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mekanik
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sooo, without actually cross-posting everything that's already been cross-posted so far i'll start the discussion:

i'm still trying to figure out how to make a seat work....after re-measuring i feel i would be better off making a seat to go with the KZ tail rather than buying the ebay special vietnamese seat cover/foam to cafe out the stock seat pan....

i can make the pan no problemo, but any ideas as where i get some firm seat foam??
 

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mekanik
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also, i'm stalled on progress til tuesday at the earliest....waiting for a big shipment from economy cycle with tires/bearings etc. (haha, all the stuff i can't "make" or recycle)

also can't work on the rear shock placement just yet, the ebay shock i was sent was the wrong one, i bought an 08-09 R6 shock, they shipped out an '08 R6S and the reservoir was orientated differently, so it won't fit.

i wish i had a lathe so i could upsize the front wheel bearing pockets mself, but i'm going to have to go make friends with a local machinist for that.. also going to have to have a rotor spacer made...

speaking of the rotor spacer, would it be better to make the spacer and just use long bolts, or make the spacer bolt to the hub, and make the rotor bolt to the spacer like the automotive bolt pattern adapter/spacers?
 

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mekanik
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mocked up the forks.



not digging the tail today.

however, broke down the seat pan and took a powered filet knife to the foam.
 

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Very few decent tires available for 18" wheels, and there will be less in the future.

That's the reason most of us convert from 18" wheels to 17s.

Good luck with the build! :thumbsup:
 

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mekanik
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haha, by most of us, you mean you smoker?

there is no way myself or this engine/frame combination will be able to outride the two commonly available 18 tires, and besides i think a 180/55-17 on the rear of a ~40hp bike is just silly.
 

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Before you machine the wheel for different bearings, can you tell me what's in it now, & what size axle you're converting to?
 

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mekanik
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sure can, it's got a 47x17x14 (od/id/w) and new axle is 22mm.

closest thing the guy at all-balls could find was a 50x22x14 or a 44(?, i don't remember exactly but it was smaller))x22x14

there is plenty of extra aluminum in the hub area to bore the pocket from 47 to 50.
 

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mekanik
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i tacked on the lower shock mount yesterday. i'm going to wait to tack up the upper until the tires are on, and all the front end bearings are in so i can set the ride height. i'll have a small amount of adjustability with the dogbones.
 

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Use a 6005 bearing.
25.47.12
Make a SS inner bushing and press it in. 3mm gives you 1.5mm sidewall....plenty.
Honesty, way easier.

I'm a bearingologist. :D
 

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mekanik
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somebody talk to me about the rotor spacer....it's going to be about an inch thick, maybe 1-1/4 either way, pretty thick. so, would it be better for it to be a plain spacer the rotor bolts pass all the way thru, or better for the spacer to bolt to the hub, and the rotor to bolt to the spacer? to me the 2nd option seems most sound.

also, tacked the upper shock mount in, no pics yet...
 

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haha, by most of us, you mean you smoker?


there is no way myself or this engine/frame combination will be able to outride the two commonly available 18 tires, and besides i think a 180/55-17 on the rear of a ~40hp bike is just silly.
Well, I've probably seen at least 100 RZs with 17s!

You're right about a stocker with a 180 rear, I wouldn't recommend that. You should have over 70 RWHP if you want to push one of those. 150 width would be perfect. I'm using a 160 on my RZ350 Streetfighter.

The OEM 110 width on the rear sucks. Rode with the OEM-sized tires today on the freeway, in the rain. Very fucking sketchy.
 

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mekanik
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i'm full aware of the merits of the 17. that's not what this build is about.

if i had unlimited resources, about the only set of commonly available 17"s i would consider would be older CBR wheels, but i don't have ~150-$200 for the rims alone, so if you want to send me a cbr F2 rear and F3 front with at least new-ish tires and i will put them on, otherwise the 18's stay!!
 

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mekanik
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now would somebody please talk to me about the rotor spacer...it's got to be pretty thick, should it bolt to the hub on the existing studs, and the rotor bolt to it, or should i just use really long bolts passing all the way thru? my gut tells me the first option is best...
 
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