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Post  jayster on Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:07 pm

evening everyone...

i figure this is the right area for a photo heavy project thread?? sorry im new to this forum and im learning as i go!

so i bought yet another thundercat a couple of months ago and it was in a pretty sorry state, so i decided to take if off the road and get it back to its former glory, perhaps dare i say it even a little better! Wink

when i bought it the bike was covered in terrible blue paint and looked like it had spent a few weeks being dragged along the road by a digger, since the weather is shocking this summer i decided to get the bike in pieces straight away and make a start!

anyway, this is how it looked when i got it...:







as you can see, not great... and to make it worse the terrible decals were lacquered in so couldnt just be peeled off! :(

so i set about stripping the bike down and a couple of weeks later the wheels were done, powdercoated in gloss white, put them back in and took the bike to work to make a start on the panels!

much better than the polished rim rubbish they were before!



bike now at work with its wheels in, whoever painted the bike previously also painted the centres of the discs, so i had to repaint those, went for gold and they look smart now Wink



cleaning is currently in progress while its all undressed!


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Re: Project Thundercat

Post  jayster on Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:18 pm



mechanically it all looks in very good order, had to order a new speedo drive clutch as that had been destroyed by some monkey, so the speedo should work again when its back together! Smile

the guys at work spent a whole load of time getting the panels prep'd and in basecoat white....





then i had to secure them to the bike so the tech guy could get the lines right and have a go at adapting the design i have chosen to fit on the cat!





so thats how its looking at the minute, im just waiting for one of the guys to originate some graphics so we can work out where to run the lines and make it all fit together....

the design im going for is the 2012 ben spies, but in red instead of blue, something like this:



but obviously adapted a fair bit to make it fit the cat! Wink

ive also done a few other bits to it while its in pieces, the radiator will be refurbished and coolant flushed, new stubby leavers have been ordered, hid lights installed, red led clock lights, led indicator mirrors will be fitted, oil is due to be changed, braided hoses fitted, wavy rear disc to be fitted and new pads all around...

ill try and keep it updated, any ideas or input greatly appreciated! Smile


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Re: Project Thundercat

Post  mrfrance on Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:05 pm

Spectacular! I will certainly be looking forward to seeing the finished product! ...It is great to see someone putting the time, effort & money into the cat Smile I hope to do the same one day.

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Post  jayster on Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:16 pm

yeah i cant seem to help myself! this is my 3rd cat so far, my first was immaculate and ive always regretted selling it, and since i tend to do things on impulse i saw this going cheap and figured id make my own immaculate bike! Smile

the white base coat is covered with blue pearl and once the lacquer is on the colour is so crisp its incredible!

i also replaced the exhaust with a titanium scorpian one, 90's style for the road, but i did find a tiny stubby carbon number lying around at work so i have a feeling ill be sporting that by the time its all back together!
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Post  Rosco on Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:41 pm

Looking good so far mate.

Can't wait to see the finished article.

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Post  billyw on Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:39 am

Looks fairly awesome so far - even in the white basecoat!

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Post  ellie on Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:50 am

Looking forward to the end result!

Keep us posted

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Re: Project Thundercat

Post  jayster on Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:42 am

Thanks for the support folks!! Smile

Just out of interest, over winter I'll probably be swapping the front end for an r6 one, but for the time being what colour forks would look good?? Im thinking about getting some standard ones powder coated but can't decide what colour, satin black seems to be popular opinion at work?
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Post  TomCom on Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:34 am

i love to do something like that but dont know how and gat no money. i can work in the place like this
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Post  Roll The Bones on Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:59 pm

Why not gold as on the Spies bike?
Looking good. great
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Post  jayster on Mon Aug 06, 2012 8:14 pm

@Roll The Bones wrote:Why not gold as on the Spies bike?
Looking good. great

Well spies bike has upside downs on, don't think I've ever seen normal forks in gold, I'm told it would look naff! Then after having a look at some other bikes all the modern forks seem to be satin or gloss black... Might just save myself the hassle and keep em silver! Shocked
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Post  stretchie_ on Tue Aug 07, 2012 11:21 am

@jayster wrote:ive also done a few other bits to it while its in pieces, the radiator will be refurbished and coolant flushed, new stubby leavers have been ordered, hid lights installed, red led clock lights, led indicator mirrors will be fitted, oil is due to be changed, braided hoses fitted, wavy rear disc just fitted and new pads all around...

ill try and keep it updated, any ideas or input greatly appreciated! Smile

That's great, good work my man.

You doing the rad yourself or sending it to someone? Just wondering what paint you'd use if doing it yourself?

Also do you have the led's already for the dash or have you put them in another cat before? (and this is for anyone else here who might have done it). I'm just wondering if they end up being too bright? Would love to know that
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Post  YZFJohn on Tue Aug 07, 2012 12:26 pm

I just put some LED's in mine and they light it up very well. Only 2 small issues:
1. Looks like the Fuel light will need a Ballast resister as it stays on.
2. My Neutral is now a Light Blue color.

They do do them in other colors as well.

I wouldn't change them back and over winter I will see if I can sort the Fuel Light out by .
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Post  jayster on Tue Aug 07, 2012 12:37 pm

Well I put some white smd ones in and found they didn't spread the light as well as the standard filament bulbs, so I've bought some others but red ones to jazz it up a bit!

As for the radiator, I'll get one of our guys to spray it with 2pac flat black, then I might dust over the fins with a light coat of black... Obviously I'll get it all steam cleaned first, should look pretty new when it's done, I'll get some pics of the result Smile
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Post  stretchie_ on Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:47 pm

Have a butchers at illumiglo gauges, I don't have them but always liked the idea of them, cost about £60 though. Anyone got them?
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Post  YZFJohn on Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:51 pm

@stretchie_ wrote:Have a butchers at illumiglo gauges, I don't have them but always liked the idea of them, cost about £60 though. Anyone got them?

I've seen those but beyond my budget at present, maybe over winter when the bike is off road. They do look good.
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Post  Guest on Tue Aug 07, 2012 5:01 pm

Nice looking wheels cannot wait to see the whole thing done. If you are looking at changing your gauges I have just had some white ones from a company called lockwood and only £35
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Post  billyw on Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:54 pm

@stretchie_ wrote:Have a butchers at illumiglo gauges, I don't have them but always liked the idea of them, cost about £60 though. Anyone got them?

I have them on mine (fitted when I bought the bike), they do look good in the white. Only been out a couple of times at night to get the benefit of the "glow". Headlight puts paid to my nocturnal forays - well on the bike anyway!

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Post  jayster on Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:07 am

i quite like the standard gauges to be fair, they do the trick and prefer them to be dark rather than white, although white would probably look good with the white paint!

the lockwood dials always make me think of xr2i's for some reason!

got some of my decals printed yesterday during dinner, so the lining should be finished this week and then can start putting some colours on it!! cant wait to see it all come together!
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Post  mrfrance on Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:39 pm

got some of my decals printed yesterday during dinner,

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Post  Guest on Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:55 pm

That is going to be one great looking bike when its done cannot wait to see it complete
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Post  jayster on Wed Aug 08, 2012 7:12 pm

@mrfrance wrote:
got some of my decals printed yesterday during dinner,

Multi-tasking? green smile

Haha yeah! That's how I roll... Thumb
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Post  yamahamad on Wed Aug 08, 2012 8:12 pm

Always nice seeing an old shoddy looking cat getting some special treatment & being brought back to a former glory.
Nice work mate.

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Re: Project Thundercat

Post  jayster on Fri Aug 10, 2012 6:06 pm

New bits keep arriving daily!

Went for a chrome oil filter, ooooo.... Ahhhhhh.... Etc.



Led sidelight has also arrived, its the right one, bayonet fitting! Who knew?!? :s pays to check before ordering sometimes I suppose!

Headlight cover has arrived and is waiting to be prepped for paint...

Also found a couple of spare bits lying around if anyone might be interested, front half of mudguard painted in satin silver paint, and a seat converter requiring paint... Will post a thing in the classified area when I get them cleaned up and assess the condition, painting to match your bike is also possible... Wink
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Re: Project Thundercat

Post  jayster on Tue Aug 14, 2012 8:56 pm

some more goodies arrived today...





gonna get these attached tomorrow and see how they look! Smile
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