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PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 3:48 pm 
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I like the stretch kit. I've been wanting to stretch mine for a very long time now but I've been busy with engine tuning...


That might or might not happen toward the end of the year, nonetheless I enjoy reading about it, do you have, or will you be doing a thread on yours, I've been following Chicaboos experimentations with interest.

Yea, I have one somewhere with over 15 000 000 views and replies, haven't been there for a while though.


Actually you're quite famous around here, and yes I come across your threads before many times, glad to see your back again, the modders are my fave PCX'ers :) Hopefully you'll be active again with more great ideas. Welcome back! looking forward to your tuning/engine work and other stuff

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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 5:05 pm 
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Well today I looked again the the adjustable bars and did a dry fit/mock up. For those that don't know, I bought an adjustable handlebar set from webike. Anyways, the thing that strikes you with these is how overbuilt they are, way overbuilt if you ask me. I disliked the PCX' bolt upright riding position, and feel that the problem with the seating position is party due to the stock set up pushing you back through lack of room, so what I intended to do was to get a lower bar say 1" lower and 1" further forward for a bit more space, and with the added benefit of putting a little more weight on the front wheel. So therin lies the issue, the adjustable bars are not perfect, they all assume you want higher bars. In the lowest position they are marginally lower say 3/8" but no much..The problem is they sit on the stock handlebar clamp lower portion, and are so overbuilt they tower above it and looked weird, something that doesn't show up in the marketing pics which show a somewhat overhead view. So what to do? 1st I modded the bars with some custom touches, the gold center nut is from a 2003 Yamaha RI caliper pot, the Banzai rising sun sticker covers the name badge 'bikers' in most markets, and I dovetailed a bar out the lower yoke for a clock thats not finished in the pic, see pic below then I will continue with further commentary...


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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 5:18 pm 
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So to continue on...
I wanted the bars to just clear the bodywork and just clear the screen, so after some calculations decided to cut down the stock lower handlebar clamps and the same with the plastic shroud that covers the mounting plate/yoke. I managed to get these down by about 3/4" by lopping them off with a hack saw (see pics) so now the whole setup will sit much closer to the top yoke instead of towering above it. I finished by filing the tops smooth and then drilling through the stock holes and tapping with M8 tap to regain thread lost in the 'lopping off' process so theres plent for the bolts to engage with. The clock dovetail was trimmed to length and the clock fitted and then the thing was dry fitted again for fit..Commentary continues after pic...


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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 5:29 pm 
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So to continue on, the dry fit was much better but by lopping down the clamps The tangs for the handlebar adjustment in the lowest position were now fouling the bodywork when the bars were turned. So off again to the vice and the hacksaw/file combo. Lopped off the height tangs about 3/4" and we have clearance again. So fitted the bars and made the adjustments. Now the throttle cable, the lowest part clears the bodywork by 1/4", and in regard to the forward placement angle position, I'm at about the same 1/4" clearance to the screen. Net result is approx 1" lower and 1 1/2" forward and looks much better with the whole setup closer to the top yoke cap, so a big success. Was going dark at end of job so no finished pic yet . Theres a couple of other things I'll be doing including uprated fork springs and front LED turn signals to match the rears the next few days but I'll have a pic tomorrow of the handlebar set up. Until then here's another one of the clamp 'lopping off' shenanigans. Stay posted...


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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 5:32 pm 
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I think I would just buy a flatter riser with less sweep angle that still clears the dash with brake levers and cables.
A black riser, black Forza collar and mounting blocks. Sounds like a good combo that can still mount accessories.
Good luck with modding this, I can't wait to see how it works out when you get some good light.


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I did think about the easier route, but nah, go the whole Hog, to the bold the spoils.. When I put my mind to something it gets done despite the measuring, sawing, filing, drilling, tapping, extra work, whatever ..It's fun 'Guinea pigging' for the group, the both of us in various ways lol. Still you'll like it for sure, it really looks rad, and now with the modding completed they couldn't be lower or more forward, just clearing the bodywork at throttle cable metal loop, and forward at the screen just 1/4". Pic tomorrow.

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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 7:29 pm 
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Bit of a detour PCX'ers...
Thought while the front bodywork was off I'd finally get around to upgrading the HID lights with BMW X5 type projectors with 'light pipe' Halos. These are an 80mm assymetric, 10mm larger than the circular Gatling gun type previously installed, I can tell you it would be impossible to get anything larger in the PCX housing. I had to cut some recess pockets in the outer reflector to maintain the adjustment range but it's invisible from outside the lens. These projectors are car size minis so the performance shoud be even better than before, the Halos also come very close to the lens at the outer extremes too, but the end result despite being a PITA (splitting the shell again) was worth the effort. Hopefully I'll get it all done before work this weekend. Its been a busy week, but the handlebars, LED turn signals, and now the projector upgrades are completed and just need to put everything back together again, there goes Friday. Oh' and put in a new instrument panel cover on, the old one was just starting to show some sun related clouding after about 5 years. Will take some pics of the completed projects after the weekend :)
Left projector isn't cracked, just flash effect from the camera


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Honda tall windshield
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NCY variator and face with 13gram rollers
LED headlamps & taillight with Backoff indicator
Kawell rectangular lights-fork mounted
Cheeky Seats seat cover (de-humped)
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1975 Honda CB125
1978 Yamaha DT400 (bored 2 stroke insanity)
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