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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 11-12-2008, 11:12 AM   #91
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*bows to you* This is just getting better and better each time i look at it. One thing i like about the LED lights is they light up a little faster than normal bulbs, and just look cleaner. Not to mention they last twelve years.
I don't know if this happens on other bikes, but on the RZ - the two OEM tail light bulbs draw so much current that the headlight dims a little when applying the rear brake.

Using the LED lights eliminates the problem entirely.

Clear covers are also available for the 48-LED bulbs:

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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 11-12-2008, 08:20 PM   #92
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Maybe I should post this in the "Help Needed Forum" but, I'm looking for advice on stripping these parts.

The new offset sprocket and most of the OEM steel have a gray coating which you can see in the following pics.

I'm trying to determine what type of coating this is (zinc?), and what is the best way to remove the coating without damaging the threads on the bolts? Any ideas??

The brown wavey lines are in the coating on the front sprocket (not scratches):



Below are scratches and rub marks in the coating:



The coating on the swingarm pivot bolt looks very similar. It's rubbing off at the edges on the head and tail ends:



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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 11-12-2008, 11:08 PM   #93
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typically zinc only comes in two flavors. yellow and white. the nut you posted looks very much light white zinc. galvanized has more of a marble dirty color to it. as for the sprocket, the greyish color might be a result of the carburizing. sprockets typically arent coated with anything.

is the coating rubbery at all?

sand blastic with a fine media will remove the zinc from the nut and not damage the threads. it will also remove any surface coating from the sprocket(if there is any). If you are worried about damaging stuff you can have them blasted with walnut shells or plastic pellets, or have them soda blasted.
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 11-13-2008, 03:51 AM   #94
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Thanks, guys!

I'll look for a place that can do the blasting/removal.

Here's the deal - I spoke on the phone to a guy who might do some titanium nitride coating for me, but I need to strip the parts before I send them to the guy.

TiN coating --->


He asked for a list - so I listed 87 items.

Mostly hardware and a few small parts. I don't really know if this will all work out, yet - but I'm going to try it.

The small parts include the headlight trim ring, licence plate frame, 2 engine mount brackets, 2 exhaust pipe manifolds, and the front sprocket, nut & lock washer.

I also want a few other parts TiN coated, but I didn't want to freak out the guy with too much oddball stuff.

Still have a lot of details to work out.
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Test fitted the custom offset sprocket and checked the alignment with the rear sprocket. Looks good, no issues.



I got a good quality chain that fits well, but after test fitting it - I don't like the way it looks with the gold sprockets. IMO, gold on gold doesn't look as good as blue, silver, or black on gold.






Going to order this chain in chrome:



I talked to EK on the phone today, and found out that the EK 520RXO is 20.5mm wide, so the clearance will be 1mm less between the frame & chain and between the chain & tire. (The DID chain was 18.6mm wide.) I think it's down to 3mm of clearance on each side (after I do some clean-up filing on the frame).

EK makes an 18.9mm wide X-ring chain (SRO), but it's only available in gold. I looked at blue chains before chrome, but I couldn't find the right blue to match the other parts I have. A blue chain is probably too soft for a fighter, anyway - gotta keep it hard!

The DID chain won't be wasted, it will either go to the NS400R or RZ500 for a future 520 chain conversion.
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Smoker: I gotta ask..you have a machining connection, or do it yourself? The reason I ask is that the prices you mentioned above would barely get you a set of spools made, much less anything else.

Plenty of us have tried to get stuff machined, or some do it themselves.....and I think its same to say not many would do anything for under $100...and that is not counting materials.
Talk to Russ at Hamilton Tool & Engineering - tell him you're a friend of Pete with the custom motorcycle. They can give you an email address to use, and they can do your custom work and mail the part to you.

Keep in mind that our custom parts are just "fill-in" work. Their regular jobs have to come first because those jobs pay the bills.

Hamilton Tool & Engineering
Address: 3544 Foothill Blvd, Glendale, CA 91214
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How's that for a hookup?

I just got back from the machine shop, and the new oil filler cap design kicks ass! No more heavy lump - the new cap will be feather light!
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as for the sprocket, the greyish color might be a result of the carburizing. sprockets typically arent coated with anything.

is the coating rubbery at all?
Not rubbery.

What you're saying sounds correct. The manufacturer said there is no coating.

Hopefully, it will buff off, like Ruff said; or I might do the light media blasting.
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who made the sprocket? each company has a different procedure they follow. Some use a carbon rich gas environment and some use other "media". I made my own offset sprocket and hardened it by getting it red hot and quenching it in used motor oil. The finish looked similar to yours. Because this is only a surface hardening i would be Leary of removing too much or you may be premature wear. Since you already talked to the company ask if they can give you a penetration depth of their hardening process.
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I think a chrome chain will look a lot better with the billet side casing and polished swingarm:



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I think I just came.
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Just drove home from the machine shop - and couldn't stop smiling the whole way back.
I designed 3 new custom parts today, and the machine shop can make all of them.

I designed 2 different billet brackets for the front fender, which will hold anodized aluminum P-Clips (for securing the brake hoses). Both brackets will utilize the OEM-style holes on the aftermarket fender.

Also got far enough with the drawing for the rear panel and tail light housings to discuss it and get the okay from the shop. Not sure yet if the design will work because there may not be enough space. It's looking really good, though.
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