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Finally got rid of my Town Car!! Traded off for a 2000 Kawasaki ZX6R Ninja. It was a deal where both of us are convinced we got over on the other guy. I was tired of the town car, and he was tired of this tired Ninja. I'm not a fan of the paint job this thing has, and it is very far from mint, but at least it's a new toy to tinker with. I plan on stripping her down and getting her parts acquainted with the paint booth. I've been on the kawi forums shopping for paint schemes and I think another white bike is in the making.






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Nice trading! What color wheels with the white plastics?

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Very nice! I'm trying to picture a white front wheel on that scheme.

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Dead sexy! Congrats on the new toy
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Took a few more pics of the bike today (chemistry tests and battling a cold is no fun!) and noticed someone put a lot of effort towards the paint job, but unfortunately it's so beat up and obnoxious that I am dead set on fixing her up and riding her for a little while. The plastics are pretty beat up and missing half the hardware that holds them on, the exhaust hanger bracket is broken off the passenger rearset, the subframe bolts are loose and allow the whole tail to wobble up and down, and the battery can't hold a charge. BUT AT LEAST IT'S NOT A TOWN CAR

I made an account with KawiForums and they just don't have the excitement or trolling that WT has. Can anyone recommend another forum that would have a lot of first gen ZX6R info and stuff??

I'm not sure if the shredder graphics reveal green/black checkers, faux carbon fiber, or reptile skin. Thoughts? Trolls? Explanations?
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I would if they were actually worth anything lol. The fairings were in rough shape before they got the custom paint job, then rashed up after the paint job in 2011. There was a Kemp Kustoms sticker on the backside of the windscreen, so I looked them up on Facebook and found where they had a few pictures of the before & after on the bike, and that a guy named Chris owned it and modded it. Looks like I'll just have to fix them myself with fiberglass, superglue, and microballoons filler. A slick paint job is essential when selling a crotch rocket to a squid

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... A slick paint job is essential when selling a crotch rocket to a squid
...says the guy who bought a bike with a slick paint job. Doh!

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Just add a few stickers to cover the rash and you would be fine. I think these would fit nicely on there...




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Just add a few stickers to cover the rash and you would be fine. I think these would fit nicely on there...

My nephew just scored a huge sticker book full of all my favorite characters from the movie Planes!!! Let the modding begin!!! That, and I have Snap-On, Jeg's, Michelin, Thrush, and a lot of other stickers that would look great over the carbon-reptile-checker

And g00g, it could have been painted pink for all I care, the Town Car had to go!!!

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BOOM, SHE'S NEKKID!!








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Fired up the bike this morning and at the time I realized I have never checked the oil the oil light came on. Once I got back from class with a 4qt jug of Rotella and a new oil filter, I drained the oil to find it only had 2.5qts in the bike

With new oil installed, I fired up the bike and let her run for a good ten minutes. Can't wait for the exhaust to show up!! No idiot lights and once it hit 215* on the dash the radiator fan finally turned on.

So far I've ordered
-OEM windscreen
-OEM exhaust (I'm gonna debaffle)
-Black Stainless fairing hardware kit
-LED license plate bolts

Also found the main lower fairing support was broken, now have other things to weld back together, and LOTS of the hardware is blatantly incorrect causing the bike to seem a lot sketchier than it is. Also found the fuel selector knob is missing. What the heck??!?! I think the bike is the lucky one here, but hey, at least it isn't a town car

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More dis-assembly! Removed the fuel tank and found out it has a K&N air filter The knob on the fuel selector is broken, so I find myself browsing eBay for yet another little piece for the puzzle Also removed the subframe and started working on making a smooth undertail.



The previous owner hacked a huge hole in the plastic tray, and used chicken wire to cover it Love how he attached the turn signals to the mix!



So I chopped out a huge amount of the tail tray, and decided to make some aluminum angles that would work as part of the undertail









I also made the taillight bracket out of aluminum and exaggerated the dimensions on it so that I can cleanly attach the license plate directly under the taillight

Then, I used some 1/16" tinted lexan to cover between the angles. Tiny little details make all the difference in the world to me. I'm gonna light the bike up like a Christmas tree but the lighting will be behind the lexan so you cannot see the strip at all when it is unlit

Frame sliders and Black stainless fairing hardware kit came in today! I'm probably gonna black out the frame and swingarm, black wheels with white rim tape, white fairings (lower half of side fairings will be black) and it should look really sharp with black hardware on the white.

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I love posting pics of progress!! Spent the entire day playing with plastics. Sanded down the gas tank and all fairings except for the front fender (D'oh!!).







Once daylight was gone, I sat down to repair the fairings. I used the same approach to fixing these plastics as I do when fixing interior plastics in the aircraft I work on (motorcycle plastics are a lot easier to work with). Anyway, I figure I'd give a little How-to on my way to fix cracks in plastic.

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First off, clean/degrease the area, you do not want any grease or oil to contaminate the patch otherwise the end result will not be satisfactory.

Sand the area around the crack. Get it nice and etched, and usually sand an area about 4" wide and twice the length of the crack.



Then cut out about a 1 inch by 2 inch patch of fiberglass and lay it out where it needs to go, then trace around the patch. Remove fiberglass patch for now.



Lay down a bed of superglue for the fiberglass to attach to (you don't have to stay in the lines this time )



Then set the fiberglass patch onto the bed of super glue-



Now, with the saran wrap, wrap your finger in it to massage the fiberglass into the superglue. You will be able to tell when the fiberglass is saturated.



Then spray the entire area with the super glue accelerator. This is the stuff I use-



And you're done! The trick is in the accelerator. It creates an exothermic reaction which flash bonds the fiberglass/super glue to the plastic. The results are tough as nails when done properly (the key is in the prep, and accelerator).

Here is what it should look like in the end. Semi-translucent. If it appears white then it did not get a good bond and already lifted away.


I also patched over the passenger grab rail holes

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@filip. All the patchwork is done on the inside of the plastics... right? What do you use to fill the gaps/holes in the plastics?



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This goes on the outside to fill crack, epoxy based so it is essentially gluing the void together, only drawback is the overnight curing time whereas bondo sets up in ten minutes
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F*ckin' squids! This bike is nickel & diming me to death! Pulled the calipers off last night to find there is about 1/2mm of pad left on any given pad (who the hell uses that much rear brake anyway??) The birdcage fairing stay was broken and jb welded together, so I opted to buy a new ZZR600 fairing stay which eliminated the birdcage and overall made the bike cleaner and fairings attach in a much more secure manner. Also had to remove and weld up the lower fairing stay since it was broken and bent. But, I should be able to mock up the fairings and get the bike ready for paint this weekend.

I printed off a white ZX6R and colored in stripes to see what it would look like. I like it So here's the vision, except for the tank emblem, seat cowl, grab rails, tank pad, and birdcage. Plus the frame, subframe, and swingarm are going to be black.

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Just won the bid on a Full D&D exhaust for $75 shipped looks brand new! Picked up new fork seals, fuel selector, and fuel filter which brings the money sunk into the bike at just under $400.

windscreen $26.20
frame sliders $11.65
led bolts $2.43
exhaust $74.99
fairing hardware $33.99
passenger pegs $15.00
15w-40 Rotella $14.46
Purolator 14612 $3.65
Clutch Perch $8.80
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Fairing Bracket $12.75
Subframe Bolts $6.17
Filler Primer $25.00
Instrument cluster $40.00
Fuel filter, fuel selector, fork seals $43.00
Brake Pads $18.95 (used OEM)
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Painted the frame and subframe! Reinstalled subframe using the correct hardware purchased off of eBay.

Sandblasted the clip-ons and top triple. They will go into the paint booth to get epoxy-primered and painted with the airplane we're currently painting

After the airplane is out of the booth the fairings and tank are going in and getting painted!

More pics!!!







Just waiting on the header to show up in the mail so I can wrap it and install. Still have to lift the front and pull the forks to install the new fork seals. Can't wait to paint!!!

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One step at a time g00g! I hate them, too

Here's a little more progress! Installed the tray and ran the wires to their appropriate places. Also installed the ZZR fairing stay with new hardware and instrument panel.





Then I customized the rear turn signals. This is the 3rd bike I've done this to (it was actually a selling point to the guy who bought my SV650). I never liked integrated lights and being the cheap bastard I am I decided a pair of 24-led strips at a buck a piece would do the trick.

Here's what I ordered-
1pc 12V 24cm 240mm Car Flexible Strip Light Bulbs Water Proof 24 LED Amber New | eBay

I actually keep a collection of them since I hate waiting for items coming from China since they take forever. Anyway, I'll give a little how-to on installing these.

Materials List-
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-3/32" 5/32" and 1/4" drill bits
-masking tape
-automatic center punch
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-RTV or silicone sealant
-a blatant excuse to drill holes in the tail fairing

First, lay out a piece of tape that will get marked on, make sure they are even



I always measure 1" from the corner of the tail to mark the first centerline of the led.

Next lay the LED strip onto the tape and make a mark at every center, and lay another piece of tape to make an intersection (and ensure your led strip will be straight). Trust me, it's easier to use another piece of tape instead of a ruler.



Next step is to take the automatic center punch and make a dimple at every intersection. You can buy an automatic center punch for less than $2 at Harbor Freight.



Then, using the 3/32" drill bit, drill your first set of pilot holes. Pilot holes are essential since using a big bit off the bat will cause the drill to wander and get crappy results.



Then enlarge the holes with the 5/32" bit or similar.



And finally with the 1/4" drill which makes it perfect to slip in the led strip



DON'T FORGET to gently peel the masking tape onto itself otherwise it will peel paint!!!

Now pop in that LED strip!




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Aww, darn. I was hoping for a "Hulk" theme!

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Hmmmm... It isn't too late to go with a Hulk theme, it is a 600 you know

Made a hoist out of wood and secured the bike to remove and freshen up the forks. New fork seals and fluid. My gawwwd they were nasty.









And put them back under the bike all in less than half a days work! Only had to redo one fork after forgetting the little spacer that goes in the bottom

Plus my full exhaust showed up and it actually fits!!!
The seller claimed it was a full D&D yet there is absolutely nothing that says what brand it is. Oh well, it was a great price!




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Here's a few more photos of progress !
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Paint! Painted her myself using Omni AU with flex-additive. Came out pretty nice considering how cheap the paint is

"You're using the Omni on the Ninja? Good. Need to get rid of that sh.t" -Dad










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Yesterday I painted the lower half of the side fairings black to help reduce the amount of cleaning needed for a white bike I also painted the spare windscreen that I had as well as the v-shaped inner fairing and gas cap.






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Got her finished up today!








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Super sharp!!! Could you give us a quick lesson on adding stripes? It's not obvious how to get the nice, sharp lines at the edges of the second color of paint.

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Super sharp!!! Could you give us a quick lesson on adding stripes? It's not obvious how to get the nice, sharp lines at the edges of the second color of paint.
Thanks! There are a few tips to getting the lines sharp and crisp.

First and most importantly, the tape used. Typical masking tape has a slightly rippled texture which allows paint to bleed underneath. Using a vinyl tape like this usually gives excellent results-
3M Fine Line Tape | eBay

Going over the tape with the back of your thumbnail really gets the tape down and seals from paint bleed.

Then, another trick is to pull the tapes moments after spraying. By pulling the tapes once the paint has set up will cause strings and messes, and pulling tapes after everything has completely dried leaves a terrible edge. Just be careful pulling the tapes near wet paint since there's always that chance of that fresh tape and fresh paint making a terrible goof-up (I speak from experience )

And lastly, when pulling the tapes, peel the masking tape onto itself and towards the freshly painted side. That causes any stringing to stay on the painted side and helps that little bit more in making the stripe all the more crisp.

Here's a few photos of planes we've painted (I usually do the prep and Dad or a hired hand lays down the paint)






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And the black/gold airplane... What a pain in the @$$ to do gold numbers with a white shadow, and not transfer any fingerprints to the black background

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I started riding the Ninja to class and the battery crapped out on me Only place close was a Cycle Gear so I forked out $71 for a stinkin' battery with a 1 year warranty. Ouch.

Anyway, I really like this bike!

A few things I like about it over my 919:
-interstate cruising (body position & fairings)
-11k-14k RPMs it becomes a missle!
-gearbox is so crisp and smooth, which makes shifting fun

Things I dislike about it compared to the 919:
-Gotta buy premium gas (which is typically $.40 more at most stations)
-on-off-reserve fuel selector
-carbs
-will not roll on the power at ALL, gotta downshift and punch


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