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Discussion in 'The Pub' started by kiffsta, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. Wozza

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    Thx....yeah the ramp is an old cast iron step I picked up for $40...The wheel clamp is pricey but makes it a lot easier to just roll the bike into and it holds it up fine on its own...though working on the front wheel or forks is a no go...Might see if the rear can be rolled in never tried it :D
     
  2. ShaneP

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    Finally finished rebuilding the kdx200 engine and gotten the ER6f back together. Rego is due on Buzz (zxr250) and I might let it lapse :'( seeing as I have 2 other bikes and Buzz isn't running really (carby float valves sticking, from what I can work out). I prefer the zxr over the other 2, but I'm working on another zxr (I have 4½ zxr bikes), with an engine swap... Engineering approval to come, but should be straightforward
     
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    Been working on these ZXR fairings for a mate over the last couple of weeks. They had been black, green, blue, purple, white, red and white again (with various undercoats between). This is how thick the build up of paint was.
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    I started sanding but soon realised I wouldn't live long enough to sand all this off.
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    I don't like using stripper on plastics but these were beyond easy, so bought some bumper stripper from paint shop. It took many goes but finally got back to plastic.
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    I welded the cracked and broken bits and finally got some filler and undercoat on them.
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    Using COB (clear over base) and some stickers make by local signwriter we now have some shiney usable panels (not to mention Kgs lighter). :)
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  4. kiffsta

    kiffsta Administrator Staff Member Dirty Wheel Club Contributing Member

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    Looks great Murdo , heck of effort getting all that crap off
     
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    Frankster See the World before you leave it Staff Member Premium Member Ride and Events Crew

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    Great work Murdo. I can't believe how many different coats of paint those plastics had on them.
     
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    Tried to start the wr250f, but no good. Cleaned the carby, resolder the coil wire, and tried again, same result. Those slide carbies are very finicky on MX bikes.. It could have other issues, too.
     
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    Sticky front caliper on my MC22. So got myself I piston puller. Ordered repair kit from Powerhouse on Ebay and fixed the sticky side and serviced the other one! Luckily for me, after some polishing, the pistons are fine.
    BTW, excellent kit:
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    Still breaking my mind if I should go the NC30 caliper route. Probably my old timer style of driving, but never had any issues with the scooter brakes....
     
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    What did I do to my bike today? I rode the snot out of it!
     
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    And here I was using a grease gun and having to clean it afterwards.
     
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    Been getting some of my ZXR parts ready for engine builds and having some spares just in case.

    It's always a feel good moment when you take a piston that look like crap...
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    ...and make it all nice and newish again.

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    Making sure all the rings are correctly gapped and all parts are weighed and ready to go (if needed). Manual says to gap test them 10mm and 60mm from the top of the cylinder. I also check them where they should never be other than during assembly. Amazing how well these bikes are put together. These 4 barrels are almost perfect.

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    Well, since the MotoGP and the visit from the Chief and Dr Murdo, one of the main things I have been trying to do is get the Black/Yellow ZXR250 ready for a test & tune session at my local drag strip. Those of you playing at home, will recall that Murdo built a solid rear end and wheelie bars for the bike.

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    We called the bike “The WASP” and I even went out and bought some Wasp stickers to put on it.

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    However, every time I went to put the stickers on the bike, I couldn’t bring myself to soil the paint job Murdo had spent time putting on it so I decided we’ll drop the “WASP” name and go with something else. I’ve always entered my Red/White ZXR250 as “Team 2fiftycc – Lucky Strike”, because it has a Lucky Strike themed paint job. So, I think we’ll just call this one “Team 2fiftycc Ninja” since the name is right there on the side of the bike.

    After bringing the bike back from Tamworth, I needed to pull the engine which has a smoke issue and a rattling clutch. Smoke seems to be valve oil seal related, so some work to do there. In the interim, another ZXR250 engine is going to be put into the bike for initial runs and testing. I went to pull the smokey engine out and noticed the rear tyre was a bit flat. Further investigation indicated the valve was leaking and giving it a gentle push meant lots of air coming out. So, off came the rear wheel and down to Pablo’s we go to get a new valve fitted, balance the wheel and check the tyre was going to be okay for drag racing.

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    Stripped the bike during the “engine swap” exercise and started becoming familiar with its layout and changed ride height etc. During the removal of the smokey engine, one of the front engine mount bolts broke. It was in there good and hard and even though I took my time (and got it half out) it still broke. Further angst was endured as an easyout broke off in the bit still in the frame...D’oh! Removal was painful, but successful in the end.

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    Next, the other ZXR engine went in; Running COP setup; Water, oil & fuel went in (some fuel came out).

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    New exhaust also has a bung for us to run an O2 sensor.

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    We won’t worry about plugging the O2 sensor in until the bike is running properly.

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    Had plenty of issues from a leaking fuel tap, tank not sitting right and fairings not fitting properly, but now most of these are either fixed or a band aid is in place.

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    Replaced the grips and moved the starter. This bike runs a keyless starter, so I replaced the fuel cap with a keyless unit…no more looking for keys!

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    I also had to move some dash bits around so the steering was not being impeded. Started engine to ensure no major embarrassment at the strip and all seems in order. The bike is now ready for its maiden outing. We won’t run the wheelie bars initially. I have never ridden a solid rear bike before, so it will be something new. If she goes as good as she looks, I’ll be very happy.

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    With a solid rear-end, all I can say is....thank god the race last only 10+ seconds
    Bike looks awesome mate :thumb_ups:
     
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    Well, you can thank Murdo for the bike's looks and finish. The first time I sat on it, I nearly ruptured something; you have the inbuilt automatic motion to bounce the rear when you sit on a bike...not good with a solid rear end!
     
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    After the frustration of yesterday and finding the front wheel buckled I decided that today I would do a little rearranging in the garage and put up my 10 Tonne press so I could press the bottom bearing on the stem.. It is so much easier to do that bottom bearing when you have a press and you run zero risk of stuffing up the bearing.
    That was enough for me.. time for some more medication and a nap I think.
     
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    Went for a cruise through the national park. On the way out at the set of lights, someone rolled forward into a suzuki adventure bike. I stopped and helped the guy lift his bike up and stuffed my lower back... so a trip to emergency for me in agonizing pain... sprained my back muscles and couldn't stand up or sit down on my own... not fun!
     
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    Spewing mate , kudos for helping out

    I got my silver zxr running today , probably hasn’t been started in 3 months , took some coaxing. She needs a good ride to blow the cobwebs out
     
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    Do you know an osteopath or chiropractor? Will be good to catch it before nerve inflammation takes hold if it's a herniated disc
     
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    Because I'm so slow, it takes a week for me to do enough to be worth mentioning. Not that I got much done. I finished the kdx200 rebuild, chucked the motor in the bike, ran it in (any excuse to blast a smoker around the paddock, chuck a few wheelies), then pull the engine out, again. But when put the coolant (back) in, it was like kombucha for a bike, with a culture growing!
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    I spent a bit of time trying to work out how to mount it in the new frame, getting a kickstart into non-kick frame, a swingarm-axle-mounted engine in a non frame. It doesn't fit, unless I cut it (gasp!) so I looked at a different frame. The second frame is much easier to fit the engine, but the frame is a step backwards, so I'll cut the first allow frame.

    Also, I had my latest zxr250 arrive this week, it fired up under choke, but stalls out on throttle. Carbies will need cleaning.
     
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