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  • #16


    Got my RaceTech stuff! Just waiting on my Bike Bandit order now...
    My build thread (Black Betty) '97 600 (Dearly Departed)
    http://katriders.com/vb/showthread.php?t=133286
    2007 GSXR 750

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    • #17
      Well, as most of you know, I got my Race Tech stuff last week. I also have a bike bandit order coming (taking forever) and I picked up some mesh from home depot for $9.00. It comes in 27 in by 8 ft sheets so plenty enough to work with. I am still on the fence about it, but Im going to give it a shot anyway.

      Home Depot Mesh Link (Found in the drywall section)
      http://www.homedepot.com/p/Unbranded...LATH/202093395

      Here's some pictures of it mocked up in just the big hole. Once I got started I realized that the pattern is directional so it added a whole 'nother question into the mix. do they go verticle, horizontal, or match the contour?

      Before Paint:








      After Paint (Excuse the shitty paint job please... lol)









      What is your guy's opinion? Does this look good or does it look foolish?
      Last edited by maniac1886; 02-17-2015, 11:22 PM.
      My build thread (Black Betty) '97 600 (Dearly Departed)
      http://katriders.com/vb/showthread.php?t=133286
      2007 GSXR 750

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      • #18
        Looks good, I do see a probable issue. The screen is a little flat, will it fit around the frame brace that passes through that area?
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        • #19
          Paint looks good. Personally, I'd tilt it a little less so that it's parellel to the bottom of the fairing cutout. You'll probably get 30 different opinions on that, but there's mine.

          FYI when you get to the brazing for the damper rods, I found MAPP to work much better than straight propane. If you have supplemental oxygen, then the propane will likely be great. I didn't. I know others have used straight propane and it worked fine. I did one rod with each - much much easier with the MAPP.
          1998 Katana 750
          1992 Katana 1100
          2006 Ninja 250

          2006 Katana 600 RIP - 130k miles

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          • #20
            Originally posted by 92xjunker View Post
            Looks good, I do see a probable issue. The screen is a little flat, will it fit around the frame brace that passes through that area?
            Yes, I did not try it on the bike yet, i read that its a little tricky clearing the frame. This was just a pure mock up to see if i liked it. I have an 8 foot sheet of this stuff so I got plenty more for when I actually do it. When i do, Im going to try to round it as well as make is sit deeper in the hole. I saw a thread where a guy cut out a piece of wood to form the screen. I think im going to go that route.

            Originally posted by shpielers View Post
            Paint looks good. Personally, I'd tilt it a little less so that it's parellel to the bottom of the fairing cutout. You'll probably get 30 different opinions on that, but there's mine.
            I'm not sure what exactly im going to do. I tried to make it parallel with the front angular line of the cutout. Its not perfect but I like it leaning forward. I feel like it gives it more of an aggressive look.

            Originally posted by shpielers View Post
            FYI when you get to the brazing for the damper rods, I found MAPP to work much better than straight propane. If you have supplemental oxygen, then the propane will likely be great. I didn't. I know others have used straight propane and it worked fine. I did one rod with each - much much easier with the MAPP.
            LOVE MAPP GAS! lol


            Thanks for the input!
            My build thread (Black Betty) '97 600 (Dearly Departed)
            http://katriders.com/vb/showthread.php?t=133286
            2007 GSXR 750

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            • #21
              Pulled some stuff off the bike in anticipation for the bikerbandit order. Pulled the controls and handlebars off. Pulled the caliper dust covers off. Brought the carbs in to warm up so I can clean them. Took the busted ass kickstand back off. Took the coils, cross members and oil hoses off cuz I really need to check the valves. I know they are going to be out of spec but I really dont want to deal with the headache of shim under bucket valves....

              I really need to get this cherry picker back to my house. I wanna tear into these forks.... I never even thought of what a pain in the ass it's going to be to get the cherry picker in my garage door and through this 2 foot snow drift at the same time.

              I cleaned my chain like a month ago with kerosene, i really need to grease it but it seems pointless when it's subzero outside. I've been keeping an eye on it, and there's no sign of oxidation so that a good thing.

              Did I mention that I've been sitting out here staring at it, wishing I could just fucking ride the thing.... Come On April!!!



              ...and there she sits
              Last edited by maniac1886; 02-18-2015, 09:23 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
              My build thread (Black Betty) '97 600 (Dearly Departed)
              http://katriders.com/vb/showthread.php?t=133286
              2007 GSXR 750

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              • #22
                Shim under bucket isn't hard at all just a little more time. Got it down to 45min+-. Parts are always an excitment.
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                • #23
                  Originally posted by 92xjunker View Post
                  Shim under bucket isn't hard at all just a little more time. Got it down to 45min+-. Parts are always an excitment.
                  yah but i dont wanna do math.... lol

                  Hell the adjustable ones are a grade A pain in the ass but i dont really have to do equations for those
                  My build thread (Black Betty) '97 600 (Dearly Departed)
                  http://katriders.com/vb/showthread.php?t=133286
                  2007 GSXR 750

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                  • #24
                    Its harder the way my neighbor does it, he just keeps changing shims till he gets it I showed him the correct way, couple days later he sent a 6 pack over. He ended up doing a couple bikes in record time.... For him
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                    • #25
                      Niiiice!

                      I think my kickstand is hosed



                      Last edited by maniac1886; 02-18-2015, 10:17 PM.
                      My build thread (Black Betty) '97 600 (Dearly Departed)
                      http://katriders.com/vb/showthread.php?t=133286
                      2007 GSXR 750

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                      • #26
                        Looks spread out....
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                        • #27
                          that and rounded the fuck off. I got it in bad condition, I always thought it was just supposed to flex but after further consideration.... and the mound of duct tape i had to put on the sensor finger (?) i have come to the conclusion that it is not only wopped way the eff out but also ground to a round corner. I got a new bolt, shim, nut and springs coming... Now I just need a good kickstand. Hey 92, I hear you got a garage full of parts.... whats up on a kickstand?

                          Thats 4 + how ever many years the PO rode it with a wopped out kickstand
                          My build thread (Black Betty) '97 600 (Dearly Departed)
                          http://katriders.com/vb/showthread.php?t=133286
                          2007 GSXR 750

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                          • #28
                            Not any more, used them on the 88' build. I have maybe a handful of parts that will see the dump. Not worth reusing. Except the post rear caliper.
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                            • #29
                              bummer... worth a shot though.
                              My build thread (Black Betty) '97 600 (Dearly Departed)
                              http://katriders.com/vb/showthread.php?t=133286
                              2007 GSXR 750

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                              • #30
                                If I had it, you'd get it.
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