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82 Maxim XJ1100 Dark Knight Build

Discussion in 'XJ Modifications' started by David Cormier, Aug 23, 2016.

  1. David Cormier

    David Cormier Active Member

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    Hey guys,

    So I picked up my project bike as that, a project. The bike was in perfect working order and has the bones I want, but not the style. All my friends bugged me to just go riding with them but I had other ideas.

    After watching these forums and doing some research the XJ1100 caught my eye, its unique and somewhat rare. I know alot of guys restore it back to factory but I wanted a full custom look without the custom pricetag. I also wanted to make the build simple enough I could do the majority of the work myself bit by bit without any rush.

    As things turned out I got the bike for $1000 in beautiful shape as seen below. I thought it would just be a case of a some mild tuning and a paint job. Then my engineering and design / love of painting everything took over.

    As my parents can attest I will paint anything I can to make it just the way I want it.

    First I started with stripping down the fenders and gas tank, then came removing the rear end to make room for a bobber fender. I got a 6" fender which fits perfectly around the stock tire and I will fabricate a couple mounts for it. Also instead of tail lights on the fender I have a nice LED under seat brake light/ signal combination I will mount.

    I also got some LED bolts for the license plate and a side axel mount plate holder (I will take a picture of this later) 191.JPG 314.JPG

    Clearly the exhaust had to come off as well. I have picked up a yoshimura GSXR 1000 dual pipe exhuast that I will get painted gloss black to match the bike and utilize the stock headers and midpipes.
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    I will be attempting to mount the pipes lower, similar to the stock cones. There are bolt holes for the rear sets which I will not be putting back on the bike so I will create a hanger from them.

    Once I settled on this I went to work stripping the bike making sure to label all connections and parts that I would be reusing. 021.JPG
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    I will try to post on my continued tear down and rebuild as I can. I currently have all the wiring off the bike and its stripped down the a rolling frame with tires. I'll snap some more pictures and share some more I have including the new headlight shortly.
     
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    k-moe Pie, Bacon, Burbon. Moderator Premium Member

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    I love a stock bike but I also love a well done custom. Unfortunately many threads start like this and end up with the poster going dark. Good luck with your build and I'm excited to see what you come up with!
     
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    What is going to happen to the parts you are not going to reuse? I'm interested in the exhaust
     
  5. David Cormier

    David Cormier Active Member

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    The gloves came about because i usually end up cooking dinner after the garage and that grease is not quick to come off, also my fiancee kindly suggested them one night haha.
    As for parts I still have the split handle bars, signals, rear fender, rear lights and other miscellaneous.

    As for exhaust the only section I'm not reusing is the cones at the rear, I still need/ want to utilize the H-pipe and headers
     
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    David Cormier Active Member

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    Current state of the bike now. From here I will begin to update. Still working on the back end and proper fender supports.
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    This looks to be a cool project.
    I wanted to buy a 1100 to build, but could find one in my price range.. Ended up with a 750.
    But I'm tuned in to see how this turns out...
     
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    If mlew does not pick these up. Let me know I am interested in getting them.

    ~Ghost
     
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    Ribo Prefectionist

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    I'm interested in this too... keep us posted.
     
  10. David Cormier

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    I have them sitting in my garage
     
  11. David Cormier

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    So not a bike progress as the bike is still the same. On the weekend I focused on getting the garage in order so I can work happily all winter in there. New shelving and a homemade hockey locker were in order.
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    Now that the garage is nearly out of the way I need to line up a welder and design my new rear fender supports.
    The next post will be progress!!
     
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    MiGhost Well-Known Member

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    Can you send me some pics and a price?

    ~Ghost
     
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    At least you have a garage to work in threw the winter!
    I have a 10x10 shed. But I'll make it work for me.. lol
     
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    Mine is only 8x8 and works great for the lawn mower!

    ~Ghost
     
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    Lol..
    The lawnmower can sit in the snow.
    I have more important things to keep in there.
    Mines insulated, and is my workshop.. It's lame, but better than being outside when it's 20 below!
     
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    two computer screens a stereo a flat screen tv, hockey season is starting, you'll never get that bike done :)
     
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    You know it bud!! lol
     
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    MattiThundrrr Not a guru

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    Give 'er, eh?
     
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    I'll take some pics tonight !
     
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    Here is the condition of the cones, some minor rust but solid.
     
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