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so by popular demand.. of one person.. and my boredom i've started a thread..

bit late to the party.. as I started this last winter.. so ill do a bit of a debrief. well copy/paste shit from another forum..

so.. to start it off, bought the bike in july or june.. it came 'streetfightered' well over here that pretty much means any bike without a fairing, which also means stunt bike apparently. paid 1000 dollars for it.. so around 550 pounds ish.. It was pretty ratty but came with a few good parts.. the 750 front end and a k4 ti header etc.



took about a month to get it where I thought it was at least rideable, bike came with new cables so I threw them on, made some risers so I could run bars.. took about 3 cans of degreaser/brake cleaner to get it somewhat clean, did a full service.. valves/clutch/carbs etc.. added a speedo as the stock clocks didn't really work, added a tls fender which fits.. but doesn't really fit tlr's/gsxrs, couple other things here and there..



for the rest of the summer didn't do alot to it, polished the frame while waiting for carb parts.. which can be hard to get in canada fml. painted the wheels a nice hi viz green, added some braided lines, made a new muffler.. think racefit.. but a real racefit costs just as much as the bike did so that wasn't happening. added a trailtech speedo which is heaps better than the bicycle speedo and only 4 times the cost, threw on some ebay headlights.. probably missing a couple other things..






took it off the road over winter.. not that it snows here.. but it is very very wet and I don't like getting wet much. just been working cleaning more stuff up, re did most of the wiring, everything lives under the carbs/tank now including the battery, made a new subframe for a flat track style seat re doing the front end to a number plate kind of deal to match the tail. trying to lighten it up as much as i can within a decent budget, it weighed 390 wet at the end of last summer, if I can get that to 375 ish I'd be pretty happy. Got a hold of some protek rearsets to replace the mismatched ones, new LED turn signals/brake lights.. thinking of covering the tank in carbon just so it matches the other body work.

 

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Re: '98 SRAD the unuglifying build.

so it's finished.. for now.. I decided to put together one of those really detailed lists of all the things I've done..

so a '98 suzuki 600 srad

Srad 750 forks and yokes
750 Tokico 6 pots, 3/4" master cylinder
Tl 1000s fender
Carbon screen with an h3 projector
Spiegler braided lines
Renthal bars on 2" billet risers
Rizmoa bar end mirrors
Tailtech speedo/tach
Radiantz LED blinkers
40mm/r6 throttle tube

'99 engine and ecu
K&N filter
K1/k2 1000 titanium headers
Racefit-esque muffler
Re-jetted to suit
APE chain tensioner
-1/+1 gearing

Carbon wrapped tank
Carbon wrapped swingarm
GP speedworks 750 tail
aluminum under tray
Homebrew seatpan/subframe/platemount etc.
Protek rearsets
Billet brake arm
5mm rear shock shim
Galfer rear braided line
Rear rez. delete
Radiantz LED taillight array


all I can think of at the moment.





 

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Re: '98 SRAD the unuglifying build.

So yeah.. A quick up to date.. it's winter number two for the bike thus needs more things.

picked up a vfr arm arm for it.. hacked off a bunch of the frame lobe and it fit.. so I'm happy. actually hacked about 15mm off the inside of the frame, and I have another 2 mill I can take off the thrust washer in the swingarm if need be.. but the math says this should be a ok for wheel alignment.




 

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Re: '98 SRAD the unuglifying build.

got the pivot arm all made up.. extended the vfr pivot around 40mm's so I could reference the gsxr threaded section on both ends had to make a spacer for the right side, and a bushing for the left to take up the difference in pivot diameter..





now i'm thinking of using the vfr linkage and make a offset dogbone that will pick up on the stock gsxr mount.. also have to make a new upper shock mount.. don't have that material on hand unfortunately.
 

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Re: '98 SRAD the unuglifying build.

after a bunch of staring and then even more swearing.. i decided I fucked it up. So, had to cut a bunch off the other side of the frame.. Though no biggie.. as it turns out I can now use the stock mounts for the shock and also the stock linkage, it's not centered but it's usable. at least for now.


it does turn out there's not a whole bunch of room for stuff, as the vfr and gsxr take very different linkages there's not good/decent way to connect them. basically you have to drop down then go forward bit of an experiment in steel before wasting 100 bucks in aluminum.



also anyone order those cheapo mufflers off ebay? I ordered a couple haven't got them yet, hopefully they're good enough to use.. they have a 38mm inlet, but I figure using two makes it ok for a 50mm header.
 

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Re: '98 SRAD the unuglifying build.

got it all bolted up and rolling.. looks good.. will look better with black wheels..



for w/e reason though the rear end is way way softer now.. at least more than I remember so I grabbed a k7 1000 shock for the rear should perk it up a bit.. i'm losing some travel but well see should be ok.

been doing the exhaust the last few days.. the pipe I picked up for the mid pipe didn't exactly fit, so had to make an adapter.. works well now though.

what people never tell you about machining is.. you buy metal... then you throw most of it away..





mufflers seem ok.. a bit heavy but.. imo not a bad purchase at 50 bucks a pop.. sounds decent too.
 

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Re: '98 SRAD the unuglifying build.

brand? dunno cheap china ebay stuff..

short clip... they really bring out the grenade I have for a motor..

 

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Re: '98 SRAD the unuglifying build.

I've always thought that the SRAD makes a good base for a project, the frames look good when they're not hidden behind plastic, and as soon as that boat-like tail unit is removed. Keep up the good work ;-)
yeah... the srads are probably the worst looking gen of stock gsxr's there is..
 

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Re: '98 SRAD the unuglifying build.

got the shock... along with being shorter, it's a lot fatter, so had to make a new upper mount for it.. the downsides of not have an alum. welding set up..



also did the hardest part of the whole build.. wrapping the god damn exhaust.. took 3 tries, then gave up.. w/e.. looks ok.. as long as it won't burn my balls as much.

 

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Re: '98 SRAD the unuglifying build.

i like them cans, you should get the mid-pipe coated a gloss black.. there is a reputable place in canada that does a real nice job. (fireballcoatings.com)

do you have a link from your ebay purchase, like a item #.. interested to see them?!
 

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Re: '98 SRAD the unuglifying build.

Why'd you have such a hard time wrapping the exhaust?

I've read the best way is to soak the cloth in water, lock one end in a vice and the other fastened to the pipe in your hands. Then start rotating the header while continually pulling away from the vice to keep tension on the wrap.
 
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Re: '98 SRAD the unuglifying build.

i like them cans, you should get the mid-pipe coated a gloss black.. there is a reputable place in canada that does a real nice job. (fireballcoatings.com)

do you have a link from your ebay purchase, like a item #.. interested to see them?!

the cans? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Universal-M...ash=item3a88fbd7dd:g:ikoAAOSw7NNT~Tas&vxp=mtr


also canada is a big place and that is far away.. and i'm too cheap to get it coated.. the wrap was like 20 bucks.







it wasn't hard, hard... but I just couldn't get it to lay flat or lay as nice as I wanted it to when transferring from the bends to the straight parts.. maybe have been easier with 2" stuff i dunno.
 

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Re: '98 SRAD the unuglifying build.

spent the last couple days painting.. wheels painted up also the swingarm.. turned down the sprocket to fit the chain.. chain is a 525 and im to cheap to replace a 200 mile old chain lol



also rebuilt the rear brakes.. this bike must have sat for a long time.. nothing looks bad pads/sprocket/bearings etc.. but the fluid.. i've never been able to not get a caliper apart by using air.. minty insides..

 

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Re: '98 SRAD the unuglifying build.

got it wrapped up, kinda, just waiting for a master link and banjo bolt..



sadly.. our dollar is absolute shit so getting a new front end will have to wait, though fresh fluid in these should do fine. anyone use that duplicolor metalcast? thinking of popping them out and going black ano finish on em. hence why the fender isn't on..

but yeah.. can't wait to get it inspected hopefully it passes.. so I can ride it.
 

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Re: '98 SRAD the unuglifying build.

been working on the last of the little bs things getting it done for the past week... even losta cleaning and polishing..

grabbed a k6 ish radial master hopefully making the brakes a bit better.. I made an adapter for it so I can reuse my old lines along with a mount for the rezzy.. it came with crg levers.. but no good for a cable clutch, so I guess I'm lucky pazzo is a 20 minute drive away so I can go grab some shorty levers.



also grabbed the same vintage front fender as I could not stand the tls fender I had on it no longer. it fits kinda but looks heaps better than the old one.. as it covers the whole fork stanchion now.

then as I couldn't find a decent chain guard for a vfr I did what you're supposed to do and made one.. mostly because of the brake line. I find chain guards unneeded and a great throw away item. but yeah, attached the brake line with the best fastener known to man, also my personal favourite.





so yeah... I can't think much else that needs to be done.. i'm thinking this seasons mods are a wrap.. time to save up for a motor.
 

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Re: '98 SRAD the unuglifying build.

Looking good man! When i saw this pic i was thinking, looks good, can't wait to see what the tail looks like when he fits those cans.....

.... then i realised they were already on! Looks a lot more compact than i was expecting, good stuff, have you got a few more pics of the rear, i love underseat cans.
 
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