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Old 11-27-2009, 03:28 PM
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1981 Yamaha XS400 Special.

This is my second bike build. I am a novice bike builder in Michigan. The grand plan is to have my bike ready for early spring next year, and cruise it down old Route 66 to a new home in Tucson Arizona.

I have the most limited of power tools, and all the basic tools for wrenching. A friend is going to hairdtail the frame for me. All I really have to do is find the parts, paint, and put it all together.

There are a few pictures below of the bike when it was dropped off last week. I got to work ASAP and broke the bike down to the frame. Stripped the paint and put it back into a rolling chassis. No problems what so ever. Well.. The swing arm gave me hell for about twenty minutes. I destroyed the end of the swing arm axle. Sure am glad I wont need it after its hardtailed.

Two more days and I get to cruise up to a small motorcycle grave yard. Will hopefully be picking up a gas tank, oil tank, seat, handle bars, and anything else I need.

The bike runs, but it currently is stuck in idle. If you rev the engine, it wants to stall out. I'm guessing that the Carb's are gunked up.

I also have the option to extend/stretch the frame. I don't like that empty gap between the seat and the rear fender, so I might just do a small four inch stretch.
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Old 11-28-2009, 08:29 PM
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cool start man, we (my daughter and I ) and it came out cool as hell. they run great and its a fun bike. why the oil bag ? they dont use em, the oil is in the crankcase. mark all your wires on that thing when you go to redo the electrical. Biggest mistake I ever made was yankin it thinking id have it down. If it wasnt for some of the cats here on CC I would probably still be trying to figure that thing out. even after I skinned down the electrical. P.S. Im not a big fan of the giant gap in between the motor and rear wheel either.
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Old 02-11-2010, 01:34 PM
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Made some progress on my XS400 build.

Completed the hardtail frame.
Lower chain tensioner.
Third motor mounts.
Tank positioned and mounted.
Seat mounts. - Those springs dont fit.

That is an original solid steel tank from out west. Very vintage. Wish I could have something bigger, but this should get me around town. Plus, it looks bad ass.

The welds are very ugly, but I'll grind them down soon. Still have a ton of stuff to do. I still have to mount the oil tank, the custom sprocket floor boards, extra hardtail support below the motor mounts, rear fender mounts and a few other odds and ends.

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