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Post  jayster 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...:

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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!

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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

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cleaning is currently in progress while its all undressed!


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Post  Radar Sun Apr 14 2013, 20:40

That is a very effective transformation, good work.

Shame you have to sell

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Post  Colonel_001 Fri Jul 26 2013, 20:26

Very very nice... wish I had the time and facilities to do the same, settling for just getting the swing arm powder coated myself and replacing all the related bearings...

Question, do you know about the rubber inserts on the inside of the swing arm? obviously when I had it treated and powder coated it dsintegrated... :( it seems that it was a rubber block probably fitted before the arm was welded together, is it essential for some sort of damping?
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Post  jayster Fri Jul 26 2013, 20:42

If we're thinking of the same thing then they're just dust seals, worth getting if you haven't already put it all together as they were only a couple of quid and will prolong the life of the bearings...
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Post  Colonel_001 Sat Jul 27 2013, 10:08

We may be thinking of different things. The bit I mean are half way down the inside of the arm, near where the tyre would be..

also, where did you get the rear disc? looks like this one:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MC-Rear-Brake-Disc-Rotor-YAMAHA-YZF-600-Thundercat-1996-03-97-98-99-00-01-02-03-/280856240239?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item416456206f

Quality OK?
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Post  jayster Sat Jul 27 2013, 10:13

Not sure what your thinking of then, only other thing I can think of is the chain protector to stop the swing arm getting damaged by the chain, obviously this is only on the left side of the bike tho...

It looks like the same disk quality is fine for a rear disc, it arrived in a few days too!
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Post  0ldcat Sat Jul 27 2013, 10:43

Think these are the ones he means Jay.

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Post  Colonel_001 Sat Jul 27 2013, 10:50

Yep, those are the ones, thanks for pointing it out oldcat. There are what look like two rubber gromets, but behind it is a rubber block, not shown on any parts list. Think I am just going to assemble it today and hope for the best.
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Post  jayster Sat Jul 27 2013, 10:54

Yeah think they were just there to keep water out... Mine got a layer of powdercoat and it made no difference to anything!
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Post  0ldcat Sat Jul 27 2013, 10:54

Think they are dust covers Don\'t Know . . . might be worth a trip to B&Q for a couple of cap grommets just to blank them off as a precaution.

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Post  jayster Mon Aug 05 2013, 10:22

Finally got around to posting this up....

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.555299304506865.1073741846.149918301711636&type=1

lets have plenty of likes on the album and dont forget to like the page too!! more the merrier!!
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Post  prime Tue Sep 09 2014, 20:36

Bikes back on ebay mate, still showing crash damage. http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/291236134239
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Post  robertcains Tue Sep 09 2014, 22:31

£2k with damage? Wow
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Post  prime Tue Sep 09 2014, 23:07

That's what I thought. And it's still not got crash bungs fitted!
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Post  Roll The Bones Wed Sep 10 2014, 18:01

The bike got hit up the rear didn't it? Shocked
How much did you let it go for last year Prime? Just nosy.
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Post  prime Wed Sep 10 2014, 22:19

It was never mime pal, just a big admirer of it. It did get rear ended yes, not sure of how much it got sold for
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Post  Roll The Bones Thu Sep 11 2014, 17:31

Old age creeping in, it was jayster's. old
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Post  prime Mon Sep 15 2014, 20:56

sold for £1300. fair price I guess considering damage
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