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Old 06-04-2011, 03:55 PM   #31
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Really nice Ninjas Tbone! Thanks for the photos, they are inspiring to me!
We are ditching the anti-dive on the forks and got some nicely machined blocks to cap off fork legs where the anti-dive used to live. Plus the forks have racetech goldvalves and new springs.



Here are the replacement fork legs from ebay, the internal bores are very nice, I will paint them silver too.


The rest of the body work from ebay arrived (off the same bike that we got the tank from).


We are off to New Mexico this friday, for our Gun Slinger's Continental Divide Ride
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Old 06-26-2011, 04:42 PM   #32
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Well, ebay has been an awesome source of parts for our Ninja project! We are installing lots of parts from one bike that is being parted out on ebay. It is a low-mileage 1995 model in Red/White/Blue that is providing the following:
Rear sub-frame
Rear tail piece
Rear fender
Side Panels
Tank
Lower fairing
Belly pan
Front forks (complete with triple clamps)
Front fender
and various small parts.
We have assembled the rear sub-frame and tail piece and rear fender.
There will be some repairs needed to some minor cracks in the bodywork, but the original paint is very nice.
The front fairing will be painted in original factory colors to match the rest of the bike.
Also, we may swap the Corbin Gunfighter Lady seat for a solo Gunfighter.
Because this bike is for flying low!





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Old 06-27-2011, 06:02 PM   #33
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The seat lock was broken, and we had an spare one but it used a different key.
So I took the broken one apart and swapped parts with our spare.
That way the seat lock, helmet locks, gas cap and ignition still use one key.

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Old 06-30-2011, 06:32 PM   #34
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This evening I rebuilt the forks with new fork bushings, seals, race-tech goldvalves and specially machined blocks that replace the funky anti-dive system. This weekend I should have the entire front end assembled with the front tire installed.





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Old 07-01-2011, 12:46 PM   #35
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Old 07-01-2011, 07:30 PM   #36
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2 years ago I spotted an '86 rotting away in someone's driveway. Tried to get the owner to sell, but the title had DMV issues, and he wanted way too much for it. I really wanted to fix it up and ride the tits off it. Back then I was cruising eBay for parts and saw a Bassani pipe for it. I shoulda bought that pipe for the hell of it, since it only went for $100. Then I bought a Storz bar riser bracket that I've mothballed---just in case. And that's a keeper just in case I want to bolt it onto something else in the future.

Your bike is too cool. I'm guessing your budget might be on the tight side, but have you considered some aftermarket carbs?
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Old 07-01-2011, 08:40 PM   #37
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Thank Brucifer and Fubars, it is an enjoyable project, because it is a good bike to begin with. Its mostly a cosmetic refurbishing with a suspension rebuild thrown in. However there are lots of details to attend to.
Yes, we have the Mikuni race carbs that the bike was tuned with, the engine is a gem:

- Heavy duty cyl studs
- Heavier valve springs
- Deburred head casting
- Magnafluxed and race-cut transmission
- Balance, bore, hone, fit pistons
- Balance, polish crank
- Polish, shot peen, balance rods
- Billet clutch hub
- New clutch plates
- Race ported head, radius valve job
- New valves, guides, seals
- Wiseco 972cc piston kit
- Mikuni RS36 D8-K race carbs
- New chain tensioner, alternator chain,starter chain
- D&D Show and Go header
- Fox Race Shock
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Old 07-01-2011, 08:51 PM   #38
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Looks DAM good bro. im in the middle of rebuilding my GPz1100 and after that my GPz550
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Old 07-02-2011, 04:02 AM   #39
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Right on SNIPER! The GPZs rock mightily! The GPZ 1100 is the same bike only louder!


We made a special modification to the throttle. It goes to 11!
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Old 07-02-2011, 05:31 AM   #40
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From loads of different bikes I've owned, the worst love hate relationship was with one of these.
Owned one in the late 80's, which for 2 years I rode all over the place and loved dearly.
A day after I sold it, it ran bearings. Gave the guy his money back and had it rebuilt. Drove it from the bikeshop and it seized before I got home. Turns out the shop somehow left a rag in the sump. Rebuild it for the second time, different shop though.
They went bust and I had to carry the bits home in boxes at night before the bank showed up and locked the doors the next day. Third shop started to button it up, but as we went we found loads of bits missing - probably missed them in the hurry to get my bike out of the previous joint. After being shunted to the back of the shop and becoming a "when we have time" job, 6 months later they got it running at which time I had enough and gave it away so I would not have any comebacks.
Were epic bikes in their time though.
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Old 07-03-2011, 02:10 PM   #41
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AfricaWim, sorry to hear of such a horror story about the last days of your Ninja! I hope its the more pleasant memories about the bike that will last!

I had a good day in the shop! Cranked up the tunes!



Installed the forks, repaired cracked fender, rebuilt brake cylinder, installed brakes, torqued axle and its ready to rock!

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Old 07-04-2011, 03:07 PM   #42
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RESPECT THE PIPE!!!



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Old 07-04-2011, 07:19 PM   #43
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Mine hammer goes tink, tink, tink... ven I werk unt mine bike.

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Old 07-05-2011, 06:15 PM   #44
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Fortunately the carbs were stored off the bike with no fuel in them. The jets and float needles are kinda corroded, a bit rusty, oxidized and in some cases plugged. So I'll give them a careful cleaning. New gaskets and pilot jets should be on the way soon!

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Old 07-06-2011, 11:14 AM   #45
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Looking good ! Those were the colors for the 1986 model year. The float needles would harden up if they sat for any amount of time dry. I ended up just putting new ones in mine.





Neighbor had a 1985 FZ750...now that was a smooth running bike...almost electric.



25 years later and he found a low mileage (1986) example last fall....he's never selling this one he says.



Sorry for the hi-jack of your thread.

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