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Greetings! I'm the lucky owner of Dustin's hollow mod. I can't post links yet, but a quick search should show you.

He killed it for sure; but I'm backing away from the street mod to a true scrambler for twin track mountain adventuring.


First I've added the Procycle supermoto front fender and bracket, and a JW Parts 7" headlight guard to the Kymko he installed. I changed to folding mirrors as well.

I'd like to add handguards for the rare single-track; tried the TMS version off Ebay with the Protaper ATV Hi on the bike but just no way even with spacers. Barkbusters and Tusk Deflex get some love here, but with the Protaper bar? KLR forum also has a few options but I'd love feedback.

Since the frame was detabbed, a few mods may be an issue:

Mostly, rear fender and mounting any type of rack for soft panniers. I can fabricate/weld but I'd like to look at what is out there first that could be removable like the happy trails SL. In addition to detabbing, Dustin took off the last inch or so of the frame with the fender delete and procycle LED tailight. This could be a positive though, as I can tap and thread the frame potentially. Or use expander hardware like on handguard mounts. Thinking outside the box.

I'm ok not adding a rear fender, but if anyone has done so after detabbing and all plastic removed can you let me know your choices?

Thanks in advance, loving this little go anywhere mule.
 

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No hollow mod experience here. A great big WELCOME though from near Groton, NY.



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I'm ok not adding a rear fender, but if anyone has done so after detabbing and all plastic removed can you let me know your choices?

Thanks in advance, loving this little go anywhere mule.

Mine is still in process, but here's what we are working on:

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I wanted a fender to protect me from back spray, but much more important to me was that it protected the intake. I'm mostly a fair weather rider, but want to do some trips and need it to be able to function in rain, mud, dust, etc...
 

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WTF is a hollow mod?
If you browse the customisation part of the forum you will see a ton. Lots of inspiration; but basically it's losing all the plastic, detab the frame, "hollow" out the innards. I can't post links yet, but a quick search in that little bar up top should do.
 

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Phelonius - Here's a pic, not my taste but for some it works:

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Okay, in my youth that was called chopping. A bike was chopped to make it lighter and faster. With Harleys that had springer forks, these were changed out for the springer forks from a military Harley XA. This was a shaft drive model that looked like a BMW. XA forks were 4 inches longer than standard forks and gave more ground clearance for off road riding. The look caught on as a style and choppers began to get the stretched out look that became their identity, and speed was not so important as looks. Eventually chopper became so radical that they might not be safe to ride but that didn't matter so long as it looked like a chopper. A sano chopper was one that had all the tabs and appendages ground off and all welds ground smooth. Hence it was sanitized.
Just a bit of history of your grandfathers bike.
 

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After recent trailside trauma effectively de-tabbed Betty Boop in Utah I fabbed a replacement frame extension to support tail lights and fender using 1/2 inch square tubing. While embarrassingly crude compared to Xaman’s work of art it may suggest an option for a scrambler conversion.

Mine is mostly covered by stock fender but doesn’t look too bad with just the seat. Had I a longer piece of scrap aluminum plate my tailight support would have made an acceptable fender replacement.

The plate's main job is to support taillight and keep wiring shielded from tire roost. A Boober/Scrambler would want this exposed stuff cleaned up.
 

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I was looking at that rear frame support where everyone says it is so weak. My stepfather welds so I may look into doing something similar. More cargo room is nice. I am thinking about designing a 3 tire collapsable tail bag,. When not in use it would be collapsed nearly flat and could be height adjusted and strapped with built-in compression straps.
 

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Nice plan for a collapsable tail bag Ken.
I think Yamaha's engineers designed the subframe to yield well before the main frame gets deformed during any impacts. Thus the thin sheet metal tabs that mount the sub-frame to main frame. I think these could be made a bit stronger and still provide sacrificial protection the main frame. That way the TW could better accept the cargo loads we add.
My 1/2” tubing seems to have reasonable flex and survived several blows of the 3-kb mallet test. At least my ugly welds didn’t crack:D
The frame’s cross-member where CycleRacks mount to has been significantly beefed up with additional steel after previous welding attempts ultimately failed. It too survived the mallet bashing test.
 

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Mine is still in process, but here's what we are working on:

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I wanted a fender to protect me from back spray, but much more important to me was that it protected the intake. I'm mostly a fair weather rider, but want to do some trips and need it to be able to function in rain, mud, dust, etc...
Hi Xaman. Can you give us some info on the fender ? I'll have a guess it's an aftermarket harley fender.............Ian
 

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Hi Xaman. Can you give us some info on the fender ? I'll have a guess it's an aftermarket harley fender.............Ian

Sure thing. Got it from Low Brow Customs, it's called "Manta Ray Smooth Aluminum Fender 7 inch Width".

It was about 8" longer than needed IIRC.
 
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