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    Finished up the fabrication for the brake (return spring, pedal stop), threw the battery in, got some gas in her, did a little last minute tuning and took this little yamahog down the road! So stoked to know that I was able to take nothing but a motor in a frame and make it run down the road. This is the most in depth build I've done and definitely didn't expect to get it "done" in just two months. Still need to do a little bit of timing adjustment and such but she rolled down the street and back without a single hiccup. I posted a video to my Instagram if you want to see it take off and rip up the driveway. Making a tail light and then strip down for paint. Here's a little pic of the brake stuff I fabbed up.
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    After a few quick adjustments (and a jam nut on the brake pedal stop), she starts up first kick (hot or cold), she stops, and she cruises super smooth down the road with no hiccups. Now I'm hoping to grab a stainless exhaust kit, make my tail light, and start the paint process. Still on the fence if I want to powder coat or just paint the frame. I know powder will last a whole lot longer but paint will ensure a perfect match in the frame and tank color. Plus, I do have some spots that need to be bonded and smoothed out. I guess we'll just have to wait and see

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    I know no one is really paying attention to this and I haven't updated anything in a week or so but I've been real busy.
    Got the Yamadog running, tuned, and rolling down the road without issue for a week straight now. I ordered a bunch of swatches from Prismatic powders and I've finally decided on my final paint scheme and colors. I also started surgery on the front end. I had a huge leak in the left fork seal (in the right as well but it wouldn't pour out like the left) so i took it all apart and figured out why. It looks like they tried to clamp the fork lower into a lathe or something to shave them and completely squared the seal area.
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    So I said fuck it, they're junk anyway, might as well use them to try my hand at shaving myself on my little lathe. Worked out alright, didn't go to deep but my lathe isn't exactly the strongest thing in the world and my tooling needs a desperate upgrade but I got one shaved down successfully. now, since the stock lowers were completely useless to me, I threw in a set of Ironhead tubes into my stock trees. Fuckin A it raised the stance exactly where i want it but, with the tubes being tapered, it was ugly as sin with the tubes sticking out an inch and a quarter out of the top tree.
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    Plus, the XS trees are ugly to begin with... So i cut the stem out of the Ironhead tree, Took apart my perfectly good front end, and cut out the stem of the XS... Dropped the Ironhead bottom tree off with my buddy who is a machinist and has all the knowledgeand tools to get the stem hole of the ironhead tree bored out to accept the XS stem... see where I'm going with this?? I also noticed that, contrary to what I've read, the ironhead top tree is too big to pinch onto the XS stem so i made myself a little pinch spacer to make that fit. I'm on the search for a 21" 3/4 bearing Spool wheel to throw up front and I cannot wait until I get a call from my powder coater saying he's ready to open back up after all this shit. I'm so stoked to show y'all what I came up with for the paint/powder scheme! Stay tuned, hopefully new updates this weekend.

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    Well, I did it. I fucken put an ironhead front end onto a XS and it works flawlessly. Just had to turn out a spacer for the bottom neck bearing and she’ll be 100%. I went ahead and ordered my 21” Spool wheel and tire so I’ll shave the lowers while I’m waiting on that to be delivered. I spent all day trying to figure out the cheapest way to get a spoolie with a tire and I waited until the old lady was nice and distracted while playing Kindom Hearts 3 and asked if I could order some stuff and she just said “Huh? Yea. Sure. Whatever you want babe.” So I hurried up and checked out before she realized what she had done. Super stoked to show y’all all the goins on and the next step is powdercoat. Apparently, there’s a dude down the street from me that’s been doing it for over 40 years and even had a few bikes in street chopper and Easy rider mag that he’s coated. And he’s doing it for a hell of a lot cheaper than my normal guy who does an alright job. I’ll post pictures when I get her rolling around.

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    Ironhead front end is complete with spool wheel. Pretty stoked. Took it out for it's longest test ride so far and she made it home at least. it was about a 5 mile backroad run (still no headlight/tail light or license plate). Struggled a bit going up hills, rear drum brake was dragging, and my idle was ridiculously high. Adjusted the idle when I got home and I should have my new needles and main jets tomorrow and I'll grab a timing light to get that tuned in. Still undecided on what headlight I'm going to run but I'm making my tail light this week. still searching for a LED cluster that will fit in the 1/2" thick housing I'm making. Also, gotta make new bars. The pull back on these is no where near enough. 'Til next time

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    Dude the bike looks killer with that front end. Keep this build thread alive, we need more jap choppers in the world!

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    My first bike after I got out of the service was an XS650. Had no clue what I was doing but I basterdized it in style. Have to see if I can find some pics.

    Yours is so much better balanced, looks great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sauerkraut View Post
    Dude the bike looks killer with that front end. Keep this build thread alive, we need more jap choppers in the world!
    thanks man, Just got the housing to my taillight made up and sending it out to Vicious cycles to make my lens. Also, got two headlights from a guy on here and ordered a mount from lowbrow but it sets the lights too low so I'll have to cut and weld it to fit the look I want. Or just stop being lazy and make my own. Pics to come when I get it finished

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    Good looking build, man.

    Keep up the good work!

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    Gonna start my XS build soon. Really digging the stance on yours!

    Awesome build so far. Keep it coming!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsaav View Post
    Gonna start my XS build soon. Really digging the stance on yours!

    Awesome build so far. Keep it coming!!!
    Thanks man! good luck with your build.

    Just sourced out an 18" rear wheel so my stance is about to change and be exactly what I've been planned on when I first picked it up. Super stoked. I'll update with when it gets here. Then, FINALLY, It's off to paint and powder!!!

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    Still love this bike. Just found a $500 XS "project" in my neck of the woods and I'm going to check it out this weekend. I'll have images of your bike tatooed in my brain as I look...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hatchet54 View Post
    Still love this bike. Just found a $500 XS "project" in my neck of the woods and I'm going to check it out this weekend. I'll have images of your bike tatooed in my brain as I look...
    Hell yea, Good Luck! I'm going to pick up a new project this weekend too. Can't decide if I'm going to chop it or just flip it for a quick real good profit...

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    No big updates yet. Got the headlights and tail light wired, sending the housing of the tail light I made down to my buddy so he can cast a lens for me. I picked up a ‘95 sporty last week, dude couldn’t get it running for 2 years, I had it running within the hour of getting it home so I chopped the frame and just finished welding in a TC Bros hardtail. Now I’ll tear the XS down and send the tins out for paint and the frame out to powder. I was always planning on building this and giving it to my girlfriend but it was supposed to be a surprise... I had to tell her the other day so now it’s going to get a front brake and electric start... womp womp

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    Sent the tins out to paint. Fingers crossed it comes out how I want it.

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    Still waiting on the paint... the guy doing it has painted a few of my co-workers bikes and he does it on the side as a hobby. He also works at the Harley Factory but on Day shift (I’m night shift) so I still have yet to meet him. Hopefully I’ll at least get a text or a picture sent to me before he does the whole job and it’s nothing like what I wanted...
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    Tins are still out at paint... god dammit

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    Solid looking ride.

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    love the way this looks so far...and that sporty of yours earlier in the thread is just about perfect

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    Quote Originally Posted by selectedgrub View Post
    Solid looking ride.
    Thanks man, I appreciate it.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikecola View Post
    love the way this looks so far...and that sporty of yours earlier in the thread is just about perfect
    Thanks. I just finished another sporty while I've been waiting for the paint on the XS to be done. Dude is severely dragging his feet and I'm about to break into his shop and get my shit back to take them somewhere else. 3 weeks total build time, 95 sporty

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