Just a few tweaks to get it running :-) ........got a bit carried away !!! XS650 Makeover

  1. graffian

    graffian Seer unto the end of his beard

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    I bought really fine brass mesh to make new petrol tap fuel filters.
    I got it from ebay. It came in different size small sheets, was available
    in several metals and in quite a few hole per inch sizes.
     
  2. Morrisman

    Morrisman Forum Supporter

    Go to Tesco or Asda and buy a sieve. Probably find it is stainless too. :)
     
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  3. Tifa

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    Fantastic work!!!
    Love it!
     
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  4. lchris21

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    Back to it...where was I?..........the engine. My favorite part of any build is the detailing on the engine!!........probably the most satisfying part turning a rusty, leaking lump into something a bit more appealing. This was no exception, lots of leaks and lots of rust. Decreasing, power washing, sand blasting and lots of scrubbing
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    Clean up some of the mullered fasteners, detailed some of the engine cases....
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    The engine cases............:doh:

    Had some mixed results over the years with the wrinkle finish paint I like to use. its very hit and miss. Its requires some real heavy coats which is sometimes difficult to control. These were no exception........eventually the paint stripper was deployed after 3 attempts :whistle:
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    Cracked on with the engine work.....

    Decided to add some detail on the side covers with some slots around the sprocket area.

    Also had to make a puller to remove the generator rotor to get at the crank seal behind to replace it.

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    After years of losing bits and bobs and the poor turn around time in my local platers I did some research on home plating kits, and whats needed.

    Must say I was a little skeptical, but as I found out cleanliness and preparation is the key, a bit like a paint job.............and you cannot polish a #### as they say:whistle:

    I've been refining my setup and this was the first attempt which turned out ok. The ultrasonic cleaner was being used to heat the nickle plating solution, I've since setup up an old baby bottle warmer for the same task


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    Time to get it off its stand and get it in the frame without scratching it :doh:


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  12. slim_boy_fat

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    That is seriously impressive! :thumbup:

    Do you have a link to the kit you used, or are they all pretty much of a muchness, with no discernible difference in results, even across differing price ranges?
     
  13. Greg05 Member

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    looking good, the plating has come out well indeed. anychance you can show how you are doing it ?
     
  14. lchris21

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    bought all the materials separately as opposed to a full kit which comes with rubber gloves goggles and other misc stuff ive already got. had a power supply already. theres loads of info online on what and what not to do. as I said cleaning is the key. bought my stuff from youplate.co.uk. the seemed pretty helpful and were quick answering questions. initial outlay was probably equivalent to the cost of a couple of good plating batches but at least I know I'll get it all back.......
    I'll post a how I do it in a separate section when i get time :thumbup:
     
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    I’ll be interested in your nickel plating, I’ve tried the white vinegar and salt, anodes and phone charger but was a big disappointment.
     
  16. My GHAST is well and truly flabbered, nice job. :D
     
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  17. Tifa

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    Great stuff.
    Sand blasting Jap ali engine cases can cause huge problems.
    The surface sometimes becomes porus once the hardened surface has been removed.
    Mine became a nightmare to stop the corroding, staining and marking...
     
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  18. lchris21

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    Its been a few weeks....work is getting in the way :doh:

    On to the steering head. A problem Id thought about then promptly forgotten about was sorting out the locknut assembly and covering up the nuts which were visible when the top clamp was in place. Bit of machining later and a cover sorts this out. Wanted to reduce the nuts to one, add a locking grubscrew into it, and then machined a fancy alloy securing screw Aprilia style for the top. The scabby finish from the casting porosity during powdercoating finally got to me so this was removed later:whistle:
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    Time to get that Ducati disc mounted and the hub centralised between the fork legs.
    After blasting it I was going to mask it up then just simply repaint it.....but the though of all those little nooks and crannies with no paint got to me so ended up machining all the bobbins out to to it properly. Ordered a set of stainless replacement and set about tidying up the disc.

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