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Now to preface, this part of the build might go slowly as I've been running out of time lately to get out and fix everything, and I have to figure out how I'm going to make a few things/decide if I'm going to be able to make the new subframe myself.

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Right now I have all the parts I think I need so far. There are other things, in the future, I would like to change, but those can wait until later. Stuff like ZX10 rear shock, newer/lighter swingarm, lighter wheels, paint scheme, rearsets, and miscellaneous parts swaps for lighter parts everywhere. This thing is a heavy fucker.

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My brother laid the bike down about 11 years ago and it has been sitting since then. He had 3XXX miles on it when a truck bumped him getting onto the freeway and he hasn't touched it whatsoever. A few months ago I just started tearing into as most of the damage was cosmetic and I felt I could make a nice Bobber/Cafe Style bike out of it and lose a ton of weight doing so. I hadn't really weighed anything because most of the parts that came out of significant weight were kind of smashed up, and I am not too worried about the numbers.

So far I've spent about $200 on parts for it and that's about all it needs at this point. I have zero experience with carbs, but a lot of experience with the internet so I'm sure I can rebuild it just fine. :bigthumb: The wiring needs to be refinished and he doesn't know where the key is so I just got a new ignition and will ditch the old locking cap. It was only banged up on the left side requiring new levers, and a new shifter linkage. I found a complete unit on ebay and just replaced that left side rearset and will most likely fix the old one for a spare or sell it maybe.

I chopped the subframe down rough for now so I can figure out how I'm going to mount the electronics and battery in the new space. I'll get an LED tail at some point, just need to pin down what I want it to look like back there. I have a Daytona 675 seat for it right now, so we'll see if I like it. I think it might be too narrow for the tank. I think I can make it work though. Right now I just need it to be rideable. I'll fix the subframe once all the gremlins are ironed out.





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My inspiration for this bike has been the Huge Designs ZX7R, but I don't think I'll go as short in the rear as they did. I also have some thoughts on what I want to do with the exhaust as I have no idea what I need to do to keep it...optimized? Mine will obviously not be this nice as I won't be able to make a custom made billet subframe, but I'll do my best.






I want to shorten the exhaust a ton, but I don't want to lose low end/mid range power. Is the difference going to be noticeable, or is the effect of chopping your exhaust off your bike and the power band that results greatly exaggerated? If I shorten it from the damn near 3 foot pipe that is on there to 12 inches or so should I just go with a smaller diameter piping to help keep some back pressure or just say fuck it and cut the thing off? It will be strictly a street bike, that seems some highway use, so I'm not looking for highway power, and top speed runs with it.

So if anyone has an suggestions for me, or advice I would greatly appreciate it. The current configuration is temporary on the subframe, but I plan to use threaded rods for the lower support like the BIG bike, and make a new upper subframe to match the seat better down the road. Not priority right now as I gotta get my damn car done this fucking year!!!! :faint:

And to remind everyone this is the front end of a stock 7R. Huge massive units up front. Especially that monster headlight unit. My brother painted it the blue, and I'll leave it for now, but I would like a white with gold and black accents down the road.


I'll try to update this as progress is made, and I need to start taking more photos of everything coming together. I just want to get this thing on the road.

Alex
 

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Oh yeah, I need to get a new overflow bottle and I was hoping maybe you guys might have some suggestions. I just would like a small aluminum bottle, but I can't seem to find anything close to what I want. Maybe I can make a long aluminum flask into an overflow bottle by welding some bungs, and a drain on it. That is kind of the shape of "bottle" I'd like to use on that side of the bike. I see people use huge bottles and I really hate them.
 
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