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Howdy everyone! Today is the day I finally start the bobber build. With only about 1 more month or so until riding season is really in full effect here in Washington I figured I'd take this time and get the 650 a little love :)

So far here's what I plan on doing to her:
-GAK air intake
-Rejet the carbs
-Custom made exhaust fully gutted of course
-New tires
-New pegs
-15" approximately for ape hangers
-New cables and lines for handlebar
-Bobber seat of course
-Rear and front fender delete
-Tank fixed and repainted in matte black along with the other trim pieces and coverings
-Rear turn signals and brake light
-Relocate the license plate
-Smog delete
-New headlight
-New grips
-Might do a lowering kit but I'm not 100 percent on that yet

This will be a month or two process so just stick in there with me. I plan on using this thread to ask questions and if anyone has any advice or suggestions please feel free to express them :) I'll be working on the bike as much as I can and when the weather permits it. I also have a lot of wire wheeling to do as there's a lot of surface rust from being outside by previous owner and myself.

Here's a couple pictures of her as well as my first little question:
Do you guys prefer the look with or without the storage compartment?


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Personally, I kept the storage compartment as it houses the OEM tool kit and my registration document. The beauty with a bobber though is all about making it your own...
 
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Agreed! I think I'll keep it off for cleaning and getting rust off and see how I like it for a bit
 

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See how it looks after you've cleaned that area up a bit.

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Personally, I kept the storage compartment as it houses the OEM tool kit and my registration document. The beauty with a bobber though is all about making it your own...
If you need to have a added tool box it's not that difficult. I made a tool kit holder from a fire extinguisher and attached it to the frame of the bike.
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It's big enough to hold the tool kit, some plugs and a rag or two.
 
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That's an amazing idea with the fire extinguisher! I usually always ride with a backpack anyways so I can keep some basic tools in their along with registration and what not.

Another question, I noticed most of the wire wheeling in doing is leaving a bunch of scratches everywhere. What's the best way to get the scratches out? Fine sandpaper and a buffing wheel?
 

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If it's in the chrome, you could try soap and water with a ball of aluminum foil... Sounds kinda odd but it will polish out a lot of scratches and also help remove discoloring.
 
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