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Old 01-01-2010, 06:19 AM   #46
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Sometimes I feel a twinge of anger when I see good bikes being hacked up for ghetto looking cafe racers. Your work on the other hand is inspiring and well done/documented- I can't wait to see the finished product!
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Old 01-01-2010, 02:50 PM   #47
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Sometimes I feel a twinge of anger when I see good bikes being hacked up for ghetto looking cafe racers. Your work on the other hand is inspiring and well done/documented- I can't wait to see the finished product!
I hear you. Thanks man. I can't wait to see the finished product either
More soon...
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Old 03-02-2010, 07:37 PM   #48
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Hey have you had any chance to try out that ebatt?

My panasonic will not fit under rear tail. Gonna try and sell it to recoup some money for an Odyssey 680 or that ebatt 300 if it works ok.
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Old 03-02-2010, 08:11 PM   #49
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Hey have you had any chance to try out that ebatt?

My panasonic will not fit under rear tail. Gonna try and sell it to recoup some money for an Odyssey 680 or that ebatt 300 if it works ok.
I wish I had a solid answer for you but here's how the test went down...the bike hadn't been started for over 3 months. It was 16 degrees out when I wheeled the machine out to the mouth of the garage to fire it up. hooked up the e-batt (which had been sitting out in the garage for a month as well) and gave it a shot. it cranked over the big ol' beemer. Tried for about 5 seconds. I waited, tried again for about 5 more seconds. after that, nothing.

I was bumbed. Emailed the e-batt guy and gave him the scenario and asked if they typically needed to be charged or if the cold garage had an affect on the situation. He said, with that battery you can wait .5 hour and try again(which i didn't do)...that it will somewhat charge itself, while it was initially cranking. He still reassured me that it's a powerful enough product to work for my bike and they come fully charged. So, plan is for me to wait til it warms up, get the e-batt on a tester to see what it's holding for a charge, use a tender if necessary and try again. I'm still really hopeful. The bike is over at the metal worker's shop now so I won't get to try it for another few weeks. Sorry, that's all the info I have for the battery situation. Plan B is to mount a different gel battery under the trans like guy did:



The tubing and preliminary work going well....more soon.
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Old 03-12-2010, 06:11 AM   #50
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progress

So, here's the rough mock I made for Cliff (He's bending the tubing and doing the final TIG welding) just to give him an idea of what I'm after. It was a quicky tacked up with 1/4" rod and some washers I had laying around. (The upper subframe area won't be quite that high). We decided to utilize the rear right side shock stud and rear left shock tabs to "mount" the rear swingarm bracing and weld the front upright bracing to the swingarm. Should be nice and symmetrical looking. I may use the left rear side for a license plate mount as well.



I'll post some more progress shots in a sec.
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Old 03-12-2010, 06:41 AM   #51
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pics of swing arm and mono-shock mounts

With enough welding done to test the shock we rolled the bike off of the center stand and it stood perfectly...very little sag if any. I bounced up and down on the foot pegs and it felt great! The GSXR shock is on the stiff setting with the spring adjustment at about the middle of the threads.



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Old 03-12-2010, 06:45 AM   #52
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Looks fantastic!!!
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Old 03-12-2010, 06:56 AM   #53
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Looks fantastic!!!
Thanks MIOB. Man, progress is good. It's been a loooong winter.

More views.

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Old 03-12-2010, 07:15 AM   #54
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Sometimes I feel a twinge of anger when I see good bikes being hacked up for ghetto looking cafe racers. Your work on the other hand is inspiring and well done/documented- I can't wait to see the finished product!
Right there with you notarex ...

BUT ... Sparky ... this is looking good. Thank you for actually taking the time to do it RIGHT.

PS - Those welds are artwork. That is something that I still can't seem to do ... make a nice looking weld.
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Old 03-12-2010, 07:38 AM   #55
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Absolutely wonderful...

Love the stance!
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Old 03-12-2010, 02:58 PM   #56
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Thanks MIOB. Man, progress is good. It's been a loooong winter.

More views. Cliff adapted upper and lower bearings for the shock mounts as well.

Are those bearings welded in (probably not), pressed in, glued in or in some other way fixed?

(Just curious, I use 2k glue to weld in some not-so-heavy duty bearings, I'd like to learn how I can really use bearings)
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Are those bearings welded in (probably not), pressed in, glued in or in some other way fixed?

(Just curious, I use 2k glue to weld in some not-so-heavy duty bearings, I'd like to learn how I can really use bearings)
For the rear mount, the bearings were removed from the stock GSXR linkage and pressed into the new steel mount. The front mount/bearings actually didn't need to be altered.
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Old 03-12-2010, 08:20 PM   #58
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Do you have more detailed shots of the upper mount arrangement.?

Excellent work, I look forward to seeing the final product.
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Do you have more detailed shots of the upper mount arrangement.?

Excellent work, I look forward to seeing the final product.
Thanks!

I didn't get many shots or angles of the upper mounts. Here are a couple of grainy close ups tho from the cell Phone cam. It should give you an idea of what is happening. This was Cliff's idea. An allen head bolt runs through the tubing and shock. The nut is basically pressed in...so you can back out the bolt and drop the shock. The outer horizontal tubing mounts are cut at angle...that's why it appears to be an oval in the side view pic. I'll get better shots without the tank mounted later. (finish welding wasn't done yet at the time of these pics...Cliff is also bracing up the lower shock mount where it attaches to the swingarm hoop).

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Old 03-12-2010, 11:14 PM   #60
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Yeah, I was wondering about that lower mount. Any reason you guys didn't fab it up as a straight shot from shock bottom to front of the curve on the swingarm brace, instead of on top of it? I would think it would be better able to handle the compression force in a straight line, rather than a 90 degree angle. The fact that you guys are bracing it up says you think so, too. But then I'm not an engineer; just thinking of all the things I've broken in the past.

Don't get me wrong, this is gorgeous work and waaayyyyy beyond anything I'd even attempt, much less pull off as successfully as you are. I'm sure there's a reason, and I'm just curious what that reason is. Keep on keeping on, real sexy cafe your working up here.

Can't wait to see more!
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