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I've begun my project of converting my Cross Country into a solo cruiser. My loose set of rules for the project is that it needs to remain ride-able throughout the project and that I must be able to revert it back to "stock" condition with relative ease.

It really just entails these 3 seemingly simple changes:

1. Remove the passenger foot pegs,
2. Fabricate and install a custom rear fender to allow for and accommodate a solo saddle and,
3. Fabricate and install a solo saddle.

So that I can can revert to stock I have purchased a used stock seat (I plan on customizing the pan for the solo) and a used stock rear fender.

I don't have a garage but I will do as much of the dis-assembly and re-assembly work myself. Heck, I live in Santa Barbara - it's beautiful here all the time!

Of course yesterday I discovered that to remove the passenger footpegs the entire exhaust system practically needed to be dis-assembled! Done and undone.

But now that brings me to the first dilemma; what can I do with those nasty swingarm pivot bolts that now stick out 1.5" (40 mm) on each side? (picture below) I've found a lot of pivot bolt covers available online, but nothing that appears deep enough and a big ol' cone sticking out from each side would look goofy anyway. Of course, due to my rule of reverting, I don't want to just cut them off. Any suggestions?

I took my fender in to a body shop next to where I work to get my first quote. I explained that I wanted the "hole" that is covered by the passenger portion of the seat closed up (picture below). It will require welding some sheet metal, grinding it into shape, using bondo to get it to look like it was meant to be, then priming and painting the entire thing. He quoted my 20 hours . . . probably realistic, but YIKES! Also open to suggestions on custom body work.

Thanks and I'll update as the project progresses.

- T
 

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If you're already talking about removing the seat, fender, and exhaust to switch back to stock, why not just buy another pivot bolt and cut one of them down? To reverse, just swap the bolt along with everything else.
 

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If you're already talking about removing the seat, fender, and exhaust to switch back to stock, why not just buy another pivot bolt and cut one of them down? To reverse, just swap the bolt along with everything else.
I'm actually speaking with a local shop about redoing the pan of the stock saddle to cut back the pillion and replace that with a cowl cover like the Hammer. Much quicker and less expensive.
 

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I know its might sound silly but what about the frame sliders like the sport bikes use , those should cover the bolts on the swing arm. The right one could look like it belongs there.

http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle-frame-sliders
I hadn't thought about using sliders, but that's a great idea. Some of the ones that you linked to look like they might just work.

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If you're already talking about removing the seat, fender, and exhaust to switch back to stock, why not just buy another pivot bolt and cut one of them down? To reverse, just swap the bolt along with everything else.
I like that idea too. I haven't replaced the pivot bolt on the XC before - I wonder if I could just use the shorter bolt as a drift . . . hmmmmm.

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I'm actually speaking with a local shop about redoing the pan of the stock saddle to cut back the pillion and replace that with a cowl cover like the Hammer. Much quicker and less expensive.
I'll be interested to see how it turns out. That's another great idea.

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I hadn't thought about using sliders, but that's a great idea. Some of the ones that you linked to look like they might just work.

-T
I thought that the frame sliders would be neat and work as a big cap for the bolt, the right shape and size I think it would blend right into the bike. The it would always be there should you need it in the future.
 

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I wonder if I could just use the shorter bolt as a drift . . . hmmmmm.

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I wouldn't if i were you. If either of the bolts hang up along the way any hammering on the "drift" can damage the threads of one or both of them. A buddy of mine had that exact same thought last week with his wife's grom and ended up buying a new pivot bolt because of the damage he caused to the old one.
 
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