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#21 Wheelman101

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Posted 28 June 2009 - 09:10 PM

Dude that is a sick shop. Haha dude if you ever get pulled over and they see the welds on the bike they might send you in for a VI, so be careful and clean the welds up

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hurr De Durr.


#22 Urbanoutlaw

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Posted 29 June 2009 - 10:54 AM

No welds on the frame itself (that aren't factory) so no probs there. besides, that's why you clean them up w/ the
grinder & paint it. :thumbsup:

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#23 Urbanoutlaw

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Posted 03 July 2009 - 04:44 AM

...& We're back.

So I took a couple nights & cleaned up the shop a little, now I have a decent place to work.
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This should work nicely-
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Ready to install.
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Shifter in place & works properly. Note the tab is now pointing straight down but the shifter is at a decent angle & now
matches the brake on the other side.
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Finished job w/ exhaust installed.
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One more thing done, just a few hundred to go. I probably won't get to ride this weekend but I'm a little closer.

Later.

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#24 Wheelman101

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Posted 09 July 2009 - 12:59 AM

clean up those spokes on the rim, give it a good shine.

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#25 Urbanoutlaw

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Posted 10 July 2009 - 09:36 AM

It's on the list, although the wheels will probably be replaced soon.

If I'm feeling better tonight I'll tackle the battery box & have some more pics.

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#26 Urbanoutlaw

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Posted 12 July 2009 - 11:06 PM

For today's fun, I'll tackle the battery box. By the time I got done I was convinced the previous owner was riding
around holding it in his lap. The battery I have was obtained based on the size of the one that came w/ the bike & it
wasn't until after I had it that I found out how small the newer ones are, but this one was $25 as opposed to $80 & up.
Time to get creative.

Here's an approximation of the original location -
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Since the frame was converted to a hard tail, the battery now runs into the rear of the frame & would stick out too far.
I decided to relocate it lower & inside the frame. It still sticks out a little but not as bad, just even w/ the primary cover
& just clears the brake linkage & drive chain.
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For access the seat & rear fender are removed. Note the voltage regulator (yes, it's the same as an old Chevy truck),
I'll relocate that to the fender & raise it a little. I'll cover that in the next installment when I get into the fender.
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This piece was salvaged from the windshield wipers of an old Ford pickup being cut up & made into a trailer. It's just
the right size to raise the box off the frame.
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A quick safety note, I've been using cutting wheels on the little grinder a lot lately & this was bound to happen. If
the wheel starts breaking & losing pieces, throw it away. The glasses are self explanatory.
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Marked & ready to cut.
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Parts are ready to use, just 3 of 'em
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Ready to start welding.
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The shiny parts have been cleaned w/ the grinder to ensure a good weld. My rig would probably do okay but I
figured if I'm going to do it, do it right.
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Several quick tac-welds hold everything in place.
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More of the "do it right" thing, a quick pass w/ the grinder cleans up the welds nicely. No birdshit here. :thumbsup:
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Insert lots of cussing. Some SOB walked off w/ my old Makita drill so it's off to get a new one. This otta' do it.
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And do it it does! A couple quick holes to bolt the box down....
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.... & a couple in the frame to mount everything.
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Ready to paint. That silver engine paint I used on the shifter will do nicely.
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I'm getting a lot of mileage from that truck I'm cutting up, now it's a handy place to hang small parts for painting.
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While that's drying, I should clean up a little -
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Took just long enough to dry. The finished part, ready to install.
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More Allenheads, especially here where there's not enough room for a wrench or socket. Everything clears & it
almost looks factory.
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Most importantly, the battery slips in & out easily (kinda the whole point of this).
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There was a nice chrome battery strap in the box of parts that came w/ the bike, but it's for an even bigger battery,
so I use a heavy duty bungee for now. Aw, the classics. :lol:
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BTW, my shop now has a name, Outlaw Engineering.

Tune in next time for -
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Same Bat Time, same Bat Channel.

Edited by Urbanoutlaw, 12 July 2009 - 11:11 PM.

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#27 Urbanoutlaw

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 06:02 AM

Here's some more before I call it a day.

When I was doing the battery box I decided to relocate the voltage regulator for more room, here's the original location.
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The rear fender support used to be an expensive chrome sissy bar until someone chopped it. I'll need the support,
especially if I'm going to have a back seat (This IS to attract women). It's going to get a little work.
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I'm installing blind nuts so I'll only need 1 tool to install the bolts, the nuts will be permanent parts of the sissy bar.
First step is to grind off the old paint & chrome.
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Forgot to take a pic but I'll show you the details in a few pics

Ready to paint...
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... & painted. It's hard to see but there's a little contamination resulting in a wrinkled appearance on a couple spots.
The contamination is probably from grease or oil. For now I'm not worried about that, when I get ready to paint the
bike it'll get sand blasted & proper painting.
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The black bracket is the part that clamps the fender to the frame. It's a poor fit & looks rough so it'll get some work.
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The part ready to paint, same as the fender support.
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Now for the main attraction. Can you say FUBAR? I knew you could.
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I think I got this. I never pawn tools (or weapons) so I've amassed a few. Some of my auto body tools.
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I start w/ cutting a little off the front to clear the battery.
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Again I install blind nuts, this time to save getting a wrench between the fender & tires. Short bolts will allow plenty
of clearance from the tire. Here's the details from the pics I forgot earlier.
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Nuts welded & dressed w/ grinder. The 2 at the end mount the bottom of the voltage regulator.
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Here's some of the tools I'll need for this, a shrinking hammer & dolly. The serrated faces of the tools literally shrink
stretched metal & compress ripples. That's a big issue on this fender.
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I start by grinding around the holes to fill & cleaning up burrs. Apparently a drill wasn't handy & someone literally had
punched some of the (many) holes.
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The trick here is using the lowest amperage possible & w/ a MIG slow the feed rate of the wire. Otherwise you just
burn bigger holes through thin metal. It also helps to "pulse" instead of a continuous bead.
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The end result looks a little rough, but the holes are filled.
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I'm going to wear out my little grinder by the time this bike's on the road, but now the fender looks a lot better.
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Now that the holes are filled & ground, it's time to do a little straightening. Note the marks from the hammer &
dolly from earlier.
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Multiple layers of different kinds of paint would make a decent paintjob almost impossible so I'm calling it quits
for the day. The fender is ready for proper bodywork.
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This means I need to get my compressor & sand blasting kit out of storage & into the shop. I've made a deal for
more space, just have clear it & move in the rest of my tools/equipment.

Later.

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#28 Urbanoutlaw

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 06:52 PM

Did a little moving & dug the compressor & sand blaster out of storage. Haven't done anything w/ 'em for 5 years so
I need to get a couple things sorted but I'll be ready shortly.
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A quick safety note, sand blasters shoot small bits of grit at high speed so don't point it at yourself (or anyone else).
This thing can take the meat right off you if you get to close & eye protection IS A MUST (preferably a full face shield).
I looked right at mine while I was getting the blaster & forgot it but I have the glasses from all the grinding. You can
see how easily this takes of layers of old paint & leaves nice clean metal.
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What looked like a blemish in the paint turned out to be a crack in the metal. I think I can fix that. :lol:
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It's after 10 PM & I'm out of sand. You can cheat a little & sweep up the used sand, just pick out the large chunks of
debris. I'll be building a blasting cabinet soon but this'll get me by for now. My rig isn't picky.
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The underside is done & this is as far as I got on the top.
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Since I'm quitting for the night I figured I'd shoot a light coat under the fender to prevent rust, (hate doing things twice)
& I wanted to get an idea of how much work it'll take to make this part look good.
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Back later w/ more.

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If not, point & laugh when it flies into a woodchipper.


#29 Mpilk901

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 07:47 PM

I was actually being sarcastic by the donations, sorry to get your hopes up :P

This is still super awesome. How far off do you think it is from completion?

Nothing to see here, move along


#30 Urbanoutlaw

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Posted 15 July 2009 - 03:56 AM

It's cool, let's just say I've recently gotten used to being "on my own". :lol:

There isn't a set schedule, I fit this in when I have time. I would like to get up & running so I can still ride this year.

No pics tonight, had dinner w/ my kids & I promised I'd spend time w/ my X-box, later.

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#31 Sherman

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Posted 15 July 2009 - 05:54 AM

Niiice. I'm still keeping up with this, looks like its coming around nicely. I might be getting an 80's Honda bike. It's a 700CC. I just need to learn to ride it :P

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Posted 15 July 2009 - 09:27 AM

A 700 is a good bike to learn on as long as you have a healthy respect, the minute you don't respect the bike it'll
hurt you. But bikes are great, it becomes as natural as running. Just remember the most important thing about riding -

EVERYONE AROUND YOU IS A COMPLETE RETARD & WILL DO THE STUPIDEST THING AT THE WORST TIME!!!

Keep that in mind & watch for idiots & you should be fine.

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Posted 15 July 2009 - 08:38 PM

Sure thing, it's crazy enough driving a car now. I've still gotta take car of it.. might make a thread for both of them. Funny how they're both Honda's xD

#34 Urbanoutlaw

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Posted 19 July 2009 - 04:50 AM

.....Funny how they're both Honda's xD


A matched set.

Not much to add tonight, life blew up in my face & I've got a kid in the hospital so I haven't been at the shop much
this week. I'll have more pics of the fender tomorrow when I finish the bodywork on it.

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Posted 19 July 2009 - 02:58 PM

This bike is going to look extremely epic. What's the main color going to be?

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#36 Urbanoutlaw

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Posted 19 July 2009 - 07:33 PM

Thanks, I want this to be something nice,

I'm going for a classic Shelby paintjob, gloss white w/ the twin blue stripe & a blue frame w/ satin silver details.
If time allows today I'll try to get the rear fender finished tonight, or at least the bodywork.

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Posted 20 July 2009 - 05:41 AM

Got some time at the shop today so here's some more of the FUBAR fender.

That light coat of black makes a good guide coat, on old auto body trick to show even the smallest blemishes.
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I use a scotchbrite pad to rough up the surface so the filler can better grip the part. This is the secret to effectively
using body filler.
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The filler is a thick paste that won't set up until you mix in hardener. It doesn't take much, just run a straight line across
the filler...
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... & mix until it's an even pale color.
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Next, spread it on the part in thin even coats.
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Clean-up is pretty easy, just let it start to harden & it comes right off the plastic tools.
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Same for the palette, just a quick scrape w/ the plastic putty knife & it's gone.
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Before the filler sets up, a quick pass w/ a clean screwdriver clears any holes you want to keep.
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The darker areas are places where the sandpaper didn't cut into the filler, low spots that will need a little more.
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So it gets another this layer...
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... & out comes the "cheese grader" file for course work.
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Next I use the body file & 50 grit paper. I also use a block w/ 80 on the edges.
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I'm making progress, just a couple spots to finish,
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The filler's done, now it's just finish. Another coat of black, this time several heavy coats.
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Tomorrow night after the paint has dried, I'll hit this w/ 220 grit on a full size vibrating sander. The paint will fill the
sanding marks from the 50 & 80 grit I've uses so far.

That's it for now & remember, look around you!

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#38 Urbanoutlaw

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Posted 25 July 2009 - 02:15 PM

It's been a couple days, mainly because it takes time for paint to properly dry.

Now that the last guide coat's dry it shows the remaining blemishes. they're not that big but they're enough to screw up
a paintjob.
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Another annoyance. This replaces yet another tool that disappeared, a good Craftsman vibrating sander. I'll be lucky
if this one survives the fender & tanks. Loaded w/ 150 grit it'll remove all but the smallest blemishes.
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Now it's ready for primer.
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More drying time required, this time for the primer.
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Back later.

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Posted 01 August 2009 - 12:29 PM

It's later, I'm back.

The primer's dry & it's time to go after the small blemishes so I hit it w/ another guide coat.
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Again the dark spots are the low ones, this time smaller & not worth the trouble of filler. I'll use spot putty here,
intended for thinner applications. No mixing needed & dries fast.
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As I said, thinner applications but now the fender's nice & smooth after sanding w/ medium 150 grit.
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Electric sander + wet sanding = bad & will probably get you entered into the Darwin awards.
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A block w/ 220 wet/dry is next. Results are fairly quick w/ light pressure.
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For edges & corners loose the block & use light pressure to form the paper around the part.
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Nice thing about the wet/dry, you can clean it w/ water & it lasts longer.
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Ready for the last coat of primer.
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The primer's dry & we're ready to paint. Yes, I've been doing this w/ spray cans as my paint gear's still buried
in storage.
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A quick pass w/ Scotchbrite gives the surface something for the paint to grip.
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I was pleasently surprised at the nice gloss the white engine paint had when it dried. I went w/ this figuring if the
paint would look good on an a hot greasy engine it would hold up nicely for this.
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After 2 days to dry I layed out the stripes w/ masking tape. The center was free-handed & I made the stripes
1 1/4" wide. Note the light marks to place the outside of the stripes.
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Pull a long piece of tape & follow the guide marks,
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Now that the stripes are laid out I'm ready form more paint.
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One last pass w/ the Scotchbrite.
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Blue stripes are done, just need a day for them to dry.
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Note the sharp angle I'm pulling the tape at. This way it doesn't pull up the edge of the stripe.
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The stripes came out nice.
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Remember the blind fittings I installed earlier? Time to clear them out w/ the thread tap. Just a quick pass in &
out does the job.
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Here's the final effect, white base color w/ royal blue stripes & satin silver details. I did the voltage regulator while
I was waiting for filler & paint to set up or dry.
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Later.

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Posted 01 August 2009 - 12:47 PM

Totally reminds me of those Harley how-to articles I wasted my time on when I was little. I learned some stuff from it, and it further fueled my fascination with motorcycles. Oh, and feel free to post the howto in my wiki site if you like. I have a personal Wikipedia-style site if you feel like adding some instructional stuff up.

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Ubisoft should take a look at this...
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