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Im gonna try and keep the pics in order and explain everything as well as i can. i got the bike one cold march day. it being 7pm, 36 degrees and raining didnt stop me from bringing her home.
mostly stock minus some turn signals and a donor crankshaft that was put in. ran well besides it not wanting to start in anything below 55 degree weather. nothing a nice warm sun and a jumper box couldnt take care of :lol
after waking up like a rooster and cleaning my bike i noticed my back tires tread was backwards:scared so i learned how to replace the tires. got her back together and she was great. the previous owner said it got squirrelly on him and he didnt like it. i fount out why. anywho bike was much smoother and got comfy.
[/IMG] maybe too comfy. fairings blew apart and wrapped under the back tire and was spit into pieces. due to the slight shake of my body crushing below me i looked down to notice my bike wasnt the same. :banghead
this is how she was before her twin came. i wanted to get rid of the grey frame and maybe black it out. but ive gone with the polished aluminum look.
[/IMG]i didnt know how much sanding was involved when i said i would JUST sand it off.:eek:hno
 

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what a difference between the grey and aluminum
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and then it happened. her sis came and it was a great feeling... but i knew i had my work cut out for me.


the new one has a polished frame and swingarm already but someone did a quarter arse job. either way i great pick up, especially for the price.

so my plan is to fix the new one up and get rid of her. nothing special, just something someone can have fun on and enjoy a full fairing setup thats safe to ride. it came in in pieces and was told it ran but basically had carb problems that made it lack power. carb float bowls were off and was told to just put new gaskets on them and back together. but i held back and did a bit of tuning and figuring out for myself.
 

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so to keep momentum of both projects, i started painting and primering my plastics. while that dries i go over to the newbie and check her over from top to bottom.




going over the wiring harness for the newbie i discover its missing one relay and the wire to the fuel pump is cut. traced them side by side eachother which was extremely helpful but i havent seen what the fuel pump looks like yet. going out side here shortly to figure out about that.
 

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everythings coming out pretty smooth. im feeling pretty good. got 2 coats of black on the tank and im in there for appx 45min afterwards and it looked great. i come back and :angry it sagged and cracked like a close up of old skin. i reprimered and sanded so u could see. smh

so its starting to look better but i have a ways to go. i figured out my scheme i wanna run with. and it involves a bold stripe of bright green down the center. trials with some smaller pieces.

btw im not that bad of a painter, the can blew up up under the nozzle and sprayed my clothes. paint drips were not my fault :lol what do u guys think? its hard to explain the whole black and green scheme i want but hopefully u can see it.
appx 10" wide stripe going down the center of the whole bike. black base gloss finish. im using a florescent green bc im still loving the kawasaki green theme as well. the rims will be freshened up with a coat of paint and black striping - to a polished chrome lip.im trying to incorporate the green black and aluminum look altogether within the rim and i think itll look nice.
 

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but itll be awhile before i get my rims off. i have new bearings i want to put on too but meanwhile ive been buffing my exhaust. the best polish ive came across is Mothers aluminum polish.
And it doesnt leave a residue.
 

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since ive got it ive replaced a fuel filter, new spark plugs, oil, air filter, fusebox, ignition switch, starter solenoid, a couple newer tires and a bunch of upper cylinder lubricants and cleaners. by june i should have my 15t 48t sprocket setup. more pics to come soon. let me know what u think.
 

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i did do some fiberglassing yesterday and this was what it was afterwards and setting.


and what it looked like after setting for a bit. i scraped off all the stickers as well.

didnt know not to use fiberglass but i might as well finish what ive started now.
 

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so i came back today and the fiberglass turned out pretty good if u ask me but im no body specialist.

and i started doing some more green centerline pieces.

 

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I dont see any fiberglass on the body, only resin?
1 layer (even 2-3 depending on weight) when properly saturated turns damn near clear.

I have two layers on the tabs in my thread, and you cant see the glass at all, and the resin even is very clear.
 

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yeah my buddy told me to lay the resin a bit thick. clean area, lay resin, lay pre-cut fiberglass down, more resin to turn it clear, and while setting poke small holes and get bubbles out. let set. that was my instructions of how to generally do the fg. it feels sturdy, i just hope it lasts a season.
i have a tank update. sanded some more and layed another coat down.

 

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after a few more coats the tank is looking better. still a ways away but going. i really cant wait to get to the stripe.

any way while that was drying i decided to start polishing my frame and swingarm. keep in mind its not so well lit in my hut. i also like how the new green reflects and a gloss coat will set it off nicely with the neons i ordered.i so need to clean and get the rim pulled but not yet. i think im going to sand a bit more even tho in the sun it should be pretty bright now. exhaust is back on and half of the sub frame. might as well throw the rear pegs on. if i get some sun tomorrow ill pull her out and take a pic as is.

 

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cloudy days over here in ohio so no daylight pics. i took the radiator off to flush it today and will be putting that back on. anybody know why my temp gauge only goes right above the C when about at normal operating temp?? hoping its just the sensor or loose connection. waiting for some hylomar to finish the carbs on the 2nd bike to get ir running. update later today.
 

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radiator is back on and so is slip on d&d exhaust. im starting to put the subframe all back together and once the battery tray is done, all the wiring will look alot better. i tried the neons out and i like em so im starting to wire a board together for a cleaner look then a bunch of loose wires hanging all over and getting melted.
so i was expecting some nicee weather but i forgot i live in ohio :crackup 60 degrees yesterday and today it snowed a white out tho it had no real accumulation. cant wait to ride.
when i get to take my back rim off i will change my bearings. i know they had a bit of play from last year so thatll be tackled before or the same time as my sprockets and wheel paint. this isnt so much a build but somewhat a restoration and revival project. ohio streets are not clean nor are they kind.
going to hopefully put the last coats of paint on the black sides of the tank. cant wait to start laying the green in there.
 

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its been a few days and letting u know i resanded the frame over and looks even better than before. almost all uneven surfaces have been smoothed out. im back to a complete 500 sand and on to a 1k grit sanding paper. im starting to see the mirror like imagary without the polish. and i started using a motorized 1/3 sheet sanding block. lazy - yes. speeding up process - yes. happy - yes.
i got the power board and switch together for the led's. a friend of mine is going to let me borrow his motorcycle jack this weekend to get some more done. id have my own by now but im concentrating on starting a business. i guess he knows a great way to handle the last smoothing stages of my fairings. so the plastics will be done with this weekend :mfclap the tank is almost finished. i really hope the color doesnt bleed too much when i lay the second color. that would be nice.
on the image the side that is bright is flat towards camera so kinda imagine that for the whole frame. now let me tell u that that area is sanded to 500 grit with no polish and has alot more blinding brightness to come. and its still in a dark garage hut.

ordered in some new hand grips and a tank pad. the tank pad is probably not the one im going to use but im not sure just yet. where the heck is my hylomar????
 

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ok well ive spent the last few days ordering more things and trying new painting techniques. i bled the carbs today and heard her come alive again. :devil and the fever is getting worse. especially since its going to be nice all week. i think we have officially hit spring!! painting and more painting. the black turned out nice but have to wait to tape off the tank for the green.

no clear coats are on yet but heck if im gonna forget that :crackup Cant wait for my stuff to show up...
 

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got the hylomar today and followed instructions for use. quite easy - build gasket and let it set for 10 min till it gets a bit tacky and lightly assemble. i waited an extra 5 till i tightened down the screws.



this was the first time i traced any lines on anything to paint with tape. i used that blue masking tape and go figure in most areas i layed the non cheap brand on first in most areas. i layed the cheapo tape over to help hold the newspaper. i was hoping the good brand would not have bled when i painted over it but as my luck is, where u see the sections were produced by the cheapo. :banghead but overall for first time im happy. this is after one coat of clear.


the second pic is before clear coat was applied. i think my camera got some dust on it. obviously its not a mint job but im happy at this point to be sealing in the last stages of it. i should be finishing the tank and rear fairings tomorrow. now that i have that hylo i might tear into my own carbs and clean them. shes harder to start then what i want.
 

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you need automotive mask... its a different breed of mask...

ive done the same thing thinking the shit from the local hardware store was going to work.
 

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you need automotive mask... its a different breed of mask...

ive done the same thing thinking the shit from the local hardware store was going to work.
well thx really tho. i will probably forever remember auto masking for next time and on. i think im going to keep the tank as is for now or at least this season.

so i took the carbs i went thru and swapped them onto my primary bike to test them soley. not only for seeing how good i set them, but to see if id have an easier time starting my bike and also to see how i did on the hylomar float bowl gasket making. the results were good and bad. is started my bike almost instantly without choke tho it ran a bit rough. i know the leak from the lack of hylomar in spots (totally my fault) on the float bowls are a big cause to why it may not run right but at least i know i tore into them and it starts quickly so its like 3 steps forward and 2 back lol. i had to drain the gas out and redo the gaskets. and yes i can confirm it does seem very reuseable. i took most of the makeshift gasket and "re-puddied" it back into the inset and filled in the blank spots with more. ill be going outside here shortly and retesting them. once it runs without leaks i will throw them on the second bike and sync them. the reason i dont have them on the second bike to test is bc i dont have a long enough gas line to help with the gravity feed since it doesnt have a fuel pump at the moment.

i built a carb sync tool that ran me just under $20 vs the $80-120 mercury tool that isnt as precise. it was easy and a fun side project for building ur own motorcycle tools.

update later today
 
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