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Offline Kratoxy

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Re: My unnamed VX
« Reply #30 on: September 04, 2016, 08:26:40 PM »
Hey guys! Nice to get some response :p

I promised pictures!

A bit out of focus sadly, but here I have wirebrushed, done some magic with rust removing chemicals.

Then we ended up with a frame full of primer. I ran out of black paint today, only got to paint half the frame, gotta pick up more tomorrow and continue.


If you have seen the earlier pictures, you

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Re: My unnamed VX
« Reply #31 on: September 12, 2016, 01:25:52 PM »
More paint!

I have discovered, that restoring a bike involves a lot of painting, who knew? :p

So this got a much needed wirebrush treatment, the rust on this bike is unbelievable... Also, 2-3 layers of paint, not fun.


Then some primer


And then a dark grey semi gloss paintjob


The rear drive also got some new paint, here a picture of it after primer. I forgot to take a picture of it after painting, partly because it was getting so late and dark, but it got the same paint as the rear swingarm.


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Re: My unnamed VX
« Reply #32 on: May 11, 2017, 12:01:16 AM »
So, where did I leave you guys :p

I've had this bike for a few years now, but never been able to ride it :(. But, I'm inching forward, today I bring you... More pictures!!!

Here are some of what I had been working on in the last post, all assembled and ready to go on the frame. I am having a problem here though, when I tighten the axle nut, the wheel locks up... Somethings not right here... Any ideas? Brake's not even fitted to the bike.


(I'm not working fast on this bike, I'm sorry)

The frame is painted! With proper polyurethane paint! I was so happy when this was done. Just look at it!


Here you can see the triple-tree installed with all new steering bearings, so smooth.




I did also paint the front forks, but as you can see, I need new tubes, which in this part of the world, is hard to come by it seems... Might have gotten some from the US, but shipping is killing me :p In the background on the lower picture, you can also see I've painted the calipers matte black, they have been rebuilt now, so those are ready for action as well!







And now for the big finale! I have painted... the engine! (I might have not done this by the book) Okay, so here's the deal. The engine was VERY corroded, paint flaking and generaly just looking shit, but it ran good. The amount of nooks and crannies in this engine pretty much makes it impossible to paint without disassembly, sandblasting and a lot of money in gaskets and so forth... For an engine that works just fine. So, I took a brass brush, and went to town, doing as best I could without taking the engine apart, and... Well, it turned out a lot better than expected!

This reduces the amount of work by a lot, so maybe I can actually ride this one day :p






I will see you guys on the road some day! (How long have I had this bike now...? 3-4 years? You guys will have long forgotten about this bike when I'm done  ;D )

Regards,
K

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Re: My unnamed VX
« Reply #33 on: May 18, 2017, 09:15:16 PM »
Hello again. Things are moving forward :) More pictures!


Engine was painted last time, now, it's in the frame! (That was a pain...)


The front forks were pitted, so I bought some used ones from the US, Scuffed them up, painted them, changed out the oil and put the springs the right was, they were upside down according to the manual.



Carbs are in


Okay, so here's a bunch of parts, my way of getting this bike back together now, after diassmebly a few years ago is: Rummage through boxes, find a part, go "I know where this goes!" put it on the bike, and repeat. I hope I run out of parts at some point like this :p



I'm changing out a lot of the bolts, since they were all rusty, and this is a naked bike, it makes it look a lot better. It wont be as "Original" anymore, but hey, some of the old bolts are too far gone. Even sheared a head off of one in the frame, that was a fun 3 hours....


I am having some issues with the wiring loom, this mess of butt cnnectors.. "Where did you come from, where do you go?" If someone has some helpful tips or picture I can go after, that would be amazing!



Well, I believe that's it for this time, see ya on the road soon folks.

Regards,
K

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Re: My unnamed VX
« Reply #34 on: May 21, 2017, 06:05:48 PM »
Hello guys, today disaster struck. The tank got dented... I am so sad about this :( Well, at least it wasn't in good condition anyways, but still, it was very sad.




Didn't take a lot of pictures today, a lot of the day was spent trying to pull the dent out again, but the bike is very much together now! I spent hours today routing the wiring harness, fuel lines, air hoses etc etc, it's been insane. I am printing out the manual, I am so sick of looking at tiny pictures on my phone. I'm also sure I've routed a lot wrong, but it cranks. It starts if I squirt some gas into the carbs, so that's good.

Got the front brake caliper together today, after it was painted black, got it bled and working. No pics, stressful day.

The exhaust is looking a lot worse than I remembered... So I'm probably going to have to figure something out there. The exhausts on eBay are awful looking and really expensive, so that's not an option. I should really have taken some pictures of the exhaust. Any tips are greatly appreciated.







I ordered these, and I really like them, they are coned on the back, but still chrome, and the orange glass still looks very stock. They are also a good bit shorter, brings in the back in, looks much better. Gonna take som better pics tomorrow I think.


I figured out why the rear wheel was hard to turn, I was missing this spacer, and I have no idea where it is... So I've had to order a new one.


So, a lot got done, a lot went wrong...

Regards,
K

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Re: My unnamed VX
« Reply #35 on: January 22, 2018, 04:42:24 AM »
Nice work fella,

I've had mine for 3 years now and like you haven't been able to ride it. I just recently got it all together and through it's roadworthy test and can assure you it has been worth the wait. You're doing a much better job on the restoration front than I am though.

Good luck :)

Ade.

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Re: My unnamed VX
« Reply #36 on: January 24, 2018, 03:52:09 PM »
about the dented tank... look up dent removal on you tube..... sometimes a heat gun and canned air is enough, or, maybe a dent puller with hot melt glue gun.   It doesnt look creased, so its should be mostly fixable.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Car-Body-Hail-Glue-Puller-Tabs-Lifter-Paintless-Removal-Dent-Repair-pdr-Tool-Kit/401371791538?hash=item5d739f80b2:m:mhZEo5qGLPVjl-3qPCljCxg

lots of ideas on ebay....
hth
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« Reply #37 on: May 11, 2021, 07:09:09 AM »
Hello.

The bike, is still not done...  :rolleyes:

BUT... We are very close.

Long story short, I was gonna get my license when I got the bike, then they changed the law, then when I was eligible again I was doing highly seasonal summer work with no time for motorcycle license lessons. With no license or time, the bike was put on hold indefinitely. I bought this bike when I was 20, I am now 28... Oh well I guess  :rolleyes:

Silver lining of covid I guess was that highly seasonal work was not as seasonal after all and I'm now finally getting my road license(I had a competitive motocross license previously). IF ANYTHING, it's an accomplishment I still have the bike, then again, I've had it for almost a decade with maybe a kilometer ridden on it, I want something back for all this work and space it has taken.  ;D

Most of my previous paint jobs have held up, fairly okay, the engine paint job... eeeeh, good enough for now, still looks a lot better than it did when I got it. It has been stored in a garage, not a very dry garage, but inside at least.

The bike has turned 30 years old this year, it is a 91 model. A weird milestone when it has been stored and/or repaired for the last 15  :laugh:

Parts currently in the mail:

1. New tires, Pirelly Angel GT. This was a major milestone, being a perishable item I am finally confident it will get on the road this summer.

2. Fork seals and bushings. After a short test drive, the left stanchion was really wet, let's fix that.

3. New headlight, cause the old one was rusty and I found a cheap one with broken glass on eBay.

4. New brake caliper pistons front and back, they were all pitted upon inspection years ago, time to rectify that.

5. Hepco&Becker engine crash bars, because I thought that was wise, who know how much I'll use them.

6. Rear shocks, cause the old ones are rusty and I'm not convinced they're doing much in their current state.

7. A rebuild kit for the rear master cylinder. I did the front years ago, now for the back.

8. Rear brake pads. Cause I want new brakes on a 30 year old bike.

And finally, a picture of the bike how it stands now! Hopefully I'll get to document some of this last effort before it goes on the road! and HOPEFULLY some road trip pictures later this summer!


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Re: My unnamed VX
« Reply #38 on: May 12, 2021, 01:10:25 PM »
Almost there.... good job keeping it running!
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Re: My unnamed VX
« Reply #39 on: May 13, 2021, 03:05:28 AM »
More pictures, kinda. I bought a headlight on eBay, it looked fine except the broken glass. I thought great, my glass looks fine, mine's just rusted.




It did polish up pretty good, some knicks and dents but overall good. The bad this is I think it's been in a crash, cause it's not that round anymore sadly, it might require some more work, was a bit bittersweet cause it looked nice on the surface.


More parts coming, will update soon!

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Re: My unnamed VX
« Reply #40 on: May 13, 2021, 12:25:37 PM »
Something I did to my headlight

The wires to the headlight had become stiff with age and started to chaff after pushing out the rubber grommet in the back of the headlight.

The fix was to remove the material between the 2 round holes in the bucket, creating one oval shaped hole.
I lined the oval opening with self sticking door edge guard to minimize further chaffing.
The wires could now move within that oval when the handlebars are turned rather than bending/chaffing.
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Re: My unnamed VX
« Reply #41 on: May 13, 2021, 01:07:49 PM »
Something I did to my headlight

The wires to the headlight had become stiff with age and started to chaff after pushing out the rubber grommet in the back of the headlight.

The fix was to remove the material between the 2 round holes in the bucket, creating one oval shaped hole.
I lined the oval opening with self sticking door edge guard to minimize further chaffing.
The wires could now move within that oval when the handlebars are turned rather than bending/chaffing.
jmo,
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Good tip, I'll keep it in mind. I think my wires are fine for now, although there's a lot of wiring to stuff into that headlight...

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Re: My unnamed VX
« Reply #42 on: May 13, 2021, 06:39:18 PM »
Headlights, bars, levers and gauge cluster are usually the first things to go in any crash, even a parking lot oopsie.... its a good thing most of the Suzuki 7" lights from that era are interchangeable.
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« Reply #43 on: May 19, 2021, 08:39:13 AM »
More parts! Some nice shocks, chrome is nice on them. and some of the other things mentioned in an earlier post. I of course ordered fron brake pad pins and not the rear ones that I needed... Oh well.



Found some Hepco&Becker crash bars on ebay, and they look really nice, don't think they've ever been on the ground. One of the mounts is the upper forward motor mount, which initially was a bit concerning, I don't want a little tip over to unseat the head of the motor. There has been some smart engineer that has thought of that. That mount doesn't directly mount to the bolt, there a 2-3 inch flat bar that goes backwards to that bolt, so that has some flex meaning all the fall won't be loaded on the top end of the motor. Small otehr thing, the original bolts are not long enough, so I cut some threaded bars to length with nylon locking nuts on each end.



Picture of one of the old shocks... They were in pretty bad shape, and this is after trying to clean them up years ago.


More to come!

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Re: My unnamed VX
« Reply #44 on: May 19, 2021, 03:57:10 PM »
Exciting times! This marks a a bit of a special occasion because I have been waiting to buy tires until I was certain it was getting on the road, and well, here they are.


 

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