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scotland warrior
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PostSubject: Speedo Skull on VZ800   Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:56 pm

Hi peeps as you know its all about the fun and what we can do next.

Now I have the time I am doing yet more mods to the bike and with not a lot of cash and loads of elbow grease you can do some cool stuff, so here goes.

First this takes about 3-4 days with lots of patience, You will need a dremal tool (Hand held drill or cutter), sand paper, poly filler, primer, black gloss, clear lacquer, two 1" bolt and nut and pice of alloy to make a bracket.



The skull you can get from most tatto shops at a cost of about £10



First you have to look at the skull and mark where you want to cut it, but be cairful as you can end up chasing your tail if not cut right.



Then you sould make your bracket so that when you mix the polly filler you can stick the bracket in to the skull, this will be done inorder to drill two holes in to the speedo cover inorder for the bolts to go through and fix in place from the in side.

When doing the polly filler to hold the bracket, ensure that you do it in stages.

1, Fill half the skull head with polly filler so that you can push the home made bracket in to place and allow to dry about 10 mins.

2, Once the bracket is in place you can put two dots of paint on to the end of the nuts so that you can get where the hols should be drilled on the speedo cover.

3, Once speedo cover is drilled ensure that the bolts go throught the hols and mount in the right place.

4, Mix the next pach of filler and fill he remainder of the skull.

5, Fix the skull to the speedo cover will polly filler is still wet and remove excess.

This is the point were cutting corner become very visible so time and patience is the key.

Sand the cover and skull until smooth and your happy, if you need to use more filler then do so, sand and fill, sand and fill.

Just when you think that your good to go use the primer to point out any flaws that you've missed.


When you have it all smooth give it two thin coats of primer, do not rush 15-20 min between coats.

Once dry move on to the black 7 thin coats 15-20 min between coats and once you have finished the 7 layers allow 24 hours to harden.



As you can see this is not quite finished but I will keep you up to speed as I go.

The last part I will rub the black down with1200 wet and dry to remove all the gloss finish then wash with water and spray the clear, 7coats 30 min between coats.

And there you go some statement peace for a cost of £20.

I hope you like it.
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PostSubject: Re: Speedo Skull on VZ800   Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:19 pm

What an excellent instructional write up, looks great thanks
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PostSubject: Re: Speedo Skull on VZ800   Thu Jan 05, 2012 9:06 am

It just amazes me how you guys actually come up with the vision for these idea's and then make them happen

Good job
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PostSubject: Re: Speedo Skull on VZ800   Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:38 pm

Thanks Captain C thats just what its all about trying to make your ride stand out in the crowed.

The problem that you do get is people all have there on ideas of whats good and whats not as long as you are happy then who are you hurting.

As you can gues by now I love my skulls and the 3d look is hard to acheive but the look is second to nun, well not hard just takes up loeds of you time.
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PostSubject: Re: Speedo Skull on VZ800   Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:47 pm

This shows how it looks with just the black paint 9 coats latter over 24 hours.

Next step sand down with 1200 wet & dry then clear laqure, that will take place on Saterday.

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PostSubject: Re: Speedo Skull on VZ800   Thu Jan 05, 2012 6:41 pm

Hi just a thought before you finish, what about putting leds in the eyes as indicator reminders,as per pic mine are mounted on the cover. A cracking write up and one I will certainly be looking into.

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PostSubject: Re: Speedo Skull on VZ800   Thu Jan 05, 2012 6:49 pm

alfie92 wrote:
Hi just a thought before you finish, what about putting leds in the eyes as indicator reminders

Alfie you wouldn't be able to see the eyes from the rider position, I don't think.
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However the idea about putting led's in the eyes is a cracking idea.
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PostSubject: Re: Speedo Skull on VZ800   Thu Jan 05, 2012 7:16 pm

Good idea Alfie, red eye's would look friggin ace
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PostSubject: Re: Speedo Skull on VZ800   Thu Jan 05, 2012 11:34 pm

Sounds like a good idea and I wish I had thought of it before I put a metal plat in the back in order to hold the skull bondo and speedo cover all together.

How big are the leds and do you think I could drill small hols right through the hole this?

Whats your thoughts peeps?
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PostSubject: Re: Speedo Skull on VZ800   Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:32 pm

HI-TEC LED 4 Pack Individual GREEN LEDs (Single Lights) on ebay these are 6mm approx,just a thought.
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PostSubject: Re: Speedo Skull on VZ800   Fri Jan 06, 2012 3:48 pm

Here is another option to look at from maplins a red flashing led could look good in the eyes and it would be easy to install with just a single hole to drill in each socket

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