First crappy pictures of stage 1 in my modifications from Reben to Chobber. - Honda Rebel Forum
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post #1 of 53 Old 05-13-2017, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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First crappy pictures of stage 1 in my modifications from Reben to Chobber.

First off, please excuse these first two horrible pictures. I promise they wont be this bad. Just finished for the night and camera was acting up. I am getting a new digital camera this weekend.
So I started with a stock 2006 Rebel with close to 2200 miles on it. I rode it for 7 to 8 months getting to know it. With that I figured what I wanted to do to it. No frame chopping or changing the geometry, just remove some things, fab some parts, add some parts etc..

So what I have done so far is

Remove the rear fender,
figure out the wiring process,
remove the tail turn signals,
remove the seats.
remove side panels
remove chain guard

Add two rear turn signals
Add new cats eye tail/brake light that is attached to license plate mount.
Add license plate mount on bottom left swing arm
Add new single solo springier seat.
I am not sure about the springier seat. It looks kinda off to me with springs from the seat being so close to the shock springs. You can see it in the back of the bike closeup. What do you guys think??? I might use something like the outlaw rubber bumps instead of springs for the seat. Might give it a cleaner look. I am up for all advise.

Stage two
will be once I double check my wiring and all is correct neatly button the wires all under the seat under a cut to size sheet of aluminum and paint it black.
Get a blank half circle rear chopper fender that I can modify and trim to how I like. Attach it with weld on fender struts and an L shaped bracket and weld it to the bottom of fender and swingarm to hold the fender in place.
Remove front fender
add new handlebars. Don't know if I wanna do Frisco bars, Streamliner bars, bootleggers or mini apes. I am kinda liking the Rabbit bars. I need some suggestion with these as well.

So now that my nephew has left staying with my wife and I for a month, I can finally start doing some work. Kinda hard when a 5 year old is always asking what are ya doing? lol
So this is the start of my build thread, any thoughts, help, suggestions, criticizeism or any words at all,
Thanks so much for all the help you guys have given me. The first two pictures are in stock mode.. I promise my other pictures will be much better..
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post #2 of 53 Old 05-14-2017, 02:42 AM
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Why would you do that to a Beautiful white rebel

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post #3 of 53 Old 05-14-2017, 05:31 AM Thread Starter
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I would say personal preference. Make it mine ya know.
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Why would you do that to a Beautiful white rebel
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post #4 of 53 Old 05-14-2017, 05:38 AM
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Well, have fun with your chobber project.

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post #5 of 53 Old 05-14-2017, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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Alright guys,
I got some decent pictures now.
I still think the springs on the seat look a little funnt with the coil shocks on the rear. What do you guys think?
I will toy around with the rubber mounts instead and see how that looks.
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post #6 of 53 Old 05-14-2017, 04:18 PM
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Have you ridden it over any bumpy roads yet? I've heard some say that a sprung seat on top of shocks can be overly bouncy, but if the ride is to your liking, I'd say keep them. I think it's more the appearance of chrome springs on top of chrome shocks that makes it look odd. You could wrap some black paper around the springs and see how that look suits you. If it does, try painting the seat springs. I'm not familiar with Plasticoat, but if it would not come off flexing springs, you could use that as it's easily reversible.

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post #7 of 53 Old 05-14-2017, 05:18 PM
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where'd you get the saddlebags that you removed?

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Do you really want to know what I think, or are you just seeking approval for dismantling and devaluing a beautiful bike?

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post #9 of 53 Old 05-14-2017, 05:59 PM
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I try to make every modification I do have the ability to be reversed. That said, make it you own bike. After all, it is yours. I agree the springs on the seat on top of the rear shocks are a bit odd. You could paint the shock springs black and leave everything else chrome.

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post #10 of 53 Old 05-14-2017, 06:13 PM
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I love stock Rebels. The white and orange ones were only made one year, and unfortunately I was not in a position to buy a new one either year. So I wound up with a common dark red 2016. I have added a spitfire windshield, backrest, and luggage rack. After getting it broken in, I had to put it aside to do some other things. I am now working on building brackets to custom mount some bolt on saddlebags. After that I'm going to get the forward controls kit from BCB, and that will probably be it for next riding season, which starts in late September here in AZ. I would love to add some higher pullback bars, but that is an expensive project. It would require all new cables and a brake hose, plus lengthening all the wires, a tedious process, because I am a perfectionist, it would have to look completely stock.

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