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    I found yet another bike, and couldn't say no.

    It's been a while since I've had something to work on in the garage, and now that I have time (unemployed life) I thought, let's see what used bikes are out there.

    Anyway, I found this Gixxer:


    not to far from me.
    It's a 2002 K2 GSXR-750, which is a decent fun bike.
    The owner had some issues with heat and battery not charging, worked out it was regulator/stator, but took those bits out and then gave up for a few years.

    So, he put it on gumtree, and i found it first i guess.

    I went to check it out on Sat, took my battery, it turned over ok, but didn't start, fair enough, likely no fuel etc.



    Carnextdoor'd a ute, and its coming home.


    Nice dash.

    Plugged my battery in,


    thought I did extra well, but after a while i guess it defaults to mph, so that's 90,000 kms.



    it is complete, with all lights, fairing and mirrors, in decent condition.
    tyres are super old, but chain and everything else seems very decent.

    I poured some fuel in, made sure it had some oil, and tried to kick it over...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAeFUR2sdN0

    sounds pretty good to me.

    Looking at the ad, my initial plan was to check it all out, and strip it, and sell parts.

    GIXER front ends are popular for cafe racer conversions, and often go for $1200.
    I did a quick sum of easily sellable parts, and thought $3500 all up could be possible.

    But, seeing how complete it is, and that it seems to run well, i might put it all back together and see what we can do.

    I'm really torn here.

    oh, what did this beast cost me?
    How many lizards?
    well, 10 pineapples. So $500. Done.
    15
    Put it together and sell complete
    93.33%
    14
    Strip it and part out
    6.67%
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    Last edited by trent from punchy; 11-02-20, 08:00 AM.
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    #2
    If it's pretty much complete and only going to cost time to get going, then fix it up as a runner and see what you can get for it as track bike or ready to register.

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      #3
      Yeah that ^ If it's got a clean title why not.

      actually looks pretty fat without all the faring on. I kinda have an inclining to buy one and put dirt tyres on it.

      See if I can rip my whole leg off this time instead of half of it.
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      This is obviously assuming all your AUX outputs are doing something. Ie idle control, and the other does water spray, and the other updates your Instagram automatically etc.

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        #4
        yeah it can be rego'd apparently. PPSR did come up with a written off notice, just in 2004, and inspected, and it was rego'd from then til 2015.
        I called the RMS and they said it should be fine.
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          #5
          When I poured a bit of fuel in to see if she runs, i noticed the tank had some rusty bits. Sitting for 4-5 years near the water will do that. The rest of the bike seems pretty rust free, but leaving a completely empty fuel tank isnt the best idea.

          So, lets get rid of that rust.






          There are heaps of derusting products out there, but looking at the ingredients, and independent scientific tests on youtube, it seems Citric acid is one of the best solutions.
          Pick up 5 of these little contains from woolies for like $7.




          and fill it with boiling/super hot water



          Now a lot of people put in nuts and bolts, so agitate and work the surface of the rust a bit, wihich is fine, but i didnt want to spend hours pulling them out, so the idea here was to use a chain.



          which is easy to fish out one piece.




          Fill it to the brim and you can see it's already working.



          seal it up, shake it all around, and we wait for the lemon juice to do it's thing.

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          2015 Cervelo S2 - for the fitness
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            #6
            Amazing. $500 is a cheap fun bike. Keen to see it alive again.
            '13 Yamaha R1 // '00 Toyota Supra RZ // '72 Ford XA Fairmont

            Sell me your old videogames? Nintendo, Sega, PlayStation, some XBox...

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              #7
              I left the lemon acid soaking for about 4-5 hours.
              Swishing the chain around every hour or so.




              I did leave the fuel pump assembly in, and didn't want to subject it for too long. But i figure if it can handle days soaked in 98, it can survive a bit of lemon juice.
              It also had a bit of rust on it, so didn't hurt.




              Pulled the chain out, and it's certainly lost it's shine.

              and the result:




              looks pretty good to me.



              Give it some hot air to dry it out asap.

              Tomorrow we coat it in a sealer.
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                #8
                Cool, looks like a good project. I am always amazed at the bang for buck available out there. Particularly if you're prepared to do a little research and get your hands dirty.

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                  #9
                  I wasn't sure how the tank would go now, so why not do it all properly and seal the inside.
                  It did have a pin hole at the bottom of the seam, which I plugged successfully with Q-Bond, but I didn't want any more showing up.

                  There are a few sealers around, and it seems just the sealer is a bit tricky to find.
                  So, I got the KBS kit.



                  Stage one is a cleaner. Basically detergent.

                  Pour it in with boiling water, shake it all around a few times, and leave for a couple of hours. Fine.

                  While this was happening I though I'd changed the plugs.
                  No idea when the last ones were done.



                  The old ones didn't look too bad, but fresh plugs are always good.
                  i'll keep the old ones. A touch black and oiley.

                  and man this thing is easy to work on. Maybe 30min to do the plugs.
                  On the BMW that's 3+ hours and a special tool is needed that only BMW have.


                  Stage 2 for the tank is an anti rust treatment and coating.
                  They are pretty firm with only leaving it in for 1 hour, so I cant see how much rust it could get rid off in that time.
                  Luckily I did the bulk of the work yesterday.



                  when I got this thing I was thinking, man, the bars seem short..
                  cus no bar ends.

                  $20 ebay specials:



                  much better



                  That won't do.
                  eBay for $23 gets a minty fresh one:



                  I'll pull the brakes off and clean them out before giving it fresh fluid.




                  I've also started cleaning up the plastic.
                  Overall it's pretty good.
                  A few touch ups here and there.


                  this one has be stumped.


                  It seems the inside of the windshield has some paint splattered.
                  It does scrape off, but it will likely scratch the plastic.
                  Polish did nothing, a wipe with turps didn't either. Anyone have any ideas how to clean this up?


                  I've also started a new insta account for my bike adventures..

                  https://www.instagram.com/mcxicustoms/

                  feel free to follow and like and subscribe and share...
                  just want to maximise my ROI here



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                    #10
                    I reckon that "paint splatter" on the inside of the windshield is brake fluid after the reservoir has puked. My 750 has the same. Res always wears a sweatband at track days now. No idea how to get rid of it other than a aggressive cut and polish.

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                      #11
                      mm maybe.

                      It's white though, and pretty hard.. maybe thats just the reaction with the plastic.
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                        #12
                        Try a clay bar followed by some fine polish.

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                          #13
                          Gave all of those a go, and its maybe a touch better, and i yeah i think it was brake fluid.

                          I ended up using a harsh cutting compound, which got rid of the hard white bits.
                          And then followed with Megs ultimate compound, and auto glym polish to de scratch it.

                          It seems the dots are embedded pretty deep into the plastic, so yeah likely brake fluid.

                          Looks maybe passable. It's really only visible on the inside.
                          If it's nnot ill buy a new one $40 or so.
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                          2015 Cervelo S2 - for the fitness
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                            #14
                            Here's the reason why I'm doing all this...



                            Apparently Gixxer tanks are famous for this.

                            get a bit of two pack JB weld for tanks...



                            mix it up




                            and plug the holes




                            I'll refine this a bit more and hit it with a gloss black spray can.



                            took the fuel pump assembly apart too, it worked, but was gunky as.



                            fuel filter was pretty gunky, how is this supposed to flow 14,000rpm worth of 98ron dino juice.



                            Mitsubishi pump


                            Polishig whatever I can too.
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                              #15
                              Time to get this tank done.

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                              the last stage of the 3 is the actual sealer.
                              It's basically a thick goo that you pour in, rotate around to coat everything, and lines the tank with a solid leak resistant coating.


                              ends up looking like this.

                              Inside is done so let's finish the outside.



                              rub the JBWeld back a bit.



                              ive heard primers can sink into it a bit, so the go is to coat it with spot bog.



                              sand and mask



                              and try to blend.
                              I masked on a curve so it's almost invivible.



                              looks ok here

                              and will be fine in position



                              I'll take it off and rub it with 1500 and compound it, the colour is a touch off, less blue, but will be fine cus of the fold in the metal.

                              Thats a pass.

                              I'm waiting for the fuel filter to come, then I'lll mount it all and lock it all in place.

                              Getting closer.
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