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Discussion in 'Builds & Projects' started by Terry S, Aug 18, 2018.

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  1. Terry S

    Terry S Well-Known Member

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    #1 Terry S, Aug 18, 2018
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    "I put on the cloak... the hue fuligin, which is darker than black, admirably erases all folds, bunchings and gatherings so far as the eye is concerned, showing only a featureless dark."
    -Gene Wolfe, <i>The Shadow of the Torturer</i>

    Project Fuligin is my mild custom remake of the stock 2006 Bonnie I bought back in may, 2018. The idea is to improve the aesthetics and make it appear "blacker than black" by contrasting chrome bits here & there with gloss black. There will also be some performance improvements.
    The (not quite) Black (enough) Bonnie on the day I transported it back to my humble casa.
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    The first step was to replace the original, twelve year old, cracked & gray tires with a new set of Bridgestones, and the all-chrome, much criticized rear shocks with a set of black-spring Ikons.
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    And the hideous chrome wart of a headlight shell with a gloss black unit from Dime City Cycles in Florida.
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    So now I have this.
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    The Norman Hyde headers, toga silencers, M bars, low profile mirrors, Lucas-style taillight and shorty turn signals will arrive later this month.
     
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  2. Hack Driver

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    A great book and a nice ride. Good luck with the rest of your modifications. Send us a picture when you get done.
     
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  3. Tigcraft

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    Wheel rims next?
     
  4. mpllineman

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    Looking good there brother, looks like you're having fun with your ride!
     
  5. Terry S

    Terry S Well-Known Member

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    Not until the chromies rust out. Expensive, them buggahs, and there ain't anyone on the island who can do a proper job of lacing wheels.
     
  6. Rocker

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    Powder coat the whole wheel:)
     
  7. Bikerman

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    Coming along a treat. y18.gif
     
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  8. Terry S

    Terry S Well-Known Member

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    A short update -- I've been waiting for the NH header pipes, AI removal kit, and NH toga silencers to arrive. I heard from [email protected] today & she said that they are on the way.
    The project is complicated by my distance from civilization. I don't want to do any jobs at home that might, at some point, require a mechanic & shop to fix my screw up. The nearest motorcycle shop is 25 miles from my house. If I break something I can't fix, I have to borrow a truck & haul the thing into a shop in Hilo. I am worried about the header replacement, for example. I've heard tales of snapping a header mounting bolt & needing it drilled out & helicoiled.
    I'm not bad with a wrench, & I have a bike center lift, but I do not have a home machine shop.
    So hopefully in a few weeks I'll have the new headers & togas & will have some new pics. I've read different things about the need to rejet the stock keiheins after eliminating the cat converter & replacing the stock silencers with Norman Hyde Togas. I'd appreciate hearing from anyone who has done this with an air cooled, non-EFI Hinckley Bonneville. I'm also interested in any thoughts about what kind of performance I can expect with the new exhaust setup.
     
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  9. dilligaf

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    Oh go on then :)
    I always like to help if I can :)
    You pay the air fare and I’ll pop over and do it for you :grinning:
    It’ll take two weeks to do it properly and I will need feeding as well :p
     
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  10. Terry S

    Terry S Well-Known Member

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    It's hurricane season. I think all the food has been scoured from the store shelves & cached away. There is always boar hunting. Old school Polynesians here do it with a spear & dogs.
     
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  11. dilligaf

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    I’ll fix the bike :)
    You can go hunting :p
     
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  12. TEZ 217

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    I'll make sure he does a good job Sir, he has to be supervised :cool::cool:
     
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  13. Terry S

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    I checked a rattriumph thread on removing those pesky header bolt nuts. The advice was to use a multi-day treatment of penetrating oil, followed a bath with torch flame, followed by a whack with a hammer, followed by an attempt to remove the nut with a socket with a socket using a short-handled lever. If you break the stud, off comes the head to be sent to a real mechanic (presumably after you have snapped off the other studs).
    Yuk. Harrowing. Better to pay a (local) mechanic US $100 & let him take the risk.
     
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  14. TEZ 217

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    To be honest its not a risk for the mechanic he makes 100 bucks no matter what, then costs you more to have it sorted,
    Give it a go what can go wrong ;);)
     
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    All I can say is APPLY..APPLY..APPLY,I removed the exhaust studs from my old Harris Matchless, Which had sat for about 20yrs,I used a good quality heavy duty penetrant and applied it liberally morning and night for a week,Each time I applied I tried to loosen nut on the stud, When it didn't move I would try to tighten the nut on the stud slightly then try and loosen it again....when one finally gave a little I would soak it again and repeat the tighten/loosen they eventually came out. Did the same on my sons Thruxton a couple of weeks ago.Patience and a gentle approach will save you heartache and money.:)
     
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  16. Adie P

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    They'll both need a good Project Manager so I'm in. Luckily (for whom?) I'm pretty much tee total and easy to feed ........................
     
  17. Terry S

    Terry S Well-Known Member

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    This sounds like good advice. What kind of penetrating oil did you use? Something available from an auto parts store, I hope.
     
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  19. Terry S

    Terry S Well-Known Member

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    You might like it up here in Volcano. It's a bit like blighty up here at 4,000'. Over a hundred inches of rain each year, highs in the 70s in the summer, 60s in the winter. It can get a bit chilly at night in the winter months, down to 38 deg. a few years ago.
     
  20. Terry S

    Terry S Well-Known Member

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    I heard about the ATF/acetone trick a few days ago, but I thought it was a crazy thing, like putting cow magnets around your fuel line to increase the mileage. Very well, I shall give it a try, but I won't spray it anywhere near my painted parts. I'll brush it on instead.
     
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