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Offline Spanna

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Spannas ViXen
« on: December 24, 2014, 12:52:09 AM »
Hi again, since introducing myself back in November I have been slaving away on my '90 VX that has been sitting under covers for 2 years.
Rotted out fuel tank that was beyond repair & gummed up carbs took her off the road.
Now that it is coming up to 25yrs old I can register it cheap for 90 days on club plates.
I managed to source a 2nd hand tank that looked in reasonable condition apart from the crappy black over purple paint job.
Priority jobs
Clean & rebuild carbs - DONE
Strip tank back to bare metal, treat inside & out. - DONE
New paint job to tank, swing arm, final drive hub, front mudguard & plastics. - DONE
Fit electric fuel pump,  new manual petcock & new fuel lines - DONE
Fit new battery - DONE
Fit new style pod filters & discard old damaged airboxes - DONE
Clean up rusted chrome exhaust as best as possible for now - DONE
Replace front brake pads, clean all gunk out of brake calipers & free up - DONE
Fit braided brake lines - DONE
Flush out all old fluids - DONE
Change oil & Filter - DONE
See attached some before & after pics

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Re: Spannas ViXen
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2014, 01:05:11 AM »
Some progress pics, I decided to use good quality etch primer then cheap spray cans from bunnings, Rustoleum x2 " Colonial Red" then good quality tough chemical resistant top coat, KBS coating Diamond Finish Clear Coat.
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Re: Spannas ViXen
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2014, 01:06:00 AM »
The assembled bike

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Re: Spannas ViXen
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2014, 03:17:21 AM »
Wow,
very very nice!!!!!
must.
go.                             My CJD is clearing up.
faster.

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Re: Spannas ViXen
« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2014, 06:09:25 PM »
That's a very impressive re-build, and not everyone who does that amount of mechanical stuff has the enthusiasm to re-paint too.
Hope you have many happy miles ahead of you        ;)

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Re: Spannas ViXen
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2014, 02:09:34 PM »
Nice one. I've not seen the rear drive and swingarm done in anything but silver before. Can you tell us a bit more about the electric fuel pump?

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Re: Spannas ViXen
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2014, 12:24:40 AM »
Yes I started stripping it down to check tail-shaft & unijoint etc so decided to give swing arm & hub a paint.
The electric pump must be low pressure & capable of supplying 65lph, I bought this one off ebay for $35, some cheaper one there but they are diaphram type & I thought may be problematic.
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/24-V-Fuel-pump-Universal-low-pressure-Petrol-Diesel-Ethanol-replaces-Facet/171403105808?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140106155344%26meid%3Dd05fbf57395c4bb98d14452de4db0c98%26pid%3D100005%26prg%3D20140106155344%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D171288868020&rt=nc

You can tell when it is pumping dry (forget to open petcock) and also when carb bowls are full it makes a loud ticking noise which is just audible when idling.
When I first started the bike, both bowls were empty, turn on the key wait 10 seconds & it started 1st time.

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Re: Spannas ViXen
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2014, 05:55:48 PM »
Yes I started stripping it down to check tail-shaft & unijoint etc so decided to give swing arm & hub a paint.
The electric pump must be low pressure & capable of supplying 65lph, I bought this one off ebay for $35, some cheaper one there but they are diaphram type & I thought may be problematic.
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/24-V-Fuel-pump-Universal-low-pressure-Petrol-Diesel-Ethanol-replaces-Facet/171403105808?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140106155344%26meid%3Dd05fbf57395c4bb98d14452de4db0c98%26pid%3D100005%26prg%3D20140106155344%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D171288868020&rt=nc

You can tell when it is pumping dry (forget to open petcock) and also when carb bowls are full it makes a loud ticking noise which is just audible when idling.
When I first started the bike, both bowls were empty, turn on the key wait 10 seconds & it started 1st time.

Why use a 24v pump ??

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Re: Spannas ViXen
« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2015, 01:19:30 AM »
Sorry, a bit of mis-information!
I used 12Vdc version, I did not realise this link pointed to a 24V unit.

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Re: Spannas ViXen
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2015, 08:02:34 PM »
Very interesting. I've not had any trouble with my pump, but if I do I shall look into one of these. I'll have to read it up, on the cars I've had they have never given trouble so I havent had to fix them.
This must be obvious to many, but if the carb bowls are full, the needle valves shut, then what happens? I can see the back pressure stopping the fuel flow, but the pump keeps going, as you say, with a different sound. Does it just churn around? Is there no build up of pressure?

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Re: Spannas ViXen
« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2015, 03:56:42 AM »
because it is a low pressure style pump it just keeps going "kachink kachink" when there is no flow due to bowls full. At idle it does this most, once running only rarely.
I have done 600km on this pump & seems to be OK

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Re: Spannas ViXen
« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2015, 03:58:40 AM »
To bike for 1st RWC today, what luck front rhs fork seal began weeping & too much movement in rear wheel bearings. Spent the rest of today replacing seals & bearings.
2nd attempt at RWC tomorrow.

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Re: Spannas ViXen
« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2015, 06:54:20 AM »
To bike for 1st RWC today, what luck front rhs fork seal began weeping & too much movement in rear wheel bearings. Spent the rest of today replacing seals & bearings.
2nd attempt at RWC tomorrow.
RWC...???
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Re: Spannas ViXen
« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2015, 03:25:13 PM »
Road Worthy Certificate, mechanical inspection to allow us to register bike for road use!

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Re: Spannas ViXen
« Reply #14 on: January 06, 2015, 03:58:56 PM »
Road Worthy Certificate, mechanical inspection to allow us to register bike for road use!
OK thanks then I get it :)
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