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Looks like I'm going to have to buy flowers. Girlfriend dragged the frame in while I'm down in Florida for work. Name:  ImageUploadedByMotorcycle1436466245.640365.jpg
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Picking up a used mig tomorrow and hopefully will get started on the frame mods as soon as the rear hoop and head bearing race tool arrives.
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Since I'm starting with a bare frame, I decided it would be worthwhile to install tapered head bearings to replace the stock plastic caged bearing crap. I was armed with one of these bearing removal tools:
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Unfortunately, due to the design of the Triumph neck, it was completely useless. So out came the trusty dremel to make relief cuts and finally I was able to get the bearing races out.
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Definitely not as easy to do as on other bikes I've owned, but certainly will be worth the effort in the long run.
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SimplyJ's 2010 T100 "Special" build

As I was pressing in the tapered races yesterday, the ups guy dropped off my rear hoop. It was getting dark so all I was able to do was cut the slugs and chop off the old frame rails ends in preparation for fitting it today. I ended up taking a half day today so I could rush home and start welding.

Races in!



Cutting frame the old fashioned way since I stupidly forgot to borrow the sawzall from my dad last time I was there


Of course after sawing my way through two tubes, I treated myself to a tasty beverage to celebrate my first time cutting a perfectly good (well, almost) motorcycle frame


Burning it in. This was my first time mig welding in about 6 years. Took a few minutes to get it dialed in, but I got the hang of it eventually. Using a 110v Clarke 135g spool gun mig with gas. This is my first time welding with a 110v machine, and I was surprised to find that it works rather well. Not the prettiest welds, but that's what grinders are for.



Compared to the stock frame:




Due to the width of the Bonnie frame, the hoop wasn't as rounded in the back as I would have hoped but I'm still pretty happy with it.

Also, picked up spare frame downtubes for the oil in downtube conversion I'll be tackling next.

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Thanks for the pics! Where'd you source the frame hoop?
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Thanks for the pics! Where'd you source the frame hoop?
eBay seller greaseragrob fabbed it up for me based on the measurements of the Bonnie frame.
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went to the office at the crack of dawn this morning so I'd be able to leave early and get some wrench time in while most of my neighbors are at work and won't be bothered by all the noise.

Started off by chopping more sh!t off:

now you see em:

now you don't:


primed but still needs some body work prior to paint


have a surprise mod planned for this rear hoop.


you might have noticed that one of the brackets I cut off was the rear master cylinder bracket. Almost all of the customs I've seen keep the rear master cylinder in the stock location and, in my opinion, it is an eyesore. One of the bikes I'm drawing a lot of inspiration from is the Clutch customs T100. On that bike it looked like Clutch used a rear MC off a sportster or similar Harley. It was chromed and still stuck out to me, so I went on the hunt for something that would effectively disappear into the black engine background. Found a brembo rear MC off a FLHTCU and mocked it up with the exhaust:




welded some 3/8" bungs on to the frame tubes


and fabbed up a bracket. Once painted black with some lower profile bolts, it should be hard to spot against the black engine.


have a brake pedal on order that I think will work, but plan B is to modify the stock pedal.
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Since picking up a 2004 TBS several months ago, I've grown to like the slightly textured frame. In my opinion, it's cleaner and more modern looking than the stock satin black frame on the bonnie. I started experimenting with some finishes and think I've settled on rustoleum bedliner. It's the smoothest texture of the aerosol bedliners and, by all accounts, very durable. Here's a scrap tester:

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As I'm progressing, I'm finding myself wanting to push this build further and will likely blow past my $3500 budget. As it stands now I'm at $2850.75 and considering the following additions that would bring me up to about $4000. Some are a bit over the top, but I think would round out the build nicely. I'd appreciate any real world input regarding these choices:

Electronics:
Motogadget motoscope mini (installed in a custom clamp) and motoscope m-lock
roadster cycle mosfet r/r kit (for increased charging system reliability when mounted under the tank)
complete rewire with Ultima Plus wiring system. (I have an Ultima Plus laying around so no cost there but would pick up a spare wiring harness (approx. $100) for the OEM connectors. It's very compact so I'd likely also be able to mount it under the tank and free up some space under the seat)

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TPUSA billet intake manifolds ($199)
EK 3d chain ($173)

The increased budget difference isn't going to really make or break me, and as I progress, I want more and more to make this bike a true stand out, but also don't want to just piss away money on unnecessary bling.

The goal is to complete the build in time for the 2015 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride so the time factor might also come into play with things like a complete rewire.
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Little teaser while I'm waiting on other parts

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