Rapid Resurrection. (ST1100 rebuild)

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by dorkpunch, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    Rox seem like a great solution if you want to go a LONG ways up... Kinda spendy if you only need an inch. I've been meaning to try a set of those out though, maybe my Endursinore will be a good project for them.

    Got a windscreen for a 919 hornet. Cheapo Chinese knock-off, shipped direct from China. Windscreen isn't too bad, I actually think it's great, but the mounting hardware is a joke.

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    Kind of hard to see, but the screws are WAY to small and they are countersunk!? screws in a flat slot. :huh Also, the holes in the windshield are WAY too big for the nuts on the back. I plan on making my own bracket that will move the windshield back and tip it down a bit more.

    First order of bidness- some flat black on the back of the gauges.

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    Installed windshield...

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    The cool part is that my big windshield will still fit overtop of this one- so I can pop it back on if I'm going for a longer ride, bad weather, whatever.

    Still need to build the little side panels over the valve covers, but that probably aint gonna happen till I'm back in school.
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  2. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Aspiring advrider

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    Needs Triumph or Buell XB headlamps for the win! :norton
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  3. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin?

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    Though it doesn't look bad, it is unfortunate - you get what you pay for. I'm on a Chinese product boycott to the extent possible. What that means is while I know I can't avoid products from China altogether I look for American made equivalents first, any country other than China 2nd, and will accept a chinese product in the absence of other alternatives. This includes Harbor Freight and the tools they sell.

    Keep at it with the bike. Looks like you'll make a nice rider out of it. While I'm getting too physically challenged and sore to take on such projects anymore, I like seeing others resurrect machines that would have otherwise met an end at the crusher.
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  4. frogy

    frogy Been here awhile

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    Um the red oversized coolys,are they the gas tanks?:huh
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  5. FR700

    FR700 Banned

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  6. frogy

    frogy Been here awhile

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    Oh brother
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  7. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    Gettin ready for a road trip. We are going to ride it down to Utardia for a day or two, plan on going through Logan cause the roads fun, then visiting some family on both ends of the valley. Jacked it up and took the old tires off.

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    While I was at it, I pulled the forks and put some new seals in.

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    All done! Looks good in its new shoes!

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  8. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    Whew. 520 miles in the last 3 days, temps at just under 100 degrees the entire time. The night before we left I made a rear rack realllll quick- took maybe a half an hour. Worked great, but its a tad flimsy. Need to make another one out of some thicker metal.

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    Also made a real quick gps mount:

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    Worked GREAT for over 500 miles, other than at high speeds the wind wants to pull the charger out of the new plug I put in:

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    Fun trip.

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    Got home to this:

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  9. Rhino-1

    Rhino-1 Been here awhile

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    Awesome thread! Good stuff! But I must add, I've never seen anyone make an ST1100 look tiny... :D
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  10. Patrick46

    Patrick46 visionary

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    WOW...you can just see the enthusiasm in her eyes!! :eek1 :lol3




    I stopped at a gas station the other day to chat with a guy from Colo who was passing through on an older ST1100...(told you I was lookin at these things).

    We had a nice chat back and forth about the pros & cons of them....before he went about 10' foreward and laid it over on it's side!! Uppps!!! :huh
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  11. frogy

    frogy Been here awhile

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    :lol3 My thought too.
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  12. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    It was warm... She SAYS she liked it and even wants to do it again!

    Did an oil change today and swapped the air filter out too. Turns out someone moddified an automotive filter by making a rubber spacer out of some fuel line to make it tall enough. Looks like it sealed great, no sign of any dust on the wrong side of the filter.

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    Drip... Drip... Drip...

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  13. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    Wow, I thought I had updated this thread... Not much has changed on the bike other than an additional 2,000 almost trouble free miles. Road it all over the NW corner of the continent- Alberta, BC, WA, ID, and UT. Made it to Glacier / Going to the Sun Hwy FINALLY. It was AWESOME. Getting ready to do some maintenance in the next month or two to get ready for summer.

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    You might have noticed I said *almost* trouble free. After a longish day on the road, I got to my destination. The next morning I had a little puddle of coolant on the ground... Looked like it was coming from the back side by the alternator. Kinda hard to see though so I took it apart a bit.

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    Turns out it was a loose hose clamp up near the rad cap- the coolant was running down the hose and dripping between the cylinders. When I would lean it over on the side stand, the puddle would run out the back corner. Tightened the clamp up and it was good for another 1,500 miles, but it's leaking again. Plan on replacing the hose and the clamp, along with maybe a new rear tire and fixing the goofy windshield mounts. The windshield cracked on both sides right above the mounts (you get what you pay for) but thats fine for me- I was planning on making a whole new piece anyways. More to follow in the next month or two.
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  14. frogy

    frogy Been here awhile

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    Miles of Smiles:clap
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  15. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    Cool story bro!


    I often have an eye out for a crashed ST too.
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  16. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    ST's are funny bikes... Seems like you either find a great deal on them, or someone wants a small fortune for them- not many in between (at least, every time I've looked for them). I lucked out with this one for sure. Good luck in your search!
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  17. dorkpunch

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    Well, it's time. :clap

    Renewed the plates and ins. and dug her out of this hole last night.

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    Remember my cheapo windshield off fleebay last year? It had these idiotic mounts that didn't line up with ANYTHING and hardware that was 4 sizes too small for any of the holes. :huh Time to do something about that.

    Here's what we're replacing.

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    Made it maybe 300 miles before the windshield cracked last year. Went another 2200 miles, still hasn't fallen all the way off, but I dug the bike out last night and figured it was time to do something about it.

    Make some goofy shapes.

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    Add some channels for a little more strength.

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    Punch some holes.

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    Rivet 'em on.

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    There you go!

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    And here's where we're starting the season off at.

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    Hoping to top 60k but I doubt that'll happen... probably make it to 56 or so.
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  18. Patrick46

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  19. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    Finally tested out an idear I've had for side covers.

    Cardboard mock ups.

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    Cutting and bending. I love working with aluminum- soooo eassssyyy to bend. Now if only I was good at it. :lol3

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    Test fit. Not quite what I had pictured, but it will work. I think on this side I'll have to make an "inner" cover to hide just a bit more, probably paint it flat black.

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    Little more pounding and shaping done. Man, I wish I had an english wheel..

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    The hard part is going to be mounting them. :huh
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  20. glynb

    glynb Relentless Underachiever

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    Maybe not pretty, but certainly practical and functional. Excellent job on the fabrications you are doing to the ST. I love watching the old girl taking a new shape.
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