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The Drifter "Chief"

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    Re: The Drifter

    looks fantastic!
     
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    I'm going to try and find these badges:
    Theyre off the first years 800 run I believe

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    With that shape of pinstriping? I like that in the classic sort of Indian way
     
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    Similar pin strip... kinda.
     
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    Re: The Drifter

    bike looked great tonight!
    Excellent paint job, and really like your choices of satin and the pin strip.
    Look forward to seeing it with the proposed pin strip and badge on the tank next

    :like
     
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    THATS more like it!!

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    Absolutely. Now to get that white feather that I like.
     
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    Looking great Lurch - look forward to seeing it in the flesh. :thumbsup:
     
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    Ok; good news and bad news...

    First the bad news

    The indicators that were on the bike when I got it (the rubbish little plastic ones) were mounted straight into the side of the tail light housing. When I replaced them, I didnt really consider that the plastic housing wouldnt have the strength to take the new indicators hanging on there vibrating away.
    On the way back from the Feet First run, one broke, making a mess of the housing. I plastic welded it back together, added some large washers in there to hopefully spread the load a bit, and hoped.
    Yeah..... no. Came home this arvo to find one loose again and on pulling it apart found it had all broken again.
    So... for now at least - fraken-lightmount:

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    After a coat of paint - you wont really see it.

    On better news - I HAVE TANK BADGES!
    (thanks to [MENTION=44564]MakDrifter[/MENTION])

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    Yep, those badges definitely look good on there :up
     
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    Got the other side panel made tonight and on. Followed by the first couple of coats of primer.
     
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    Went for a quiet solo cruise this afternoon out past Tharwa with the camera. Didn't really find anything I liked, so pulled into the old Tharwa church on the way back.

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    DSC_1848.jpg by Mr Lurch, on Flickr

    More: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjHGzupR
     
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    Hi Lurch. Can I ask where you got the white walls? Need some new tyres, and I've always liked white walls on a cruiser.

    Cheers, Steve.
     
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    Did they fit them, or just supply?
     
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    Quick update.
    Back story: The main difference between the exhausts on a Drifter and the exhausts on the rest of the VN1500 range in the rear mount point where it attaches to the pillion peg hanger. The Drifter is hard mounted and the rest of rubber mounted. The peg hanger is completely different.

    When I put the black Mean Streak pipes on, I dodged up the mounting. What this meant is on Friday I found that the extra vibration caused by the hard-mounting had caused fatigue on the two studs that hold the lower rear pipe to the catalytic converter and one had snapped.
    I pulled the whole thing apart to see what I could do. I cut out the whole section with the idea of drilling out the stud and welding in a bolt from the inside to replace the stud. Unfortunately there just isn't/wasn't enough 'meat' left to get a decent hold. As soon as I welded the whole thing back together is just broke again.

    So, the Vance and Hines are back on. The problem is that they're stupidly loud. I rode it to work this morning and even with my new Earmold headphones in it was annoying. I've ordered a pair of baffles from the states and paid for express post. Hopefully they'll be here before the Birthday Ride, otherwise I'm not sure what I'm going to do as right now its just a defect notice waiting to happen.
     
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    Light bar prototype number 1:

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