Thanksgiving tear down…

Holiday headlight removal on the Yamaha XS400...

Holiday headlight removal on the Yamaha XS400…

I like to take advantage of downtime, and the early morning hours of this Thanksgiving holiday seemed like the perfect opportunity to start tearing down the Yamaha XS400 bobber… 

Water drips from the Yamaha XS400 bobber…

Old water from the wiring harness...

Old water from the wiring harness…

When we first got the Yamaha XS400 bobber, it ran, but certainly needed some help in the cosmetic department.  Today seemed like a good time to dig in and get the headlight free from all the wiring, so that we could get a peek at the front end’s potential.  Making sure to label absolutely EVERYTHING with a Sharpie and artist’s tape, little by little she came free, and we were finally able to get a good look at ‘what lies beneath.’

During the process of removing molex connectors, a bunch of water spilled out onto the floor from the waiting harness.  The rust had been pretty telling, but now there is no question this poor thing sat out in the rain…for a long time!

Disgusting & rusted battery box on the Yamaha XS400 bobber...

Disgusting & rusted battery box on the Yamaha XS400 bobber…

Another area of the bike that needed attacking was under the custom seat – the battery box area in the triangle.  Bad wiring, rust, and some nasty spider lairs taking up valuable real estate int here.  Time to clean that out too.  One thing we hadn’t noticed before was that the ignition box is part of the undercarriage of the battery box itself.  That may be a problem, figuring out where to relocate it to.

The Yamaha XS400 bobber gets naked..

The Yamaha XS400 bobber gets naked..

One we had it all apart – we were able to see the potential of this area as well.  A small, ballistic-style battery will go in place of the old-school acid type.

Stripping all this away from the bike has gotten us excited for this build.  Different from what we are used to, and ready for some creative tinkering.  Happy Thanksgiving folks.  Hope you are having as good a time as we are.  Now it’s time for some chow.

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