The cerakote on the pipes looks great. Great progress, how much longer do you estimate for completion?
Thank you!! The half-ring replacement should come in next week so I can get on to the really big and exciting one, I'd say by end of the month - the engine start! After that, engine fine-tuning, test ride, then fairings on and she's done.The cerakote on the pipes looks great. Great progress, how much longer do you estimate for completion?
What an amazing work! Congrats dude 👌🏻POR 15 tank sealer done -
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That is a freaking work of art! -
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Exhaust manifold sent off for ceramic coat -
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New oil cooler arrived -
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Pads in, callipers cleaned and system bled -
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Dude, we are amazed about how good is your work on the 999. And it seems you are sexy as hell too 🔥 hahaha.Hi all,
Thank you Abnmike, those are kind words and I may be back in the States again soon so might take you up on that offer!
Edufox, thank you too! You look a lot like me in your profile pic, haha. Callipers are just as clean on the inside as they are on the outside! They were very fouled and it took days and days. I usually work with a damp microfibre cloth wrapped around the tip of a flat screwdriver - a normal sized screwdriver for regular cleaning and a long thin one for hard to reach areas. After that I'll hit all areas with Autosol polish with the same cloth, and lastly I'll finish off with a clean dry cloth. Yeah it's a long process. I tend to approach the restoration as "chipping away" until all is complete. I love breathing life into her and seeing the result.
Here's a quick update -
Half-rings arrived, so I could get on with the valve adjustment. Was a two-day affair. I actually came across another 3 fractured half-rings (!!) -
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Radiator on and filled -
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Flennor belts in and tensioned -
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This was a screenshot from a video recording. She fired up and revs well, but cuts out and will not idle. It was as expected. I desperately needed to hook the laptop up to her, but as it turned out I had a bad VAG-COM cable which was causing the connection failure. So with that, I'm awaiting the replacement cable from the supplier and hoping the next update will be promising!
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Until then, all comments and suggestions welcome!
Thank you Alex! If I've inspired any person out there then that always makes me happyHave you tried bypassing the starter solenoid? This would tell you whether it’s your solenoid or starter.
from the pics, it looks like water made its way all the way down the lugs on the solenoid.
Either way, you’re doing a fantastic job, I think you’ve inspired me to bring my rusted, but perfectly painted 748 tank.
I would’ve suggested a microtec ecu, but since you have the skills and, more importantly, the patience, you WILL finish the job!
knowing that you took the lead on the restoration will only make riding the bike that much sweeter!