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post #1 of 23 Old 01-21-2010, 05:40 AM Thread Starter
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Vstrom facelift - Single headlight

This is posted on ADV too.

Been on paternity leave I got quite bored around home so after I did my fender job http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=543397

Then I after speaking with Hal who's wife is an inmate by the name of Skygazer ordered me my new single headlight. I've been wanting to do something about the ugly front end since I bought the bike.
Did quite a bit of searching for ideas across many sites, but most mods needed skills and/or tools that I just don't have.

Anyway piccie time

Here's the headlight and the clamps to be used,



The headlight arms off the clamps were too short & most of the local mobs weren't too helpful or didn't have stock so I made my own.

A couple of 3mm thick plates


The clamps with some carpet I had to cover some draws I made for my 4wd, just to protect the forks when clamped.



then started on the dash


with this as the finish


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So, not proud to say how long it took me, but I swallowed my pride and went for something simple.

You can see how the speedo is mounted


the rear


with headlight



the test run



Obviously the test run was before I painted the back of the speedo & a couple of other parts.

I should have my shield very soon, I ordered one of these http://www.mcsonline.com.au/catalogue/ch_fourteen.pdf it's part number WS12

So it's mounted to the top triple clamp using high tensile bolts with some loctite. The arms then mount to the headlight clamps secured by the indicators. I also made another arm in the middle to allow adjustment of the headlight. The vibrations seem to be the same as the handlebar, but definitely no more. Seems to be robust. Time will tell, unless someones spots something obvious.

I want to get one of the those wire stone guards for the headlight. I got Ricks fork brace on the way, so maybe I'll shove my WR high fender on
I also want to make something to mount my spotties for winter or touring.
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post #2 of 23 Old 01-21-2010, 06:26 AM
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Sure makes the bike look smaller overall. Do you think there was a real weight savings due to this mod ? I like it.

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Didn't do it for weight saving, but there is.
Not necessarily big numbers but really makes a difference to the overall feel.

I've still got some more work to do, but it's kept me busy lately while stuck at home.
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Every lb. you take off is a lb. you don't have to pick up. The bike really looks more dirt worthy and not so breakable. I wonder if there will be more or less wind noise at speed ?

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Every lb. you take off is a lb. you don't have to pick up. The bike really looks more dirt worthy and not so breakable. I wonder if there will be more or less wind noise at speed ?
Less noise, and it's been quite windy here the last few days, one of the first things I noticed was getting hit in the chest, I do have a screen on order, we'll see how it goes.
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Looks pretty sweet! Good job man, very original.

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insiration to get off my lazy tush and yank my buffetty fairing too.

your stebel looks like it mounted more than 15 form vert. better get it fixed.

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Also, with the Stebel, if you haven't already reinforced (read glued/epoxied/JB Welded etc) the horn unit to the compressor, you may want to.

Some people (me too) have had vibrations and bumps entice the two components to separate in an undesired manner. In my case, only discovering it when I went to hit the horn and was rewarded with a psssssh noise of air not going into the horn.

The plastic bit is held on with one thin clip near the top of the cylinder, and when it gives, the plastic is free to slide right off.

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your stebel looks like it mounted more than 15 form vert. better get it fixed.
For the last 2 years it was in a worse position & held only by a hose clamp...
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Also, with the Stebel, if you haven't already reinforced (read glued/epoxied/JB Welded etc) the horn unit to the compressor, you may want to.

Some people (me too) have had vibrations and bumps entice the two components to separate in an undesired manner. In my case, only discovering it when I went to hit the horn and was rewarded with a psssssh noise of air not going into the horn.

The plastic bit is held on with one thin clip near the top of the cylinder, and when it gives, the plastic is free to slide right off.
Thanks for the info, I'll keep an eye on that, I've done plenty of K's with it over the last 2 years, it still appears intact, may be different now with where it's mounted, but I think I'll anticipate it coming apart & do as you've mentioned.
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