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post #161 of 176 Old 07-26-2019, 07:35 AM Thread Starter
 
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Very nice seat looks better than stock one.

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post #162 of 176 Old 07-26-2019, 02:17 PM
 
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How did you fit it sandmanred ?

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post #163 of 176 Old 08-02-2019, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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How did you fit it sandmanred ?



I didn't get pics on this latest seat but this is another that I used the same process. Start with kraft paper fitting it to the seat. I do the quilted area pattern first and then add the skirt pieces after the quilted area is taped in place. Use simple folding techniques to maintain symmetry and mark edges with witness marks for alignment of the pieces. Add seam allowance and over hang when transferring to vinyl and don't forget witness marks too.










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post #164 of 176 Old 08-15-2019, 07:43 AM Thread Starter
 
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Going through one final round of clean up and then some new paint. Reduced instruments to speedometer and neutral light and finally got choke mounted instead of dangling off the head light.




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post #165 of 176 Old 08-22-2019, 08:08 AM Thread Starter
 
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On the way to a new color scheme. Frame black, tank, headlight and rear fender metallic yellow. Getting the orange powder coating off was going to be too much work so I scuffed it and did a test patch with primer. The scuff makes a huge difference in adhesion so I sanded what I could and sandblasted the rest.





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post #166 of 176 Old 08-25-2019, 07:28 AM Thread Starter
 
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The colorful bits along with some of the black pieces. The yellow is a self etch prime, silver base coat, candy yellow coat and 2K top coat. Too bad I'm working in the garage, there are a few dust spots but it looks good otherwise.









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Lookin' good!

Keepin' all the left over parts. Gonna use 'em to build another bike!

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post #168 of 176 Old 08-28-2019, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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post #169 of 176 Old 08-28-2019, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re-lacing and tire mounting complete! Just the balancing to go. Happy to see these back together as I hate breaking tires off the rims.







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post #170 of 176 Old 09-01-2019, 07:47 AM Thread Starter
 
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Just one more thing to do, put decals on the tank. Pretty much everything got a coat a paint. Evens stripped down the wheels to paint the spokes. Tried to cheap out and do it myself with rattle cans. Black on frame has a 2k top coat as well as all the yellow. The rest is Rustoleum Industrial gloss black. Both combos have been tested against gas spills before I started and seem to hold up OK.


What I learned. It's still about 1/3 to 1/2 the cost of powder coating and a lot more work. It's not too bad paint all the small stuff the big stuff like the frame and fender gets tough to handle and you really have to have nice weather if you're painting in the garage. I don't think I'll tackle a frame again and just pony up for powder coating on that. Probably the same for tanks and fenders too. But pretty happy with how all the smaller stuff came out.










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