Hi Edward, The brackets look beefy enough for their task After I added rubber and clamps on the left side of the front bracket the bracket itself became very rigid. Still i may opt cross brackets later if space permits on my version.
As promised the pics of the tank and cover brackets. The cover brackets took me 3 hrs in total to get this far. I opted to raise the cover by 3mm to gain space for tack welding the brackets (and blowing until dizzyness for cooling) The cover is a bit blackened but easy to clean up. The light burned edge will be reinforced with CA later. The seam will give a good allround bead on the brackets too and will give the needed offset after schooping and powder coating. 1mm cardboard offset has been added for surface finish later as well. Fortunately, the brackets was a one time spot welding session thanks to the rare earth magnets holding the cover in place. For now it is spot on but I'm not sure if it will stay in position after final welding. i may reconsider to preheat the bracket area for final welding.
Yes it all takes time. I also spent about 4 hours fitting my seat to the new tunnel. I will need to remake a couple brackets one last time out of 12 gauge S/S but everything fits and I can slide the seat back and forth.
You are moving right along.
I did trim the lower front edge of the GRP tank cover so it would fit tighter to the roll bar tube. Right at the weld between the two tubes.
Been working hard on the project. 4hrs to fit the rad, 3 hrs to convert the original rad hose to suit the exo, 4hrs to find a good location for the coolant bottle. Have found a place for the batterie but need to order a narrower version before I can make the batterie bracket. You may find an other detail not found on exo's but it's an original an400 part
steering column made bushes, perfect diameter!
every an400 has a different bottle.square washers used for 4th tank clamp
rad hose, all original An400 left over. only 3 pcs. Note fan is on original location.
L-shaped rad cap hose cut from original part. No bracket needed. dump hose routed to coolant bottle.
clean build;) rad mounts are extended nuts welded in the chasis.
The tr1ke is a similar build , it took me quite some time to find good locations for the fuel pump (3 days) and connectors. The Exo is more space restricted and takes more time but I like the challenge
I'll cut down the original airbox. There is a metal filter inside and fitting points for the sensors. I hope this one will fit too. I need to fit the batt and mass switch under the cover too !
Yes space is limited. I probably spent a good three months to come up with a clean design using the 2005 Burgman 400. You have the same engine after looking at all the pictures so I know what you are going through.
Getting everything to fit and coming up with an even cleaner setup takes some time to complete.
Now that the last metal work is done it will start to be enjoyable after the parts are painted and the final assembly begins.
For this moment I have come to an end building until i have ordered new items. i'm waiting for the battrie to arrive to make the brackets and just ordered 2002 round ducati Monster mirrors to match the head lights Scott is using too. need to order seatbelt harness and lights,switches etc. If these parts are in i think i'd be in need to get the loom and see what to do with the hardware on it. Not sure if it makes sense to rewire the rectifier and starter solenoid here. If I have the mirrors i can start making the bonnet brackets and dash/fairing brackets. I am not too keen on bolting parts on polyesther fairings and may get creative in simplicity here too. i haven't decided to keep the stalks but I do prefer to bin them. I may encrypt an engine stop code in it and make it of some use.
The original key switch mounting points are not used and may be of use to bolt a plate to it for loom parts to be attached. It may be usefull as cooling plate for the rectifier if desired. When the batterie mounts are welded in options will be reviewed.
The windscreen frame took me approx 12 hrs to get it flexless and for this moment the biggest puzzle to date. The dash trim cover is discarted because this was a damaged item by the previous owner(s). The dash is lowered enough to bolt the bottom to the chasis tube. The screen itself needs to be cut as low as possible to match my girlfriends neck-height. On the donor I found least noise of turbulence on neck height. I was quite shocked how the dash assembly blocks forward visibility (note: my windscreen has been Scotch Brited by the previous owner 0% visibility)
harness, trim, mirrors andfront lights came in. The batterie and indicators will show up soon. by then the coolest locations of these accesoiries can be validated. Somehow I like the lights location of the Eco-exo better than the -R version. I think I like a compromise of both best when the mirror stalks will be welded on the chasis. Not much to see when the indicators aren't mounted on the lights.
The front cover bottom brackets exell in simplicity. worth cloning
When I started working on windshield and started seeing some problems with maintaining the systems under the bonnet and also still having the air come underneath the fairing I thought there is a better way so that is where I ended up doing what I did.
Your mount looks very sturdy. Are you going to get another trim cover or going to leave it the way it is?
Are you going to use the stalks or are you going to use the stalks off the Burgman?
It looks like you did a lot of welding already? If you keep that up you will surpass me on the amount of tabs I installed at the end
Yes, I need to remove the windshield assembly to be able to remove the bonnet so I guess this is a one time session BUT... It is still a lot less work as on the An400 i recon the hardware placed under the windschield have very low maintenance as like on the An400 and I might chose to locate some parts to be reached sideways. I'm not too concerned about this. I'll not add an other cover trim for the windschield assy.
I am not too keen to use the stalks. It's very likely I will use the An400 switches as like on my tR1ke. Like this I think there would be minimum modificiations to the loom. I reconsider to keep the electronics in the front of the loom as designed. Because of this I haven't trimmed off the brackets just in case I need more fixing points. I'll trimm them off later on the bare chasis.
Yes the mount is very sturdy and it isn'tt likely it will flutter now I have become very keen on the extended nut concept I used on the tR1ke and it's a great way to get massive mounts on a chasis without weakening. Biggest advantage is one can set the angles before tack welding unlike rivnuts and there is more thread inside to use and less possible wear. Rivnuts are made of a soft aluminium/steel grade and relative short thread inside (and one needs to bore big holes in the chasis). I know it's a bit more work but this did raise the value of my tR1ke. I guess the expert isn't keen on rivnuts.