26. Engine Update – Repaired, Painted & Improved

26. Engine Update – Repaired, Painted & Improved

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So it took a month but the engine is finally back and looking amazing. List of things done: RF900 StreetFighter Project
  • New black paint job to match the frame
  • water pump fitted
  • Remove shawn bolts from starter motor mount
  • new spark plugs
  • clean drain hole
  • rental front sprocket fitted
Suzuki RF900 engine with new waterpump and renthal front sprocket. Suzuki RF900 StreetFighter painted engine RF900 StreetFighter Project RF900 StreetFighter Project RF900 StreetFighter Project and last (but not least) a new windowed clutch cover for the RF900. Looks amazing but I feel like the hub cover needs some colour… just not sure how to accomplish that. Suzuki RF900 StreetFighter newly painted engine with upgraded window clutch cover Suzuki RF900 StreetFighter modified with window clutch and k&n oil fliter RF900 StreetFighter Project RF900 StreetFighter Project Putting a newly painted engine in a powder coated frame single handedly was not an easy task. Suzuki RF900 StreetFighter engine reinstall RF900 StreetFighter Project Halfway in... Suzuki RF900 engine install Project RF900 StreetFighter Project Done and looking rather nice. RF900 StreetFighter Project RF900 StreetFighter Project Suzuki RF900 StreetFighter engine installed RF900 StreetFighter Project RF900 StreetFighter Project

25. Sunshine Update V2

25. Sunshine Update V2

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So just before the engine went to be fixed by Rob at Hampshire Motorcycle Centre I decided to have a bit of a photo shoot while the sun was shining. RF900 StreetFighter Project Suzuki rf900 StreetFighter wallpaper, upgraded parts and custom paint RF900 StreetFighter Project RF900 StreetFighter Project Suzuki RF900 StreetFighter rear sets gillies, tail swap rf 900 180 tyre with abba stand and renthal parts Looks amazingly different to the last Sunshine Update I did in 2013.

24. RF900R Petrol Tank Remodel – Pt2

24. RF900 Petrol Tank Remodel – Pt2

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OK, so while the engine is being repaired I have a bit of a confession, I lied a little bit. I said that after I broke my engine I didn’t touch the bike till the beginning of 2016. However, the desire to work on the RF actually struck in early December 2015. I was looking at others’ StreetFighters on customfighters.com and decided that if the engine was more than I could deal with (and it was) at least I could make some progress on something I could do - the petrol tank. Back in 2013, feeling that the petrol tank didn’t look right on the bike (it had a Grand Canyon style groove all around the edge) I started work on some much needed modification (see Post 16). Coming back to work on it that December,  I quickly realized that, due to my lack of experience in bodywork, an amateur DIY attempt on the most visible part of bodywork left on the bike wasn’t going to cut it. RF900 StreetFighter Project RF900 StreetFighter Project RF900 StreetFighter Project RF900 StreetFighter Project RF900 StreetFighter Project RF900 StreetFighter Project RF900 StreetFighter Project As you can see from the images above I began again to work on removing the gap and creating a nice smooth flow to the body work where it meets the frame. So I couldn’t fix my engine and I couldn’t finish the tank to a standard I was going to be happy with (I was feeling pretty useless). Overall, I guess I just really didn’t want to spoil all the hard work I had put into the rest of the bike. So I called a local company Fix Auto Petersfield who agreed to do the work, remove the gap and even prime and paint the tank for me! My original goal for the tank was to make it look like carbon, in order to match the subframe fairings. My research showed that the best way to achieve a carbon look (without an actual carbon tank) was to get the tank carbon skinned. This involves sanding the tank down, priming it with an adhesive and laying a sheet of real carbon fiber over the tank, which is then built up with layers of resin to protect it and give it a realistic carbon effect. This should last better and look more realistic than a hydrographic carbon effect. Fix Auto Petersfield agreed to fill the gap and prime the tank ready for the carbon skinning (which they couldn’t do for me). I collected the tank on Christmas eve and looking very smart, ready for carbon skinning. RF900 StreetFighter Project RF900 StreetFighter Project RF900 StreetFighter Project See the next post for some better images of it on the bike.

23. UPDATE 2016 – RF900R Engine Problems

23. UPDATE 2016 – Engine Problems

22. GSXR1100 Full Akrapovic Exhaust System

22. GSXR1100 Full Akrapovic Exhaust System

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I have been hit by a bit of luck. As most have noticed from the photos, the bike was still lacking an exhaust system. I could have just put the standard one back on but it seemed like a shame to skimp by doing that. The other options where a Yoshimura system I had found in Germany or an Akrapovic system for a GSXR 1100W which will fit the RF 900.

Both options needed large finical backing but I really wanted the Akrapovic which would mean finding just under £800 🙁

Over a year of praying to and watching the fleebay gods (along with alerts to keys words) I got lucky.

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The standard oval Akrapovic exhaust was pretty broken but could be made in to a stubby if needed, however I really wanted to find a carbon hexagonal Akrapovic exhaust to put on the RF 900 so wasn't too worried. I also can't really complain seeing that I got it for £120 and the headers were spotless apart from needing a really good polish!

So that's what I did. Sent them to a small father / son company in Southampton called Tuck & Son
RF 900 Akrapovic system
RF 900 Akrapovic system
RF 900 Akrapovic system

Really pleased how they turned out seeing that they looked quite bad when I got them.

Hope to have these fitted and some more updates soon.