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  1. #1

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    Default V star 650 hardtail

    Hi, Iíve got a vstar 650 1999 ( dragstar here in the UK ) Modifying it somewhere in the bobber chopper ball park . Not really that planned itís just sort of growing .
    Have got a hankering to hard tail it now aiming to get rid of much junk and weight as I can ( but on a strict budget ) .
    I like the way it sits at the mo and it looks easy to keep the stock axle plates and just join them up to the back of the four tubes on the back of the main frame loop .as they are the same height (After cutting the old tubes away of course lol )
    Has anyone done this or similar and does it (I. ? ) sound at least half sane 😳

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    Sounds like an option here:

    "Just take out the mono shock and weld together a 9.5" strut to replace it....It lowers it and slams it....."
    and
    "As said above, took out my shock and put in a strut. Several thousand miles and no probs. Lowered it 'bout 2-3 inches."
    http://www.clubchopper.com/forums/me...-hardtail.html

    "Building another vstar, this time a full hardtail...not just the rigid bar in place of the shock. Had a friend help me do the frame and finally doing the rest of it now..."
    https://www.starbikeforums.com/forum...ail-build.html

    Lots of v-star threads on this Chop Cult site too.

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    Thanks for the reply and that’s a nice looking bike .
    But I wanna go for the minimal look and also loose the weight of all the spare tubing and shock.
    With probably an ally battery electrics box right down beside the drive shaft .
    Also considering ( loosely ) having the fuel tank under the seat as that can look really minimal . But not sure about that one yet !

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    I also seem to be considering a single carb conversion as I have already bought an SU carburettor to fit , in the near future whenever that may be !

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    Dunno if this pic will load ok , but I’ll try .
    This is what it looks like at the mo , complete with growing pains , lol
    It’s my daily commute or will be when the new regulator arrives for it !
    So I can only modify / experiment with it a bit at a time
    But I love riding it ,

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    Quite like the look of this but think it might sit to high or be to big , even if I do a single top tube conversion ( would have to lose the badge indents tho ) not in that colour scheme or design as well )
    Or maybe a sportster tank with a second tank underneath the seat , to cover the small size of the sporty tank .
    As I said it’s my daily commute and I also want to do some serious mileage on it , in the not to distant ( I hope ) future
    Last edited by dowood1; 05-15-2019 at 5:09 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dowood1 View Post
    I also seem to be considering a single carb conversion as I have already bought an SU carburettor to fit , in the near future whenever that may be !
    The SU is a great carburetor but getting the right sized jets and needles can be a bear depending on the model SU you have. This may be a good resource: https://sucarb.co.uk/technical-carburetters

    I usually see the side draft single carb conversions but I'm looking to do a single down draft on my 650 using one of the original CVs and rejetting it to use a pod filter tucked away under the tank. That should clean up the right side of the bike quite a bit. I'm also welding up a final 2-1 exhaust for it... the quick and ugly protoype I made is hooked to an Akrapovic can (model C in the link) and the motor sounds like an SV650 with an Akro exhaust... IMO so much nicer than the usual 2-2 cruiser or drag pipes.

    The XVS650 is such an awesome bike... stone reliable, comfortable for all day cruising and fires up in less than a second even when the temps get down to 0įF.

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    Interesting post Skjoll , never considered a single down draft , great idea
    My main plan is to make my bike simpler, lighter and easier to work on .
    Would be interested to hear how you get on with the single downdraught idea .
    Have a two into one on my bike too , using an old HD silencer , they seem to sound better on a 2 into 1 .
    Thanks for the reading on the SU’s should keep occupied for a while
    I’m 6’5” so getting the air filter out the way is good for me . Was considering a forward facing single SU .
    But your path is a good option too.
    Someting to think on !

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