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post #1 of 9 Old 06-22-2008, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
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I had to stick around the house this weekend so I did a little tinkering. I redid my old dash and added another 12v outlet. Made a new dash for my XM as well. Its all made from a road sign I found. Now don't be so quick to judge It was acquired legally. Great stuff though I just wish I could weld aluminum. The only problem I run into is I cant do 90 deg. bends with it. With out heat anyway, and the printing does'nt come off with out a huge mess.
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Oh course none of it is perfect, but its cheap and durable. I only used a jig saw a drill a uni-bit and a file.
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I did this a while back. Kinda ties in with the project here. I wired up a distribution block. I used a tail light wire if I remember to energize the relay which switches power to the block. So none of my accessories can be accidentally left on. About $10 for for the block and the relay from the auto parts store. I had seen the $50 ones in the catalogs. I'm sure they are better, but this one has worked fine. I have not had any moisture issues and I ride in the rain and have been through a few shin deep creeks. Probably could squirt a little dielectric grease around the connections, but I'm not worried about it.
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post #4 of 9 Old 06-24-2008, 02:58 PM
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I'll buy you a 6 pack of beer if you come "tinker" with my bike and set it up like yours.

Seriously though, you did an awesome job.

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Ok, Sam Adams is good for me. Haven't made it to NC on the bike yet. I'm planning a long weekend trip soon. Any endless dirt roads down there?

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i was thinking of putting a cig outlet in the underseat for phone chargers and what not, anyone else done that? oh wait, search durrrr

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I had to stick around the house this weekend so I did a little tinkering. I redid my old dash and added another 12v outlet. Made a new dash for my XM as well. Its all made from a road sign I found. Now don't be so quick to judge It was acquired legally. Great stuff though I just wish I could weld aluminum. The only problem I run into is I cant do 90 deg. bends with it. With out heat anyway, and the printing does'nt come off with out a huge mess.
I like the shelf! What type of aluminum is that and how thick is it?

Do you have any problems with vibrations, or is the thickness enough to dampen any road / engine vibrations?

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Its all made out of a road sign. I guess it would be about an 1/8''. Not all signs are the same thickness I have noticed. I built these two dashes, one for my old KLR and I re engineered the Hyde mount with the same piece. As well as countless other projects that didn't work out. Yes I am quite the recycler

As far as vibrations? Only good vibrations man! The lower dash is solid. The one with the XM needs further testing. I have only ridden to work with it. No washboard from here to there. Thanks for you interest...

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post #9 of 9 Old 06-26-2008, 09:30 PM
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Nice job, I would have liked to see the "Yield Arrow" or perhaps the "Stop" portion facing the rider for some original flare.
You did a fine job with what you had at hand, and it looks damn fine.
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