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  1. #1
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    New member...new project

    I wanted one of these way back on 2001...had a Bandit and still have but this thing nipped at my brain for years.
    Anyway me and my mate were out on a run and happened upon a Triumph bike store. At the back of the shop was one of these and it was everything to me. My bro was a massive Triumph nut and said "just buy it...just buy it...I'll lend you the cash"
    I couldn't do it because reasons.
    About a month later he turned up at my door with this bike saying "here's the keys take her for a spin" I honestly thought he'd bloody bought that bike from our run out and he knew it haha....played me a good 'un. Anyway it was a different bike and it was his..no worries we had loads of ride outs until he got serious about his Triumphs.

    This bike has come to me through pain and loss but also through heaps of fun and laughter and damn good memories.
    It's an 8 year mess that fall to me to get back on the road and ride it like it deserves.
    Little cash to spend so don't expect much...but ridden it will be.
    Guys, any advice is appreciated.
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  2. #2
    2009 Hooligan of the year
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    Re: New member...new project

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkmoon View Post
    Little cash to spend so don't expect much...but ridden it will be.
    From the looks of those photos its going to take more than just a little cash to get that thing road worthy again. Tires for starters, of course. Carbs will not only need a good going through, but also replacement of all the rubber o-rings. Honestly, your best bet there is to box them up and send them to KWICK. The petcock has a little o-ring in the back that will need replaced - very little expense but a must do to avoid future problems. Looks like its been sitting outside, so all the rubber tubes/hoses/carb boots, etc. would be suspect and need to be closely inspected (at a minimum) and (likely) replaced to ensure no vacuum leaks. The list goes on and on and on. Lots to do there.


    Just had a moment to look a little closer at the pics.



    Given the angle of this valve stem, there's a good chance there is a tube in that tire.

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    That's some serious pitting on those upper fork tubes. Doesn't look like the lower portions are as badly rusted. Maybe that's grease that somebody thought to smear on there to protect the lower legs?

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  3. #3
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: New member...new project

    If you need any bits Iíve got some stuff and any questions just pm me and Iíll give you my number also there are some good guys on the OC aswell
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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: New member...new project

    If you need any bits Iíve got some stuff and any questions just pm me and Iíll give you my number also there are some good guys on the OC aswell oh ja I forgot to ask what does the tank look like inside? I also have a set of stock headers if you need
    Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.

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  5. #5
    Color Monitor
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    Re: New member...new project

    I suggest that you start by giving everything a thorough cleaning before you do anything else. It will be impossible to tell what needs attention until you get all of that crud off of it. Then see zrx24's recommendations above to get you started.


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  6. #6
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    Re: New member...new project

    Yeah forks have been greased. Im no stranger to working on bikes so will do most of the work myself.
    Everything will come off the bike back to a bare frame and I will rebuild it and tidy, clean and repaint or replace as I go. Carbs will be stripped out soon and cleaned. As you say the O rings will be suspect.
    Although it was stored in a garage, a fair bit of the hoses have turned.
    Tank is showing signs of rust inside. No fuel in it so Id guess it evapourated..meaning the carbs are probably gummed.
    Haha my mate would be laughing at me now with the work ahead but also a little jelous of having a cool project like this.

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    President of the ZRXOA
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    Re: New member...new project

    Subscribed! I always like following a good restoration project.
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  8. #8
    2009 Hooligan of the year
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    Re: New member...new project

    Quote Originally Posted by AV80R View Post
    Subscribed! I always like following a good restoration project.
    +1


    Be sure and share the adventure and post up pics as you go!

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    Hooligan
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    Re: New member...new project

    Wow, just when I thought I was subscribed to enough threads on this forum.....
    All the best with the resto Hawkmoon and in case you don't know, it's illegal not to post photos and regular updates!
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  10. #10
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: New member...new project

    Quote Originally Posted by AV80R View Post
    Subscribed! I always like following a good restoration project.
    I'm in too. Can't get enough of these.

    Good luck with your resto Hawk and do not hesitate to ask whenever you're in doubt or stuck. Everybody here (except me) is very knowledgeable and you will get answers in no time.
    Godspeed Jaco. You're missed down here mate.

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    The Mod Father
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    Re: New member...new project

    Quote Originally Posted by AV80R View Post
    .... I always like following a good restoration project.
    Me too....

    This one needs a little "Tidy up"...
    "A change in behaviour begins when Jesus changes our heart"

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  12. #12
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    Re: New member...new project

    Wow! What have I done. I hope I can live up to some of the other projects on here..for sure a lot of the work Ive been looking at far outstrips my own capabillities and budget.
    My biggest worry is painting. Its the one thing I want to get right and I have never done it before. Primers, base coats, laquers and top coats..sounds like a minefield. The mechanical stuff doesnt worry me but this does. Its what everyone gets that 1st impression from.

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: New member...new project

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkmoon View Post
    Wow! What have I done. I hope I can live up to some of the other projects on here..for sure a lot of the work Ive been looking at far outstrips my own capabilities and budget.
    My biggest worry is painting. Its the one thing I want to get right and I have never done it before. Primers, base coats, lacquers and top coats..sounds like a minefield. The mechanical stuff doesn't worry me but this does. Its what everyone gets that 1st impression from.
    Look up the projects of BG Wells. That man puts EVERYONE to shame with his magnificent work!!!
    Big Harry

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    Re: New member...new project

    Just a few more from todays stripping session. Hope the images are not too big.

    I'm getting closer to the bare frame. I have started looking at powder coaters too as it might be an option over home job wet paint finish. Will clean and paint engine at home...black.

    I am thinking of going green with the frame but not sure if it'll be too much, anyone else done this?...if I do then maybe what about the wheels? Overkill?

    Also what about all the alloy parts do you guys just polish back and keep on top of it or spray over it..as you can see most off the alloy is pitted and stained so rubbing back is going to be very time consuming.
    Give me a shout up what you guys would be doing.. might give me some ideas.

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    I wish people wouldn't bend both legs of a split pin around the bolt..it just makes life difficult (you wouldn't do that to the Mrs)
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    Will replace the nuts and perhaps put dome nuts on to protect the threads
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    Pitting only on top of forks and bottom was greased so protected
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    Carbs next then engine, air box and loom
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  15. #15
    Hooligan
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    Re: New member...new project

    subscribed as well

    Lots of members here carry parts. You might ant to consider getting a pair of shocks or other components in good shape here instead of spending the time, money and energy to refurbish yours... ?

    Good luck!
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  16. #16
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: New member...new project

    My personal opinion: I think the frame in green would be too much but the rims will look good in the bike color.

    You can restore the shocks yourself. Just mask everything up well (also the internals) sand, prime and paint the springs and brush up the rest.
    My GPz shock did not look better than yours. See herehttp://www.zrxoa.org/forums/showthre...=1#post4942999.
    This is the after pics.
    Godspeed Jaco. You're missed down here mate.

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    Hooligan
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    Re: New member...new project

    Subribed too! I would leave the frame black but would do the wheels in color, and polishing up the rims.
    If you need a good painter in the UK I know a great one, via the Z650 owners group. Does brilliant work and is a Kawa enthusiast.
    His name is Richard Trowsdale. If you want his e-mail I can get it for you so you could talk.
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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: New member...new project

    Carbs next then engine, air box and loom.
    Got some bad news for ya. You ain't gettin' those carbs out until you take out that horrible air box!!!
    And it only comes out ONE WAY!!! Do a search on the site for a 'How To".
    Big Harry

    "As you swim the river of life, do the breast stroke. It helps to clear the turds from your path!"
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    Re: New member...new project

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Harry View Post
    Got some bad news for ya. You ain't gettin' those carbs out until you take out that horrible air box!!!
    And it only comes out ONE WAY!!! Do a search on the site for a 'How To".
    Really? does the two strips of 2mm sheet between rubbers and carbs not work here?

    Also thinking filters so maybe the saw will make an appearance.

  20. #20
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: New member...new project

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkmoon View Post
    Really? does the two strips of 2mm sheet between rubbers and carbs not work here?

    Also thinking filters so maybe the saw will make an appearance.
    Others have made that work, but not me!!!
    Big Harry

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  21. #21
    Calamity Gil
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    Re: New member...new project

    I would certainly befriend someone who powder coats. Also someone with a blast cabinet. Good luck, it has potential.
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  22. #22
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: New member...new project

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkmoon View Post
    Really? does the two strips of 2mm sheet between rubbers and carbs not work here?
    It did work for me, going along with some cursing of course, but it worked.
    Godspeed Jaco. You're missed down here mate.

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    Stuffed Up
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    Re: New member...new project

    Wow, BIG project you've taken on there Hawk. But that just means the satisfaction at the end will be bigger!

    There is basically a thread on here for everything you will need to do, but "The Modfather" (BG Wells) has one of the best OVERALL "Tidy Up" threads. If it's not on this forum, it's not worth doing.

    Good luck!!!!!
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    Sheriff
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    Re: New member...new project

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Harry View Post
    Got some bad news for ya. You ain't gettin' those carbs out until you take out that horrible air box!!!
    And it only comes out ONE WAY!!! Do a search on the site for a 'How To".
    Don't be silly, of course you can.


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  25. #25
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    Re: New member...new project

    So today I wanted the carbs and the loom out.

    Carbs came out really easy after I took the airbox mounting screws out. I didn't need the two bits of strip as the rubbers were real soft, it took about 5 mins of wriggling after all fasteners were set free and I'd re routed the cables.

    There's a small bit of damage on one of the rubber carb mounts, I will assume it was existent as there was no debris after removal.

    Loom came out easy too and I managed to get lots of other stuff detached and put away.

    Next step is the last of the cooling system and then engine removal. I will clean and paint engine myself but kinda thinking to have the frame and wheels powder coated professionally (so shout up you best UK powder coaters). This would just give me so much more back..solid coating and good glossy finish with decent scratch resistance. Still tempted to go green on the frame.
    If I get time I will take some pics of the plastic and show you the custom paint job..it is luminous green with like a gold dust in it. (The bike was originally purple I think, going on the colour under the tank)

    Ive looked through other project posts and they are far better and more in-depth than what Ive given you here. you know who they are. these pics are really just to flesh out my progress. I like looking at project pics so I know you guys must like em too...just don't want to spam you with too many.
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    Hooligan
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    Re: New member...new project

    Subscribed too.
    Looks like a ton of work.
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  27. #27
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    Re: New member...new project

    Just as an add on.. when on a refurb, what do you do with the alloy? just polish back and leave it? as you can see theres a good bit of pitting here and Im not sure the forward plan.

    Should I polish or powder coat the SA?

    Ta!

  28. #28
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    Re: New member...new project

    Just a few pics of some cleaning. Chain will be replaced. Brake callipers have had a good going over and the comparison is lovely.

    Glad I split them as the crud inside was heavy.
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  29. #29
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: New member...new project

    This is going to be a great thread and in subscribing now !
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