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Author Topic: modified, aftermarket, or custom. nothing is safe (78 KZ1000)  (Read 38791 times)

Offline doc_rot

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Re: modified, aftermarket, or custom. nothing is safe (78 KZ1000)
« Reply #20 on: Apr 04, 2014, 19:09:37 »
thanks for the kind words Pat. This is very much a learning experience for me as I have never done most of the things i have done here. But the internet is my friend so i have been teaching myself.  In retrospect i went a little too rigid with the side-covers since they serve no structural purpose. I could have gone with half the fiberglass and without the coremat but in the end it would have maybe saved me 2-3 oz per cover, so right now its not worth the effort and money of redoing them. The mounts i'm working on right now will add a bit of weight as well, but oh well.

Vintage superbikes are my favorite. I have been searching for a GS1000 or GS1100E to add to the stable. My goal with this bike is to leave no aspect un-altered, but to do so in a way that retains the spirit of the original as that is what I fell in love with. Also functionality is very important to me. I like the look of some of the brat and cafe bikes on here,  but you ain't doing no 600+ mile day on those. When this thing is done I think I might do a high speed burn up to Alaska, who knows. every ship needs a maiden voyage.
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Re: modified, aftermarket, or custom. nothing is safe (78 KZ1000)
« Reply #21 on: Apr 11, 2014, 07:27:22 »
I got the sidecover mounts figured out. i just need to make and weld in a small bracket for the lower ones. pics soon. I also cut out the stock gusset in the front of the bike (major PITA).  I did this for a couple reasons, 1. it was preventing the front down tube braces from being welded completely around. 2. By moving the gusset forward to the down tube braces it creates a bit more room up front to mount the HID ballast which has to be within 18" of the lamp, and more room for a big ass horn. 3. the stock gusset had bends in it which negate some of the effect of the gusset as it gives a point to flex at. mine will be a real gusset so it will increase strength. 4. another excuse to use the dimple dies.  8) I also fitted a brace where the stock one was before because I had to cut that out to remove the stock gusset. The gusset is going to look something like this.




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Re: modified, aftermarket, or custom. nothing is safe (78 KZ1000)
« Reply #22 on: Sep 12, 2014, 16:51:45 »
I have chipping away at the fab. I saw this Vice news documentary on the political assassinations in the Philippines. It shows kids making semi auto handguns with shitty hand tools and files! inspired me to dress up the motor mounts i made. I nearly have my brake setup together, had to get some custom discs with a crazy offset for the KZ wheel. I have a bunch of pictures stuck on my phone that is busted so i'm trying to figure out how to get them off. Should have a better update soon. 
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Re: modified, aftermarket, or custom. nothing is safe (78 KZ1000)
« Reply #23 on: Sep 12, 2014, 22:43:01 »
Doc_rot, very nice stuff here. I too like the use of the dimple dies. I have a decent set of dies from my rock crawler / 4wd days that you have inspired me to bust back out.

Whats the specs on the tubing you are using?

I really like the fiberglass work as well. Good thinking on the vacuum bag setup. Keep up the killer work.
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Re: modified, aftermarket, or custom. nothing is safe (78 KZ1000)
« Reply #24 on: Sep 13, 2014, 00:00:17 »
Wow man. Killer stuff here. Really looking forward to seeing it all come together.
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Re: modified, aftermarket, or custom. nothing is safe (78 KZ1000)
« Reply #25 on: Sep 13, 2014, 21:58:34 »
Doc_rot, very nice stuff here. I too like the use of the dimple dies. I have a decent set of dies from my rock crawler / 4wd days that you have inspired me to bust back out.

Whats the specs on the tubing you are using?

I really like the fiberglass work as well. Good thinking on the vacuum bag setup. Keep up the killer work.

tubing is 4130 1"OD .065"wall
also have some 7/8"OD .065" wall in the mix where appropriate.
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Re: modified, aftermarket, or custom. nothing is safe (78 KZ1000)
« Reply #26 on: Sep 14, 2014, 11:25:39 »
Er, ah, would that be 0.065 inch wall?   Which is a tad over 1/16" wall thickness.
How did welding the thin wall moly reinforcements / braces to the stock frame tubes (mild steel, nearly twice the wall thickness) go?  What welding rod?
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Re: modified, aftermarket, or custom. nothing is safe (78 KZ1000)
« Reply #27 on: Sep 14, 2014, 17:13:21 »
whoops yep, forgot a zero there. .065" wall. I just fit the tubing, my buddy Eric at Performance Welding in Bothell, WA did the welding. I'm not sure what rod he used, but i did watch him weld it up with no problems.
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Re: modified, aftermarket, or custom. nothing is safe (78 KZ1000)
« Reply #28 on: Sep 15, 2014, 04:11:20 »
Yoshimira made a frame brace blue print for kz1000. My kz is pretty close to that. I think you can still buy the kit for that too.
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Re: modified, aftermarket, or custom. nothing is safe (78 KZ1000)
« Reply #29 on: Oct 28, 2014, 23:55:59 »
Cool bike, on board!


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