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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 Tue Aug 14 2012, 20:56

some more goodies arrived today...





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

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Re: Project Thundercat

Post  stretchie_ on Wed Aug 15 2012, 09:30

I thought this was a U rated forum.....


Why am I gettin' a chubby?
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Re: Project Thundercat

Post  jayster on Wed Aug 15 2012, 09:39

@stretchie_ wrote:I thought this was a U rated forum.....


Why am I gettin' a chubby?

Oh, it's not just me then?!! Wink

gonna bolt these on this morning, time permitting so I'll see how they fit and fuction... Smile
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Re: Project Thundercat

Post  stretchie_ on Wed Aug 15 2012, 11:09

@jayster wrote:

gonna bolt these on this morning, time permitting so I'll see how they fit and fuction... Smile

Meh, as long as they look good, brakes are overated

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Re: Project Thundercat

Post  jayster on Wed Aug 15 2012, 18:13

well i got the levers on, look a hundred times better now and feel great!

the clutch was a little tricky as i had to make a couple of spacers to prevent the lever moving, took a little time to get it all working right but nothing too difficult!

looks super smart now!

old vs new:



spacer to make it all fit nice, turns out this was too wide and it needed one on top and one on the bottom but you get the idea!



and on the bike:



also fitted an led sidelight bulb and plugged it in to see how it looks, got to say im very impressed! its white but has a definite 8000k glow! will work well with the HID's ive installed... Smile

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Re: Project Thundercat

Post  Rosco on Wed Aug 15 2012, 19:28

@jayster wrote:

I think you've gone a bit far with the seat upgrade.

The rest looks brill though Wink. Hopefully get to see it on a Rideout sometime.

Enjoy.
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Re: Project Thundercat

Post  TomCom on Wed Aug 15 2012, 19:30

its double seat
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Re: Project Thundercat

Post  jayster on Wed Aug 15 2012, 19:37

Comfort is my main goal and if that means patio furniture then so be it! Wink
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Re: Project Thundercat

Post  kwakkat on Thu Aug 16 2012, 10:03

LIKE IT
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Re: Project Thundercat

Post  jayster on Fri Aug 31 2012, 21:01

well its been a hectic few weeks, the bike is all lined and masked up now, it will be getting its first colour (red) on monday morning all being well...

so in theory it should be in lacquer by the end of the week!! Very Happy

ive been on a bit of a spending spree lately and have many parts arriving daily! Smile

but in the mean time i added some bling-y bar end weights...



also took the rear sets off and gave them a good clean and machine polished the heel guard, then fitted them back on with some R1 pegs instead of the cumbersome standard issue ones.





then i wasnt happy with the way they looked kinda scruffy still so i took them off and separated all the bits and sent them along with the brake lever and gear selector arm to be powdercoated gloss black, ive masked off the heel guards so they will remain shiny! should look a million times better when they're done! Smile

after riding around on a k8 gixer 1000 i decided my brakes would need improving so theyve been stripped off along with the hoses for a clean and rebuild, hoses will be swapped for some sexy braided numbers and have some new EBC pads on the way.



and finally for now, i managed to get the radiator finished, its not perfect but looks a million times better than the flaky thing i took off a couple of weeks ago!





hopefully next week the radiator will be back on and the brakes will be up and stopping again Smile
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Re: Project Thundercat

Post  mrfrance on Sat Sep 01 2012, 23:16

Nice work Jayster, keep it up! Smile

...not sure why you are picking the slowest colour for the bike though?!? It has been said on here before that only the oldies own red bikes Shocked (not my words)
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Re: Project Thundercat

Post  jayster on Sat Sep 01 2012, 23:24

well its gonna be white red and black.... so i should be able to keep up... Wink plus im hoping the metzeler racetec's i ordered will help a little too! Very Happy

i found a thunderace wheel lying around at work, anyone know if the swing arm will slide in without too much work???
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Re: Project Thundercat

Post  mrfrance on Sun Sep 02 2012, 08:49

The Thunderace is 180/55 compared to the cats 160/60 I think you might be pushing it a bit ponder
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Re: Project Thundercat

Post  jayster on Sun Sep 02 2012, 10:18

I know the wheel won't fit in the cats swing arm, I've tried that before! :( but I wondered if anyone knew if the thunderace swing arm would bolt onto the cat without too much work?

I'm guessing some new spacers would be needed for the wheel..?
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Re: Project Thundercat

Post  Radar on Sun Sep 02 2012, 11:14

I very much doubt it would fit tbh.

Well done on picking the fastest colours for the re-build!
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Re: Project Thundercat

Post  mrfrance on Sun Sep 02 2012, 11:23

Sorry Jayster I mis-read your comment... They don't look all that different but I wouldn't want to say. Hopefully someone will be along shortly. Good luck
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Post  jayster on Sun Sep 02 2012, 12:13

Well I'm sure I can make anything fit with enough work... But looking at it I thought it might be a relatively simple upgrade! But if it's going to be too much work I might as well fit an r6 one... Or I could just leave it alone and be happy!! :(
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Post  Snowcat on Sun Sep 02 2012, 13:25

Do like a good restoration project, looking really good so far pal, ignore what everyone is saying about the colour scheme it's personal to you on a project like this, besides it's not gonna be blue so you've overlooked the best colour Wink

Keep up the good work and keep us in pictures, liking it Smile
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Post  jayster on Sun Sep 02 2012, 15:19

well the only reason i didnt go for blue was because it was blue when i got it and wanted to be different!! Shocked

if im not 'feeling it' when its all back together then i think ill strip it all off again and have it satin black with gloss red decals... we did a 675 daytona like that the other week and it looked kinda awesome!!

im sure ill have more pictures to follow next week when the colours go on the pannels!! Smile
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Post  mrfrance on Sun Sep 02 2012, 22:44

I assume if you are to fit the Thunderace swing arm you would be using the Thunderace wheel? I am sure you have considered this but I think that would seriously mess up the handling?!? (Just a guess)

The R6 is the same size wheel as the ace but the R6 arm is much tastier (in my opinion) so I would probs go for the R6. (but that's me!) ...Do let us know how you get and what you decide to do. I am intrigued green smile
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Post  jayster on Mon Sep 03 2012, 23:24

@mrfrance wrote:I assume if you are to fit the Thunderace swing arm you would be using the Thunderace wheel? I am sure you have considered this but I think that would seriously mess up the handling?!? (Just a guess)

The R6 is the same size wheel as the ace but the R6 arm is much tastier (in my opinion) so I would probs go for the R6. (but that's me!) ...Do let us know how you get and what you decide to do. I am intrigued green smile

well if i fitted the ace's arm and wheel then provided the spacers were the right size and everything lined up it could only improve the handling as there would be more rubber in contact with the road.... think its probably more trouble than its worth though!!

ive got my eye on a damaged 2007 r6 anyway so i may have the front end from that...

in the mean time, i stripped one caliper down and gave it all a good clean today, they're in unusually good condition! even the seals look new... just going to order a new set of dust seals as i managed to destroy one :(

oooohhhhh..... shiny....

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Re: Project Thundercat

Post  jayster on Wed Sep 05 2012, 21:00

been a busy few days but managed to squeeze some work in on the bike, stripped down the other calliper and found one of the dust seals was all mashed up so ive ordered a whole set of seals, figure i may as well replace them all while im doing it!

also Very Happy our very gifted sprayer had laced my panels with the red they so desperately wanted! Smile he's going to finished them off with the black in the morning as he tells me hes sick of seeing them! Shocked after thats done its time for some decals and such... them some lacquer!! Smile





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Post  stretchie_ on Wed Sep 05 2012, 21:11

If it's not being rude can I ask how much for the brake bits. I'm sure I priced up a piston and seal set for mine and it was about £120... maybe, about 80% sure

Which takes the mic because it was about £5 for a set of four pistons, four oils seals and eight dust seals for the Land Rover which is buts if you ask me
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Post  jayster on Wed Sep 05 2012, 21:20

wow £120 is rather steep!! :(

i only needed one dust seal so just bought a set of seals and dust seals for one calliper, so ive got 2x27mm seals, 2x27mm dust seals and same again in 30mm... that bundle cost me £13....

i think the pistons themselves were around £5 each but mine are all in great condition so not worth replacing!

so you'd be looking around £60 for the whole seal kit and pistons for both fronts i guess...

oh and i now have a workshop floor covered in brake fluid which im sure will prove fun... Laughing
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Post  mrfrance on Wed Sep 05 2012, 21:23

I got my seals for both front callipers from Wemoto at £30.59 Here

Good to see some more progress there Jayster, horrible job doing the callipers, don't recommend it to anyone :(
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Post  jayster on Wed Sep 05 2012, 21:28

@mrfrance wrote:horrible job doing the callipers, don't recommend it to anyone :(

no me either!! if i wasnt changing the brake lines then i dont think i would have bothered, but seemed like a good time to tackle it while the break lines were off and they were gonna need bleeding anyway...

hopefully the brakes will be worth the effort when its all back together... Neutral
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