Exomotive's Eco-Exo build has begun! Over the holidays, I picked up a 2005 Suzuki Burgman 400 with 8100 miles. It is in excellent condition and has never been laid down. I expect that we will make a good bit of our money back from the sale of unused parts and tupperware.
Our kit is in production and will feature red GRP panels. I've been looking at an extra front wheel/tire/brake assembly and it should arrive in the coming weeks. I'll be busy getting our first Exocet deliveries out this month so the teardown won't start for a few weeks. In the meantime, here are some photos of the donor:
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Post by Kevin Patrick on Aug 12, 2012 10:58:04 GMT
Been a while since our last post. We've had the kit in the shop since early July but have been busy marketing the MEV lineup and enhancing our fiberglass production capabilities. Finally was able to devote some time to it this week.
I wish I had some great insight or tricks to show you to help disassemble the Burgman, but the fact is the scooter is very simple and the entire job can be done with a few wreches, sockets and screwdrivers in an afternoon.
General tool list: 8, 10, 12, 14, & 17mm wrenches 8, 10, 12, 14, & 17mm sockets w/ short and long extension Metric allen wrenches Phillips and flat head screwdrivers Small snips/cutter for removing plastic ties from wiring/frame Painters masking tape & felt tip pen/Sharpie for labeling wiring harness Containers to drain coolant and brake fluid Paper towels
If you don't mind spending a little time on YouTube, a guy named Mitch Bergsma has made a very helpful series of how-to videos about the 2003-2006 Suzuki Burgman / Skywave 400. 32 videos so far and they are a great primer before starting your teardown. View them all on this YouTube playlist: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL652A47B178098110&feature=plcp
All the body panels are held on by a combination of screws and push-pin plastic rivets. Simply use your phillips head screw driver to pop in the top of the rivet, then remove the rivet from the body panel.
The only challenge I ran into during teardown was that Suzuki used 2 security screws on the ignition. I did not have a security bit to remove them, so just introduce the screws to your angle grinder with cutting wheel and turn them into flat head screws.
Lots of parts in great shape to be photographed, tagged and sold:
Post by Kevin Patrick on Nov 20, 2012 16:32:28 GMT
Wow, I saw the post as we were driving back from the F1 race in Austin and was surprised to see how bent it looked! I'm back in the office today and thankfully see now that it was just my point-and-shoot camera on the widest angle distorting the view. I'll bring a better camera to work and get a different photo.
Note that I had asked Scott not to include seat mounts on this model as we are installing a pair that will perfectly mount to our seat. The regular Eco-Exo does not need those since it uses the standard scooter seat. The Eco-Exo-R kits normally do include seat supports as standard.
Sorry for the delay on the build! The weekdays are keeping me very busy with sales/marketing and we've spent nearly every weekend at one automotive event or another marketing the MEV line.