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post #21 of 36 Old 04-23-2019, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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That is an amazing custom and what looks to be big $$$. Thanks
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Guys, thanks for all the recommendations. I'll look into the Wee idea for that 'hidden' version for sure but obviously have other options as well.
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look here for genius in thinning the vstrom family:

https://advrider.com/f/threads/the-m...#post-15841963


https://advrider.com/f/threads/the-t...ebuilt.209039/

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Yay I love these threads! Still pondering doing this with my strom, but I love the wind protection and the lights are great. oh the tough decisions in life lol
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The V2 has the coolant reservoir under the rear tank support bracket. Might work for your bike also? Is there any room?

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I could use some recommendations here on what to do with this coolant reservoir; it is far from attractive and a pretty large item I won't have fairing to cover. I don't know it it needs to be at a similar height or size. I understand the purpose and how that is there to help when the engine is running hard/hot but any dos/don'ts would be huge help.

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Another idea, which was shown/mentioned within one of the linked articles above, is to try finding a small plastic fuel tank at a hobby shop, something made for an R/C car or airplane model. Should be able to find some different sizes at a place like that. (Maybe you already read that thread, but I thought I'd zero in on it a bit closer just in case)
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Wish this wasn't taking so long but life keeps me busy. The custom on the Adventure Rider forum gave some good ideas, thanks TeeVee.

This guy was cutting down some of the plastic parts with what looked like a soldiering iron with a blade tip on it. Any other good method recommendations on cutting the plastic? I am going to trim back the front fender.

I should have some pics to share on progress later this weekend.
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Finally able to spend some time working on the Vee yesterday.

The front fender is just rough cut at this point, don't know if I'll use it or no yet. I will fab a small brace from the front OE connection to the fender to keep it off the tire.

Seeing that pipe on the rear after removing a little over 6" of the steel really demonstrates how much is being removed; love that look. Cutting those pipes down is right around the corner.

Lastly, I'm going to try and reuse the stock tail light if I can get it to work. More to come soon.
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Messed around with the rear end a lot today but need to get the cans cut down before finalizing anything else. Before putting it away I thought I would see what the new headlight looks like, I like it. Tell me what you think.
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Messed around with the rear end a lot today but need to get the cans cut down before finalizing anything else. Before putting it away I thought I would see what the new headlight looks like, I like it. Tell me what you think.
When you cut the cans down - are you keeping the front of of them or the rear? Do you have a plan to re-use and re-rivet the other end cap to give it a polished pro look? Do you have access to a bandsaw?

That is to say are you keeping the 2 Bros name plate ? (and the baffle)

Once you decide, drill out the rivets to see how deep the cap overlap is.

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