found it locally on craigslist. the cdi was shot (common problem on these), so i was taking a chance by buying a bike i couldn't hear run.
little searching around the local salvage yard, and i found a cdi that works. it's actually not a bandit cdi, it's off an old kawasaki, but it does work just fine. it was also only $30
been playing with it already, swapped the crappy tube bars for cbr600 clip-ons, ditched the guages, made some new brackets for the headlight, etc. going to make some suspension links at work tomorrow to jack up the rear a lil bit. still trying to decide whether i like that bikini fairing or not. it does look alot better with it sitting lower on the bike, with the clip-ons, but it loses some of that "down-n-dirty" fighter look with it on. i may just lose the whole setup and mount some small twin-spots (very small), we shall see.
got a bid on a monster seat too. i "borrowed" the seat from that
M800 that's at my shop to get chjopped, and it looks MEAN on the bandit. the upper rail of the bandits subframe is just 2 flat pieces of round tube, and is almost the same width as the monster's seat. fit's like a glove, i'd just have to trim down the back of the subframe and rig up a tail light of some sorts.
at least it's keeping me busy while i'm waiting on what i need for the build off bike.