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    got the R90 out in the sun

    Pushed the R90S outside this morning, not all together yet, ran it to center the trans, old Honda fender looks OK, had to use it because of the Kenda 100/90 front tire, a few scratches, matches the bike.
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    I remember having a problem on my brother's R75/6 when we put some metric tires on. I just removed the stamped fender brace/mount and skeletonised it with a plasma cutter. I wish I had a picture of it. It looked stock and the front tire cleared with no problem.

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    Sure looks good!

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    lloks real good, except Id make the fork brace black, not orange

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    I agree, paint it. Also, it does not look like my San Jose brace. Nice bike too, love to see the progress. Thanks.

    Wayne

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    Looks great ! I like the orange brace too !





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    Quote Originally Posted by 8ninety8 View Post
    I marked off the steel brace and almost started drilling, but it looks so cool I figgered I keep it and get a 90/90 front tire next time. Here's another pic, note my new lawn and garden battery with 365 cranking amps at 32 F. Still have to assemble some of the last items including a ninety degree petcock from Huckys so I can git that darn dipstick out a little easier.
    On a good note, the color looks like the old BMW folding lock and might deter some thieves.

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    ummm ... just wonderin' ... 8n8, when you get done dinkin' around with your gas tank could you know out one of the these for me?







    nice project!
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    I couldn't figure out how to mold the inside though. Really interesting in watching your project.
    One approach would be to pull a tooling plaster cast (reinforced with hemp bats) off of the interior of a donor tank; you would have to remove the front and rear cross bars. UltraCal B30 is a suitable low-shrink tooling grade gypsum.

    From that you would have a "positive" form to measure from to build a wooden buck, if in fact it might just survive as a one-off forming tool.
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    There's gonna be more than three pieces to this tank.
    Who cares?! It's looking pretty damned good to me so far!!

    Just remember, you don't have to weld the thing up solid; tack it together as you go. That way you can always break a panel loose if you want to change something. One other piece of equipment to consider is a big enough bucket, or trough, or (?) that you can quench your panels in after to anneal them. Most metals "work harden" as they are formed. To keep forming it deeper, it's necessary to anneal the metal with a torch and quench it.

    i.e. (not my work)

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    Are you going beef it up and to try and use it as a tool, or are you going to take measurements off of it and build a wooden buck?

    If you need plaster in a 50# quantity (for example) you can usually get what you need from a local "pottery supply" guy (check yellow pages). A fifty pound bag is probably around $20-25 range. Cheaper than buying it by the pound.
    "It is what you discover, after you know it all, that counts." _ John Wooden

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