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) 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. 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. 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.