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Not wishing to p155 on the party but if you look at one of the photos they are only cut and bent pieces of aluminium mesh (I like the description 'chrome polished aluminium') a quick google says I could buy a sheet of the mesh, cut my own and have plenty spare for that price. OK I like to 'make stuff' so a decent price if you are not handy with the tools but taxes would be the killer bringing them to the UK.
LoL… I went down B&Q and bought their stainless steel mesh. I'd moulded the nose cone grills and the two smaller lower fairing vents and was about to mould the larger lower vents.

However I'd fitted the nose cowl by that time and they rusted immediately. Not a quality SS at B&Q!!! Covid has meant I can't be bothered to seek refund. I'll just paint/ lacquer up and press on.

Lovin's ready mades were tempting but not ultimately a goer (alu prob too soft to cope with road debris and as you realise way costlier by the time they're imported). Still, I had to ask.
 

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Not a quality SS at B&Q!!!
You know the 'trick' to check stainless, take a magnet with you. Decent quality stainless is not magnetic cheap stuff is (I will avoid the metallurgy here). If you need to buy a new sink (or similar) a magnet is your best friend. When I was looking for a new sink for my scrubbing up room I found that some of the 'expensive' sinks were made of really rubbish stainless and a couple of the cheap ones were made of decent material. Easy decision to make ....
 

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These are what XXGUY is referring to...

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However, those plastic connectors are garbage! sometimes they don't cut through enuff, so I hard wire with shrink rap for guaranteed good connection... These resistors must be used for all LED installs on yur XX. Fleebay, Amazon, wish etc...
Interesting.
I was also doing some research and found the directly replaceable relays but was not sure if 2 or 4 pins. I will check under the seat.
If would be this easy (replace the replay) I would opt for something like this.

Ebay 12V Turn Signal Relay

Update: I assumed the relay was like a car but checking under the seat, its like this with 3 pins and 3 wires.
XX 1998 Turn Signal Relay

Reading the description at CustomLed I got the explanation:
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Now you can finally fix the flash rate on your motorcycle with our unique Plug And Play solution! That's right, our Electronic LED Flasher relay directly replaces the stock flasher relay on most Yamaha, Honda and Kawasaki motorcycles by plugging directly into the harness in place of the OEM flasher relay!

Whether your OEM relay has 2-wires or 3-wires, our flasher relay is a direct replacement for compatible motorcycles, as the 3rd wire is simply a ground connection which our relay does not require. See the compatibility list below for bikes that are known to be Plug-and-Play compatible with our ELFR-1
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Small problem :cautious:, import to Europe will be difficult.
I will try to find it or similar already around. Thanks for the hint.
 

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There's automatic versions out there that cope with a mix of led and filament bulbs (I'd upgraded my front but not my rear indicators). That was sweet. I've now gone fully led so this copes without any other change. Sadly I bought it from fleabay and can't recall the link (too long ago). It was when I bought the ProjectR DRLs for our BBs (excellent mod by the way).

Looking at the current ads for them some already come with it. Others referring to item 130411947250 if that helps anyone.
 

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was the last update 3 months ago....?
Hello and welcome aboard Fellow Fighta Pilot!
Unfortunately "Life" has been getting in the way as of late.... "Stealing" time away from my rebuild. You can if you haven't already, take a look at my first 100% Cosmetic...
However, I do work on it when I can! So for now this thread has NOT been updated in the last 3 months.
 

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More NEW STUFF...
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Triumph Sprint 1050 bars tall!(They also made "short" bars...)
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Fitting kit is new but will have to paint or powder coat "New" wingrack...
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Updated a few items and made a couple of other changes on catalogue list.
Couple new items...

New rear master from CBR600 and new left aspherical mirror to replace damaged one. Yes! Plan on de-linking... After driving for some 30 plus years on various pre 2000 machines, I guess I'm ol school! Never liked the system. I get it! However, it almost "killed" me twice!

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After driving for some 30 plus years on various pre 2000 machines, I guess I'm ol school! Never liked the system. I get it! However, it almost "killed" me twice!
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Would you mind sharing how the linked brakes put you in peril? Similarly, I've been riding for nearly 30 years and have only recently acquired 2 bikes with linked brakes (VFR800FI and the Bird), have been thinking about de-linking and am curious as to others experience with them.
 

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After driving for some 30 plus years on various pre 2000 machines, I guess I'm ol school! Never liked the system. I get it! However, it almost "killed" me twice!
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Would you mind sharing how the linked brakes put you in peril? Similarly, I've been riding for nearly 30 years and have only recently acquired 2 bikes with linked brakes (VFR800FI and the Bird), have been thinking about de-linking and am curious as to others experience with them.
Hello Fellow fighter Pilot! Well unfortunately is was one of those "Perfect storm" situations... On my wy home from a friends in early evening(A very light rain had started...), traffic on the autoroute was being diverted due to an accident. The secondary autoroute was newnly paved but further ahead was still under construction with gravel for about half a mile. Traffic was slow but moving at a constant 15mph. It was a two way autoroute one lane each. At one point the road starts a gentle downward slope. And in the middle of the slope there was a pot hole that developed on the passerger side(Right side!) which caused the car to visibly dip. So each car would slow down even further before "hitting" the pot hole. Now the light rain has turned into a light drizzle... Traffic was fairly tight because we were going so slow, so say about half a car lenght appart. The second car ahead of me for some reason suddenly stopped just before the pot hole causing the car in front of me to break! Now it's raining hard... The car in front of me started to slide and was blaring his horn while trying to maintain control of his car. At this point I was still cool as a cucumber... Until I "gently" applied the rear and all hell broke loose! Still travelling at about 15mph with the rear "gently" applied my speed was reduced in half then suddenly my front locks up on me! The car in front of me has now come to a full stop. All the while I'm saying to myself "This is NOT happening!" The Bird's front end lurches/slips to the left. I had a choice to simply ditch the bike and let it crash into the car in front of me(cones devided the two lanes with on coming traffic) Or try and save it! At this point I'd say I was at a 45 deg. angle? Got off the rear brakes threw my whole body to the left while applying all my weight on the edge/end of my left driver peg. The second car ahead moves ahead and the car in front also moves ahead at which point I right the Bird up! With less than a foot to spare before contact!!! Needless to say I sh _ t my pants! Lololol Yeah! I can laugh now but was no laughing matter at the time... I then vowed to de-link my brakes! I would have had much better control if just my rear had locked...
 

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[eedless to say I sh _ t my pants! Lololol Yeah! I can laugh now but was no laughing matter at the time... I then vowed to de-link my brakes! I would have had much better control if just my rear had locked...
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Wow, well done on saving it, our birds are definitely not lightweights.

My last linked brake moment was leaving a dual carriage way on a tight left hand that changes into a tight right hand bend before going over the road I just left. It was a nice day and I was "making progress", loaded up the front wheel for braking and the rear wheel locked up while leant over at about 45 degrees. Either because I am a riding God, or more likely I got lucky, eased off the front brakes and got the bike back in line (it was about 45 degrees out of going in a straight line) before I ran out of road.

Slow speed manoeuvring can also be a bit touchy, where I would normal balance the low speed with a touch of back brake, she then brakes the front and it gets unsettled.

On my VFR I can abuse the brakes and generally throw it around as much as I like, it always sorts itself out. With the Bird, she seems much more flighty and in writing that I've made my mind up to de-link.
 

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Good on you! I realise that for the most part the system works. And some pilots love it! That being said, my "old" riding instinct has gotten use to working both both brake independently and instinctively I use my rear brakes sparingly at low speeds and cornring. It gives me a better FEEL of the bike. And if required I can lock my rear for a controlled skid! I've saved my butt quite a few times with controlled skids on my ol CB750F 82' and CB900F 82'. So adding linked brakes into the mix requires you to re think how one brakes(for me anyway!)compared to the past. Including yur body instincts. This is why again for me anyway I'd probably hate ABS. IMHO I prefer having "total" control of my braking as opposed to having certain elements removed/added to "enhance/improve" the breaking experience...
 

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Hello Fellow fighter Pilot! Well unfortunately is was one of those "Perfect storm" situations... On my wy home from a friends in early evening(A very light rain had started...), traffic on the autoroute was being diverted due to an accident. The secondary autoroute was newnly paved but further ahead was still under construction with gravel for about half a mile. Traffic was slow but moving at a constant 15mph. It was a two way autoroute one lane each. At one point the road starts a gentle downward slope. And in the middle of the slope there was a pot hole that developed on the passerger side(Right side!) which caused the car to visibly dip. So each car would slow down even further before "hitting" the pot hole. Now the light rain has turned into a light drizzle... Traffic was fairly tight because we were going so slow, so say about half a car lenght appart. The second car ahead of me for some reason suddenly stopped just before the pot hole causing the car in front of me to break! Now it's raining hard... The car in front of me started to slide and was blaring his horn while trying to maintain control of his car. At this point I was still cool as a cucumber... Until I "gently" applied the rear and all hell broke loose! Still travelling at about 15mph with the rear "gently" applied my speed was reduced in half then suddenly my front locks up on me! The car in front of me has now come to a full stop. All the while I'm saying to myself "This is NOT happening!" The Bird's front end lurches/slips to the left. I had a choice to simply ditch the bike and let it crash into the car in front of me(cones devided the two lanes with on coming traffic) Or try and save it! At this point I'd say I was at a 45 deg. angle? Got off the rear brakes threw my whole body to the left while applying all my weight on the edge/end of my left driver peg. The second car ahead moves ahead and the car in front also moves ahead at which point I right the Bird up! With less than a foot to spare before contact!!! Needless to say I sh _ t my pants! Lololol Yeah! I can laugh now but was no laughing matter at the time... I then vowed to de-link my brakes! I would have had much better control if just my rear had locked...
Thank goodness that turn out alright! My heart was in my mouth think you'd lost another project Bird and done yourself a mischief! Glad to hear everything turned out okay. Phew!
 

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Ricks stator came in today. Not a happy camper. Is this normal? My eye balls tell me no! Sent email...
Cant speak to Rick's Stators, but I recently bought a Forseti stator off fleabay and it was in pristine condition on arrival, looked fresh and as per the advertising image below, and seems to work after 1000km or so. Im guessing Rick's are a rewind rather than a new build?

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