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Old 02-14-2017, 08:10 AM   #1
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99 650 build. My first.

I'm new to the SV world, but I'm diving in head first... I bought a 99 SV650 on a whim combined with a well timed search on Craigslist for a bike for someone else. An SV wasn't the goal, I was just searching for anything. I wanted a bike too, just wasn't overly serious yet. Anyway, the bike looks better in pics than real life. The guy painted it himself and it looks like @#$. Off white and rough pitted texture. Plastidiped in places. It had some home made janky side luggage rack thing and had been put down once. So I have some work to do.

I'd love your feedback here

Here she is as purchased.



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Old 02-14-2017, 08:13 AM   #2
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Re: 99 650 build. My first.

This is a more recent pic.


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Old 02-14-2017, 08:17 AM   #3
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Re: 99 650 build. My first.

So I'm jumping all over with what area I'm working on. Mostly I'm just separating, prepping and figuring out what is going to get painted and powder coated. My pride was finding a factory seat cowl on ebay. Took me quite a while though.



I've done a couple things.

LED gauge lights. They look way better in realzies.
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Old 02-14-2017, 08:26 AM   #4
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Re: 99 650 build. My first.

With the seat cowl came the ol' saddle shutter issue. How to fill the rear handle holes. I came up with a solution.





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Old 02-14-2017, 08:31 AM   #5
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Re: 99 650 build. My first.

Toying with a cheap ebay headlight. The original is road rashed and not going to be reused. BTW, the ebay light is a 6" and the factory light brackets flipped over (swap sides so the bend goes in) work perfect for the smaller light. I'm not sold on this light, but budget options seem to be few and far between.

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Old 02-14-2017, 01:27 PM   #6
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Re: 99 650 build. My first.

So my next project is the "fender eliminator". The PO really hacked this one up. The bracket he made was held on by 1 bolt, 1 zip tie, and silicone.




Now I'm working on a template. I'll keep my progress posted.

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Old 02-16-2017, 12:15 AM   #7
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Re: 99 650 build. My first.

Other than paint, I think my eliminator is done. Just need to put a plate mount on, but I'm not sure I want it there yet. We'll see.

The extra bracket with the 2 nuts welded on is part of the PO's janky side luggage mount (as seen in the first pic in this thread). I'm debating cutting the whole thing off (including the factory bars it's welded to), but me being me, i like the idea of being able to do the luggage thing if a spontaneous road trip arose. TBD.




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Old 02-20-2017, 12:49 PM   #8
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Re: 99 650 build. My first.

Moving on...

Paint/ powder coat pile growing.




Getting the lowers ready to be P-coated.


Inspecting the carbs...


Finding this. My first clue there might be an issue should have been that it took an impact driver to get the bowl screws off they were on so tight. Someone with no business fiddling with carbs did just that. Fiddled.
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Old 02-20-2017, 12:51 PM   #9
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Re: 99 650 build. My first.

And, speaking of said someone.... The front spark plug was barely hand tight. As well as the fork seals looked like they were beat in with a screwdriver. Seriously, some people should not be allowed to own, touch, or even look at mechanical things....
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Old 02-24-2017, 10:59 AM   #10
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Re: 99 650 build. My first.

Fixing a sticky ignition.

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