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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 06-17-2018, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Low buck Bob

VT700C bobber on a kool-aid budget.
I got a 1984 VT700C for basically free, I did some work for a friend, and they didn't want the bike and they knew I would do something good with it.
Instead of someone that would just part it out or scrap it.
I'll post pics here and there of some things I've done so far.

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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old 06-18-2018, 08:42 AM
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Good luck.


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Beautiful bike stock. Don't cut her up. You'll get all kind of attention with the old school classic look as is.
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Too late,
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It'll turn out fine. Enjoy!
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post #6 of 32 (permalink) Old 06-24-2018, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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Besides rewinding the stator today, I also trimmed the pipes to length, now I need to get some nice stainless steel T bolt clamps and make hanger brackets, then the exhaust will be sorted
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post #7 of 32 (permalink) Old 06-28-2018, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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Started working on a couple different ideas for inserts for the new pipes, so I can reduce the volume and not P.O. the neighbors when I leave for work at six a.m.
The original baffles seem to only change the tone not the volume.
I'm also going to add a balance pipe, I read an article about how triumph gained five hp just by adding a balance or crossover pipe to the exhaust.


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I would like to hear your results after the crossover pipe. I have aftermarket mufflers on when I got my bike and they pop like crazy on decel, even after richening up the mixtures. The factory had a chamber on the exhaust and when you cut that off you get more popping in my opinion.

When you change the factory design, many times you loose something in the process.

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Just finished the outer glass pack insert, I cut and discarded all but the mating ends of original baffles, then rolled and welded some expanded metal into a tube, welded the mating ends on then wrapped them with a sandwich of fiberglass fabric and fiberglass insulation.
They're still pretty loud but the tone is lower and the tinny raspy sound is gone.
Next I'm going to make an insert to go down the centre, I'll have to make it clamshell somehow, so I can repack it with fibreglass cloth and batting when it gets blown out eventually.
Hopefully that will get it down to a level I can tolerate.
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Got my clear rear lenses, YEESH those LEDs are bright.

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