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Chick rear belt belt tension . Whirring can come from there also. Especially since you play with swing-arms and raising and lowering the rear section. Especially recently. Especially just noticed.
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+1 on the belt tension. That can cause all sorts of havoc when it's too tight.

I think it looks real cool with the stance it has now. Maybe even go up an inch or two in the front, but not too much. A dirt bike fender from the s 70s would look cool, and maybe a skid plate to protect the oil filter.
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That's a good idea. I have also converted it to chain and that very well might be making the sound. I added an idler sprocket to the blast, like the Buell XBs have. Since I'm using a chain, I went with an adjustable one intended for hardtail bikes, and welded it onto the right side of the bracket that has the kickstand on the left. I probably can take a link out of the chain too, because swingarm doesn't travel from as far, but I'll need to look into that a bit more.
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I'mm making a new gas tank lol

The one I made is simply too small to travel with. I like the way it looks quite a bit though. The rounded front, the flat sides, I think it's lovely. The new tank will be similar, but muuuch larger. Probably triple the size. I'm adding a half tunnel too, on only the left side, where the fuel outlet (would you call it that?) will be. I don't want to add a crossover tube, because I'm lazy, and also it will cover the carburetor somewhat, and I'm going to add an extra bit there as well to make sure water can't get to the intake. Also the frame design doesn't allow much of a tunnel there, because of a metal spar coming off that attaches to the tie rod. The stock tank had a tunnel mostly like this, but did have a bit of fuel on that side. Oddly enough, it also didn't have a fuel crossover of any sort, meaning there was a good amount of fuel on that side that actually couldn't get to the outlet, and was essentially unusable. Perhaps the idea with that is that the extreme vibration would cause the fuel to jump itself over the tunnel. In fact, that probably would work. But still, it's an odd little note.
Anyway, I could actually just put the stock tank back on now. I couldn't use it when the rear end of so high, because it caused fuel to pool so far in the front of the tank that it couldn't hope to reach the outlet. Now that I've lowered it back to mostly stock height, the old tank would work again. But nah, I'd rather have a metal tank anyway. Plastic looks out of place on the bike now, since I've removed and replaced almost all of it XD

Also, what would you call this style of tank? In profile it's teardrop shaped, but the sides are completely flat.
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Looks almost guzzi like. One offs are hard to call a style. I could post a pic I guess later on on my 1 gallon sight glass bubble gas tank for hard tails. Sight glass tubing is kinda cool. Till you drop it at speed I guess. On the wrong side.

I used a torch and brass rod and made my own bent tubing to slip and weld in to the sides of the tank.
Just easier solder welding with brass those kind of fittings when not having a tig welder. I got a mig welder recently like last year. That tank was built before I purchased the mig. . Pic will come later.

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Nice! Yeah welding those on with my stick welder would probably not work out XD I've done some brazing, and originally wanted to braze the tank together instead of welding it. The contrast between the steal and brass would probably look pretty neat. But I found out that brazing was too expensive for me, both the rods and the fuel. With my welder I only need electricity and the rods, which I've been buying at 5 pounds for 20 dollars. Also the stick welder is faster.
But anyways, yeah. I'm really liking the look of the pipe fittings. They're really cheap too. In fact, my petcock is a pipe fitting. No reserve option, but that's why I have the sight :P also I carry extra fuel anyways.
I mostly finished the tank. I quit my job and have a lot more time now.

I'm gonna make a new front fender also, not decided exactly how that will look. Also the rear cowl I'll remake out of steel. That will leave no plastic bits left on the bike, pretty much. I guess the ignition coil is plastic, but I think I can live with that XD
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I know exactly what the whirring sound is. Chain tension is good, but the whirring is related. When I let go of the throttle, the chain tension changes from the top to the bottom of the sprocket, making the idler be under tension while it's just idling during normal use. I made sure it is totally straight and in line with the other sprockets, and it should be good. The noise is just that sprocket having to work harder. I'll keep an eye on it, but it should be good.
Also, I've decided to go full on mad max. It's going nna look super nasty when it's done lol I'm gonna leave some of my less that beautiful welds and I'm making a wire frame for the rear cowl and mounting a huge sissy bar on that lol
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I've decided to go full on mad max.
Got a Kawasaki Concours I have plans to convert that one to.

Just have the web steel panels leaning against the bike presently that will be be the base for the plastic radiator bottle holder cage/skid plate protection that the plastic provided.

My brother in law stopped by with his brand new 3 wheeler space ship trike.
I took pictures to show it really happened but it is early and I aint awake yet.

I mentioned sparkplug access on his new ride < He is used to a panhead and sportster >
Has done his own wrenching and is pretty knowledgeable .
He proceeded to show me the panels that need removing and how difficult spark plug access can be on those trikes.
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A mad max concours sounds wild. Yeah, strangely the stock blast gas tank makes it a bit awkward to access the sparkplugs too. I used to think the tank had to be removed but it's not too hard to do if you have a thin wrench and the engine is cold.

Also, I've been wondering about why my blast seems to top out at like 50-60 mph. It should have no problem getting faster than that. It's been acting as if it had intake leak or something, but I know the boot isn't leaking, so it's been puzzling me for a while. However, when checking the carb for possible cause I discovered that the idle mixture screw was missing the o ring and washer. I wouldn't think that much air could get in there passed all the threads, but it seems like that might do it. Putting a new gasket in later today and maybe that'll fix my problems :P
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Sounds good. Too frigging hot here locally for me to step outside lately. We are breaking heat records down here.

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