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Rebelocity
08-29-2016, 4:56 PM
Hi All, long time lurker here. I just got my first Rebel 250 in perfectly good running condition so obviously the first order of business was to strip it down. I've been looking to do a clean hard tail bobber on a budget and I dont think i could have started with a better bike. These little Rebel 250s are awesome!

As bought...

http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/ad188/jrubenstein42/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber%20stock-1.jpg (http://s934.photobucket.com/user/jrubenstein42/media/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber%20stock-1.jpg.html)

So first things first, I got rid of the awful saddle bags, rear seat, and passenger footpegs.

http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/ad188/jrubenstein42/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-2.jpg (http://s934.photobucket.com/user/jrubenstein42/media/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-2.jpg.html)

Then I decided to try and fix the mangled front fender...

http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/ad188/jrubenstein42/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-8.jpg (http://s934.photobucket.com/user/jrubenstein42/media/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-8.jpg.html)

Finally got to use my Harbor Freight hammer and dolly set.

http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/ad188/jrubenstein42/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-9.jpg (http://s934.photobucket.com/user/jrubenstein42/media/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-9.jpg.html)

http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/ad188/jrubenstein42/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-10.jpg (http://s934.photobucket.com/user/jrubenstein42/media/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-10.jpg.html)

I was decently happy with how the front fender turned out until I went back to the bike and saw how much better it looks without a front fender anyway...

http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/ad188/jrubenstein42/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-11.jpg (http://s934.photobucket.com/user/jrubenstein42/media/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-11.jpg.html)

Speaking of fenders, I had to get rid of the rear fender. I found this sweet little fender from a Baja 50 pit bike!

http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/ad188/jrubenstein42/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-20.jpg (http://s934.photobucket.com/user/jrubenstein42/media/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-20.jpg.html)

For the fender struts I am going to use the ends of the saddle bag supports as mounting points and use some 3/8 rod from Lowes for the struts. Just for fun I mocked up the saddle bag supports as the fender struts and it kind of looks interesting...

http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/ad188/jrubenstein42/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-21.jpg (http://s934.photobucket.com/user/jrubenstein42/media/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-21.jpg.html)

I went ahead and chopped off the ends of the saddlebag brackets and smoothed them down, I also made some mounting tabs for the swingarm out of some 3/16th plate.

http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/ad188/jrubenstein42/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-24.jpg (http://s934.photobucket.com/user/jrubenstein42/media/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-24.jpg.html)

http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/ad188/jrubenstein42/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-26.jpg (http://s934.photobucket.com/user/jrubenstein42/media/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-26.jpg.html)

Rebelocity
08-29-2016, 5:02 PM
I figured out where i wanted the bungs, then after some careful eyeball measurements I used a blowtorch to bend the 3/8 rod.

http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/ad188/jrubenstein42/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-33.jpg (http://s934.photobucket.com/user/jrubenstein42/media/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-33.jpg.html)

http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/ad188/jrubenstein42/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-34.jpg (http://s934.photobucket.com/user/jrubenstein42/media/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-34.jpg.html)

http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/ad188/jrubenstein42/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-35.jpg (http://s934.photobucket.com/user/jrubenstein42/media/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-35.jpg.html)

http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/ad188/jrubenstein42/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-36.jpg (http://s934.photobucket.com/user/jrubenstein42/media/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-36.jpg.html)

http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/ad188/jrubenstein42/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-37.jpg (http://s934.photobucket.com/user/jrubenstein42/media/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-37.jpg.html)

Thats it for today, thanks for looking!

mikecola
08-29-2016, 5:23 PM
I like where you're going with that rear fender

Rebelocity
08-29-2016, 8:12 PM
I like where you're going with that rear fender

Thanks man. Clean and simple.

OleDirtyDoc
08-29-2016, 8:25 PM
Not bad

Rebelocity
08-30-2016, 12:19 PM
Not bad

Thanks Doc, that's what im going for...

Rebelocity
08-30-2016, 12:27 PM
Got my ail light, turn signals, and seat. Seat is from Lowbrows and the lights are from Dime City Cycles. I went with the simple sprung seat with 3" springs (ill probably switch to 2 inch) a simple pair of turn signals and a cool Bates style led brake light.

http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/ad188/jrubenstein42/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-52.jpg (http://s934.photobucket.com/user/jrubenstein42/media/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-52.jpg.html)

http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/ad188/jrubenstein42/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-42.jpg (http://s934.photobucket.com/user/jrubenstein42/media/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-42.jpg.html)

For the front of the seat mount i went to my local hardware store and found this perfect hinge piece which lined up perfectly with the seat bolts. I also made a strong mounting bracket.

http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/ad188/jrubenstein42/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-43.jpg (http://s934.photobucket.com/user/jrubenstein42/media/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-43.jpg.html)

Then i took off the rear fender again, and pulled out the wiring harness which i hoped would work with the new lights.

http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/ad188/jrubenstein42/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-39.jpg (http://s934.photobucket.com/user/jrubenstein42/media/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-39.jpg.html)

Sucess! At this point i couldn't help myself and i had to mock up the rear fender with my struts, lights, and seat.

http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/ad188/jrubenstein42/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-48.jpg (http://s934.photobucket.com/user/jrubenstein42/media/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-48.jpg.html)

http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/ad188/jrubenstein42/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-49.jpg (http://s934.photobucket.com/user/jrubenstein42/media/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-49.jpg.html)

Quite happy with how it looks. Such a transformation from stock. But of course now i have a snake pit of wires I need to hide somewhere. Ill probably cut a piece of aluminum plate, drill a few holes, paint black, and zip tie on top of the wires and around the frame.

http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/ad188/jrubenstein42/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-51.jpg (http://s934.photobucket.com/user/jrubenstein42/media/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-51.jpg.html)

Rebelocity
08-30-2016, 3:06 PM
I had to tidy up the wiring a bit so i could get a nice tight fit on top. I still have to splice and lengthen the new brake light wires because Im hiding all of the OEM fender wire harness under the seat plate. And you gotta love zip ties...

http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/ad188/jrubenstein42/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-54.jpg (http://s934.photobucket.com/user/jrubenstein42/media/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-54.jpg.html)

http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/ad188/jrubenstein42/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-55.jpg (http://s934.photobucket.com/user/jrubenstein42/media/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-55.jpg.html)

I put the side covers back on and almost threw up... something had to be done. The Blue Collar Bobber side cover kit is really nice and i noticed that some of my favorite rebels on the internet seem to have them, but for what they are its way too expensive. So i decided to make my own out of aluminum to save some weight while i'm at it. Turned out super simple to template and bend.

http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/ad188/jrubenstein42/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-45.jpg (http://s934.photobucket.com/user/jrubenstein42/media/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-45.jpg.html)

http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/ad188/jrubenstein42/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-47.jpg (http://s934.photobucket.com/user/jrubenstein42/media/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-47.jpg.html)

http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/ad188/jrubenstein42/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-97.jpg (http://s934.photobucket.com/user/jrubenstein42/media/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-97.jpg.html)

http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/ad188/jrubenstein42/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-99.jpg (http://s934.photobucket.com/user/jrubenstein42/media/Honda%20Rebel%20Bobber-99.jpg.html)

Just have to paint them black now...