Vintage Kawasaki F11- Budget ditch banger

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by Fast Idle, Sep 19, 2017.

  1. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties

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    Triples installed, swing-arm and shocks too.
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    Ready for the rear wheel
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    And then the forks
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    It's a roller!
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  2. JagLite

    JagLite Long timer

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  3. sparkingdogg

    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    Boy, you don't mess around! Looking awesome! :smile6

    @JagLite the F7 like you showed was my first "big" dirt bike... bought it from my friend's older brother. I think I paid $35 for it. It ran too. :lol3

    I used to catch HUGE air on my F7. It was great in the air. Landings were a bit different. It felt like landing in a bowl of wet noodles! Oh, to be young and dumb!
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  4. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Awesome! That frame is a great contrast to the black!
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  5. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties

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    The frame is still kind of settling in on me. I'm normally the gloss black frame, chrome wheels kind of guy but knew I needed to try something different for a change. The powder is so shiny it's crazy. I need to wait and get all the other parts on it and see. It definitely needs some Kawasaki green!!!
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  6. Fubars

    Fubars What would Scoobydo?

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    Looking forward to seeing some green paint.
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  7. Bounder

    Bounder ExternallyDisplaced

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    The dog looks pretty interested as well.
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  8. r60man

    r60man Long timer

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    Your work really makes me jealous. I have the vision, but typically not the skill levels to get something done this well. I love your threads.
  9. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties

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    Thanks r60man. You know I just can't stop fixing up these old bikes. It's my hobby and I really enjoy it. ADV makes it easy to share the fun. Wasn't sure how much fun turning an old street enduro into a wanna-be MX'r would be, but it is. Glad you like it.
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  10. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties

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    Decided to recycle some of the old hardware and use it for mounting the new front fender. I think these rubber mounts were from the battery box, should work just fine.
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    I had previously fit the fender to the bottom of the lower tree and located all the holes. Drilled them out for the grommets and cleaned up the hardware.
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    Bolted right up and fits well
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    Installed the rear fender next
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  11. JagLite

    JagLite Long timer

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    You will have that puppy ready to ride by this weekend!
    Beautiful, just beautiful... :clap
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  12. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties

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    Can start to see it taking form.
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    Needs the engine next
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  13. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties

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    I can hope but I'm still waiting on several important parts.
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  14. nuggets

    nuggets It's all my fault...

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  15. TasTiger

    TasTiger Adventurer

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    Totally impressed with the outcome so far. But I have to ask...Are you going to change the pegs for something a little grippier? Those things are going to be lethal when they get wet!!
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  16. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties

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    Good point TasTiger, thanks, the rubber pegs need to go. I think I have a set that might work. The challenge will be finding them! :beer
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  17. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties

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    Waiting on some parts before I can install the right side cover but I went ahead and installed the motor.
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    Also waiting on new rear sprocket lock tabs but the chain is on, I can install them later.
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    Once the kill switch gets here I can hook up the wiring. Or in this case I should say wire.
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    Test fit the air filter. I was able to make the lever conversion work by machining the old cable choke fitting. And yeah, the infamous Mikuni pink overflow hose! Hey, it was free. I found it in a dumpster behind Wildebeast's house.
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  18. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties

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    Hey Tas, I found a pair of pegs to use!
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    I need to widen the stock brackets by 10mm and drill out the holes from 8 to 10mm but they will work fine.
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    If I get them done today I can drop them off for powder coating in the morning. Just need to cut off one side
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    And make some spacers
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  19. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties

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    I made a jig to hold the pieces in alignment.
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    And tacked them together
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    then welded both sides
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    Got dirt bike pegs now! Had to order pins and springs but hopefully they will be here by the time these get back from coating.
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  20. more koolaid

    more koolaid Been here awhile

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    How come I never buy old stuff from people like you?

    I always get something that looks like it was put together by a blind person :bmwrider