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 Post subject: Metro Build On The Cheap FATTY INSTALLED Pg 8
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 6:49 pm 
Been wanting a metro for a while but always seems like the good deals are on bikes never registered, and here we can get hit up to or over $500 for late fees

Finally got one last night, less then 24 hrs later im about 98% done

Things left, possible chop stock exhaust make into a shorty
different signals, make or buy different plate mount
then later different tires



I tried to reuse as many parts as I could
and thanks to dp the candyman aka dave pretty for the engine I used the swingarm and couple other parts off of it


right now total including bike about $780

here is taking out the old swingarm to put on a ruckus swingarm
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ruckus arm installed
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was able to relocate brake line to work
but then sitting on the bike brake arm would move, causing brake to activate
remove this clamp and run line differently
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easy fix but little work to do it
take off that arm on the right, its on a spline
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hard to tell but there are little marks where its supposed to line up
just move it over by 2 lines
I went clockwise 2 lines over
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click it back 2 notches, of course thats a little difficult but the hammer helped out here
now it works perfectly using stock cables
only thing is when not sitting on bike lever barely works brake
but since I only use brake when sitting on the bike not a big deal
works prefectly riding the bike, so thats all that matters to me








Cut apart the stock tail light
used the black curves as a trim for the rear, I see on alot of bikes this just left open

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and frenched in the tail light into the rear fender
which was a 4+ hr nightmare

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if you look closely I use black silicon to fill in the gaps
I masked it off to get the smoothest lines possible and keep it clean looking

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basically the ecu has to stand up, ton of fins cut off
mounting tabs cut out
black plastic inside cut out
battery box cut out
but I was able to keep battery in same place along with coolant bottle, just shifted and pushed out some
underseat had to be cut more but really not that much change

not show was alot more fins at the top cut off
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it looks messy in the pic but its not that bad
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used the plate mount too
I cleaned it up more then this pic shows, bolted to the engine
here we have to have the plate horizontally I would of loved to mount vertically
I will remake this holder with metal or buy one already made and make a place to mount the reflector too if I make my own

I did add led light bolt to the plate too, not sure how to run the wire so I guessed this could be good

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wiring for it
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rear signals I had already in a box for another bike
decided to try them on here

Little round led's
reason why its there is the cops can write you up if not certain distance apart
I do want to change these to slightly larger but need to find something to fit on the curve

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painted front wheel satin black, came out pretty good

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because my tailight covered the grab bar hole I had to cut off the lower mount
its for looks it wont take any pressure it will bend some

May not use it not sure yet
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how it sits with weight on it

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I like how the tail light flows with the fender

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 Post subject: Re: Metro Build On The Cheap
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 6:56 pm 
I like how you relocated the stock taillight. Looks stock. :highfive:

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 6:57 pm 
Nice! You gonna stretch it at all?

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 Post subject: Re: Metro Build On The Cheap
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 7:00 pm 
roobuckus wrote:
Nice! You gonna stretch it at all?


no
im happy with the free stretch the ruckus swingarm gave it

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 Post subject: Re: Metro Build On The Cheap
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 7:01 pm 
Mike155cc wrote:
roobuckus wrote:
Nice! You gonna stretch it at all?


no
im happy with the free stretch the ruckus swingarm gave it


I can dig!

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 7:34 pm 
Other than having to hack up the ECU area, It came out pretty clean. Any issues with it bottoming out with the stock rear shock?

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 Post subject: Re: Metro Build On The Cheap
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:10 pm 
ConElite wrote:
Other than having to hack up the ECU area, It came out pretty clean. Any issues with it bottoming out with the stock rear shock?



yes
but where I live ton of bumps and I find it hits more going full speed and if im sitting too far back

I just ordered a different shock, looks like the kitaco I used to have on my old ruckus
that one is 1 inch longer and has those 4-5 clicks to make it stiffer

so I will probably run that stiffest to help stop bottoming out
worked on my ruckus should work fine with this bike

but at least when I do bottom out its on that wide aluminum frame so I dont think I have to worry too much about it ripping that off, its a large metal plate

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 Post subject: Re: Metro Build On The Cheap
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:30 pm 
have a bunch of led's laying around

free led mod

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:02 am 
looks great mike, really like the taillight mod!

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 Post subject: Re: Metro Build On The Cheap
PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:18 am 
Very nice. Great work using all the extra parts. :banger:

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 Post subject: Re: Metro Build On The Cheap
PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:50 am 
In order to help prevent bottoming out here is something I made
Using a vise I pressed together the coils and unscrewed the bottom mount
added this thick wall pipe to give more tension on the spring, hopefully I still have the same amount of travel
but who knows

I did order a better shock, this is just until that one comes in
and to see if this idea really works, and gives someone an idea what to do if they are on a budget



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 Post subject: Re: Metro Build On The Cheap
PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:12 am 
well that shock thing failed
I didnt realize the metro shock was not the same as a ruckus shock

so what I did since I knew how to easily take apart the shock I took apart the metro shock
added the rubber bump stop from the ruckus shock so now I have 2
then added 3 coils of the ruckus spring onto the metro now

what this has done is absolutely no bottoming out, at least that I can hear and feel when riding fast down a hill and jumping
I will see if there is room to get my go pro under there so I can really see what happening

Its a little stiffer feeling of course but nothing that makes it ride or handle weird
still feels the same to me right now


so I had to cancel that shock I had ordered since it was a ruckus shock
I guess im stuck with this one, but at least it was free


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I will have my dad come by and sit on the bike like one of the pics I had above showing how it sits
this way I will see if I lost any lowness or if it stayed the same



one negative I noticed, I think because the rear shock is little more stiffer
if you read above how I did my brake cable mod, keeping the stock brake line
now when going down a super steep hill here I almost lost the rear brake

why, because the ass end lifts up at a hard brake and going downhill doesnt help either
so when it lifts up I loose brake pressure on the rear because of my mod

so I came to a stop dragging my feet
my front wasnt adjusted too well because I just painted the front wheel yesterday, or that stupid 2 into 1 brake thing made me loose some front strength not really sure how that works

just something I have to be aware of, if adjusting the front doesnt prevent that later

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:17 am 
You leaving the swim trunk side panels? :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Metro Build On The Cheap
PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:19 am 
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You leaving the swim trunk side panels? :lol:

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yeah
I wanted more of a beat down bike so I could paint it
but when I got this one they are almost mint, and would be a shame to ruin them

if I ever come across a parted out bike all those blue panels I would replace with black
Just figure why ruin such nice panels, plus I can pull off riding around with it like that
im that manly

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