Xj400 street tracker/brat Project

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Gkito
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Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:17 am

Afternoon all,


So I finally got round to getting a project bike... and got a bargain.... bike has been sitting in a barn for 2 or 3 years and is in need of a complete overhaul!! So while I'm at it I tough I'll make it my own, my ideas my design MYbike!

Here's the before pics!

Any tips are appreciated... and I'll update as I go...
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Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:25 am

This is how she sits just now,

So far she's been

Stripped ready for the Seat building
Calipers off to have refurbed and coated gold (colour may change)
Tank off for stripping and painting
Rear shock replaced with an FZ6 rear shock (1/8th higher to level out the seat)


Ordered a load of parts that you will see as the build continues

And hopefully this week she will be in the Fab shop! For the seat build....
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Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:38 pm

Looks promising! I like the seat. Keep us posted on how things progress.
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Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:35 am

Don't see many 400's here. Interested in seeing where this goes.
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Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:53 am

Yeah 400’s are pretty rare in the U.K.

Just back from the fabricators and he’s doing a cracking job! He’s still got the tray and battery box to do, but I’m well pleased so far...

He’s really busy so may not have the bike back till January!

Any thoughts ?
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Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:58 pm

Another update.....

Finally got the bike Home after moving house and getting through Christmas and changing jobs.... it’s been a busy few months... so time to get cracking...


The frame work for the cafe racer is complete and the under tray for the battery & electrics done.

Calipers and were seized so had to track down a replacement rear, hopefully have them back from the powder coaters soon.

Going to strip and rebuild the forks, then dry build the bike before stripping for powder coating...

Feedback welcome....
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Fri Feb 23, 2018 3:01 pm

hi there are you looking to keep it stock or looking to go all out ive also got a xj400 project in the works, not sure exactly what direction im going with her all i know is its about time i showed her some love and got creative :)

i have a few interesting ideas for mine, be cool to find out what you have planned next
its all about smiles per gallon :)
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Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:59 pm

Hi , planning more of a cafe racerstyling with some smooth lines and a decent powder coat/paint job. I’m happy with the 400 engine as it’s only for me. I’ve went LED front and rear. I just have the frame to powder coat and then just the tank. Iv emanate to be really fortunate and pick up some bargain.

Just finished the wiring which has been a pain to fit under the seat. Just need to get her running again. Anyone know of any decent exhaust manifolds that are stainless?

Considering painting the engine any tips?
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Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:19 pm

Black Widow Exhausts are UK based and seem decent enough. I have a full 4-2 stainless system on mine, as I like the symmetry of two cans and the cross-over style of the headers. It also means easier access to the oil filters, but I think they do a 4-1.

Don't go with the standard (non-removable baffle) cans if you want noisy though, they're fairly quiet!

As for the engine I've never painted one. Radare has, I'm sure theres a guide on here. I love the look of them in black!

Bikes looking good by the way, enjoying watching this one develop.
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Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:57 pm

Thanks, I also like the twin can. I’m after a quiet exhaust it’s only a 400 so the quieter the better.

Does anyone know if the sprocket & chain from a 600 fits? Struggling to get someone to tell me what’s the best fit.

Thanks
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