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97 Gixxer 1100 done

Well last night I got hopped up on coffee and completed a little more on the bike then I anticipated....all from about 11pm-2:30am....


Renthal Risers, MX Bars, fabbed up some speedo mounts, and mocked up some large lights I had kicking around from an old jeep project, I may go find some other kind (Maybe smaller?):




bah...I'm gonna go throw in some laundry and have a nap now :stupid:

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Yep the smaller black lights do look better, should look sweet once the tail gets done and the whole bike is painted black!!!:rock:

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Well I found a solo seat from a 93 Gixxer 750, only thing is I think I would have to modify the subframe, and the auction ends in 22 hrs.....maybe even a 99 Gixxer solo tail....I doubt I'll be carrying any passengers anyways this bike is for ME!

I just want something to lift that tail up a bit, it seems so low compared to other fighters.

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well damn, that makes things a little easier now, thanks guys!!! BUT...from what I gather, the 93 750 subframe should be the same as my 97 1100...

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almost, but not exactly. i don't recall what the differences were, but i know i tried to swap plastic between bikes of about those years, and it didn't work. but i think if you're gonna use a race tail then it will work. i once had a 93ish subframe on my 7/12 with an 1100 race tail, worked fine. just have to drill a few holes.
 

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well I'm well on my way to painting the pig now....

Rear fairing and fender have been sanded down, decals removed, and ready for primer:



Tomorrow evening I tackle sanding the tank! Maybe Sat-Sun I can throw on some color.

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The last two evenings I have been painting, wet sanding, painting, wet sanding, and the rear fairing is almost done. Tomorrow I plan to start on the tank and front fender. If I can get these done by tomorrow evening, I'll post pics of the bike put back together! So far I'm $40 into paint and sandpaper, and I'm sure I'll have more than enough to finish the bike. Painting it myself ain't so bad!!!

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Here are the rear tail parts, all together maybe 3 hrs of wet sanding and painting:



Along with the new white Suzuki tank decals, and the new custom rear tail decals I had made from a guy off ebay, he was selling GSXR-1000 decals and he made me the GSXR 1100 decals!

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yeppers, used plastic primer, wet sanded, primed again, wet sanded again, then started with the paint, and wet sanded between coats. the paint I ended up using is duplicolor bumper paint, supposedly guaranteed not to fade or crack.

Being single has its perks, my gun room has changed into my paint room for now. so it was painted at around 20 C or 70 F....tomorrow I tackle the tank and front fender!

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Tank is completed!!! 4hrs of sanding and painting...not bad. So in all my paintjob cost me roughly $60 in paint and supplies. I'm now just waiting for my camera batteries to charge up so I can get some pics on here. Stay tuned!!

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I put on 2 coats of primer, then dry sanded, stuck on another coat of primer and wet sanded, then a coat of black, wet sand, coat of black, wet sand....I just kept repeating until it was silky smooth. I waited roughly 15-20 minutes between coats before wet sanding (dry to the touch, don't worry about leaving fingerprints since you'll be wet sanding it again anyways), even less for primer, I think the flash time for primer is like 60 seconds? All together I think I have about 6-7 thin coats of black overtop 2 coats of primer.

For dry sanding I used 50, 100, 150, and then 180 grit (this was to get the old crappy paint off and get it as close to being down to the bare metal as possible, I love those little electric detail palm sanders for this), then 1000 for wet sanding, and before the final coat I moved to 1500 grit, make sure and rinse the part very well after each wet sanding.

well I'm off to take some pics now, stay tuned!

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ok here it is.....drumroll please....





























adam will be happy.....more pics for him....








































In this picture, I tossed the stupid fender bracket, and trimmed off the two rear tabs that were cracked, looks a lot better IMO.


So am I now "fighter" enough for the "fighter club" :rock:

On that note, I'm gonna go lay down for a bit, must be woozy from all the paint fumes LOL

and yes...I know I need a new rear tire LOL

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Clear can be your best friend or your worest enemy...Thats why I went with a flat black, no clear!....the clear will bring out every single little blemish you failed to see, and make it 10 times worse. If its a blemish which started when you put primer on, its a bigtime pain in the ass to remove it! Thats why after every single coat, inspect and wet sand the paint you just laid down, it will cut down on any imperfections in your paint.

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So out of boredom today, I hacked up my old scratched up side fairings. My attampt with them is to creat a sort of "bellypan" if you wish.

So far I've cut them down, sanded them, clearcoated, and tonight I'm going to attempt at assembling them, smoothing all the joints with apoxy, and painting it to match my bike....pics to follow later!

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Well shit! its all done now, but my camera batteries are dead!!! :mad: :mad: After looking at it on my bike, I decided that the "scoop" needed some sort of protection from rocks making it look like it went thru a small war, so I bought some of that rocker panel spray and coated the scoop and the lip with that, looks much better and should protect it nice. Maybe tomorrow if everything goes well I'll mount it up and take some pics. I've got to come up with a way to support the front of it since all I have are two itty bitty screws located on the side of my frame for mounting it. Tomorrow I'll have pics for sure!!!
 

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Well here she is, I'm done for the summer on it. Last things on it were the "bellypan" and cutting off that rear "fender thing" that hangs down behind the tag.

Lots of plans this winter, but right now all I wanna do is RIDE....no more working on it unless absolutely necessary!





And I'm even reppin' CF on her!!
 

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well fuck, since the cite was hacked I guess my pics got hooped...

Here it is with the WMP exhaust installed:





Tag has also been relocated to the swingarm, tomorrow I'm installing the new dogbone links.....more pics to follow...
 

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LOL alright you goofs, been a while since I updated my thread! Heres a sneak peek of whats to come this winter::gback::suzuki::devil::dance3:



And if it looks crooked, its probably because it is, I don't have it bolted down yet! Once my bike is parked, I can rip off my signal lights and mount them to this tail, plus I have to look at options for a brake/running light as well.

PS AB420 - You can use my sig's for a Tshirt ;)
 
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