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How solid do you find those headlight brackets to be? I believe I have the same set (less than $10 on ebay?) on another project bike and they moved around too much for me. I sprang for another set and doubled them like so, they're rock-solid now.


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How solid do you find those headlight brackets to be? I believe I have the same set (less than $10 on ebay?) on another project bike and they moved around too much for me. I sprang for another set and doubled them like so, they're rock-solid now.
Solid is not a word I would use to describe them lol. I have another option I will be putting on as soon as I figure out what Santa is bringing. That idea you came up with to double them is fantastic though!

This is what will be coming... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VC8Q73...colid=3I9FRRI80R7NF&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it&th=1
 

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When I switched to a Ledperf LED headlight it had the same brackets as those in @thedrewski86 picture, and I didn't like them at all (not enough sturdy, the headlight wasn't as stable as the OEM one).
I then bought from Amazon a set similar to the one you linked, this one, and used it in conjunction with a homemade bracket to screw the bottom of the front light to the original mounting below it.
Now the headlight is way more stable than it was with the brackets in the above pic.
 

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Got a few extra goodies in yesterday so I was able to knock out some more items. I rebuilt the rear MC and added in the rear brake line and brake pressure switch. I also worked on a tag bracket setup. This was a universal kit and the SV really is not a bike its intended for but managed to make it work. My rebuild kit for the rear caliper hasn't arrived yet so I have a little more to do but then the brakes will be completely done.

If this was what's inside the reservoir then I suspect the gunk in the rear caliper will be just as bad as the front was. The new pressure switch banjo bolt is all hooked up now too.
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The new tag bracket and turn signals. A little sketch (since its mounted to the plastic undertray) but its not going anywhere. My soldering skills are junk but the wiring is done. Notice I didn't put a pic up of that area. lol
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I have those same led turn signals. I dig the look, but I've found only the inner half lights up. Is that the case with yours? I'm thinking of replacing with some other cheap ebay parts and hoping for better luck.
 

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I have those same led turn signals. I dig the look, but I've found only the inner half lights up. Is that the case with yours? I'm thinking of replacing with some other cheap ebay parts and hoping for better luck.
I've only tested them enough to make sure I got the wiring correct. From what I could tell the whole thing looked to flash though. I haven't installed anything upfront yet so the flashing was a bit erratic.
 

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Here's a turn signal/tail light option. Integrated into one unit. I put one of these on my 1100f (Honda) a few years ago.
 

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Here's a turn signal/tail light option. Integrated into one unit. I put one of these on my 1100f (Honda) a few years ago.
That was the first thing I did to mine when I got it. $30 and it's been problem-free for all these years, totally worth it!
 

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I run an integrated system on my Ducati Sport Classic. I also ran one on my old 1199. They are great options. The only issue is that in VA they are illegal and will not pass our yearly state inspection. Even these may not but they have a better chance of making it through than the integrated ones. Since this project is for my sons first bike I wanted him to have something he wouldn't have to worry about when he goes though the inspection process himself. If you're wondering how I get the Ducati through inspection... I don't. Haven't had it inspected in years now. ;)
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I worked on the gauge mount yesterday. If you noticed on some of the more recent pics I had installed a little fly screen. The reason for this was to use it as my gauge mount. I just needed to fabricate a couple of brackets to do so. Now that has been done.
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Santa dropped of some goodies! New gas cap, bar-end mirrors and exhaust.
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Hit a couple of small snags with the rear brake.
1st. New seals are on a slow boat and that's holding up progress. I decided to remove it and clean it up as best I could which lead to...
2nd. Rear brake pad just fell apart. I've never seen that happen before the material just fell off the metal part. New pads on order.
3rd. After cleaning the caliper I decided to put it all back together so I could at least get the lines on and bleed the system which lead to discovering I rebuilt the rear M/C incorrectly and I needed to pull it apart and fix it. Not hard, just a WTF moment.

Now I'm just waiting on the new headlight mount to come in (its also on a slow boat). Then I can finish up the front end and start road testing it rather than just revving it on the stand.
 

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Bad ass exhaust! Is it "that guy" loud?
With the baffle in it had a nice deep tone and I was pleasantly surprised... But I'm that guy, so the baffle was removed so it is now "that guy" loud. lol

Granted, one of my douche bag neighbors rode by on his Street Glide which is piped with shitty radio blasting proving that even though I can be "that guy" there is always some other guy doing his best to be "that fucking guy".
 

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Yea, I could never understand the appeal of having music on a motorcycle. Cannot you be away from your music even for a short time? Ditto at the beach. Enjoy the sound of the waves pal. And in both cases, it is inevitably turned up to volume 10.

Damn, its four days after Festivus, and I'm still airing grievances.

Granted, one of my douche bag neighbors rode by on his Street Glide which is piped with shitty radio blasting proving that even though I can be "that guy" there is always some other guy doing his best to be "that fucking guy".
That's funny.
 

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The long awaited headlight brackets made it in. These are much more stable than the shitty things that were on before. Better looking too. Since I'm using a 5" (ish) headlight and these brackets don't flex I needed to add some spacers between the brackets and headlights. This is where being a packrat comes in handy sometimes. I had a few bits and pieces left over from a TV wall mount. Inside were a couple of 1" spacers that worked perfectly. Turn signals are on and wired up (but need to be slowed down). Looks like I'm in a spot where I can finish up a few small things and start road testing it.
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With the mild weather we had over new years I was able to get it off the stand and take it around the neighborhood for a shakedown run.

I kind of forgot I need to fix the speed sensor as it read 0mph the whole time lol. It rode very well and pulled nice and strong (for what I can do in the hood). Still a few little things to keep me busy until its time to hand it over to my son as his first bike. :)
 

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The satin black accent on the tail section is a very nice touch. Has a '90s zx7r feel to it, maybe a good spot for a number. I would probably go with all-black seats or a seat cowl to continue that flow, but it looks good regardless.
 

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I got a new relay in to slow down the blinking so the turn signals actually work properly. This one has a small dial under it so you can change the blink rate to suit your liking too.
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The weather has gotten cold again which makes working on the bike a little difficult.

I had a minor set back with one of the new silicone hoses not being clamped properly which was causing a leak. Unfortunately the screw was just at an angle I could not get to without removing the airbox and getting to it from above. That's been corrected now so if it needs further adjustment I can get it from the side. I had cleaned and refreshed the rear caliper a couple of weeks back but my seal kit finally came in with a new set of pads so I finished that project. With all the seal and bearing kits I've used on this project I've got quite the sticker collection going. lol
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Are those from one of those ebay silicone hose kits? I need to replace the rubbers on both of my bikes. That's an upgrade on the list.
 
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