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Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by 79thunder, Feb 11, 2018.
Did you pass off the RX3 cluster? If not, I might be interested in our for dressing up my old bike.
Here is a little better look at the skid plate.
The last time I saw silver vein powder coat it was a much brighter silver and would have matched the body color better.
Oh well, no big deal, I'll just have to get it muddy!!
The money saved on the skid plate went into having the exhaust ceramic coated.
1. So that it would be durable
2. Less maintenance- there was no way I would polish the stainless pipes if left natural
3. Heat management- although the wiring, etc. is well protected, this provides an added measure.
4. More power and/or economy.
I thought about having it done in black or a cast iron gray.
I went with the silver in the end.
I wanted the contrast against the black crash bars. For both an aesthetic contrast and safety contrast.
I wanted to be able to quickly differentiate between the crash bars and the exhaust in an emergency "get it off me" situation.
Fresh pipes!! :
Someone asked for a pic of the H-pipe :
Full system au Naturel: (naked!)
I've ordered some fresh studs, nuts and copper gaskets for the exhaust, as well as an air filter.
Untill those parts get here, I've just put the exhaust on loosely for now. Same with the heat sheilds.
On the bike:
This does give an idea of how it looks with all of the frame and crash bars repainted to match.
The systems' serviceability is excellent.
I can simply remove the headpipes or tailpipes and leave the H-pipe in/on the bike.
Even the H-pipe can be removed without removing major components, but I do have to hold my tongue just right!
The crash bars, frame rails, engine, front engine mount, rad hose, etc. run perfectly parallel to each other.
The exhaust runs perpendicular.
Fairly happy with how it all came together.
I find it difficult to get a decent picture of this, but the mufflers are in perfect alignment.
I think I would need to get the camera in just the right spot.
And have steadier hands!
I'm going to cut the little spring tabs off the muffler inlets yet.
You guys probably picked it out already, a couple of more emblems were added :
Again, I'm not trying to fool anyone, just maybe get them to take a second look.
A fresh new chain has been installed/adjusted, lubed.
Rear wheel bearings cleaned, inspected and regreased.
All rear suspension has been inspected and greased.
All critical fasteners have been torqued and loc-tited.
Antifreeze is mixed/filled/system has been bled.
Getting down to the short list now!
I think most of it falls under the maintenance category rather than the build category, so I may not cover it here.
This is how she sits for now:
I will need to pick some new tires this year, I can't decide how aggresive to go.
I was very surprized where I was able to comfortably go with the stock tires. (granted this fall was very dry->as in, total fire ban in the forestry- dry)
Although I did have a few run-ins with wet snow and soupy mud and I didn't die!
I would consider them similar to Shinko 705's.
My top three choices would be 705's, 244's and 805's.
I should probably select a tire that is appropriate for the worst terrain that I will encounter,
I'm just reluctant to give up some of that amazing cornering ability the bike has.
I can/will be fitting larger/taller tires on. I have plenty of room and the additional seat height or ground clearance is not a problem.
I also have some work to do on the front suspension, fork oil, grease the head bearings, etc..
I would also like to do something about this....
Silver for the pipes was absolutely the right choice.
They stand out and add excitement to the mostly black bike.
And since you did an excellent job designing the routing and making the pipes it calls for them to stand out.
Your build may be the first of several similar bikes over the next few years.
You may have just increased the resale value of all the RX-3's too.
The hope of finding one with a blown engine for sale super cheap may go out the window with others looking for a transplant donor.
Great build. Nice attention to detail. Personally, I think the Yamaha logo on the fairing is totally appropriate considering the engine case has "YAMAHA" stamped in to it already. And besides, the Yamaha logo fits so perfectly on the fairing, it would be an oversight NOT to put it there.
You're absolutely correct, the silver exhaust just ended up being the only "right" choice.
I am looking forward to the wash-and-go, low maintenance aspect of the ceramic coating.
The system did end up looking quite nice, so it may as well stay that way.
I'm not sure what to say about the prospect of finding an RX3 with a blown engine.
The engines do seem to be very well built, I think they will turn out to be quite durable,
I don't think you can damage the engine unless you severely neglect simple service work. (oil changes, filters, etc..)
That being said, the RX3's are quite inexpensive to begin with, and even cheaper as a used bike, so I don't think you would have to
find one with a blown engine for a donor.
Thank you very much!
That's pretty much exactly how I felt about the Yamaha emblems.
Besides, while I'm not sure how CSC feels about it, I don't think that Zongshen cares what's on the bike.
In what seems to be a very foreign approach to brand identity, Zongshen markets this bike as a CSC RX3 in the U.S., as a M1NSK, a Cyclone, A Honley RX3,
a KTN, and I believe an AKT Aventor 250 ?...It's difficult to keep track of all of the various names.
I believe that even Zongshen's corporate Dragon emblem changed design.
I think that as long as they sell bikes, they're happy!!
(there may be some legitamate reasons such as brand overlap or undesirable translations)
Quite different to our approach, where brand identity is absolutely priceless. It is often more valuable then the actual product.
The bottom line is that I obviously had no problem switching emblems, the bike is at least 1/2 Yamaha.
I also think that I have likely done more physical work to the bike then the folks at CSC have, so I get to pick the emblems!
(no offense I hope, CSC does a great job!)
I really don't think many people will actually ever notice them anyway. I'm OK with that, I'm the only one who has to like the bike.
This is the stock front rotor from the CSC RX3.
It measures in at 10.25".
It looks pretty.
That's about all I can say about it.
Thanks to many contributors to this forum, I knew in advance, that it was a little "less than stellar".
The folks at CSC have put together a very nice front brake upgrade kit.
It appears to be a great option for most people.
It includes an 11.5" fixed rotor, an aluminum caliper bracket, new rotor bolts and sintered pads. (for $300 U.S.)
I thought I'd try a little more of a DIY approach.
I had already installed the sintered pads.
Thanks to a site-wide 20% Ebay sale, I came up with one of these for $80. Direct from EBC Brakes.
A high quality EBC 11.5" floating rotor.
Compared to the original...
The new rotor will provide much needed additional brake force (leverage), as well as much better resistance to warpage.
Using some gentle heat, I was able to carefully remove the original rotor bolts. (they are very thoroughly loc-tited in place!)
The shoulders of the bolts fit the center bore of the new rotor properly. The bolt heads fit in the recess.
I built my own caliper relocation bracket.
While it was not difficult to fabricate, it was (or I was) finicky.
I took great care to ensure proper brake pad contact area was maintained.
I found that using a little carbon on the inside edge of the brake pad left me a nice trace line to confirm the proper caliper fit and brake pad sweep area.
My brake pads are exactly 1" wide and the line is 1" away from the edge of the rotor.
The caliper was kept perpendicular the radius of the rotor. Again, for even and full brake pad contact.
I'll try to illustrate:
Pretty happy with the results, I can't wait to try it out!!!
I am considering building a caliper cover/guard. None of my other bikes have one and I've never had an issue though.
The rotor looks a little big with the bike trapped in the wheel clamp, but looks "normal" on the ground.
The important part of course is the actual ability to stop the bike quickly in a panic situation.
I'm looking forward to this change almost as much as the engine swap!! (Ok, maybe not quite that much!)
Great build & great thread.
I'd think most RX3 owners would install a big bore kit and be really proud of the achievement. Your project is truly impressive.