My 6/11 Project
What's up everybody, new here. I suppose I'll give you a long boring background story before I get started.
For a few years now my primary streetbike has been a 1993 GSXR600W. Over the said past few years, I have (foolishly) spent massive amounts of money to make this thing ridiculously nice. While it may be the slowest, heaviest, goofiest 600 ever built, it's been extremely good to me through thick and thin. I love it, and I'd trust it to go to California and back. And I personally can out-ride all these dumbass rich kids around here riding daddy's brand new 600, so it works out.
However, I started riding with a few new groups of people this season and ALL these dudes have literbikes; GSXR1K's, S1000RR's, RSV4's, Panigale's, you get the idea. Now I could care less about racing people, but I AM trying to get to the destination on the same calendar month as these guys, ya feel me?
So, I started looking around for a new bike. I'm a mechanic at a dealership and I play with literbikes all day- awesome, but I don't want to let myself get one- I'm just not responsible enough, honestly. SO, I look around like crazy for the end-all solution: the GSXR750, best real-world streetbike ever etc... Even contemplated financing a new one. But after some thought, I don't need any more debt and used ones, being the best streetbike ever, are unfortunately priced accordingly.
While scouring Craigslist this past Wednesday with no 750 luck whatsoever, I came across a 1994 GSXR1100W. 6000miles, clean title, needs headgasket, 95% complete. All for the low, low price of $500. 12 hours later, it's on my trailer. 3 hours later it's fully stripped down. And I'm currently in the process of listing a bunch of 1100 parts on eBay to help fund this new project (someone buy them lol).
SO HERE I AM. You all know what's going to happen next. Now I've done as much reading on this swap as humanly possible, and I have a pretty clear idea of what's ahead of me. But there's a few small things I could really use some help on. (Hopefully I haven't put you guys to sleep so far).
1: The clutch. I don't want anything to do with a hydro clutch. And plus, I JUST bought a new perch, cable, and fancy ASV lever like 1000 miles ago. I haven't cracked either motor open yet, but from what I understand the 600 has a coil spring setup, and the 1100 uses a diaphragm spring like a Harley. I know I definitely want a right-side clutch actuator like the 600, even though its 10x easier to use a Katana left side setup (if you haven't figured it out by now, I like doing things the hard way). I had a Kat in the past and was NOT impressed with the clutch feel or ease of disassembly in the whole countershaft area. So, from what I understand, in order to use my 600 cover I need to get a 19mm? (can someone confirm) spacer made? That's no big deal, my CNC guy can whip one up for a 6 pack of Corona's. But what else do I need to make this happen? Are there things I'll need to get that don't come from either motor? I saw that sticky here but I was a little confused...
2: The header. About 1000 miles ago, I FINALLY found a super-rare chrome Yoshimura header for my 600 (fits 750's as well). It's beautiful, and I paid accordingly. If I use my 600 oil pan and pickup will this clear? I have seen all kinds of assorted information on this topic and now once again I'm confused...
3: The motor. This 1100w engine needs a headgasket, so I'll be going into this thing, obviously. Only has 6000 miles, so unless something really bad happened in it's short run, I'm sure the cylinders and pistons/rings are in fair condition. I PROBABLY could just do a light hone, deck head and cylinder block, and be on my way. BUT, let's assume the worst. Of course, until the motor is apart we're just talking hypothetically here, but the oil was a little milkshakey. Would I be considered a dickhead for not replacing the plain bearings on the big ends of the rods? In other words, do they typically hold up to some water or are they easy to wipe out? (I'm coming from the automotive engine world so bear with me, lol). And also, IF the bores/pistons look crappy, what are your suggestions for a minor big bore setup. I do not want to sleeve. For my type of riding, I'm thinking I would like to go with as much compression as safely possible with 93 octane?. Bear in mind, I'm not going to have time to port the head, and sadly I don't have money for FCR's or flatslides so jetted 40mm CV's with pod filters is the best I can do. I MIGHT invest in a Dyna 2000 Ignition setup if it's worth it. And lastly, any tips for cam timing? I thought I remember reading something about advancing one of the cams by a tooth to aid with low end? Not sure...
4: The front calipers. Boy, those 6 pots on that 1100 are NICE. I looked it up and I see that both bikes specify the same front rotor part number. And I haven't bolted them up yet but the bolt spacing on the fork lug appears to be the same. Before I order the necessary AN fittings (line comes out at different angle from the 4 pots) and EBC pads, any reason why these wouldn't work? I'm already running a Nissin radial master from a newer GSXR that has a 2mm larger bore than the original master. Seems to work VERY well with the 4 pots and I think it will agree with the additional piston area of the 6 pots...
Alright, that was alot. Sorry for blasting you guys with a million questions right off the bat but I really want to have this thing done while there's plenty of riding season left. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
Last edited by DJaye.; 06-18-2016 at 09:30 PM.
Reason: More questions.