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Post  jayster on Sun Aug 05 2012, 21:07

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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 Mon Apr 08 2013, 21:16

another busy few weeks have passed but i finally managed to get some time on the bike over the past week... started by fitting the top fairing, all lined up and fit back together without issue!



the hid wiring was a little bit of a headache but all went together well in the end, now all the electronic witchcraft is tucked away under the seat and it doesnt interfere with the tacho like it did when it was behind the light!

then it was time to suit up fully... on went the sides! again was a easy fit, so i must have lined everything up on the frame properly Smile



infill panels and v piece were fitted which was a little more tricky but nothing abnormal, all fits nicely



almost there now!




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Post  jayster on Mon Apr 08 2013, 21:23

and here it is... 99% complete....



had some decals made at work for the wheels so i have them left to stick on and then.... its ready for its MOT at the end of the week!



its been a journey but im loving the finished product!

cant wait to get the few final checks done and get it mot'd so i can take it for a spin!
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Re: Project Thundercat

Post  TomCom on Mon Apr 08 2013, 21:26

i love your bike :( where do you work??
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Post  alyr1481 on Mon Apr 08 2013, 21:55

WOW!!! Lookin very good!
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Post  MrNutt on Mon Apr 08 2013, 22:07

stunning looking bike there! great
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Post  prime on Mon Apr 08 2013, 22:39

Stunning mate, goes to show how a bit of time and effort can totally transform a tatty old dog. Nice one mate, inspirational.
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Post  'Cat-Man-Do on Mon Apr 08 2013, 23:29

nice, i love the frame in black
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Re: Project Thundercat

Post  jayster on Wed Apr 10 2013, 23:33

thanks for all the positive comments guys, really glad other people appreciate the amount of work thats gone into this bike! i can finally say its finished and i cannot wait to enjoy it a little before i let it go to someone who will treasure and appreciate it!

took it for for a quick spin this afternoon, its going to have a shakedown run this weekend and then in for a new mot next week! but everything seems absolutely spot on!! Smile big smiles!!

a few more pics of the finished product, just because i cant help myself!!











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Re: Project Thundercat

Post  Rosco on Thu Apr 11 2013, 00:58

@jayster wrote:before i let it go to someone who will treasure and appreciate it!


I'm yer man Smile I'll even wash it.
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Post  jayster on Thu Apr 11 2013, 02:05

@Rosco wrote:
@jayster wrote:before i let it go to someone who will treasure and appreciate it!


I'm yer man Smile I'll even wash it.

hey, if you have the money ill tax and mot it ready for you to collect, but it doesn't need washing yet! Wink
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Re: Project Thundercat

Post  Rosco on Thu Apr 11 2013, 05:32

I'm not buying it if it doesn't have any indicators Wink
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Re: Project Thundercat

Post  thunderstu600 on Thu Apr 11 2013, 07:40

Has anyone else noticed that, I didn't lol,
She won't pass an MOT without em, so best to stick em on i think.

I would wish you best of luck for a sale but you don't need it Very Happy she's stunning.

Ross, if you do buy it, please don't use it, it's too good to thrash around, I'd stick it in in my living room in front of the t.v cause that's all I'd be needing needing to look at Very Happy
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Post  jayster on Thu Apr 11 2013, 09:15

Ah well if you look closely you'll notice the indicators are present and correct and built into the sexy mirrors! The holes were a tough choice as to fill them or leave them, I decided to leave them incase the new owner wanted to revert to standard indicators, I do however have some caps painted to fill the holes!

So boom, indicators present!
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Post  jayster on Thu Apr 11 2013, 17:50

oh and the back indicators are gone also, forgot that id got rid of them to tidy up the back end... i used a hot knife to cut away all the plastic and it all looks nice and tidy now. the rear indicators are built into the led rear light just to make it all look nice and tidy and neat. Smile
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Post  Snowcat on Thu Apr 11 2013, 18:52

@jayster wrote:the rear indicators are built into the led rear light just to make it all look nice and tidy and neat. Smile
Only problem there is technically the integrated LED brake and turn light in meant for display/exhibition/show purposes only and not legal for UK road use. Most MOT stations and picky traffic police will pick up on this.

It happened to Dai San on here and he'd had one for a while when it suddenly failed the MOT out of the blue, Ministry Of Transport are clamping down on the stations and they are becoming less lenient.

Could be that a mounting point for the indicators may be needed at some point after all :(
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Post  jayster on Thu Apr 11 2013, 19:12

Yeah I'm not really worried about that. It's e-marked and stated for road use in the paperwork when I bought it, it emits enough lumens for side lights and braking whilst indicating so it couldn't fail the mot unless both indicators were flashing together, and since there is no hazard light switch that can't happen... I was more worried about the HID kit giving me mot issues but I've had that checked by our man and it's all good!

Fingers crossed anyway!
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Post  thunderstu600 on Thu Apr 11 2013, 20:29

@jayster wrote:Ah well if you look closely you'll notice the indicators are present and correct and built into the sexy mirrors! The holes were a tough choice as to fill them or leave them, I decided to leave them incase the new owner wanted to revert to standard indicators, I do however have some caps painted to fill the holes!

So boom, indicators present!

love it, what a come back Smile

You made the right choice by leaving them, the holes don't look out of place at all, my bike's gonna look like that one day (one day) when I'm old
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Post  bigwan600 on Thu Apr 11 2013, 22:01

Hi Jayster,

New colours look very nice, can you tel me what bike the new mirrors with built in indicator were off or were ment for please. Do you have a front on view of bike showing them as well please.
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Post  jayster on Thu Apr 11 2013, 22:30

I can't actually remember what bike they were intended for, I do remember they required a little modification to make them Fit, they are screwed directly to the mirror mounts but iirc I had to tap out a larger thread and source some bolts to hold them correctly, also they required drilling a hole through the top fairing and mirror bracket for the wiring, and an led relay for the indicators!

I don't have a pic from the front, think this is the closest I have, bare in mind the mirrors looked terrible in carbon effect so I had to tint and lacquer them. Makes for a nice quality carbon look though!

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Post  jayster on Thu Apr 11 2013, 22:38

Those are the ones, think these are black ones which I think will look loads better than the standard carbon ones...


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LED-Turn-Signal-Mirrors-Yamaha-FZR600-YZF600-FZR-YZF-R6-R6S-R1-600-FZ1-600R-/200834423381
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Post  bigwan600 on Thu Apr 11 2013, 23:03

Many Thanks Jaster for the frontal pic and ebay link.
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Post  jayster on Sun Apr 14 2013, 17:52

@bigwan600 wrote:Many Thanks Jaster for the frontal pic and ebay link.

no worries mate....

i managed to wax the bike and get out to take a few proper pictures.

much as it pains me ive been giving it some serious thought and doing the ummmm-ing and ahhhhh-ing and ive decided i do have to sell it. ill be placing an advert in the forsale section soon but if anyone would like any more information feel free to message me.











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Re: Project Thundercat

Post  jayster on Sun Apr 14 2013, 17:57

oh and i got one with me in it too... Smile

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Post  MevsyD on Sun Apr 14 2013, 19:15

Top job matey, you should be very proud.. I hope it goes to a loving home and we get to see it around.
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Post  TomCom on Sun Apr 14 2013, 20:16

omg i can pay loot of money to lern how to do it
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Post  Radar on Sun Apr 14 2013, 20:40

That is a very effective transformation, good work.

Shame you have to sell
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