Before I started, had to take a look at what the color looks like in the sun - this is paint dry, no clear:
http://i.imgur.com/xwnCtDpl.jpg

Cleared and ready to go:
http://i.imgur.com/upm6mRJl.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/KWglgW0l.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/eyJRpD0l.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/hcm5PTDl.jpg

Clear is now done, been curing the last couple of days, so hopefully I can bring the parts home and start putting them back on the bike sometime this week!

dageetch
04-20-2015, 1:36 PM
It's looking good! I have a 650 v star classic and yours looks the direction I want to take mine.

Ping
04-20-2015, 1:42 PM
It's looking good! I have a 650 v star classic and yours looks the direction I want to take mine.

Right on, post some pictures up!

I had the bike really close to what I wanted years ago, but sitting for years just didn't help it. SO, thought what better time to freshen up the look than now :)

Ping
04-23-2015, 11:47 AM
Here is last night's progress. I got the tape and paper off of everything and finally got to see the fruits of my labor :)

I started with the front wheel, but realized there was a spot I had taped off that I shouldn't have, SO, back off it came. I taped the area off, sanded, primed, and painted:
http://i.imgur.com/pZQ5Jl6l.jpg

Since I had it apart again, thought I'd hit the front disc and the bolts that hold that on too:
http://i.imgur.com/EbvvxWkl.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/y8erz7rl.jpg

My helper for the night:
http://i.imgur.com/WCmondYl.jpg

Between painting steps, I moved to the back. I got the brakes reinstalled, drive-line put back together, and the wheel set back in place. I've misplaced the pin that holds the brake cable on - that's why you see it just laying there.
http://i.imgur.com/m06p9Gal.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/EbuNhpYl.jpg

I can't wait to get the front wheel on so I can roll it outside and see what it looks like in the sun. The pictures don't do this color justice. This morning before work, I got everything cleared, so tomorrow night I should be able to get the front wheel buttoned up, hopefully. Next I'll start on the tank and fenders.

Ping
04-23-2015, 11:49 AM
I am second guessing myself on the front wheel - should there be a spacer between the fork and disc? I can't remember there being one there, but as I put everything on last night I started to wonder if there should be and I was just missing it - it's been too many weeks since I took it apart :/

http://i.imgur.com/SiKXaGCl.jpg

And while I'm at it, this look correct to you guys??
http://i.imgur.com/AzNGcgwl.jpg

Dieselchanic
04-23-2015, 11:57 AM
Yeah dude you're gonna need a spacer on that rotor side. I can't really help on the other side.. Been a long time since I've been around a v-star 650

Ping
04-23-2015, 12:01 PM
Yeah dude you're gonna need a spacer on that rotor side. I can't really help on the other side.. Been a long time since I've been around a v-star 650

Thanks bud, I appreciate it - was thinking that too, but damn I can't find it anywhere. Time to find a diagram and get a part number I guess, going to need to get a replacement pin for the rear brakes too.

Dieselchanic
04-23-2015, 3:15 PM
Thanks bud, I appreciate it - was thinking that too, but damn I can't find it anywhere. Time to find a diagram and get a part number I guess, going to need to get a replacement pin for the rear brakes too.

If you have trouble finding what you need just get me some specs, I can spin those out on the lathe no problem.

coconuttiger85
04-26-2015, 5:48 PM
love the bike mate

what size n brand are your filters. having trouble finding some that fit