Whacked off the rear fender a bit and chrome trimmed the edge. I’m still not sold on this cat-eye taillight. But it will do for now. Ever since someone told me that my previous taillight was nicknamed a “limp sausage” light….it’s days were numbered.
A little crazy glue. A little Bondo. A little sanding. You won’t even see it after it dries and cures!
Original levers fit on new perches.
Handlebars assembled. Now for the hard part…connecting all of the wires and cables. Then I can finally fill this thing up with gas a see how it runs!
I put the tank on the bike. Cut a template where the seat hits the tank. Masked the tank and sprayed everything hidden by the seat with a thick layer of 3M Paint Defender Soray Film. Pretty good feeling this will keep the seat from sticking to the tank. Or at least ruining the paint/clearcoat.
I went into the garage where the bike is to do a couple of things. I lifted the seat and realized the front of it had stuck to the gas tank. It must have been REALLY hot in there because it was stuck to (and ruined) the clear coat on the tank. This REALLY pissed me off because I had let the tank cure for weeks before I re-installed it.
I tried to sand a re-coat the clear…but it did not look good at all.
I ripped the chrome trim off…removed the badges and stripped the clear to redo it and decided that I did not like how imperfect the sanding was on the tank. So I decided to paint the tank the same dark metal color as the rest of the parts. I painted, applied new clear coat, put the badges back on and applied new chrome trim to the edges. It looks pretty good. But I’m hoping it didn’t lose the “specialness” of the clear-coated raw tank.
Also shown is the new taillight. It WAS chrome…but it looked like to much chrome when mounted to the fender so I painted it. I think it looks good as a continuation of the color.
Fork covers repainted, reinstalled.
Forks removed, drained (see stains on floor), disassembled, cleaned, lubed, rebuilt, refilled (ATF), reinstalled.
Front wheel and fender cleaned and reinstalled.
Front signals installed.
Waiting for new Kung-fu grips (I ripped one), new switches, new speedo and tach, and a new brakelight. I think the current one has a problem that makes it short out and keep blowing fuses.
The good news is that I think I’m done spending money!!! (Unless I run into electrical problems or need a tune-up).
Now I’ve gone and done it! After installing the headers with the new wraps I decided to remove the fork covers. I was avoiding it until “Phase 2” but I may as well cleanup and rebuild the forks and brakes….and speedometer…and tachometer…and replace the cables along with the handlebars…
Gotta do something every day… Sat on the porch and re-wrapped the header pipes to something a bit less gold/metallic than the titanium wrap. They’re still wet in this pic and should be a bit lighter in color when dry. For the record…15ft per pipe is more than enough 2” wrap. I did it without gloves so I hope I don’t have itchy hands later.
I can’t believe this rat’s nest is the way Honda designed the wires to be stowed! Wish me luck when it’s time to reassemble.
Finally got the grommets to go into the side covers without damaging their finish. I think they match the tank pretty well and look really good on the bike. They’re making me rethink my plans for the front end.
Starting to come together. Still have the whole front end to do and to clean the whole bike….and more. Not feeling great about the taillight nor the color of the header wraps. But I can always go back to that. Wondering if I should bob the rear fender. Cleaned up really good. It’s a shame to waste all that shiney chrome!
Added chrome trim to the fuel tank tonight. I don’t think the 1970 K2 had it installed…so why did they have a crimped lip?