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Actually, I have a couple of those old lights in my pile somewhere. I was commenting on the fact that it was out of character for the bike, which is so pristine. It's really OK, though, because I don't like the late seventies DOT mandated headlight much. Of the two, I'd probably choose the one you're running.
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Well, I went out last weekend and did 300 miles or so on the bike. A number of vibration induced failures popped up, mostly involving new parts that were not up to the job:
* Oil tank mount rubber split - will re-order JP's heavy duty ones with the spring through them.

* Kick stand pin started to fall out. The head of new JP pin-kit's retaining screw was sheared by the pin. I have put in a Stainless Steel retaining screw and Dremelled the end of the pin to match the countersink on the screw.
Also will put a new stand spring on. I think it is flopping up and down while riding along and chewing up that pivot set up. I put a trick pair of broom clips on the frame to hold the stand in the up position until then.

* Throttle cable outer broke where it screws in the twistgrip. Made for an interesting ride home down the mountains with cable hanging up going into corners. It was my 30 year old spare cable taht travelled in my saddlebag so I guess it must have been hammered to bits along the way.
Barnett cable on order.

* Headlight sealed beam stopped working. All kinds of debris bouncing around inside it. It is a cheap Asian Hansa brand from the auto parts store. A $50 Hella replacement is on its way.

* And the fork seals, JP standard seals, started to leak. Genuine Leak Proof brand seals now on order.

I guess the moral is, don't buy the cheap stuff, just get the top of the line name brands to start with.

Anyhow, here are some more pics from the ride.







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So now I got it looking so fine, probably the best it has looked since about late 1977, I decided I am sick of filling that 2 gallon tank up every time I ride it. So the 3-gallon SuperGlide tank and my homemade waterpipe highway pegs have got to go back on. Plus I am getting ready to go do some serious distance touring on this thing. Kind of a shame though, cos that little tank sure looks cool.

I found some old pics of it with the big tank on it back in the day:

Shell shocked after a 1200 mile two day ride Brisbane to Adelaide in about 1981 or so.


In the Northern Territory sometime about 1979-1980


This must have been in 1977 or early 78. I must have been all of about 19, I think.
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noticed the rego number in pic. is that date of manufacture?
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noticed the rego number in pic. is that date of manufacture?

Nah, I think manufacture date was sometime BC, stoneage.
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I've made some progress on my 79. I hope to install the oil tank and rear fender once I color sand and buff them tomorrow.




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Looking good '79. Has kind of an XR1000/XLCR look with those black handlebars, single gauge up front and the paint with the bar and shied tank decal. Sweet.
Y'know I kinda like the look on the righthand side with no rear fender strut in place. Gives a real flat-tracker look. (But I dunno how you hold your fender on without one?l
And love that '79 rear exhaust pipe. How kinky is that? ;-)
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Looking good '79. Has kind of an XR1000/XLCR look with those black handlebars, single gauge up front and the paint with the bar and shied tank decal. Sweet.
Y'know I kinda like the look on the righthand side with no rear fender strut in place. Gives a real flat-tracker look. (But I dunno how you hold your fender on without one?l
And love that '79 rear exhaust pipe. How kinky is that? ;-)
Thanks Hopper. I was using the left side fender strut as a template for the new S/S hardware, there really will be a right side fender strut. I have seen a bike without the struts. I believe the owner fabricated a rear sub frame similar to an older Triumph, a sort of "U" shaped piece. Looked good and bolted on at the back of the frame with the stock bolt holes.
I had a minor disaster yesterday as I was buffing the rear fender, I dropped it so it will have to be re-painted this week. There's always something.
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Default The Faux XLT - fitting a SuperGlide tank.

Sick of filling up all the time, despite how unspeakably gorgeous the bike looked with the original 2gal tank, I have put back on the 3.3gal Shovelhead SuperGlide tank. I can get 150 miles or more to the tankful on this.





Pics below show how I had a rear mount tab welded on (I always pay someone else to weld my gas tanks and make sure I am not there when it happens).
The original SuperGlide tank had a kind of a hook on the front mounts that went around a rubber mounting grommet. I did away with such nancy boy affectations and had the hook welded in solid and drilled the mountings to go straight on to the frame. I noticed on the pics of Eric`s XLT, Harley had done a rougher job and simply cut the SuperGlide hook off, but left a bit of the divot in place and simply painted over it. Ya godda luv AMF.







However, I drilled my holes, 30 years ago when I set this tank up through a cloud of the smoke of the 1970s, so the tank sat just about 3/8 inch too far forward, which meant I had to drop the front of the tank about 3/8 inch to clear the top triple tree at the tank tunnel, which meant the coii would no longer fit under where it originally went.

So I used to run the coil hanging by the original bracket behind the rear head, under the seat. Being older and wiser now, supposedly, I decided to mount the coil up front again in the nice cool wind by turning it sideways after seeing a pic of how they mount on IronMick`s post-79er.
But that put the coil in the way of where the tacho cable had to go, mine is not long enough to loop around in front of the cylinder for some reason, so I had to build a hole into the coil bracket for the tacho cable to go through. It is just me or is nothing ever easy?






I put a fuel filter inline because the new tank has a tad of rust and loose paint inside from years of sitting. Found the plastic elbow on the carb cracked in all the mucking about - they all do eventally, so had to break it off the brass ferule with a pliers, file down the serations underneath and plumb in some gas line to clamp straight onto it then conected to an elbow. Pretty it aint, but I will tidy it up once the crud is not coming through from the petcock strainer.







And here is some pics showing how the tank looks in all its long range glory. I am soooo loving not having to fill up all the time. Much more suited to our wide open spaces here. Sure not as purty as the little tank but it has its own appeal in a solid chunky sort of way.













And my $1 highway pegs. WTF, I only plant my muddy size 12s on `em. Chrome, Hah, that stuff is for townies.








Also, finally got my Keihin carb to idle decently - by fitting a new ignition auto advance unit!!.
The new ignition auto advance unit got rid of the last of the rough idle and carb farts - AT LAST!
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I don't mind that tank at all Hopper. . .sits nice in relation to the seat and mounts up good in the front. Mine are being an absolute mongrel to fit and i've put half a day Sunday and till about 10pm last night . .i've torn her back down to the bare frame again, as i'm not welding no where near my engine!!!
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