First off, yes I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted any DIY or Tech Articles… If you haven’t noticed, we’ve been a tad bit busy this year with a “few” setbacks… But in order to get back into the groove, we’ve decided to do what we do best, and give you fine XS650 Gearheads a new Tech Article from HHB…
Stick Out Your Neck! And Show It Off!!
- Grab a Handful of Cut-Off Wheels
- 120 Grit Flap Disk
- “Medium” 3M Type Polishing Pads
- 90 Degree Die Grinder (not required, but makes for a nicer finish)
- Welding Helmet – Because Flash Burn SUCKS
- A Good Pair of Locking Pliers – I found these in the middle of the road – true story…
- Angle Grinder – **You probably already have this, or at least you should
- Paint Pen or some kind of good marker
- Welding Equipment – I use both TIG and MIG, but MIG is just fine for this job
- NOT SHOWN – Face Mask/Shield, because getting your eyeballs drilled also sucks – SAFETY FIRST
- ALSO NOT SHOWN – Wire Wheel for Grinder – AKA The Nut Grinder
Q: “What Exactly Are We Doing Here? “
Take your paint pen, and make a line just outside of this weld… Like so…
This is where we just made your job WAY easy… Grab those locking pliers, grab this sucker by the gusset of it’s neck, and twist until it pops right off…
That was easy, and clean.. Plus, we haven’t harmed the OEM tubing at all.
Take your time, and work both sides evenly until you are satisfied with the results. Remove as little as needed to make it looks smooth and even. You’ll likely go ahead and cut off the tachometer cable guide, and blend out the welds on the downtubes where the frame is sleeved. Don’t take too much, you can always spot weld the low spots and re-work them as needed.
Folks, I hope this tech article gives you faith in your abilities. If you aren’t afraid of picking up a grinder and making the sparks fly, this is a great modification to do to your bike. It will stand out among the crowd, and it’s always important to make a good first impression.