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Hi, I have had some pm's asking me to post this project as it might be of interest to some people. I will keep adding to this as I get the time, but if anyone wants to know any specific part let me know.

So I bought Griff2000's VN800 as the shape and frame are perfect for the old school bobber style. His came up at the right time and was a great buy.



So I wanted to strip the rear section make a single seat conversion and put high risers and ape bars.



I started by fitting the risers and bars

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Then I stripped the rear section, mudguard, sissy bar, seat, rack, paniers etc etc

So you can see all the electrics and the battery etc.

Each day I was looking at the seat area trying to figure out what was the best way of mounting a single springer seat



The cross bar from the original seat was the obvious choice to begin with as you can see here

The problem is, when you mount the seat this way, you have all the electrics and the fuse box, cdi etc open to the elements whic is not good



So I had to re think this
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The rear mudguard is from a trailer manufacturer, just a single galv fender, cut to size to suit what I wanted. I could have paid 70 for a rounded one off ebay for this sort of job, but I wanted it flat and it was 20.... all helps when doing this on a budget!

I have heat wrapped the pipes and removed the baffles for style and sound. and I think it has really made a difference (it also helps with heat against you leg as I did destroy my Alpinestars riding it home from Griff's)



It is starting to take shape with the seat in position and the rear mudguard, but this is before anything is fixed or cut to size

This picture is not so clear but its outside a pub. You can see the cut down mudguard and seat fixed

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Here is a better picture of it starting to take shape (sorry better then the one outside the pub)



So now I have fitted everything I wanted a side mounted plate



This was just a cheap bracket which came with a light, but I thought it will at least get me on the road
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We are starting to get closer, so I started to look at paint. Paint designs are very personal. most people have an idea of what they think you should do.... but I'm still 8 years old at heart and wanted that old school flame look. I tapped up a guy I know who could do this for me, but my budget was getting used fast. so I have done it myself.

First try the mudguard.....






Came out ok for the fist go!!

3 coats of primer, 4 coats of black, 3 coats of white and 3 clear coats. all cut back each time. then polished
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next is the big job of the tank and finally biting the bullet and mounting the damn seat!!!

Stripped the tank back to bare metal





3 coats primer



At least 4 coats black

Mask it all up then for the flames, but really taking the time to cover everywhere and seal the masking down to ensure no leaks!!



this is before the clear coat

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Then I needed to shape the rear fender, cut the edges and used filler to smooth out the sides before going through the same process.

I fixed it directly to the swing arm by flattening the area where the pins will go. But I have just made spacers still to go on which will put it all closer to the wheel.

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now the tricky bit.......

I decided the position of the seat was too close and my legs which arn't long by any means, needed to be straighter.....

So I have cut the cross bar away from the other seat and got rid of the plastic. moved the fuse box to one side cover and the CDi to the other side cover. I got a piece of aluminium and cur it to shape to cover everything. Then made some brackets to take the weight of me on the springer seat.





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This is the plate I made to cover the battery etc







Once fixed in place the electrics are covered. the fit is much lower than before and it all looks tidy and almost standard.
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The final result .... although nothing is final, I'm still designing the rear fender paint scheme as this will be more personal. and new parts are on order all the time, but this is as it stands today. I hope you like it









If anyone has any further questions feel free to ask. but this has all been done in a tiny shed like garage with limited tools and not a single weld. so anyone can do this too on a limited budget.

Get a Harley looking style but with a 1/4 of the spend!
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From this



to this in 2 months......

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Could you post a piccie of your number plate mount? Looking at ideas for mine, the more the merrier.

Nice job and a massive improvement on the stock bike.
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I should be able to show you some of it, however since the photo was taken someone stole the number plate, light and bracket while outside a pub. But I will take some when I get home tomorrow for you
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Hi, Not long been back but got on my knees in the garage with my phone and done the best I can in the dark, I'll try do something better for you in the light this weekend.

But I have bolted the bracket to the lower lug that is just below the axle. I mounted this on the inside of the frame so it was out of sight really. then lifted the plate so it was at quite an angle as you can see from the photo's. I was planning on getting a smaller number plate before it got nicked, but its a slightly smaller than legal already. but I would not recommend mounting here if you are using full size plate due to ground clearance.

Off this bracket was just a flat piece of steel with the plate and rear light above.

Hope this helps a little!!

But like i say I can try do some better ones over the weekend. But as you can see below, this was all that was left when I came out of the pub....





And finally a rough guage of the shape left after I sprayed one side!!!


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Cool, very similar to what I had in mind for mine. Cheers.
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I've changed her a little bit more now..

Got bored with the bars and wanted a bit more hardcore... so they are now powder coated black 16" apes with 4" risers, plus I've ran the wiring down through the bars to thin it out a bit.

Also fitted the white wall tyres to finish it off a bit and a new larger tan seat with a kick up at the back. got fed up of having to munch my way up the seat after cracking the throttle open. With your hands up there it aint so easy to pull yer self back lol




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I really like what you have done, gives me food for thought
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Been a while since I have been on here and I have been busy changing the bobber. I'm still getting questions from this thread so thought I would update it with where the bike is up to now!

I stripped the bike down again last winter and started taking the bobber further.

So I have have been grinding the frame, taking away all the supports and re-enforced plate that were over engineering really. Smoothed all the welds and started to make the frame look more custom then mass produced!


I also cut out the gusset at the top of the back bone so you can see through as I was planning the smaller tank
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I stripped the engine casings and the rocker covers and sent them for powder coat, I wanted to get rid of the standard chrome look. I thought it cheapened the bike. Not really a fan of chrome myself!


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I managed to get a nice shaped tank from a guy of this forum, it was off a classic husqvarna, looks like a mustang tank but only cost me 20 which was much more in my budget it was dented and rusty but nothing a bit of tlc couldn't sort. As soon as I offered it up to the frame though I knew I was happy. I have seen these done with a sportster tank so bought one of them first. But didn't like it once it was on!

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So now I got my frame all smoothed out, paint done so it looks almost new lol. And I have the engine back from powder coat




Drive was a bit orange after grinding all that frame..... so note: if you do this, sweep up after or your drive goes rusty. This didn't come off my drive or my white Audi A5, but hey ho the bike was and is more important
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With the black powder coat and the smooth frame the bike was starting to take shape, I think the black engine gives it much more attitude. I painted the barrels and polished the edges of the fins just to give it some definition and save it all being black, the engine is a nice looking motor so I wanted to keep it as a feature.


With the tank offered up you can see it taking shape now!

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From this point it was just building everything and making things fit that I had bought.

New speedo
Tank
Harley S&S filter
Remove EPA and tubing
Change fueling
Remove Thermostat and filler etc

Then make it go!



I got it this far and got it started, I was struggling with the fueling as I had removed so much stuff and need to ensure I wasn't going to damage the engine. So I stopped for a bit and thought about paint

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Eventually I got the fueling sorted and the paintwork all done. I have stuck to the same theme as I really liked it when I first done it, it stands out and keeps an old school look to the bike.


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Let me know what you think? but thanks for all your comments so far
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I am really pleased with it now though and think it has come a long way from Griff's VN to this.



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This bike will never be finished, but I have re done the tank now with the Bar Hop Bobbers theme on it. Think it breaks up the tank a little and adds a bit of detail.





I couldn't believe it but I won a prize at a rally with it too!!! Didn't even enter anything! It won best Chop (I know its a bob but I wasn't going to complain )

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