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Old 10-14-2012, 08:22 PM   #41
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Re: Gsxr 1100 ´89 restoration

Chemoto, What paint is that on the engine? Is it just satin black?
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Old 10-15-2012, 04:10 AM   #42
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Hi hank, I used heat-resistant paint on the engine. Ive been told that you can use just normal paint (normal, but use a good one) that you wont have any problem. however, I prefered to use a heat-resistant one just in case. Ive checked that it takes 3 days to dry and harden completely unless you apply some heat (it would be a good idea to turn the engine on for that but its impossible right now haha). the can also says to reach 100-120 Cº for 20 minutes , after that, the paint is finally treated and can cope with higher temperatures. It also reaches maximum level of hardness...
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:58 AM   #43
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Superb built Very, very nice! Thanks for the update.
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:47 AM   #44
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to end with, some pics of how the engine looks like with these 3 things installed...









well, thats it for this weekend. Im very happy with the results and the only thing thats left regarding this painting stuff is the cylinder head and outline the SUZUKI logo of the upper casing.

hint: this is stuff that would be a fantastic idea to delegate on third parties. it took me hours to complete all the steps (degreasing, cleaning, sanding, cleaning again, protect and wrap, and finally paint). you end up tired, fed up
and full of dirt. anyway, it had to be done one dar or another and Im glad to have this done now

next chapter...who knows? haha

greetings to all of you guys
I know exactly what your talking about. These bike will test your patience. NOThing just goes as plan everything changes. Takes alot of cleaning degreasing and scrubbing sanding all that. But its better than a crusty looking bike right?
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:43 PM   #45
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hi again everyone¡¡ apologies for not updating this thread since last time but except for a couple of minor things, i´ve haven´t done much. in any case, things will go up again soon.

look at this picture, because i need your help:



one of the reasons of having the engine overhauled was because of an excessive camshaft wear (the lobes) which made me think that the engine as a whole could be too worn (this didnt happen luckily). although I already knew this stuff, i checked this problem out with some Suzuki dealers and mechanics. I was confirmed that this lobe wear is just "normal" and it will continue to happen whether i get a new camshaft set (not less than 350€ in any case) or not. needless to say that it will be very mad to spend 350€ in the camshafts to get these wasted and removed after 60-70 thousand km...

so, my goal is to reduce that wear caused by the friction between the lobes and rocker arms. my intention is to get oil from the lower end of the engine and get it up to the cylinder head, just as the picture above shows. the only difference is that I will re-direct the top end hose to the bolts of the rocker cover (those very close to the breather) instead of placing them in the bolts of the rocker shafts.

so, would it be a good idea? would it work? where would be the best place to bolt the low end hose in order to get oil to the top, to the rocker cover bolts? any additional advice you can give me?

as always, thank you very much
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:50 PM   #46
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Re: Gsxr 1100 ´89 restoration

Try minimizing the wear by getting the rockers hard faced. I put Webb cams in my 1216 race engine and put two weekends on the bike. Took the cover off to check some gaskets and noticed the lobes had already started to wear and pit. Mechanic called Webb and they suggested hard facing and also using Klotz synthetic as it has an additional zinc additive. Don't know this to be a fact but followed their suggestions and two years later no issues with cam wear and the engine runs a little cooler. Started running this in my other 3 oiler racers and seems to be doing well. Just my two cents.
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:53 PM   #47
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Forgot to mention I also run the top end oiler setup from Dales. By the way, great job on this build.
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:45 PM   #48
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Subbed. Post more when you get a chance!
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:31 AM   #49
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hi once again forum, apologies for not keeping this updated in a more regular basis but I couldnt keep up with the work regularly...

in any case, I´ve been working on the radiator of the bike. I am not sure if I have stated here that the radiator came with the holdings that fix it to the chassis broken. since the radiator is made of Al, i had to ask for pro help. it hasnt been easy but i finally found a workshop specialized in chassis and fork repair tasks. as you might imagine, welding these two tiny pieces were not an issue for this people...this was the first part to be done before anything else.

some pics: these are the two mountings that were broken and now welded. I wanted to sand them a bit in order to minimize the welded part a bit but the welders did not recommend it to me since apparently it would weaker the weldings...i should have done it though IMO...



moving on to the radiator as such, the "fins" (dont know the exact name...) were in awful shape. specially the ones situated at the front part. i even found a piece of feather haha...

left half with the fins repaired and repositioned, right half with the fins as I found them.





a closer look to the welded mountings and preparing to first layer of paint..





and finally:







once having the radiator repaired, the fins repositioned and finally painted (heat-resistant spray can btw...) it was time to "tune it" a bit. I didnt want to see my fin-work wasted in the short term so i thought how to preserve them straight and unbented almost forever. I came up with this idea. follow the pictures:

materials and tools used:



choosing the right shape and length...

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Old 03-11-2013, 06:37 AM   #50
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fixing it to the sides of the radiator...





DONE¡¡











next move, cylinder head painted and leak test completed. I was very succesful with this last thing...no gasoline leaks, no matter the time you spend.
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Old 03-12-2013, 03:59 AM   #51
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Re: Gsxr 1100 ´89 restoration

Very nice job on the restoration,
perfect example that good results can be had for some time &
ingenuity. It needn't take a lot of money to refurbish good existing
parts & re-create the look of a new classic.
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:41 AM   #52
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apologies for the delay, once again...

It was time to do something with the exhaust line....first I had to clean it to the bare metal... lots of time using the drill and the appropiate head. BEFORE:



AFTER:





and look what arrived from Milwaukee last week...



next chapter, cylinder head completely rebuild and finished. I´m not sure if i wrote it down here or not, but I made myself a valve lifter from 2 or 3 pieces of metal I found. it isn´t the nicest work but it the important thing is that it works¡¡¡ cylinder head ready at last... By the way, I got 2 sets of piston rings from ebay. absolute bargain. I still need 2 more but these 2 I bought only cost me 20$ (plus another 25$ for the shipping... ).

as said, the amateurish valve lifter:

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Old 04-09-2013, 02:58 AM   #53
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Thanks for sharing .
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:15 PM   #54
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Vaya currazo!!!! Very nice job, I can't wait to see it finished.
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Old 04-21-2013, 05:19 PM   #55
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i love these old bikes !!
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Old 04-21-2013, 06:30 PM   #56
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You Sir, are a badass. That's some incredible work you're putting into the bike. I hope all goes as planned. Good luck!
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:20 AM   #57
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Nice work man. Keep sharing pics......
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:09 AM   #58
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so has any one yet used the gsxr 1000 K6 longer shock the 332 mm one a gsxr 1100 N last of the oil cooled models
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Old 05-05-2013, 02:27 PM   #59
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okay guys, this week was carbs´s week.

when i first got the bike i thought that, appart from the transmission issue, the carbs were in really bad shape as long as shocks, electrics... 10 years standing the bike still without turning the engine on at least...bad stuff. once home, i tried to turn it on. it wasnt until the 4th try when it cranked and made some noise. it sounded quite bad, a coil was not working properly, but the good thing was it lived. also, no petrol leaked through o-rings and seals so, although its age and the shitty thing of being 10 years almost abandoned, the carbs remained somehow in shape....

my first visual check out of the carbs was quite positive. they were in awful condition in the outside but in the inside they were very clean. too clean in fact. i had some posible explanations for this, I asked the previous owner and said that before leaving the bike semi-abandoned, he turned the fuel system off and drained the carbs. this was excellent because the orings and rubbers were not aged at all and it seemed that my budget for these guys could remain untouched. hopefully, this happened.

the next thing was deciding how to clean them. my first intention was ultrasonic cleaning but the few places here were awfully expensive for the little thing this is. so, I did some research and came up with soda blasting (http://www.aircooledtech.com/tools-o.../soda_blaster/). i dont have a compressor nor know anyone who has it...

so, why not boil the carbs? hot water cleans things and unsticks mud, dirt and tiny particles that could be in the passages and conducts of the carbs. it wasnt a bad idea and my cleaning mixture was the following:
-70% water
-30% vinegar (vinegar is basically an acid and in large concentrations it can attack aluminium...)
- some drops of Fairy or another cleaning soap for dishes and stuff...
-leave it boil for 45 minutes moving the carb periodically
-once finished, get it out of the saucepan and put it in petrol for 24 hours.
-if needed, use a toothbrush if there is still some dirt...
-the small components of the carbs were cleaned appart. the orings, gaskets and rubber parts were cleaned using water and soap merely...

well, it is true that it wont be as effective as ultrasonic cleaning but it is cheap, easy, not very messy and the good thing is that it works¡¡¡

some pics now:









as you can observe, there were no traces of dirt, mud or corrosion inside these guys. the four of them were very clean in the inside. however, they still left some dirt and sand in the bottom of the saucepan and petrol recipient...








apparently, this cleaning method works haha

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the insides...



the needle was in excellent condition, as well as the orings of the floats. also, only one of them was not in the 14,6 mm that the manual specifies for the height...

finally:







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