I spent most of my time disassembling the donor. I can't bring myself to call it my motorcycle anymore, it's like making a pair of mittens from a favorite pet. The end product may be more useful than the original, but still sad.
Lol, don't dwell on the past derrick, in a couple of months the bike'll be forgotten and you'll have something much better
Thanks Kevin, I know it will be worth it in the end. The funny thing is even my wife said it looked sad up on the stand, no front end, wires just hanging. Demolition is done the real build and all its troubles start now. You were right the swing arm doesn't fit its 2" too wide with no way to machine it down. I bought an 07 one last night $50.00, we shall see how that goes it will need the bolt and spacers I may change the bearings while I'm back there. I now have to change all of the FZ1 sensors and covers to one of my new R1 motors. The choice of motor will be easy since one resides in milk crates. I now have 3 motors in the garage in different levels of build. I will use the good R1 for now while the turbo motor goes in for reassembly to become my supercharged version. The FZ1 will be a good source for parts since the head is undamaged. You guys have a great out in the UK I just found out you can't make brake lines in the US. I bought the Wilwood big brake kit which came with calipers, pads and 4 flex lines. I went to 4 auto parts suppliers yesterday not one has any fittings for these things or a way to make it up. I checked with Wilwood they have the fittings, but at $16.00 per little brass fitting. You would think for that kind of money it would at least be gold plated. I can run hard line out of the masters then change over to flex, but the flex lines from the kit are only 16" long, not long enough to span the control arm not to mention turning. Again I'll say kit, but not really if you have to through most of it away and buy new. Wish me luck, Derrick
Hi Derrick, Its too late for you now but RTR sell a pre made brake line kit as an option. I made mine using flexi hose with stainless end fittings, not the lightest fittings and also quite expensive but they do still look as new. You're going supercharged, that will be great, have thought of where you'll fit the intercooler. Cheers Kevin
Kevin, Yes the intercooler will reside in the hoops of the roll bar or maybe just forward of the bar to keep the piping as short as possible. I'll also be running my Nitrous system as a Cryo2 system to spray CO2 through a coil directly onto the intercooler. So picture big 10lb bottle strapped to the roll bar supports with a remote bottle opener. If nothing else it will look cool. My turbo motor will use thicker base gaskets and head gaskets to lower compression then a Methanol system to raise Octane rating to about 116 or race gas territory. hopefully I don't run through my collection of R1 motors too quick. Derrick P.S. I PMed you about the brakes.
Kevin, The intercooler should be feather lite. The 10lb bottle I'll sling as low as I can on the roll bar supports. It will probably mount to a plate spanning the two bars. Back to work out in the garage. Derrick
I know, the polished velocity stacks are way cool. I couldn't resist the pic without the air box. The intake plenum for the supercharger is polished also, but I may paint it black to match all the other black bits. Space is becoming a premium on the back side of this vehicle who goes where and for what reason. I was going to get an engine hoist to lift the frame over the motor, but found I can still lift the frame with the motor in it. I hope I fit in this thing without looking like a circus act. I always liked small cars, but I don't fit in all of them. It's not the height it's the girth. It may look as though I'm wearing the car as much as driving it. More eBay stuff coming. I think I figured the fenders out. Derrick
I couldn't resist putting a seat in the car when it was still just a frame. I fit, but it's snug. I would hate to offset the cabin to the right just to fit my fat a**. I'll suffer with the tight fit, I've gotten used to most of the devices made for smaller people. Like a girl squeezing into a dress 3 sizes too small. I'll send you a picture of me in it. You know I'll have to ask, does this little car make me look fat? Back to the workshop, I have the wifes list to work at too. We are framing mirrors while I work on brake resevoirs and fenders. A carpenter I ain't. See ya, Derrick
Post by juddyjuddster on Oct 13, 2014 13:16:33 GMT
Het Derrick being a larger bloke myself I did consider buying a wide hip seat for me and a small for the passenger but instead I have gone for two wide seats and no centre tunnel. I need to trial fit my seats as soon as I get them as I am still nervous I won't fit. Good luck Ian
Ian, Glad I won't be the only one. How are you going tunnel less? Are you mounting your radiator out back, or route tubes to the sides? You must be going Klicktronic. Do you have any pictures of your progress, ideas I might steal?? Thanks, Derrick
Post by juddyjuddster on Oct 14, 2014 12:36:56 GMT
Hi Derrick, I have not fitted the parts yet so no photos as I am waiting for my seats to be made. The plan is to put the two water pipes together and run a third carbon tube above them for the cables etc, an idea I have borrowed from Kev (Slugshot) who has that. My unknowns are the handbrake which I want to the side or a dash mounted one but I'll see when I get that from RTR who are on making the bits etc. I have the klicktronic gear change system but I need to see how that goes as well so I am still no where near finished on my build.
I seem to be stuck waiting for bits to be made right now but that is always the problem with kit cars as it is rarely off the shelf stuff.
I tried a dash mounted handbrake and failed miserabley. Even with all kinds of pulleys and levers to increase leverage it would not hold even with 2 people pulling on it. Think I might qualify for the f.b club aswell at 19 stone. I took Bingo out for a spin at Curborough which was a combined weight of around 42 stone. Still insanely fast even with that weight onboard.