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Talked to my buddy at the machine shop and he told me to just make a cardboard mockup and bring the frame in. Can't wait! I'm also going to completely resign the rear frame with chromoly steel. It's light and stronger than what we have. All I'm going to be doing really is keeping the same width of the rear frame (same bend and all, so I can weld on the seat latch and support brackets), but my frame won't dip down towards the tank. By doing this, ill be raising the seat about an inch and a half, have more room for all the electrics, wiring, and battery (going with the shorai). I know the purists will disagree, but this is going to completely change the looks of the bike to be way more aggressive, and to me, much more Cafe like. I'm not trying to call my bike a cafe racer just by throwing a seat and bars on it. I'm stripping it down to the essentials, and making it as fast as my budget provides. That's how it was done back in the 50's-60's, buy whatever you can afford, make it handle better, go faster, make it lighter...and that is exactly what my bike is going through. I know some of you guys are going to be disgusted by me chopping up a "rare" bike, but it is my "rare" bike and I'm turning it into something that represents me, and something that will make me smile from ear to ear every time I look at it
 

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Look forward to seeing more pics as the project progresses :)
 

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i got a close up look at the shorai battery, its pretty amazing. it'll fit real nice in that tray, and seriously weighs about a pound. hopefully the frame comes along nicely, I've been talking about it to too many people (and some have the know-how), to not do the frame build. If it comes out the way I put it down on paper, then It will be one of the coolest rear frames for our bikes. It's not outrageous or in your face. It will follow some of the same lines as the original, it will just be completely flat across the top, and be a little bit taller, which will be nice for us taller riders!
 

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Sounds like a great project, keep hold of the plans (if there are any!), you might find a demand for them here ;). Sadly it would cost far too much to ship one over to my corner of the world, but I'm sure others a bit nearer could be in luck.

I'm also looking for a way to make mine a bit higher, and maybe even a bit longer as I need to sit quite far back on the seat to feel comfortable, and quite frankly the bike looks too small for me :(.

I'm planning on filling in the dip in my (adventurer) seat, making it more like a long flat bench, but I haven't figured it out yet.
 

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i'll make notes of everything I do, and take plenty of pictures! It shouldn't be too hard to make. Hopefully it all goes together like i envision it.
 

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Cool, this is a project worth following. You might want to have a set of shorter dog-bones made up like on the TBS to get some height in the rear without having to add as much to the sub-frame.
 

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yeah, definitely working on getting some dogbones made. the reason i'm doing a frame overhaul is because i don't like how the seat dips down towards the tank, and it will end up being a perfect fit for my seat. I'm also going to jazz it up a bit, to make it a one off frame that i can call mine! It's probably going to be a month out for completion. still need to order the piping, and get things welded up. If there is any interest, i can have a few of the battery trays made up if anyone wants to do the small case battery and electric relocation under the seat. I'll post a pic of the drawing for those who have the resources to bend sheet metal. you can make the tray out of one piece of sheet metal, just need a sheet metal brake to bend all the tabs and edges. Will update when there is more news!
 

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Just ordered up the chromoly piping, and a co-worker is going to help me bend it up! mapped out on the main frame where it will bolt up (many measurements were required to keep the gas tank at a somewhat stock angle). My favorite part is that the seat will land higher up on the tank, making the tank look smaller from the rear, and looks more stock on the side given the fact that I have a thruxton seat. Don't worry when I say "smaller from the rear", You'll see what I mean :) Just to clear this up, I am not doing all of this nonsense to my frame just to make the thruxton seat feel at home. I'm just feeling a bit creative at the moment, and it is far too cold out here to ride for now.
 

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She's now nothing but a rolling frame :)
Goin to get the steel in on Wednesday for the rear frame. Hopefully get that put together next week! Then off to get powder coated.

 

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Wow, there really is very little "meat" left when you strip them down! Looks rather weak and unsafe, but I guess the engine gives it strength.

You could always leave the rear sub-frame off, like Mal did -



(don't ask me who Mal is, I have no idea - the pic is called "Mal's Bike" ;) ).
 

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303 you rock.
do you have an album anywhere, i'm liking a lot of stuff you've done to this bike, would like to check it all out
 

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I have a lot of pictures, just haven't made an album yet. I'll see what I can do!
 

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Turning cardboard into metal!

It's only half way done, but I couldn't wait to snap a pic. This will show you how small the battery is.


 

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After my friend spent some hours in photoshop, he created this. It will exist in a couple months ;)
 

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how's this going?
 

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I had to put the project on hold for now. I've been working on my car lately. Started a head gasket job, turned into engine rebuild, and about $1500 in other parts. hopefully get the ball moving on this in a week or so.
 

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Probably just leave it in the stock location, unless I can think of a creative way to hide it!
 
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