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    So....I have been working on the rearsets, and I have the material to make the brackets, but I have to find someone with a plasma cutter or acetylene torch that can rough them out before I can continue on that, so in the meantime I piddled around with the rear of the bike.

    Originally I intended to get a cafe style seat and tail, but in order to do that I would have to cut the frame or find one that was substantially long and UGLY. *I just haven't decided I wanted to make that commitment, yet (no turning back from that one). *So I tried to figure out what I wanted to do with the tail. This little gem was in the parts pile that came with the bike, but I HATED the look of it. *It is an integrated turn/tail/brake light, but I couldn't figure out how to make it work with any thing I did with the rear. *

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    Then I thought, the stock tail on this bike isn't too bad, and the original parts aren't in too bad of shape.....so I thought I'd combine the two!

    I gutted the stock tail light and cut the bracket of the cat eye apart:
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    I mounted the cat eyes on the interior bracket that held the old light socket:
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    Then mounted the assembly back on the tail light assembly:
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    Installed the original tail and fender with the new hybrid assembly (still ugly):
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    Then covered it up with the original lens!
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    Wired it up, and Voila...Tail lights:
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    ...Brake lights:
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    Right turn:
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    Left Turn:
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    I will need to get a flasher that will work with the LED's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roccitycafe View Post
    .... same thing with furniture, it doesn't have to be straight or not wobble, or keep thing from rolling off it, or not collapse when sat upon, it's personal taste man... if I want a dining room set that endangers the life of my dinner party guests, then it doesn't need second hand approval

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    That going to be legal in your state? It wouldn't be in NY.

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    Turn signals aren't even required in TN....
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    Quote Originally Posted by roccitycafe View Post
    .... same thing with furniture, it doesn't have to be straight or not wobble, or keep thing from rolling off it, or not collapse when sat upon, it's personal taste man... if I want a dining room set that endangers the life of my dinner party guests, then it doesn't need second hand approval

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    Sweet build so far

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    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roccitycafe View Post
    .... same thing with furniture, it doesn't have to be straight or not wobble, or keep thing from rolling off it, or not collapse when sat upon, it's personal taste man... if I want a dining room set that endangers the life of my dinner party guests, then it doesn't need second hand approval

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    I worked on wiring up the front turn signals, front brake switch and had to modify the headlight assembly because the new style H4 light lens that was installed was indexed 30 degrees off. (sorry, no pictures)

    Next I borrowed a plasma cutter to cut out the brackets for the rearsets...

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    With some trimming:
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    Peg holes drilled, and rearsets installed:
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    Now that the rearset location is set, I will need to trim the brackets more, and get the linkages laid out. Kris Richardson, from Old School Speed (where I got the rearsets) is gonna send me a shifter side lever that has the linkage arm pointing down. The shift shaft lever cannot be flipped because of a notch on the engine case, so with the rearset arm pointing up, I would need to fab something up on the original shifter linkage. With the one Kris is sending, all I need is a straight rod.



    While I had the plasma cutter, I cut up the front fender, as well:
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    Last edited by 8ball; 07-30-2017 at 03:52 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roccitycafe View Post
    .... same thing with furniture, it doesn't have to be straight or not wobble, or keep thing from rolling off it, or not collapse when sat upon, it's personal taste man... if I want a dining room set that endangers the life of my dinner party guests, then it doesn't need second hand approval

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    It's been a while since I updated this thread. I have done a few nickel and dime items and have continued working on the rearsets and linkage layouts:


    First, the rear brake linkage set-up:


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    Made a tab for the linkage:
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    Shaped, drilled and welded the tab to the brake pedal clamp:
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    Cleaned it up a bit (had to grind off the rest of the chrome for paint eventually):
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    Here it is installed with the link attached:
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    ...but why, you ask, did I use a shackle with a removable pin instead of a heim joint on the front joint?
    Well, I'm glad you asked! The kick starter cant be used with the rearsets in their normal position:
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    ...so I made it so you fold the peg, and disconnect the linkage (without tools) and flip the brake pedal out of the way, and Voila! The kicker is functional!
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    Next, the shifter side:


    As I mentioned before, the shifter that was included in the set pointed up, but this would cause issues with the linkage,
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    ...so Kris Richardson from Old School Speed sent me a shifter that pointed down:
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    I drilled off the original ball joint from the shifter link:
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    And here it is...
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    Finally, the rearset brackets needed to be trimmed down to get rid of the excess:
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    With only an angle grinder and a bench grinder....not too bad, if I say so myself:
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    and here it is installed:
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    I need to get some 1 inch spacers made out of 1-1/4" round stock to replace the sockets I have between the brackets and the pegs, and I need to find some place to counter bore the mounting holes so the bolt heads will sit in a bit, then I can paint them.
    Last edited by 8ball; 07-30-2017 at 04:19 PM.

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    thanks 8 ball for the knowledge. where did you get the hardware for the "shackle with a removable pin" . i have a raask set on my yamaha. it has the foldable footpeg but the brake pedal gets in the way w/ the kick starter (raask tells you that you wont be able to use the kick starter). you get about a 3/4 "kick" , any further and the kick starter gets wedged under the brake pedal
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    I got the heims and the shackle from McMaster-Carr. Here's a link to the rod ends: McMaster-Carr

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    just ordered 2. thanks for the help
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