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Re: New bibs & 'how-to' process photos for tank bibs

Postby yfx4 » Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:07 pm

What I said before....damn nice.
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Re: New bibs & 'how-to' process photos for tank bibs

Postby Bareass172 » Wed Mar 09, 2011 7:56 pm

That liquid latex thing is cool as hell... :thumb:
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Re: New bibs & 'how-to' process photos for tank bibs

Postby 05Shadow » Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:27 am

Here's the update to the Cricket bib. Color is all done, just needs a satin topcoat, weatherproof finish, lacing and felt backing...been a long project but worth it! 13 different colors on this one, 6 of those are greens. ;)

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Re: New bibs & 'how-to' process photos for tank bibs

Postby Bareass172 » Sat Mar 12, 2011 11:10 pm

Wow man, each pic of the process is more impressive than the last. I really enjoy watching something go from raw materials to a finished product. :thumb:
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Re: New bibs & 'how-to' process photos for tank bibs

Postby 05Shadow » Mon Mar 14, 2011 1:33 pm

Finally done! Both bibs shipped off today so hopefully I'll have pics of them installed this coming weekend.
Here's the final shot with the edge lacing & felt backing done. Close up of the triple loop lacing also.

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Re: New bibs & 'how-to' process photos for tank bibs

Postby Bareass172 » Tue Mar 15, 2011 12:02 pm

I have to say, I like them both but I like that one a lot more (personally). I like the theme, the colors, everything. :thumb:
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Re: New bibs & 'how-to' process photos for tank bibs

Postby 05Shadow » Mon Mar 21, 2011 12:18 am

Here they are installed on the owner's bikes...not too shabby!

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Re: New bibs & 'how-to' process photos for tank bibs

Postby yfx4 » Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:42 am

Those both look great!!

Will the smalll parts that lifted from the pressure of the dash flatten??

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Re: New bibs & 'how-to' process photos for tank bibs

Postby 05Shadow » Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:02 am

Thanks Scott. Yeah, the 'wings' will flatten. It's a product of the dash pressure & new leather/lacing. Once it is conditioned once or twice and has a chance to warm itself in the sun the leather will relax and lay down. The client actually called me the morning he put them on and asked as they were up more than that when first put on in the cold garage. I let him know to put it out in the sun for a bit and within an hour it had already started form to the tank. ;)
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Re: New bibs & 'how-to' process photos for tank bibs

Postby yfx4 » Mon Mar 21, 2011 12:17 pm

That is good to know.Until I actually paint my bike (then after to protect it) I need to do something to cover the NASTY blue/silver. Way too 'Cowboys' for me.
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Re: New bibs & 'how-to' process photos for tank bibs

Postby 05Shadow » Tue Mar 29, 2011 2:38 am

Latest bib off the bench....this one is for a 2008 VTX1800N1 that I traded the bib for the tank. VTX logo, 12mm chrome spots spaced the same as his Mustang seat and triple loop edge lacing. This one is a full length wrap too, all the way to the end of the dash. Should have a pic of it installed next week, the lighting in my shop sucks.

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Re: New bibs & 'how-to' process photos for tank bibs

Postby Bareass172 » Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:03 pm

Looks great, that opening looks like it's cut to fit the dash on an F model. :thumb:
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Re: New bibs & 'how-to' process photos for tank bibs

Postby 05Shadow » Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:29 pm

surprisingly enough, the N, R, S & T dash opening is 1"-1.5" narrower than the F & C dash opening and the brackets are a bit different. Wish they weren't, I wouldn't need as many tanks and patterns! ;)
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Re: New bibs & 'how-to' process photos for tank bibs

Postby Bareass172 » Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:50 pm

I have to admit that I would have never guessed that, I suppose it's a perception thing - kinda an optical illusion or something - because I would have sworn the F model dash was smaller. :huh:

Neat, lol... :thumb:
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Re: New bibs & 'how-to' process photos for tank bibs

Postby 05Shadow » Thu Mar 31, 2011 1:41 am

Just for you Bare...here is a F1 tank (left) next to an N1 tank (right), the F is a 2007 and the N is a 2008.

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Re: New bibs & 'how-to' process photos for tank bibs

Postby Bareass172 » Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:08 pm

Yikes... Wow! Definitely not what I would have expected, lol... I guess perception is not always reality. :elated:
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Re: New bibs & 'how-to' process photos for tank bibs

Postby 05Shadow » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:31 am

Ordered up the dash panel for the 2007 VTX1800T this weekend finally. I'm 99% sure it will slap right onto that N tank and allow me to start making the R/S/T model bibs. In the meantime, I have a couple I'm finishing up this week for Aeros and then I start a big (time intensive) Navy themed pin-up bib, in full color. Should be crazy. Until then, here's pics of the VTX - N bib installed...I like it!

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Re: New bibs & 'how-to' process photos for tank bibs

Postby big bad » Thu Apr 07, 2011 4:57 pm

how is the inlay done around the vtx? you you have to remove material?
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Re: New bibs & 'how-to' process photos for tank bibs

Postby 05Shadow » Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:13 pm

It's actually done with tools called 'backgrounders'. They are tools with various textures on them and you would use them the very last step of the tooling when the leather is mostly dry on the skin side. The core itself is still damp so but the skin side is fairly dry so when the backgrounder is pounded into the material, it forces the texture to imbed the skin into the core leaving the reverse of the texture remaining. Once backgrounding is done, the piece shouldn't be re-wet to keep tooling as it can raise the texture, which is why it's done the last step. Once the core dries and then the subsequent dye & finish are put on, the texture is permanent and is great for contrast. Here's another example from a bib I'm currently working on:

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And here is a picture of the backgrounding tools keep in mind, the tools are only 1/2" long by 1/8 or 3/16'" wide so large areas take quite a bit of practice to get them to look even and continuous (I don't do the cross hatch like in the photo...looks messy to me):

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Re: New bibs & 'how-to' process photos for tank bibs

Postby big bad » Fri Apr 08, 2011 6:13 pm

Thats super neat. Awome description, I totally get it. Thanks.

teh close up really showed it well.
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