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Azeksi
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Left the forum some time ago after I sold my CBR project that fell apart due to expenses for the swing arm, which when I think about it now, wasn't even a bad price, and I'd have a nice bike now... Anyway after owning two cars during this time I finally got a new bike, this time a bit wiser I won't tear it down completely, so it won't be a big build.

So the bike in question is a 1999 Yamaha FZS 600 and by what the search bar says, there are not that many of these here. Basic idea is to go through all mechanical parts and do basic maintenance, followed by some tearing down and a fresh paint job.

I'm going to start by asking: Should I paint the golden parts matte white or paint the whole thing black with anodized red trim here and there? Thing is that my gear is black and white, however either way I'll get black gear.

Really excited about this...
 

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Slight pause since last post, but i've been working and I'm broke as hell so no actual possibility of buying parts, or even riding because there's almost nothing but rain here and no garage... Anyway, I inspected the bike a bit closer after I bought it and discovered funny scuffs that have resulted from falling, for instance bent handlebar, very wobbly clutch lever and a very dented and scratched crankcase cover, which I have ordered and has arrived, just going to replace it when I get around to changing oils, leaking fork seal, those are bought as well waiting for the oil change day, because why do everything one at a time, when you can do them at the same time?

What I have been able to do is sketching and today I made one draft that looks like the bike i'd want, not so sure about the mask though.

I have been planning on raising the tail with a 40mm jack up kit, don't bother telling me not to because they are already on their way, i'm tall so i'd think it would make the bike look a little bigger when i'm on it.

Silver parts will be getting powdercoated blaaaack, meaning the swingarm, footrest assemblythingywithankleshieldsandshit, and the frame getting a new powdercoat because it has worn back to metal in some places.

So lots of thoughts and almost none done, soon i'll be on holiday and then i'll power on with this, hope to get this even close to midway before September

 

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You need to find a way to lift the front as well or the bike is going to become unstable
my bandit has the front dropped by 35mm with USD forks and the back raised by 35mm and its not unstable at all. its quick steering but only on par with a cbr600 now and it hasnt tank slapped...it was make it quick steering but 40mm shouldnt make it too unstable
 

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This was what I found confusing, some people say that it makes it better in corners and has no real negative sides, and some say that it ruins the bike, so I decided to go for it and see if there's any major differences.
 

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Used up my yesterday replacing fork seals and painting the fork lowers. I was going to put in the jack up kit, however finished at 10 p.m so that's a job for today, might also check to see if the notorious front sprocket nut is still there. I bought the fix kit with a bigger nut and locking plate, so i'll be putting that in once I get my hands on a new front sprocket, if the current nut is still there.

anyway, pictures...



After mastering the possible handling changes of the new suspension links, i'll start working on the front. Powder coating the triple tree, new handlebar (Still thinking which kind, superbike or drag bar), a headlight to be notified later.
 

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Today while not raining for an hour I managed to swap the suspension links, is difficult to see any difference with pictures, it just feels higher but not as high as i was expecting. Feels better to sit on though.





Almost threw up from the dirtyness of the bike, will be disassembling the whole thing to clean it.
 

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Can't get anything physical done... I have however made a few mock ups, and the latest mock up of the bike is looking very plausible.




I bought a new handlebar since the original one was bent and too narrow, so I got an LSL one, i'll post pics of it when I install it. And I bought a lower fairing from an FZR which will be the base shape of the bellypan I'll be making.

 

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Just to make it clear, that I am doing something while not showing any work done on the bike itself, here's a picture of the parts that are waiting for project day. I'm just waiting to get the money to get everything powdercoated, and since I don't have a welder, i'll have to take it to a shop for that subframe chop.


So there's the new HB, oil filter, CNC levers, Anodized sprocket nuts, -1 tooth front sprocket, a bigger nut for the front sprocket to fix the problem with the factory one coming off randomly, and new stator cover because the one on the bike is scratched beyond recognition, this will get the metallic red paint as in the pictures.

All that's left is the headlight and exhaust...

Money is tight, and next week i'll be in Portugal so I hope I still have money for the bike after the trip.
 

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Mask update!

I got inspired from the clay mask mold thread, and decided to tackle it myself. This being ''The Drone'' I didn't want any kind of predator or difficult kind of mask so simplicity and edges were the theme on this mask, the clay is drying now, and once it's dry i'll either burn it so it hardens properly or i'll be impatient and just sand it, wax it, and make the fiberglass mold out of it. For my first attempt at this, i'm satisfied, still remembered something from art class.

 

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Finally the project has really taken off, I disassembled almost the whole bike during the last 3 days. I started by removing the front sprocket cover to take off the old sprocket, once I got the cover off, a big chunk of black fell out, and it wasn't a part, when I looked at the housing and everything surrounding the sprocket I'm amazed it could move.

PEOPLE! CLEAN THE GODDAMN FRONT SPROCKET HOUSING!

I am sure many of you have seen what the housing looks like if it hasn't been cleaned since the bike came from the factory, for those who don't, Google ''Vile, Chunky vomit'' should get pretty close.

I took out all non-black parts and cleaned them, then immediately to powdercoating they went. There were many silvery parts.... ewww....


Next up is getting the tyres removed, buying a new rear tyre, rims get coated and so do the engine side covers, have to think about the frame and engine, if it's possible to paint both while still held together, it looks like a PITA to remove the engine since it has to be lifted from the side.

I'll return with beautiful black powdercoated parts by the end of this week.

I also started working on the headlight mask, here's it drying, I have already trimmed it and cut excess fiberglass off, turned out nice, just to smooth it out and get the actual lights.
 

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Where are you planning to do the powdercoat and what kind of price range are you looking at? I could throw in some recommendations as well as an option: look up Cerakote ceramic coating. Much tougher, more color options and not that much more expensive.
 

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Where are you planning to do the powdercoat and what kind of price range are you looking at? I could throw in some recommendations as well as an option: look up Cerakote ceramic coating. Much tougher, more color options and not that much more expensive.
I took the parts to Tattarsuo (not Eleko, heard that they are bad) i'll see what the parts will look like after coating and decide if i want to return. But 80-100€ including sandblasting (important parts protected) didn't seem too expensive for Finnish standards. However, they don't do metallic red powdercoat (for the rims and covers) so if you have a place in mind that does, i'd be happy to hear it.
 

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Not sure but I can ask. Pro Pinta, Lahti was the place that I meant. The guy does a LOT of rims etc but the schedule can stretch since he's doing them at weekends when the line's empty. You might wanna look up Ceramet heinola as well, they do the cerakote coatings.
 
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