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Old 08-11-2010, 06:24 PM   #11
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Re: '00 SV Naked :: Mod Project - Retro Blue goes Green

M4 Carbon Slip-on mounted to my Micron plumbing. Perfect!
Threw in some new plugs and will do an oil and fluid change when I get the bike out of the apartment.

Just need the bodywork and i'm back on the road!



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Old 08-31-2010, 06:28 PM   #12
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Re: '00 SV Naked :: Mod Project - Retro Blue goes Green



BACK ON THE ROAD!


Finally got the parts back from the shop, and they came out AMAZING!

I'll let the photos speak for themselves.

I'm done for the summer... but there's still much to do.

Engine is still very messy, especially along the bottom of the bike.
Need new front tire
Need to either paint or replace frame covers and tail piece behind rear seat
Contemplate GSXR front end....

Enjoy!





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Old 08-31-2010, 06:33 PM   #13
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Re: '00 SV Naked :: Mod Project - Retro Blue goes Green

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Old 10-13-2010, 09:34 AM   #14
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Re: '00 SV Naked :: Mod Project - Retro Blue goes Green

The Bike has been voted SV of the Month, October 2010!

I am absolutely floored. Thanks all for the kudos and votes!


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Old 12-10-2010, 01:24 PM   #15
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Re: '00 SV Naked :: Mod Project - Retro Blue goes Green

The bike is snuggled in and cozy back in my living room for the harsh New England winter.
Front wheel coming off shortly for a new sneaker, and the detailing/cleaning shall commence. I want to go over the whole bike and try to fix, replace the little things that are still wrong/broken/damaged, etc. Minor stuff.

I'll update soon with photos. Enjoy the cold! Snowboarding time...
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Old 07-06-2011, 03:00 PM   #16
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Re: '00 SV Naked :: Mod Project - Retro Blue goes Green

Finally got a little more done... rattle-can magic on those tired frame covers:

Before (yikes!)


After!






I owe everyone a nice photo with them mounted, but this will do for now...



It's a small change, but somehow makes the bike complete...
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Old 07-31-2018, 02:30 PM   #17
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Re: '00 SV Naked :: Mod Project - Retro Blue goes Green

It's hard to believe that it's been SEVEN YEARS since I've updated this thread.

One reason is that there haven't been many additional mods to the bike since I did the full overhaul back in 2010, but I have done a few things... and most importantly, I've done a lot of overdue maintenance on my own that I hope will inspire other newbs to do this kind of work themselves.

Here's what I've done this season:

CARB REBUILD

Warning - PIC HEAVY

Let's just say this was years overdue... years.

The bike hasn't idled well since the "oughts," but otherwise gave me no real hassle. Then, toward the end of last season, I started getting chronic backfiring on decel. Pretty sure sign of pilot jet clog... So I knew it was time.

First, I picked up a pair of K&L Carburetor Repair Kits 18-5068. I grabbed these on Amazon for fastest delivery.

While awaiting the new rubber parts, it was time to pull the carb assembly. Boy is it shamefully filthy:



While removing from the bike, I stripped one of the screws holding the choke cable to the carb body... nothing a little dremel mod can't solve



Now for the teardown... this could have gone in so many (potentially bad) directions... but after all was said and done, I was pleasantly surprised by the condition inside the carbs.

Not terrible (but not good, of course):



Here, you can see that the seals were beyond their expiration date... but they still did a decent job for never being replaced in 18 years:



You can see all the "frosty" deposits on the jets quite clearly...





Now it was time for cleanup. Doesn't this look much better?! (note my note-to-self re: Air/Fuel screw):




And now with everything ready to be reassembled, all new gaskets, O-rings and float valves at the ready:



Much nicer!




While I was at it, I gave the rest of the engine / interior a little overdue cleanup:



Carbs back in place. Let's hope that effort solved my backfiring and idle issues:



Next on the list was a bunch of other general maintenance that was long overdue:
  • Oil and Filter Change
  • Coolant flush and replacement (removed Rad completely and flushed)
  • Battery Upgrade (LiPo - amazing!)
  • Fresh Spark Plugs
  • Cleaned and re-oiled K&N Filter
  • Chain / drive train degrease and lube (man was it nasty)
  • Installed Horn upgrade: FIAMM 72112 Freeway Blaster LOW (what a difference)

The chain cleanup was worth documenting visually. Look at this SHAME:





My new favorite thing in the world - Kerosene in a spray bottle. BOOM:



I picked up a "Grease Ninja" for a more controlled and clean lube job. It's brilliant... gets the lube where it should go, and prevents it from getting where it shouldn't. This should keep the goo at bay.


AND HERE SHE IS - after all that TLC:



Boy oh boy, I should have done the Carb rebuild years ago.

The bike starts on a dime, idles perfectly and at the spec rev count, and runs like a dream. Honestly, it hasn't run this well since the day I jetted it back in 2002.
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Old 07-31-2018, 03:02 PM   #18
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Re: '00 SV Naked :: Mod Project - Retro Blue goes Green

With all the powertrain maintenance complete, there were a few additional critical updates that were needed.

First and foremost was a new front sneaker. I always pull the wheels from the bike myself when doing tire changes. You'll save yourself quite a few bucks that way.

I still have not purchased a steering head / front stand, so I had to improvise for the front:



It's more sturdy and secure than it looks, I promise!

While the wheel was off and getting the tire mounted at my local shop, I went ahead and put new brake pads on - EBC HH are my go-to:



You'll want part numbers FA229HH and FA231HH, if interested.

While I was at it, I cleaned the calipers as best as possible while still connected to the brake lines. They need a rebuild, and are on the list for this winter's projects. One of the dust seals is starting to budge out on one piston. Fun!

Another overdue maintenance item, which has improved feel and control in leaps and bounds: cable lubing. With one of those cheap cable lube clamps, I was able to lube everything while still in place...just removed the cables from top side and sprayed away:



The last thing I did was snake a long Apple Lightning Cable from my battery tender pigtail (in my trunk) to the front of the bike, and tossed on a simple RAM phone mount. The cable sneaks out between the front tank mounts. Very clean, and can be tucked out of the way when not in use.

It's a great upgrade for route planning, which you can see below (sans phone):



OK - enough about maintenance.... here's some gratuitous road photos!

Harriman State Park





Bear Mountain



Hawks Nest





As always, I appreciate any and all feedback (be it praise or critique) in my feedback thread.
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Old 02-20-2019, 03:19 PM   #19
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2019 Winter Maintenance Update

Keeping with the momentum of my other maintenance duties, I decided it was time to try giving the front calipers a rebuild.

I was a little intimidated, but after a good amount of research and conversations with friends that have done it many times, I gave it a go... and it wasn't bad at all!

First, I picked up a pair of Caliper Seal Kits from Brake Crafters:



It seems like a solid kit, which includes pressure + dust seals, boots, bleed nipple, crush washers and their special rubber grease.

Next, it was time to pull the calipers, and do my best to remove the pistons.

After some careful work (don't touch the outside of the pistons with any kind of tool!) and VERY careful use of pressurized air (wrap the caliper in a shop rag before shooting air into the caliper to remove stuck pistons!), I was able to move forward:




Once again, I was pleasantly surprised at how clean the insides of these were, considering their age! These have never been apart since the bike came off the factory floor.

Next, cleanup-time. I did a decent job, but didn't go too crazy. All of the external areas around the brake pads will just get filthy after the first few hundred miles, so I wasn't overly meticulous about the outsides.

The insides, however, were now spotless (here's a side by side of clean vs. dirty):



Assembly was very easy... drop in the pressure seals, dust seals, slip in the pistons, add new nipple, add boots, grease pins and put it all back together.

Next, use new crush washers on the banjos and begin the process of bleeding. I opted to flush the brake lines through with new fluid, basically emptying the reservoir a solid 3x to ensure the lines were flushed.

Once I started bleeding, I needed to release trapped air bubbles from each of the banjos, top to bottom... but after that, I had good feel in the lever, and was ready to go.

She's still put-by for the winter, so I haven't given her a proper test ride with everything complete. Once it's warm, I'll stay close to home and get things up to temp to ensure everything is working correctly, and there's no leaks at the seals in the caliper (scary!).

That's all for now....
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