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On 13/07/2016 at 9:34 AM, meadowfield said:

nice work, loving the welds :thumbs:


Thanks mate, it sure makes a difference when you have the right tools :thumbs:


The Honda MadTrax now has a backbone.. Sorry about the rubbish photo, my phone camera is starting to have problems now it's getting on a bit.


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I'm sure all you bike folk know what these bit's of small tube are for..


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These are old mounting rubber from a Ford P100 pick-up. After a bit of trimming..


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They were perfect for mounting the fuel tank in the normal bike kinda way.


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With some cutting, shaping, welding and adding a captive nut the rear tank mount was made.


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The top engine mount taking shape, I just need to find a couple more bolts.


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To finish off here's the latest MadTrax video.. Enjoy :thumbs:



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Not a great deal of progress, but I blame that on the heat as it's rather warm at the mo :lol:


A couple of extra tubes have gone in the frame just in front of the fuel tank. They partly add some extra strength to the back bone, but also divert the eyes from the engine mount under the tank.


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We have been thinking about what to do about the exhaust and the lack of space to fit one in!

There is no space to run any pipes on the N/S without legs getting burnt, there isn't that much more space on the O/S but there is space to make some.. er... space :D


Anyway, to make the new system I needed to get some more pipe.. As the steel place is just over the road the GT came in handy :D


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Where's the best place to start an exhaust system?  I trimmed down WN's 1st system till they were just stubbys sticking out the front of the engine (see the first photo) and then went straight to the back for a bit of exhaust box work.. 


To make them fit under the seat they needed a little trimming in length, so 2 1/2 inches came out.


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Both cans welded up and welded together. They will go a tad more forward so just the pipes are sticking out the back..


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I looked out the workshop door yesterday to see a gent looking at WN.. It tends to happen a lot so I didn't think anything of it..

But when the said Gent said, "It looks much better in real life" with a strong Irish accent the brain thought I'd better think something of this...


The said Gent was Noel who as you know is on holiday in the UK....

It was a pleasure to meet you yesterday Noel, sorry WN was not running for you to have a drive (pre book next time :D ).

And thank you for the humbling words yesterday, when I told my Wife we both got a bit choked up..


The hooligan on the left you know.. If you hadn't guessed (or are just not awake yet) the kindly Gent on the right is Noel..


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It was a pleasure to meet yourself and  Nigel the craic was mighty , I could have stayed much Longer but the handbrake was getting too warm sitting in the car so we had to move on. The levels of craftsmanship on WN was excellent,  the photos really don't do it justice. 




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Working out where and how to run the exhaust has been rather fun and a bit taxing on the ol brain cells..


Due to the engine being off-set to the left there's no space to run any pipes without legs getting burnt, so up the right side it has to go..

After all the curves in the frame I wanted a more industrial look to the exhaust, so I bought some rather big pipe :D


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Space on the right side is rather tight so to stop a leg getting fried or the right hand carb getting hot the pipe had to go through the frame! Thanks to Nigel's boy Karl who found me this rather big steel fitting which was welded into the frame..

It should be strong enough :lol:


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I'm not quite sure how the down pipes will tie into the big tube yet, but I'm working on it.


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Another exhausting update, but only a small one..


Working out how to get the down pipes into the big pipe without having any pipes in front of the radiator and making sure the down pipes are the same length has been fun!


It's still work in progress but it's heading in the right direction :)


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The down pipes almost look like part of the chassis/frame from the front, but it may just be a slightly blurred photo that's creating the illusion :lol:


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On 27/07/2016 at 8:50 AM, Stormin said:

That junction will play havoc with the gas flow I think.


You would be right Norm... Which is why I made this :)


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Not perfect but it should help the gasses flow in the right direction now :)


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Getting the down pipes from the engine to the 2 into 1 thingy was interesting, lot's of measuring, bending, welding and trimming a few mm's of here and there until it all fitted together..


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The exhaust system is split into 3 parts so I can actually get it in and out of the frame.. Here's the front part on the bench getting fully welded up..


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A couple of little holes like this to fill or it will be louder than I think it's going to be... Quite loud I'm guessing :lol:


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The rear section with the two shortened silencer boxes and some 1 into 2 pipework..


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Here's the completed system, me thinks it looks quite mad :D


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2 hours ago, Stormin said:

Great work, Ian. Will it be finished for when I'm down next week? I could do with another exhilarating ride after Why not. :D

Got the sp-z wagon for you to try out Norm:D

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On 07/08/2016 at 4:50 PM, Stormin said:

Great work, Ian. Will it be finished for when I'm down next week? I could do with another exhilarating ride after Why not. :D


No chance of it being finished for a while Norm, but you can have a good nose at it tomorrow when you drop by the workshop :thumbs:


On 07/08/2016 at 7:10 PM, nigel said:

Got the sp-z wagon for you to try out Norm:D


The sp-z wagon sounds like a Japanese import car :lol:


I guess it's about time for another update as it's been a while.


The fuel tank gained a couple of these strange looking brackets.


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If your wondering what they are for, they hold the front of the seat down.


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The rear of the seat has a couple of plastic spikes/pointy bits which fit into the rubbers.. I found a couple of washers which were the right size inside but too small on the outside..


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So I cut a hole in some plate..


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Dropped the washer in..


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Then zapped it up..


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Tack welded in place.. They will get fully zapped up when I pull the quad apart to finish all the welding..


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Next on the hit list was to tweak the frame so the engine could be removed.. So out came the hacksaw :D


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Now you see it..


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Now you don't..


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It's back again..


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But this time with a notched joint..


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To stop the bolt crushing the tube some half moon steel bar was welded in place..  When I cap the ends it will also fill the gaps you can see in the photo above..


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One join almost done, one to go..

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Afternoon all, for one reason and another progress as been a bit slow again but as long as something is happening then the build is going in the right direction..


The frame now has a removable member to aid getting the engine out when needs be.


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A close up of the joins that only need a little tidying up.


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The plan was to get MadTrax off the bench so I could have a seat to feel how she felt at ground level, the pull the engine out so the frame could be fully welded in the places the engine wouldn't let me reach...


Well that was the plan..


Off the bench she came..


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As you can see from the above photo's there is something missing from the front end to balance it out looks wise.

Nigel and I had been wondering what could be done to even it out until I dug out the big army type spot lamp, gave it a very quick coat of black and hung it off the front with a bit of welding wire...


Yep, just the ticket and about the right size compared to the fuel tank :D  :D:thumbs:


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This bracket used to hold the front bodywork/bull bar but not only was it not needed it also looked ugly!


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So it was cut out and replaced by some more steel tube.. That looks better :thumbs:


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The front two tubes were left open from the factory which didn't look right, so I extended them down into a point.. Much better.. The welds will be ground down when MadTrax  goes back up on the bench.


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The big lamp was mounted using a bracket at the top which bolts onto the head stock.


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And a smaller one at the bottom which will look better with a little trimming to shape.


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And that chaps brings this build thread up to date again other than I like the look from this angle sooo much I'm going to put the pic up again :lol:


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On 27/08/2016 at 9:02 PM, Stormin said:

Looking a real menacing beast. Just the job for going to church Sunday morning. :D


Thanks Norm, Church?  nah never heard of it..



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Hi Guy's, not much of an update as I've been away on holiday recharging the battery's and getting away from Nigel's singing :D:yankchain:


An expansion/overflow tank was needed, the trouble was there was not the space to fit a battery and the original CX expansion tank.. So I made my own :D
Yep, it's one of those paraffin engine cleaning things with the handle cut off that that you plug into an airline.. I have had it for 12 odd years and never used it, so I found a use for it :D
Water in at the top, breather/overflow pipe on the right and with a bit of clear pipe put between the two things at the front I will be able to see the water level..

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A battery box/tray was needed so I quickly knocked this one up..


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The next morning I looked at it and thought it was just too small... Battery tray 2.0 is much better but it will have to wait until MT is back on the bench and I don't have to get on my knees to fit it in the gap between the swing arm and carbs.


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The time has come that I have been dreading... Sorting out this mess of a wiring loom and finding space to mount the coils, regulator etc.. Wish me luck!


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Evening all a bit of a MadTrax update for you..


The coils, regulator etc have been mounted under the gas tank, you might say space was tight!    Photo's to come when I remember to take some :hide:

To make enough space to get the ignition barrel in the right place and to stop my thumbs being crushed between the bar and the gas tank I made this handle bar riser thing..


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The riser thingy in place.


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While in the handle bar area I thought I should have a look at getting a rev counter, temp gauge and a couple of warning lights mounted.


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With a bit of trimming of the mounting plate the temp gauge shrunk a bit in size.


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Some thick-ish flat steel was needed so I decided it was time the last remaining part of my first Mig welder found a use.. I do have plans for the louvers :D


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Not a bad fit..


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The plan was to mount the temp gauge in a box, I even started to mark out the sheet to do so..


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Then Nigel asked if I had thought of fitting the gauges in tube?
Not a bad idea I though and went of the search for a couple of big enough bit's of steel tube..
It was at that point that I found a pair of Gutbrod headlamps that have a rather nice shape to them.


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Who would of thought a Honda rev counter would be such a good fit in a Gutbrod headlamp!!!
I just need to make them a bit longer :D


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Making the head lamp bowls 1 1/2 inches longer has been fun, here's the second one after tack welding.


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And the first one part way through having the welds cleaned up..


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As well as a temperature gauge the pod on the right will have a couple of warning lights fitted.. Neutral and low oil.


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Only balanced in place here, but the shape and look of them do make me grin :D


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Evening all progress on MadTrax's gauges continues..


The temp gauge face plate had all the cut/other marks welded up..

To stop me blowing any holes through with the welder the face plate was clamped to a lump of brass.


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The rear side, you can see where the weld has filled the gap without sticking to the brass plate.


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Once the welds were smoothed a couple of small brackets were welded on which bolt to the temp gauge backing plate.. Quick, easy and does the job a treat.


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It all started with a cardboard template.


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The steel version with 4 captive nuts and two bit's of threaded stud welded on.


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The threaded rod is for bolting the ignition barrel on.


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The gauge pods/bowls gained a flange thingy, only tacked on at this point..


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To bolt the pods on I needed a M8 thread but with a bolt head smaller than 10mm, so I dug out a few allen key bolts..


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Clamped one in a drill chuck then put the drill in the vice..


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With the drill tuned on I fired up the grinder and totally failed to get a good photo of the allen bolt head being ground down to size! :hide:


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A quick test fit, me likes.. :D:thumbs:


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Working out how to mount the bracket that the gauge pods bolt onto has been fun!

In the end I made a couple of brackets that use the same bolts as the headlamp.


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Other than cleaning up a few welds and adding a couple of captive nuts to stop the pod tops from opening, and adding a couple of warning lights the gauges are done.


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A view from the seat..


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You may of noticed in the above photo that the front brakes have gained a bigger master cylinder.. An upgrade that's needed me thinks..


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And to finish off, the latest MT video... Enjoy :thumbs:



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Monday MadTrax went back up on the bench to do all those little jobs that I couldn't do on the ground.
Thank you Rob and Nigel for your help.


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The exhaust system gained a guard to stop any legs from getting burnt..
The system will be heat wrapped also.


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Recycling time.. This was part of a Wheel Horse cutting deck..


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Lot's of chopping and welding later a battery box bracket was born.


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A couple of captive nuts were welded to the bracket so the battery box can be welded on.


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To hold the battery in the box I welded a couple of bike straps together.


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Finally fitted...
Yes the battery does come in and out easy, and no the swing arm does not hit the battery on full compression despite how it looks in the photo :lol: 


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The foot peg mounts needed some strengthening.. They won't move now but I will add a bit more strength underneath.


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Due to the engine being offset to the left, the frame rails are not the same which meant the left side foot peg stuck out a bit more than the other side..



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Push the ends together..


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And weld it up.. I have welded the joins inside as well.


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With the foot pegs now sticking out the same amount both sides I needed to think about something to stop me running over my own legs with the rear wheels...

So more recycling, some steel mesh and a mower handle.. The section of small louvers I will use later..


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I needed to bend a couple of slight but long bends in the tube (mower handle now swapped out for a better one which also turned out to be Honda.. In keeping eh :) ).

Running it over with the quad and even my Gt-14 didn't work, so something heavier was needed..

Please note Nigel busy eating to add to the weight :lol:


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I'm sure there was a length of tube there a second ago :scratchhead:


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I think Nigel's truck did the bending trick :lol:


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As it turned out we decided not to use the long bends in the end and went for something shorter.


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Mostly welded on each side. The photo's do make the angles look a bit strange.. The tube heads towards the wheel before bending up..


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It's hard to tell but I think they both look the same each side..

Once some steel mesh is welded in the feet shouldn't go through.


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And that's this thread up to date again..

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On 14/10/2016 at 7:55 PM, Anglo Traction said:

Great to see it close up the other day Ian. Your welds are looking real good too:bow:.  Your gonna need a set of Oil Skins n Wellies to ride that in the wet/mud :)


Thanks Richard, having a "proper" Mig welder certainly has helped with the welds. My old "hobby" Mig just didn't have the oompphh behind it.


Not much to report, both er... foot/leg guards have had an extra bit of tube welded in making sure the shape matched the outer tube.

And one side has been treated to a coating of steel mesh...   That should do the trick. :thumbs:


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