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Old 02-24-2013, 06:43 AM
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Building of the Awesomeness

ive been away for a while and recently decided to tear into the bike and go street fighter.

this is from the first day i brought it home



rode it around like that for a while until i let my buddy ride it and laid it down which turned into this


two weeks ago i went to tighten the chain up and realized the right side tensioner bolt was seized in the arm. took the swingarm off and brought it into work so i could drill it out on the radial arm drill. while i was doing that, i thought "hell i been wanting to change some stuff, so why not all at once"
so heres where im at and the list of whats being done, mind you, this is being done as an extreme budget build and being resourseful and creative as i can
ducati 748 biposto rear fairing and subframe
twin headlights
wire relays in for headlights
re-wire turn signals
clean up factory wiring harness
make tail light enclosure and lens for tail
modified f4i shock with 954lb racetech spring
custom bent undertail exhaust with harley pipes
make a passenger seat
figure out passenger peg location
relocate oil cooler and radiators

this is where it was a couple nights ago in mock up phase, still getting ideas on the direction i was going with it




i have the stock cans mocked up in those pictures, but they are too bulky to get to fit up there right so im going with the harley pipes.

im getting back out there and get to working on it. gotta get it done before bike week!!! i'll post more pictures as i take them
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Looks like a pretty ambitious project. Bike week is what, a few weeks away now?

How good of a friend was the buddy that dumped it? Did he at least cover the costs?

Personally, there is very few people I let ride my bikes, and its always a "you break it, you bought it" arrangement. -That, or i'm riding their bike until they fix mine...
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:57 AM
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we had swapped bikes for a bit while we were on a ride and i warned him that my gearbox wasnt as smooth as the one in his r6. i didnt really mind that much since those fairings needed a bunch of work anyways. im just glad he didnt get hurt on my bike
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Subed! Keep up the work man, let me know if you want help I live only 10 minutes away lol.
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got some pics taken from the other night. on my lunch break, only have time to post up pictures, ill write a description later
sorry for the grainy pictures from the cellular device





after i was done with the exhaust, too late to use power tools, and frustrated enough to kick the damn thing over, i think i found my true calling... "duct tape decal master"


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status update:
exhaust: pretty much done. just need to trim the cans to length and finish putting the wrap on it

Radiator: cut and filled the extra outlet, put a manual temp gauge in it, relocated the oil cooler, and ran the hoses to the radiator. Just need to permanently mout the rad.

Wiring: ... i hate wiring. Its a mess. I have no clue where im putting the battery. Still have headlight wiring to do since im going dual headlights and have to wire up two separate relays. Do turn signal wiring, and rear brake light switch.

Body: still need to permanently mount the sub-frame and fairing, make a passenger seat and pegs, and figure out what I'm doing for gauges and a mirror. Have to make an undertail for the fairing and battery box as well.

Suspension: got the adaptor made for the F4i shock at work yesterday and got the spring and fork seals in the mail today. just need to bring the shock in to work and install the spring. need to take the forks off and install the seals.

Deadline: 8 days till bikeweek...
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Dood good luck

FWIW - Clean up the garage already - a clean work space makes doing work easier.

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lol yeah i know. mostly its just that work bench thats a mess. ive taken the pictures when i was in the middle of working on it and me working is like a tornado. all the tools get put away at the end. workbench such a mess because i havent had time to organize. thats what happens when you have 2 boats, hot rod, muscle car, mud truck, flatbed, bike, and a dd. spare parts tend to end up everywhere. its an "organized mess" haha
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:47 AM
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Originally Posted by shake-n-bake View Post
you have 2 boats, hot rod, muscle car, mud truck, flatbed, bike, and a dd. haha
Some have it better then others. I can hardly afford to put gas in my bike.
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Lol don't make it sounds like that. bought everything in cash over ten years most expensive thing was the 70 mustang at 2500. Bartered and traded for everything else. He'll I got the bike for mud tires a gun and 100 bucks lol. Why do you think this is being built on such a tight budget
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got my shock all done at work during lunch break. '02 f4i shock milled two flats on the bottom end, made a stainless press bushing to take place the original bearing, made adaptor out of 304 stainless since all we had was 6061 and we didnt have any 7075 that was big enough. that put centerline of the holes 40mm apart with a press fit on the bearing, eibach 950lb spring, and racetech adaptor bushings.
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Originally Posted by shake-n-bake View Post
got my shock all done at work during lunch break. '02 f4i shock milled two flats on the bottom end, made a stainless press bushing to take place the original bearing, made adaptor out of 304 stainless since all we had was 6061 and we didnt have any 7075 that was big enough. that put centerline of the holes 40mm apart with a press fit on the bearing, eibach 950lb spring, and racetech adaptor bushings.
I could have sworn you were speaking Japanese LOL
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oh man where to pick up...
guess ill start with some more pictures of the exhaust when i was tacking it up



then to quieten the bark of the bare harley pipes i made baffles out of some oil filters. i ended up making a dual chamber and made the first to act as an expansion chamber equal to the same volume that was being displaced by the engine to get rid of the harsh pulse and try to gain back SOME power lost by not using a crossover





when putting the forks back together, just remember; if you find yourself reaching for a 3lb sledge hammer, stop. you've had too much to drink and you're doing it wrong... (flames will come, i know but whatever, i learned my costly lesson) $50 and a bent complete fork assembly from ebay later...


then i started to tackle the wiring and was tickled sh*tless when i found a spot for the battery to live. also found a hiding place for all the wires that were in the headlight stay to reside right in front of the airbox inside the frame




i dont have any good pictures of the radiator, but i hacked the inlet tube that would be hanging off the side and welded it up and put a analog temp gauge in the fan switch slot. the screws were seized in the rear brake reservoir, so i couldnt get to the fluid. i had an old clutch master from a ranger laying around so i stole the reservoir off it and did some trimming to the bracket. it fit perfectly behind the shock reservoir that i mounted on my subframe extension. i mounted my coil the same place, but on the other side

while i had the tank off, i did some much needed bodywork and sprayed some truck bedliner down where people put the grip tape



got to piddling and was thinking of something like this for the gauges i had seen another member do something along these lines, cant remember who it was



all in all, this is how she sets right now



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Damn dude looks pretty good!
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Looking great, I would install one of these street fighter headlight fairing to give it a nice touch
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Originally Posted by NHSH View Post
Looking great, I would install one of these street fighter headlight fairing to give it a nice touch
You lost me. which one are you talking about? i wanted to find a way to use the vtr headlight but it was too deep and stuck out too far from the bars for my liking. A lot of the streetfighter headlights are cheesy imho, like the ones that look like faces. i think it cleaned up pretty good from where it was and how much i got done in a little time
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Originally Posted by shake-n-bake View Post
You lost me. which one are you talking about? i wanted to find a way to use the vtr headlight but it was too deep and stuck out too far from the bars for my liking. A lot of the streetfighter headlights are cheesy imho, like the ones that look like faces. i think it cleaned up pretty good from where it was and how much i got done in a little time
I agree, I love what you did with very little resources, this is a rare talent just thought that maybe another refined touch will do even better?
I meant something like that:
Streetfighter Universal Black Motorcycle Headlight Fairing LL29 | eBay

It's not DOT approved, but it seems your setup wouldn't be approved anyway, or you can find one that would be if this is an issue.
Just something to look into if you have any interest
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Dude, love the bedliner idea! Also, FWIW, the dual lights you have on there look pretty good to me. I also dislike the strap on dirt bike face POS headlights. I'd actually bet your setup is more legal than those things (properly sized reflectors and more adjustable).

I think the red cable covers are just a little distracting though... they don't really highlight any "performance" parts and although very tidy for what they are, don't really add to the look. I personally would do something like paint the calipers red and leave the cables black. You may also paint your light housings black b/c you don't really have any other chrome on the bike.

Nice look though!
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Dude, love the bedliner idea!
+1 good idea and simple solution, as I mentioned, creative mind do awesome things with very little resources
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Shake-n-bake, why have you NOT got this tatoo on you back yet? I mean good job on the build & all but to me until you have this tatoo its not complete. (your welcome for the idea)
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Man, why would i get steve-o on my back? Thats so dumb...


A BETTER idea would be rat fink style doing a burn out in the mustang with a mullet giving the thumbs up and the mustang is like a rocket ship with a zombie hanging off the back with one arm and im firing missiles at bowser whos riding a surfboard with rocket boosters flipping me off wiith a text bubble saying "you're whack" and above it say "mess with the awesomeness, yeah, dont do it"
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So I was pretty close. Was basing on your first couple picks with the "I rock" thumbs ups.
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Tuning for that exhaust might get interesting...
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Cooool

Nice custom handywork buddy.. Question, does that center radiator provide enough cooling potential to at least match the stock or better temps?

BTw Bedliner for the win bro, this was my take on it.

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Well fellas, after a 2 year hiatus, I am back and FINALLY working on the 'hawk again. Kinda got side tracked with a girlfriend with a kid and the bike quickly went down the list of properties and ended up sitting in the garage for a couple years with work needed to be done on it until it was ridable again. Well, things kinda took a turn for the worse with the girl, and now i have all this spare time and money that I can actually put into my true love. Anyways, turns out the forks were pitted to sh*t and ate up the seals so bad that I couldn't get more than two rides out of it before I needed to refill the oil and made the bike so unbalanced it was unrideable and the exhaust mounts to the rear subframe I made broke after 200 or so miles and the brake lights were so dim you couldn't hardly see then because of the angle of the LED's. So here's a parts list and a preview of what's to come, and with a better paying job and overall better situation this is no longer an EXTREME budget build...

What's sitting in my room waiting to be installed:
-929 front forks and triple tree
-1000kg/lb racetech springs
-Racetech gold g2r compression valves
-Racetech HFR rebound valves
-954 front rim
-wave style front rotors
-929 master cylinder and rotors
-ebc HH pads
-galfer stainless steel brake lines
-all ***** seals, bushings, and bearings for both the forks and new wheel
-CNC brake and clutch reservoirs
-aftermarket brake and clutch levers
-Yamaha mt-03 headlight and aftermarket headlight brackets
-got a bread board from RadioShack and made a custom LED brake light insert using bulbs and resistors from an ambulance strobe so I can't get pulled over for a "dim taillight" again... Trust me, that thing is BRIGHT lol
-factory 1.1 rejet kit with the titanium needle
-koso db-01r speedo/tach
-stock header (the tuning to the exhaust system was a nightmare, the rear cylinder was running WAAAY to lean for my liking) I'm going back to the stock 2 into one, then routing one pipe back up under the tail split into two before the mufflers
-APE CCT's

What's next to come on the next eBay shopping spree:
-rc51 rear swingarm (the sp2 version) and related parts ie: rim, linkage, brakes, sprocket, matching "wave" rotor
- Tweety style rearsets
-actual mufflers. I'm thinking the "gpr" brand/style I'm seeing will match the lines of the bike nicely
-stainless rear brake lines
-matching rear brake reservoir
-aluminum "racing" radiator from eBay
-"big bike" brand front fender
-rear tire hunger
-4 ignition advance
-take the flywheel off and into work to lighten it

I think I've gotten just about all the bases covered. Is there anything I'm missing as far as performance mods without being told to use the search function? Honestly, I'm all ears (no sarcasm intended at all, inflection on how you say things is one of the key elements of communication that is lost through text over the internet)
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Post some current pics!

Can't see the originals.

Welcome back mate and good luck with the work on the old girl.
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That's how it was at the end of the last building cycle, if I were take pics of it now, it's still buried in the garage, but that it changing this weekend since I have all these nice shiny parts taking up space in my bedroom lol
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