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    Really dig the new over the old, at least style wise. The pics make the original seem HUGE in comparison to the rest of the bike. I keep your thread as a fav, I have a 750 and I keep eyeing that card trick to do the rims. Cant believe I never saw that done before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by truerobotech View Post
    Really dig the new over the old, at least style wise. The pics make the original seem HUGE in comparison to the rest of the bike. I keep your thread as a fav, I have a 750 and I keep eyeing that card trick to do the rims. Cant believe I never saw that done before.
    I've been staring at it from angles; taking a break staring at it some more, and starting to get used to it, the more I look at it the more I like it. It's odd how something looks strange, just out of being used to seeing it so much one way then seeing it another way.

    I took a look at your bike; and the seat and fender will fit just fine, for some reason your frame builder didn't weld in a upper or lower brace in the rear...I'd take him the seat and the fender and tell him, you need a lower brace to combat frame torsion; and an upper brace/bracket to make the fender and seat fit seamlessly, with no gap between the seat and rear fender at the bottom. Take it back like in the mockup picture; tires and all so the lack of a tire doesn't make the fender tire combo off, and wonky as fuck looking, when a upper brace/bracket goes in.

    Since there isn't an upper bracket or brace there; I could see how that would leave you scratching your head where to go with it. If you want that fender and seat there's always a way; no need to compromise, if anyone tells you no, or it can't be done...keep looking or research and diy, ya know?

    Oh, I forgot to comment; HUGE is right, I think the oddest thing is how the black seat makes the Wabi look small; and the golden shower seat makes it look larger...totally fucks with perspective between the two.
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    Def love the new seat! makes the flow of the bike alot smoother.....Great Job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by snakeman40 View Post
    Def love the new seat! makes the flow of the bike alot smoother.....Great Job!
    Thanks Snakeman; I am going to be glassing the whole area from the tank to the rear fender, then molding everything in to smooth things out; and still be removeable for battery etc.

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    Alrighty, it's update time again...

    Finally got the last piece of electrical in so I can knock out the wiring ;D

    Valve stem caps; stock are pretty ugly so customize? Of course...





    Binkers S.C. doesn't require them; but other states do so the best way to avoid hassle when touring, is to put some on...



    Remember the last piece of electrical I mentioned? You just saw it; the Indian guide light.



    It works too...





    You know the headlight, well can't recall if I mentioned it...but I had two. In earlier pictures, the light was just in a mock up; until I figured out what I wanted to do. So here they are in final form.



    I suppose you noticed the bracket for the bottom light; it is where my touring crap is going to be mounted: Tent etc., when not touring a tool carrier will be mounted there.



    And finally, a step back to take it all in.



    Next phaze will be working on the under seat electrical, relays and battery shit.
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    Dude,....that is some sick shit! Love the Indian head! Double head lights are cool, I wonder what an tear drop light would look like? especially with the Indian light?...but no matter, I'm lookin for a 454 myself and build for the wife.....or maybe me.....hehe
    I've since repainted the Nomad....it's burnt orange w/flake...pics soon to come.
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    Sounds good looking forward to seeing it...I doubt you'll be disappointed with the 454 if you get one. If you do get one and have any questions; I've got your back, there's very very little I don't know about it inside and out off the top of my head.

    The triangle beam crossed my mind; when kicking around the light but, I ran across these Yankee tv's that haven't been made in 20ish years?...brand new in the box, and couldn't pass them up. The orange ring just matched up too well in the scheme of things I still have to adjust them to the correct angles.

    I should have more posted here over the weekend; my health has been in the toilet lately.

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    Default Gauging Gas...

    For those that like to know what is going on with their bikes; such as coolant temp, oil temp etc. probably the most desired gauge not present on many bikes is the fuel gauge...

    There are some ways to get around not having one; some as simple as keeping an eye on the mileage, and some a bit more complex such as welding tank bungs with a tube between them. To the simplest waiting until you get a sputter, and then using the reserve tank to get to the nearest gas station.

    So; the point of this update; is yet another option, since my welding on thin metal is lacking and kinda shitty; not to mention the possibility of some ass messing with your site gauge, if they wanted too. I sat down and thought about it, walked around thought about it, thought about it while I was working on other things. Then I recalled a Sears tractor; I used for chores when I was younger...it had a fuel gauge in the gas cap, with a cork, that slid up and down a narrow strip of metal, showing the level of gas on needle based on the cork position.

    When I was little I found things like this awesome; and wondered how everything worked, I got into a lot of trouble taking things apart. So I learned to take things apart, figure it out then put them back together and leave no trace.

    I figured the ol sliding cork technology must still be around; so I started looking. I found plenty of gas caps; like the one I remembered. I also found one specifically designed for motorcycles...of course those are an option if you feel like spending 100 bucks or more on a gas cap. I couldn't justify that; so I kept looking. What I found belongs to the 4x4 world; specifically a Honda four wheeler. I picked it up for 8 bucks buy it now, w/free shipping.

    I made a 1inch diameter hole in the tank



    Here's the gauge; I trimmed it down flattened and retwisted the spline to go from F to E with the new height. If anyone else decides to do this mod; you don't have to shorten the gauge like I did; just drill the hole higher up on the tank. I wanted my gauge to hit empty at the same height as my reserve tank needs to be switched; so I re-fabricated mine shorter.



    In place with the bracket ready to be fastened down to complete the seal.



    From a distance



    More updates coming soon..
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    Thumbs up on the fuel gauge, seems much more practical than the sight tube style

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    Thanks man, I'm still bouncing around how to fasten it down and still be able to service it if required; without any leaks...the less holes the better; and currently that just numbers one, it's O-ringed so when the brace gets fastened down, that part should be good. I'll probably look at a solution in the area of marine application. Since sealing against leaks is the main issue in boating. Certainly a risk figuring it out the hard way by first drilling a hole in the tank

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    not my style but it does look good!

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    Ok it's been awhile, I tore a tendon; so I was out of building mode it's finally better, so update time again...

    Sissy Bar It is set at 60 degrees same as the fork angle. Nothing like something to strap shit too; the trident as a nod to my family in the VA beach Chesapeake bay area...and Windsor Woods.







    Marker lights to fit the theme of the bike and fill rail holes.





    Happy holidays 33

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    Yo man, that thing gets sicker by the day! I've been in a slump for quite awhile. gotta get back to it.....haven't finished the paint on mine yet but gettin there. My camera broke so can't post pics yet, but you def fired me up to finish mine, maybe this weekend...but, Great jod love the skull lights...nice details...congrats!

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    I've been hearing about this paint, looking forward to seeing it when ya bang it out and can throw something up. Slumps suck; on the bright side it's more planning time...plus if you're no rush to grab a part you won't settle, one you want may pop up when in the slump.

    My sissy worked out like that, it spent it's whole bike life on a 69 Triumph; and was what I was looking for. When it arrived I didn't have the heart to cut it up and bend it, so it didn't look as just a bolt on...I did have to widen it an 1"-1/2 on both sides, to go from a 7" fender to a 10".

    I am glad to be able to inspire some one to stay motivated; or get motivated on their build. I am so burnt out it isn't even funny...been trying anything to pop out of it. The tendon in my shoulder was lame; cabin fever was setting in, now it's the holidays...I am kinda thinking fuck; if I don't work on it while I can, it's just gonna be life shit stopping me when I am in the mood like it has been doing.

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    Dude! First of all, the bike is killer. Second, masking the wheels with a deck of cards? That's just cool.

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    Thank you sir; my new seat material came in today, so that means I am going to work on my upfront wiring and install a new cam chain tensioner...here in a bit. Trying to force myself to finish things from the front wheel leading to the very back, with belt adjustment being last before I fire it over...

    I got shot pretty hard with a BB (build burnout) around the middle of October...and have been dragging ass ever since; the weather is freakishly warmer here it's 72 right now so that's helping motivate. I tend to hibernate over the winter.

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    Gas gauge finished:


    New levers:








    Battery box:











    Speedo cup:









    Theme of the bike: The Venture Brothers http://venturebrosblog.com/about/

    Inspiration for the build: Molotov Cocktease









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    HIlarious! You've created a fan.

    That bike is awesome! Love the color scheme.

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    Good shit here man. Got to love some fresh ingenuity

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    That gas gauge is crafty as hell! I may have to entertain that idea on my bike, I ride alot of freeway to and from work and there's no worse feeling than bring stuck on the side of the road in the dark w cars flying by you at 80.

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