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Say hello to ‘Dixie’

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Rednaxs60
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Re: Say hello to ‘Dixie’

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Nice colours. Interested in the exhaust header painting. Finishing up an engine rebuild and fresh paint for my '85 Limited Edition. The exhaust headers are a bit ratty behind the chrome heat shields. Thinking that it would be good to remove the heat shields, media blast and paint. The way the heat shields are attached may preclude putting the heat shields back on. Did you have the chrome heat shields on your exhaust headers, and removed them. If so, do you intend to put the heat shields back on?
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Re: Say hello to ‘Dixie’

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One heat shield was gone already. Removed the other heat shield; will not be putting back.

Soaked in salt and vinegar for de rusting inside and out, had new nipple welded on and a few issues patched, sand blasted and then vht flame proof paint.
Project bike "Dixie" - 1986 GL1200 Aspencade being rebuilt from ground up to be a naked 'wing. Build progress thread here: viewtopic.php?f=30&t=71959

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Re: Say hello to ‘Dixie’

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I think the eastwood paint looks good, the durability is definitely a plus. My vote would be to leave it and continue on with the project.
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Geropat wrote: Wed Jan 27, 2021 10:41 pm I think the eastwood paint looks good, the durability is definitely a plus. My vote would be to leave it and continue on with the project.
Agreed. Continuing on...
Project bike "Dixie" - 1986 GL1200 Aspencade being rebuilt from ground up to be a naked 'wing. Build progress thread here: viewtopic.php?f=30&t=71959

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Building ‘er back up...again
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Project bike "Dixie" - 1986 GL1200 Aspencade being rebuilt from ground up to be a naked 'wing. Build progress thread here: viewtopic.php?f=30&t=71959

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Re: Say hello to ‘Dixie’

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If yours wasn't a 1200, I'd swear we where building twins!
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Explorer wrote: Mon Feb 08, 2021 7:22 pm If yours wasn't a 1200, I'd swear we where building twins!20210208_171301_resized.jpg

Yessir!

What tires ya got - commanders?
Project bike "Dixie" - 1986 GL1200 Aspencade being rebuilt from ground up to be a naked 'wing. Build progress thread here: viewtopic.php?f=30&t=71959

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Re: Say hello to ‘Dixie’

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You bet, and I love 'em!
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Explorer wrote: Mon Feb 08, 2021 7:43 pm You bet, and I love 'em!
Thought so. I just painted my rims and for testing purposes have the old badly worn tires on still. Once I get going enough to ride to the end of the driveway and back I’ll spring for tires.

I’ve narrowed it down to three:

1- commander 3 (rounder profile vs the commander 2 which seems flatter than I like)

2- Dunlop d404 nice vintage look but not as long lasting

3- Avon cobra nice aggressive look

Decisions decisions....leaning to the MC3 tho
Project bike "Dixie" - 1986 GL1200 Aspencade being rebuilt from ground up to be a naked 'wing. Build progress thread here: viewtopic.php?f=30&t=71959

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Finally some good news.

Clutch is fixed - that has been my hold up on proceeding with buying more parts.

Brake calipers rebuilt with brake crafters kits.
Rear master cylinder installed. Rear caliper rough mounted...installing shocks this weekend...and yes I’m about to get new tires ...
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Project bike "Dixie" - 1986 GL1200 Aspencade being rebuilt from ground up to be a naked 'wing. Build progress thread here: viewtopic.php?f=30&t=71959

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New tires, new shocks, and calipers installed. Once I figure out a routing for the hydraulic lines and throttle cables, I’m dangerously close to a driveway test drive!
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Project bike "Dixie" - 1986 GL1200 Aspencade being rebuilt from ground up to be a naked 'wing. Build progress thread here: viewtopic.php?f=30&t=71959

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‘Twas a red letter day - got enough brake clutch and throttle connected to try her out for the first time - down the driveway and around the cul de sac went Dixie. She lives again!!
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Project bike "Dixie" - 1986 GL1200 Aspencade being rebuilt from ground up to be a naked 'wing. Build progress thread here: viewtopic.php?f=30&t=71959

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Update - got a local goldwing mechanic to go thru the bike and check my work, and also tune up the carbs. She’s running great!

Also had the exhaust TIG’d up:

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Experimenting with moving the choke off the handlebar:
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And also starting the uphill climb of mocking out what I’m gonna do with the tank shelter and seat:

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Then lighting and electrical cleanup …
Project bike "Dixie" - 1986 GL1200 Aspencade being rebuilt from ground up to be a naked 'wing. Build progress thread here: viewtopic.php?f=30&t=71959

Build log video: View it here

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Re: Say hello to ‘Dixie’

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I've moved most of my choke levers. For me, that location would be to low to reach comfortably.
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