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    Finished dual XP-G first DIY

    Meet "Judy". This is my first take on a DIY led light. Housing is derived from a 1996 Rockshox Judy DH. Each stanchion houses a XG-P and a 1000mA Buckpuck. After working on the light for the last month here and there and spending WAY too much time thinking about it to the point where I felt like the information was spilling out of my brain, I can't believe it's actually finished. I'm fired up for my Wed. night ride this week. The Judy will replace a 12 year old NiteRider classic 10/20. I think the most important thing I can say here is THANK YOU! Without the help of this forum I would not have been able to wrap my head around this and it simply would not have been built.

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    STP_0113 by Scott P., on Flickr


    STP_0117 by Scott P., on Flickr


    STP_0116 by Scott P., on Flickr


    STP_0112 by Scott P., on Flickr

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    Stunning!

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    Awesome! Never thought of using fork parts for building a housing and mount!

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    Unique and beautiful! I feel like I need a facebook "like" button for this.

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    Very cool great idea .

    done a few using old bike bits in the past

    front hubs make a good host too

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    amazing.. me likes

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    Nice work & design

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    Nice effect and use of parts!

    How about anodising the clamps black ... for that Amy Winehouse look!

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    Good lookin' light and creative.

    I had the same idea about using an old fork but decided against it because mine is cheap steel tubing. Thought of using sections of the old frame, too.

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    Made me smile. A lot of love and thought in that light. Love recycling and repurposing bike bits, too! I love the fins and think they are low enough to be safe in an OTB. From a metal scultpture point of view, they are flat-out gorgeous.

    Great ideas to recycle Alu Frame bits, Alu seat post, old front hub, (old freewheel rear hub for that matter), or cut the bar part off an old threadless Alu stem & use the rest (with some care in aiming or use a heavier adjustable one).

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    That is awesome!!!!!!
    Nice work man.
    Look, whatever happens, don't fight the mountain.

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    Thanks guys! I put a lot of time and patience into this project and to then have it so well received by all of you really makes me proud of my work. Thanks. FWIW there are 14 separate parts made using Rockshox bits.

    (Edit: 16 parts. There is a spacer from inside each damper that I used as my initial heat sink and glued the stars to.)
    Last edited by ScottParsley; 12-28-2010 at 01:49 PM.

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    14 parts from the forks ..... very impressive!

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    Acording to my Flickr views, you folks like the pic of all the parts the most

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottParsley


    STP_0116 by Scott P., on Flickr


    Number 5 ALIVE!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OO7
    Number 5 ALIVE!!!!
    "Here's Johny!"
    Last edited by ScottParsley; 12-28-2010 at 03:42 PM.

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    ScottParsley , very nice use of fork parts.
    I'm in the process of making(attempting to make) a milling machine from some old Marzocchi Bombers and love to see old bike bits recycled.

    How did you sculpt the fork crown in to such a nice shape?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yetibetty
    ScottParsley , very nice use of fork parts.
    I'm in the process of making(attempting to make) a milling machine from some old Marzocchi Bombers and love to see old bike bits recycled.

    How did you sculpt the fork crown in to such a nice shape?
    I had intended to make the crown pieces round but stopped short on the first one I did when I inadvertently left a "wing", pulled it out of the vice and had a look. I decided not to make the third cut and I took it to the grinder and then the files. I figured if it looked stupid it would be easy enough to cut it off. LOTS of sanding and filing and it was looking good I thought so I kept it. It was very organic process. Basically sculpting I guess but I'm not a sculptor. Now making the second one match the first? That was the tough part.

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    I sacrificed a brand new SID carbon steerer/crown/stanchions assembly a while back to make a custom CF Lefty 1 1/8" steerer adapter to put the Lefty on my Yeti ASR Carbon. I kept the stanchions with the thought that I might find a use for them "someday" (I'm a pack rat, ask my wife).

    I've just found that use! Thanks Scott!

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    Bench tested the light tonight. I hung a fan in front of it and ran it off of one 7.2v 3300mah NiMH. It was not fresh off the charger but It went 2 hours and 8 min when I noticed it dimming. This should work fine for me as my night rides are not that long and I wont have the Regina side on for any climbing. My other battery option is a 11.1v 3c 800mAh LiPo. I'm hesitant to use that though without any low voltage protection.

    Edit: Did the math. That LiPo won't get me anywhere anyway
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    Good looking build, nice one Scott

    Quote Originally Posted by yetibetty
    I'm in the process of making(attempting to make) a milling machine from some old Marzocchi Bombers
    Eh? yetibetty, that sounds like a bizarre yet strangely interesting project. When you are ready I'm sure we'd all like to see how it turns out. One thing that loitering around these forums has shown me is the incredibly imaginative solutions you guys come up with.

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    .. top marks for ingenuity Scott!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HEY HEY ITS HENDO
    Yup! Had one of those at the time (180g). Was looking for something lighter. The one made with the SID parts came out at 125g. Then a guy in Finland (Mattias) made me one that weighs 80g. Yes, I'm a weight weenie.

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    lol i had an inkling that you maybe were
    just got a 27t ti granny ring off mattias
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    Quote Originally Posted by JezV
    Good looking build, nice one Scott



    Eh? yetibetty, that sounds like a bizarre yet strangely interesting project. When you are ready I'm sure we'd all like to see how it turns out. One thing that loitering around these forums has shown me is the incredibly imaginative solutions you guys come up with.
    Well the story is that I had the idea when I was bored out of my mind one day so got started. The next day I looked at what I had done and thought I must be mad but continued with it anyway and now it looks like it could actually work.

    If not then it's back to the teeny-weeny vertical slide on my tiny lathe.

    Just look at what some people can make, I just wish I had the skill : http://www.cnczone.com/forums/vertic...ill_build.html

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    Just got home from a nice ride in the woods with my Wed. night crew. Wow. I love my light.

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