More Bits…

We fixed our brake lever dilemma on Emma’s XS.  We realized we weren’t going to get a set of Crowe Custom levers in time, so we started looking for other options.  We noted that the stock levers actually might work…with a few mods.  So, we shaved the rear view mirror holders & other tabs, cut the balls off the end of the levers, then removed the paint & plastic sheathing from the levers.  They didn’t look bad, and with a bit more sanding we were quite happy with the results.  They were obviously made to work with the bike, so getting them adjusted properly was easy.   They have a nice smooth feel; we may even polish them up and make them permanent, eventually.  Well…maybe after filling in a few of those spare holes with some molten aluminum…

Then we moved on to the side stand extension doo-hickey.  After some trimming and fitting, then re-fitting, we got it attached and adjusted so it clears the new pipe layout.

Okay, so it needs some touch up, and sandblasting, and powdercoat.  But it now works.

Then…on to the exhaust baffles…

We ordered the raw materials a while back.  It was just a matter of assembling them, really.  We kind of borrowed the basic design from some V&H baffles we bought for the Virago and and the 850.  We would have happily just purchased as set as they take waaay too long to build.  But, they don’t make baffles that small.  So, here we go…

We then drilled some holes in the bottom of the pipes to locate the baffles.  All that’s left is to wrap them with 4-stroke sound deadening material, and we’re good to go.


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  • 30 March, 2012 at 4:52 pm // Reply

    Yeah, we’d do that with ours if we could, but we cant. Your original brake lever is hydraulic, therefore it has no cable pull. If we could find another stock set for a bike with two drums, we might be in business…

    • 30 March, 2012 at 5:02 pm // Reply

      …of course I meant to write “we’d do that with YOURS if we could…”

  • 20 August, 2012 at 10:55 pm // Reply

    I am looking at “baffling” some Emco “mufflers” on my build. Can you provide me with some raw material info? Where did you purchase the perforated piping and the sound deadening wrap?

    Many thanks in advance and I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed pouring over your build blogs!


  • 25 August, 2013 at 1:05 pm // Reply

    The speedometer looks great. What did you do about the 2.9:1 ratio of the bike to 2.1 ratio of the speedo?

  • 8 September, 2013 at 11:11 pm // Reply

    Hi Thomas,
    It ended up being close enough to accurate for us.


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