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Old 02-19-2011, 06:30 PM   #1
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1985 Yamaha XJ 550 to a chopper/bobber

I normally don't show bike projects but this one has come quite a long way. About 2 years ago I bought a XJ550 with intention of chopping it and testing my fab skills..

Well life stalled the build for quite a while ( new son was born, and other "life" events always got in the way ) Well today I got back on the project and thought I would share what I have done. I have quite a few pics, but these are just a very small few to show what was done.

To start, the frame was chopped off right behind the engine and a new one built using DOM tubing, slugs at the frame joints ( old to new frame ) and gussets all around.

anyway....

Start of day 1: bike all together.



End of day 2. Rear swing arm supported and cut getting ready for the stretch. most parts removed:



End of day 6. Yup LOTS of work over the 4 days:



quick shot of the pipe joining and gussets on day 6:



Around day 10: lots cleaned up, primer on to keep rust at bay.



Then it sat for quite a bit ( this is when life hit, funny how this happens ) I was finally able to get back in the garage and start putting a few things back on, Testing fitments, figuring out how the wiring will run. LOL carbs needs a SERIOUS rebuild. etc. etc. I have to build the exhaust and a whole slew of other small things. I am fixing what needs to be fixed. But the end goal is more of a rat rod chopper..



And for good measure, the Kat and the yami side by side:



anyway just thought I would share.
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Old 02-19-2011, 06:52 PM   #2
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Re: 1985 Yamaha XJ 550 to a chopper/bobber

Lookin'good. The frame fabrication looks very clean.
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Old 02-24-2011, 07:17 PM   #3
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Re: 1985 Yamaha XJ 550 to a chopper/bobber

I like it, keep going.
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Old 03-08-2011, 12:07 PM   #4
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Re: 1985 Yamaha XJ 550 to a chopper/bobber

Where or what type of back fender is that?

I have a Honda 450 CL Project in mind for a similar treatment.
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Old 03-08-2011, 05:49 PM   #5
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Re: 1985 Yamaha XJ 550 to a chopper/bobber

I like that. Wish I had the skills...
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:15 PM   #6
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Re: 1985 Yamaha XJ 550 to a chopper/bobber

Sweet start to your build.

Hopefully the thread serves as more of a motivator now that you've let the cat out of the bag. We expect progress...
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Old 03-17-2011, 10:46 AM   #7
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Re: 1985 Yamaha XJ 550 to a chopper/bobber

Keep um comin
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Old 03-21-2011, 07:42 PM   #8
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Re: 1985 Yamaha XJ 550 to a chopper/bobber

Thanks all
Ya been real busy getting the bandit 1200 engine into the Katana. And I still need to mod the swingarm on that to fit the wider tire... but I did get a seat designed for the chopper. But need to be redone to flow with the bike.

The rear fender is from a first Gen goldwing. Lol got it free
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