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    Just finished the reconstruction on my 98 blade. On Oct 15 2004 someone turned left in front of me and totaled the bike. 5 months later and about a thousnd dollars spent it is up and running and sounding good.

    When I healed I decided to do a sssa conversion. Without doing my homework I found a sssa for a 2001 vfr 800 on ebay, what a deal 220 dollars. Well to my suprise it didn't work swingarm was 2 wide to fit the blade frame.

    I posted back on ebay with a disclaimer that it doesn't fit a 900 conversion and sold it for 200 dollars.

    After research I found that the 93 thru 97 vfr 750 was the required swingarm needed for the conversion. So I bought one off ebay. Here is a WARNING make sure it is post 93 swingarm, if you buy one in 1993 they produced 2 swingarms one that bolts right up and one that requires alot of work. I ordered pre 93 and had to do alot of machine work. I took it to the local machine shop they manufactured the lower bung (attachment point swingarm side for shock brackets) welded it in and presto sssa conversion completed almost.

    The rim was the next thing. Who wants to run a 155 tire from the 93? not me so I had a rim from the 2001( fits a 180) I mentioned earlier figured it would bolt right up. NOPE. The disc for the 93-97 uses bolts that cause the rim to not sit flat on the hub assembly. Back to the machine shop. So they removed 4 notches to match the protruding bolts from the disc. Also had the manufacture the 25mm od 20mm id and 20 mm lenght spacer required.

    Finally the conversion was done new tire all was good. Put the exhaust back on. S&%t it blocked everthing, all that work for the exaust to block it. So I started to look for and underseat exhaust 1600 dollars was the cheapest I could find. Screw that ill mkae my own.

    Took a D&D pipe cut 10 inchs out of it rerivited it back together, cost:free
    Back to machine shop for mandril bent pipe , cost 35 dollars
    To the local muffler shop to get it welded in, cost 55 dollars

    Making your own underseat exhaust: pricless

    Of course there was the trimming of the undertail, relocation of the CDI, header wraping the pipe, maufacturing of a under pan and heat shield and modifications to the tail of the bike.,

    Now during all of this I repaired all the plastics, and order a s@%t ton of parts from ebay.

    All in all it took around 100 hr of my time over a 5 month period and a thousand dollars but I feel it is worth it, and I am the only sssa I have ever seen in North Carolina......

    Here are some pics.
    Last edited by wingnut1; March 28th, 2005 at 11:01 PM.
    Leon Carney

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    Wow you have done a lot of work. Now we just have to remember this thread when some one asks "How do you do a SSSA?".

    Make sure you post pictures of the bike when it is all done.
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    Man have you got your hands full. Is this like an after dinner work on the bike thing?
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    That's awesome bro - I hope to be the second bike in NC with a SSSA soon!

    Any words of wisdom on manufacturing the under tail pan and head shield?

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    looks great!!

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    I definitely like the tail set up. You should take a pict and sent it to Honda R&D. Would look better than most of them out there.
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    I think a "how to" tech section would be helpful. I unfortunately don't have the programing savy to do it, but if Big Kahuna is up to it.

    I am sure the most of us have old projects we have done where we took pictures. All you would have to do is add a little instructions and viola.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gator
    That's awesome bro - I hope to be the second bike in NC with a SSSA soon!

    Any words of wisdom on manufacturing the under tail pan and head shield?

    L8R,
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    Yeah good roller (Bucket) and alot of patiance
    Last edited by Calkidd; December 16th, 2006 at 05:56 PM.
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    After dinner you can say that I am a family man, college student, help a friend with his bike shop and work as an engineer in a hospital 40+ hours a week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blademan
    I definitely like the tail set up. You should take a pict and sent it to Honda R&D. Would look better than most of them out there.

    That tail was fun. Ordered the tail from shark skinz, undertail I got at a local salvage yard for 15 dollars. New lights blinkers some fiber resin and bondo. Hope to find a good painter. Havnt found one yet.
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    Where's Archer? Can't he paint plastics??
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    Dang I gotta do the SSSA conversion to mine. They look damn hot.
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    Here are some more pictures. The following work has been done since febuary

    Steel bb lines all around,

    520 conversion

    memphis shade screen

    taillights (still looking dont like the ones I have)

    Blinkers

    piaa h4 bulbs

    bracket for plate

    What comes next is a carbon fiber front fender, new brake and clutch levers, new cables all the way around, clutch plate covers, steering dampner, repolishing

    And finally a paint job (not out of a can) not sure what I want though.

    Any suggestions or if anyone can come up with a picture that I can visually see woulod really help me out
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    What did those PIAA H4's costa ya?
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    Do you have a front shot of the bike?
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    think they were 29.99 per bulb

    There is a front shot in the gallery
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    Wingnut, I found your old post about a SSSA conversion however, the pictures were on the old server and have since been deleted.

    Do you still have them and can you reattach them?
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    If not I will reshoot and repost
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    Do you need some pics from me too?
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    Default Re: Single Sided Swing Arm (SSSA) conversion

    Sime, did you ever get your bike finished? Just curious to see if you had some pics posted up..

    Yeah I paint, but no Im not that good yet. lol there is a place from ALSA corp. They actually put the paint and what nots in a can. Its a process from Germany, no equipment needed. But at $30 a can, you really cant complain. They painted a car and a bike with this system. You can Google it and see what Im talking about. Check it out, I was kinda interested in it and thinking about doing it, but I am stuck on a theme...



    Wingnut, could you possibly write up a how to on your tail. I am trying to patch up an upper fairing that I got a while ago, using some plastic welding stuff that sime showed me. WORKED GREAT by the way Sime... But there are some inperfections from sanding and what not. I was looking for some flex bondo, but no luck at local body supply places.

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