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About whalerboy

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  1. whalerboy

    Looking for a WIDER seat for my 99 YZ400

    Seat looks great. I you don't mind me asking, what did the guy charge you?? Just wondering (ballpark) what I'm gonna be looking at to make this bike easier on the ass!! Thanks!
  2. Well, I've been looking around everywhere, and having no luck, I've decided to throw my question to the masses, here goes. I have a 99 YZ400 that I have converted into a street legal supermoto, and while the bike is a blast to ride, it is a real pain in the butt, literally. The stock seat is hard and narrow, a painful combination for my backside. I ordered an SGD Tall seat, and it has helped, but I think the problem is the narrow width. I've checked with SDG, and GUTS racing and I still haven't been able to find anybody who make a wider seat, everything seemd to be just taller. I saw the light when I rode a buddy's RMZ450, that seat is at least 1.5" wider than mine and it seemed to make all the difference in the world. So anybody know where I could find such a seat? I'm not adverse to getting foam and doing it myself, but I would think that finding the right seat cover to go over the wider foam would be an issue. Before I just say "screw it" and take it to an automotive upholstery place and get soaked making it the way I want. Thanks!!
  3. Well, it's been a few months of hot weather. Riding the piss out of it, and guess what? The graphics still look as good as the day I applied them (Yes, I ended up putting the graphics on the tank. I tried just the shrouds first. I looked kind of weird, so I went all in!!) No Bubbling at all. Mind you, this thing isn't playing in the dirt anymore. It's main job is terroizing local parking lots and twisty roads.
  4. whalerboy

    YZ 426 street tires on stock rims?

    Motostrano would be your best bet. They sell a "sportsman" kit, which is basically what it looks like your doing. Just throwing some street rubber and rippin' around. They sell the tires indivdually as well. CLICK HERE
  5. Got a hold of this, figured somebody might want it.....
  6. Just thought I'd share this with the class.......
  7. Just thought I'd drop you all a quick line and let you know how my job was holding up.... I've rode it about five times, and have had a 1/2 tank of gas in there with the cap on tight. So far, it looks like this idea is just crazy enough to work!! No change in the carbon fiber. No rippling, no bubbling, no anything!!! woo hoo!!!!
  8. OK, here's my problem.... I'm looking for black radiator shrouds for my 99 YZ400F, and have yet to find them. I have found them for the YZ426. My question is this, I know many of graphics manufacturers say their graphics will fit YZ400s and YZ426s, so I would think that the shrouds would have to be pretty much the same. Anybody ever put on YZ426 shrouds on a YZ400? OR Anybody know where I can find black radiator shrouds for a YZ400?
  9. whalerboy

    Aluminum tank for YZ???

    Freaking awsome!! I wish I had had the bank to go that route!!!
  10. whalerboy

    Aluminum tank for YZ???

    Yeah I've seen it..... I started it! Yeah, that's the lower cost option I opted for after the sticker shock of the alloy tank!! Thanks!
  11. whalerboy

    Thoughts on YZ400f

    My 'ole 99 YZ400 was the first thumper for me as well. I have to agree with pretty much EVERYTHING everybody else said. Yes, it's heavy, but I think the power is a bit more tractable than my KTM 450. Hey, still have the bike, it's my street legal supermoto now. That motor IS bulletproof. If you just take care of it, it will take care of you. As far as the "drill" for starting. You can get a new exhaust cam with the auto-decompression built in. Eleminating the need for the decompression lever portion of the drill. Just kick away like you do on the new thumpers. Also there are a few free mods that can be done on it to make things a little better. search for Blue wire mod!!! Buy it!
  12. It wasn't as hard as it was time consuming. Took me about 4 nights before I had the whole thing coated. The important thing is to not rely on the resin to hold it to the tank. It's sticky, but you'd hate to form it on there, go to bed, and come out in the morning to find that it drooped down. Like I said, step 1 was wetting out around the fuel fill, and along the sides, where it layed naturally. I used duct tape to hold it tight to the tank. (Only put the tape on a spot that you'll be trimming off!!) Let that dry overnight, then wrapped the CF around the bottom and tape, wet out. Next night, wrapped it around the front, near the mounts, tape, wet, dry.... last night it did all the other remaining areas. Near the Rad fill cap and such. Wasn't out in the garage more than an hour each night, but I had to let it dry before moving on. Just like doing body work, take your time and you'll be fine. Hurry and you'll be screwed!!!
  13. For what it's worth, here is a pic of the graphics I'm thinking about putting on the bike. My brother is designing them for me. What does everybody think? Graphics on tank and shroud, or shroud only?
  14. Oh, and I'm making some carbon fiber fork guards to match!! I used my wife's food saver vaccum bagging thinghy to mold them. I used a mold release wax, and some relese film and a breather to get all to come out right. Still not done yet though...
  15. After years of watching graphics shrivel up like my sack on a cold winter morning, I finally deceided to do something about it!! A few months ago I was looking at getting an aluminum tank. This would have done the trick, but at $500, I just couldn't pull the trigger. Then I searched in vein for some of those Hot Tops tank covers. None were to be found. Then someone suggested making a shell out of fiberglass cloth and painting it. Well I took it one step further and made a shell out of carbon fiber. The theory being that the gas vapors will come throught the tanks, and escape between the two layers, keeping your graphics on the carbon fiber unharmed! At this point, many of you probably think I'm retarded for doing all of this on a dirtbike, but this bike has seen it's last days in the dirt and is now my street legal supermoto. If I go down on the street, the LAST thing I'm gonna worry about is my carbon fiber tank shell and my graphics!! I got the black and blue carbon fiber/kevlar off ebay. I bought 3 times what I needed, so I'd have some left over to make other bling bling parts with, and in case I screwed up. Cost $90. I bought some resin (ebay $40), and some plastic squegees and brushes at the local Lowes. First, attempt was to vaccum bag it READ ABOUT THAT HERE. That didn't work as the bad got a small hole in it, and leaked slowly...glad I bought extra!! I decieded to lay it up by hand. First, I used an old bed sheet to figure out the shape I wanted. Reinforcing with tape on the cut lines, I cut out my carbon fiber with a good sharp rotary cutter. Then I layed that on the tank. I mixed up about 4 oz of resin, and wet down the top and down the sides using a paintbrush. Be sure to push into the CF so the resin soaks through. I didn't do it all at this point. Just the parts that I could get to lay flat on the original tank. After that area hardened, I wraped the CF around a few more of the curves and applied more resin to those parts. And so on and so forth until the shell was made. It took me about 4 steps to get it all done. Now, with one coat of resin on, I carefully trimmed the excess carbon fiber I had, and around the holes for the shrouds. Be sure when your wetting out the CF to go a little past where you want to trim. CF with a little resin in it cuts a lot better than just plain CF. It will pull and distort otherwise. At this point it's tme to start applying a few more coats of resin, for strength. If you are using a laminating resin, you can recoat at will. A normal resin will require a light sanding before the next coat. Be careful not to nick the fibers! After all the coats are done (I did 5), it's time to sand, wet sand, and rub out like you would if your were doing body work. Then, a few coats of glossy enamel, a quick rub down and your done!! Some of these pics are before I was completely done rubbing everything out...I just got so damn excited!!! Now I'm wondering if I want to cover all that up with graphics or just leave it be....hummmmm.