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So I finally got the stones to start turning my bike into a fighter.

BEFORE PIC:


Funding is always an argument so basically when it comes to my bike I'm broke. I've been putting this off because I couldn't get everything I wanted all at once.. gauges, light, grind off the excess brackets etc.. But then it hit me, what all is an actual requirement; Pretty much just the light.. I do need a mirror to be legal also but I'll figure that out soon enough.

I stripped off the plastic and tubing, then reused my headlight (Thanks to Sully for the idea), attaching it with..... ZIP TIES!

The idiot who had the bike before me and done some very poor mods to it and it was in pretty bad shape, he had tried to tear the light apart with a screwdriver but the glue prevented that and eventually he cut two holes and covered them with electrical tape.


I had to cut out some notching so the light would sit further back and then used a soldering gun to melt some of the cut away material back where my notches were and on that previous owners ghetto modding.


There was a bracket in the way where the primary center fairing was attached in the center/front of the frame. My poor dremel tool (don't have a grinder yet, maybe in a couple of weeks) took a beating.

Took home hvac air filter and cut out squares then used stainless steel hose clamps to attach (should have used zip ties! argh). I need to find a better filter but that was the best I could find at home depot. I wanted to use a filter from a lawnmower but they were the wrong shape and $20.. I got my for $0.60!

So stage one of my slow and poorly funded build:
 

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uh what did you use HVAC filters for?
 

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I just updated my original post with the only other photos I took. I'll take more next mod I do.

I took the hvac filter and used the mesh to prevent dirt etc from getting into my air box.

I'd love to hear any other ideas but I was at the home depot and it was the best I came up with.

It's a 2000 YZF600R
 

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man to have my own place, with a real pool, and still say im broke, man talk about tight. bet your ass is so tight it sqeauks when you walk *dont take me serious, just trying to get some laughs* and definately too much "junk in the trunk" figure out a way to make that smaller within your limited budget and get it done. Dont forget alot of progress pictures, how better to help the fighter communtiy then having a HOW-TO.
 

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Ah Nev whats the headlight off;)

Gday shift didnt know you where lurking around here:D
 

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ha right off my bike (cheap bastard). I think I'm eventually going to chop the tail and make it into a stubby pipe but need to finish the front end first. Next step is mirror. after that either blinkers in the front somehow or gauges.

Got to find a cheap ass set of gauges that actually work.. not sure how I'm going to pull that off because as I understand it the two things kind of go hand in hand.
 

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Sigma BC800 bicycle computer works for cheapest-speedometer-that-works

Acewell is next in line for worth buying. www.electrosport.com. Call their number and ask for Marcus, tell him you're from CF and he should hook you up.
 

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Update:
1. Ebay is a wonderful place. I finally grew a pair and started posting the stuff I stripped off my bike on Ebay. I can clearly see how this can help fund my next purchase which is good for someone with tight bike funds. Right now I am looking at about $60 without posting any fairings yet and I still have 5 days to go before my first batch of auctions close (and the last day or two should be when the most action occurs). I just started everything at $.99 and put the shipping at a spot where I will be content (not thrilled, but okay) with the small amount I would make if it sold at $.99. Works for me.
2. I finally got a mirror (motrax of ebay) which is good because I needed that to get my bike legal again. Still no new gauges (gauges! pfft, I don't need no stinking gauges). I screwed up BIG TIME on an ebay bid for some black CRG levers that went for about $80 but normally run for about $180. Crap. I want to chop the subframe badly but have no welding/cutting equipment (does a dremel count). :/


Need some motivation. Not sure what the next item to tackle should be. Low funds so I'm skipping the expensive gauges for now.
 

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Update:
1. Ebay is a wonderful place. I finally grew a pair and started posting the stuff I stripped off my bike on Ebay. I can clearly see how this can help fund my next purchase which is good for someone with tight bike funds. Right now I am looking at about $60 without posting any fairings yet and I still have 5 days to go before my first batch of auctions close (and the last day or two should be when the most action occurs). I just started everything at $.99 and put the shipping at a spot where I will be content (not thrilled, but okay) with the small amount I would make if it sold at $.99. Works for me.
2. I finally got a mirror (motrax of ebay) which is good because I needed that to get my bike legal again. Still no new gauges (gauges! pfft, I don't need no stinking gauges). I screwed up BIG TIME on an ebay bid for some black CRG levers that went for about $80 but normally run for about $180. Crap. I want to chop the subframe badly but have no welding/cutting equipment (does a dremel count). :/


Need some motivation. Not sure what the next item to tackle should be. Low funds so I'm skipping the expensive gauges for now.

take the panels and seat off and post some pics of the subframe. we can give good suggestions
 

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Update:
1. Ebay is a wonderful place. I finally grew a pair and started posting the stuff I stripped off my bike on Ebay. I can clearly see how this can help fund my next purchase which is good for someone with tight bike funds. Right now I am looking at about $60 without posting any fairings yet and I still have 5 days to go before my first batch of auctions close (and the last day or two should be when the most action occurs). I just started everything at $.99 and put the shipping at a spot where I will be content (not thrilled, but okay) with the small amount I would make if it sold at $.99. Works for me.
2. I finally got a mirror (motrax of ebay) which is good because I needed that to get my bike legal again. Still no new gauges (gauges! pfft, I don't need no stinking gauges). I screwed up BIG TIME on an ebay bid for some black CRG levers that went for about $80 but normally run for about $180. Crap. I want to chop the subframe badly but have no welding/cutting equipment (does a dremel count). :/


Need some motivation. Not sure what the next item to tackle should be. Low funds so I'm skipping the expensive gauges for now.
Good deal, I sold all my old stuff on E-Bay for enough to completely fund my project...came out about even!!

Welding/ cutting equiptment. Have a hacksaw and drill?? You can bolt the stuff together until you find someone to tack it when you figure out how you want it.

Looks good...don't think I've seen a YZF done yet. After seeing a fightered Katana...I though I've seen everything!:D
 

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Keep modding! I need motivation to do my stuff too :D
 

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Only thing I've managed in the past couple of months is some exhaust wrap on my pipes. Let me just give a little tip and remind anyone thinking about doing this that #1 it is freaking fiberglass so dress accordingly (not like me, ugh). and #2 it cooks off some fumes the first week or so of riding.

Had progress pictures but lost them on a needed comp reformat... not much too them anyway. Found a good place to paint the frame by swinging by a local shop and chatting. Very excited about the pricing but really want to chop and grind some bits before then. Need to get some good ideas on how to tackle the frame chop and still ride it a week or two later... I'm thinking that I will probably need a welder which I don't have before tackling :(
 

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glad your sticking with the project. we'll love to see your updates.

i chopped my sub and saved the cut material. brought both down to a welder and he charged me 100 to set it up for me.

i chopped it with one of these bad boys:
 

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yup, if you have a northern tool store near you they ave grinders for like 10 bucks. not the best but they will do the trick. I've gone through more than a few of them, lol


also lowes, homedepot, tracter supply and sears all have cheap grinders for usually under 30 bucks
 

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a good grinder with various discs and wheels, cutting,grinding, sanding. and a drill will get you a looong way. That is how I did my subframe swap(pics on my build) Will have it welded after I 'm dune:D
 
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