1994 RVF400R Build Project

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  1. NorcalBoy

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    This is the first installment of me documenting my latest build project.

    Today, I had to come up with a radiator screen/protector for the new carbon inner cowl. I used R&G Racing titanium expanded metal mesh/screen as the material of choice. The fact that it is blued made it that much better for the overall scheme.

    First, I had to come up with a template, didn't wanna waste the material, due to replacement cost, lol.

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    The mounting bosses formed into the piece are not symmetrical, of course. All carbon requires a certain level of "massaging" to get it to fit perfectly.

    Next I used some left side and right side snips to cut out the basic shape

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    I carefully cut in some locations for isolation grommets, didn't wanna just screw it to the cowl direct, inelegant at best, lol. Used ti and aluminum fasteners from ProBolt to check the attachment.

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    Once the mounting was confirmed, I temporarily wrapped the outside edge of the ti mesh with 1/8" vacuum hose, split longitudinally. I wanted a "finished" look, even if it was hidden inside the cowl.

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    This is what it ended up like for the first go round. It will prolly need to be trimmed to fit the actual opening where the side cowls and inner cowl all join , but I don't have the machine here to check it, so I left it long

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    Once I know exactly how much clearance it requires on the bottom, I will trim it up and permanently install the piping trim. I think it's going to work good to keep the schmutz off of the new race radiators I ordered from Rick Oliver in the UK. 40% better cooling capacity than standard rads, hand fabricated by British virgins somewhere very top secret in the UK. For what they are asking for those, they HAD to be protected, plus I didn't want debris hitting my race header.....I will post up the final final, once it's all trimmed up and permanently mounted.

    R&G Racing UK
    ProBolt USA
    Rick Oliver NC30/NC35 UK
     
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    Today I received the last of the bits I needed to accomplish the complete overhaul of the stock brake system.

    Today, I received the titanium ti nitride coated rear caliper pistons that I needed. Also got the ti chainguard and valve cover bolts, the titanium swingarm pivot nut and the ti sim washer for the rear axle.

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    I already received all of the other ti bits and piston seals to refurbish the front and rear calipers, posted this pic in the other thread, but I'll put it in here too.

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    I went with EBC Vee Rotors because they are 28% lighter than the old X-Discs. EBC EPFA pads for the front calipers, GoldFren FA pads for the rear caliper with an EBC Pro-Lite rear rotor. Have a DLC coated ti rotor mount bolt kit from ProBolt to handle the attachment to the newly powdercoated wheels, in black.

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    I went with HEL braided lines for the front and rear, I also have two different solutions for the front lines and I'll decide which ones i'll use when the time comes. I went with a Brembo RCS17 radial for the master cylinder with the smoke reservoir kit, a TWM clutch lever and perch from UK Racing Services, and a Domino quick turn throttle assembly. The banjo bolts are ProBolt DLC coated, front and rear all.

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    I plan on using Nils at Restocycle to vapor blast the caliper bodies. That will determine whether or not the calipers need to be coated, if so, Cerakote high temp ceramic coating will be used.

    Today I ordered a Hyperpro, 140mm, side mount damper with a reverse damper mounting kit to keep the rod away from the rider and bodywork, a complete ground upgrade kit and NGK HT leads for the coils. Discussing the ignition system with Rick, trying to decide on coils, RR and stator, and, most likely, a programmable Ignitech TCI unit to handle the ignition. Discussing which maps I want loaded on the unit by Rick.

    Already learning a few things about these machines, can't wait to play around with it and get to wrenching.

    Titan Classics UK
    KurveyGirl USA
    Treatland.TV USA
    HEL UK
    ProBolt USA
    UK Race Support Services
    EBC USA
    Kencourt Limited UK
    Rick Oliver NC30/NC35 UK
     
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    I'm liking those EBC Vee Rotors, I had been eying them for my 5 Gen but then had other things take priority. Still on my list of "next" thing to buy...
     
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    I have the HEL brake lines on one of mine - 2 line from the master cylinder. I do need new lines for the white one as they are the original
    Using standard discs with HH pads
     
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    Nothing major to report, but I did get around to finalizing the ti radiator protection screen for the inner cowl.

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    Nothing major to report, just documenting the process. Received some more ti hardware from ProBolt. DLC coated windscreen mounting kit in black, gold anodized ti for the magnetic oil drain plug, Race spec ti bolts and washers for the airbox lid, countersunk screws for the new chain repro sliders. Have quite a few bits on the way and I'll continue to populate the thread as they come in.

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    OK just another update, only because I want to shill for some new folks working in my corner, yep, shamless plug.

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    After the experience I had with my latest run with OEM Ohlins kit, I thought it was time for a big change. Not just the suspension provider, everything. I had heard some very good things about Fast Bike Industries, so I sent them an email. Literally, within minutes, David Behrend, the owner of Fast Bike called me on the phone. My first impression was pretty freaking good at that point. I went over my trials and tribulations with Ohlins and we had a very long discussion about what bikes I had ridden, what companies I had used previously, and what the end results had been.

    I actually surprised myself going through who I had worked with before, Race Tech, Pro Circuit, Mike Bautista at MB1 Motorsports, Traxxion Dynamics, and Ohlins USA. David listened to what I was looking for in suspension action, what type of riding I really did and what my true weight really was. He was very interested in my project. I told him I wanted to try Nitron Shocks from the UK, and Fast Bike has just taken over as their US supplier...good fit. I settled on the NTR3, 3 way adjustable custom race spec shock with the titanium colored spring. He sent me an invoice and I paid it.

    Exactly to the day he promised he would have the shock from Nitron, he called to say it was going out. The service seemed almost unreal at this point. We talked for quite awhile about machine builds and stuff, he never tried to brush me off. All I can say is great guy...I thought I might have stumbled onto something positive with David. The shock arrived a couple days later and it sure looked the business. Needless to say, I was pretty damn stoked.

    I had planned to use Traxxion AK-20 cartridges, just because I'm familiar with setting them up. Now I was rethinking it. So, I called up David and asked him what he could do for me. He told me he could build me a set of custom Andreani cartridges for quite a bit less cash and guaranteed that he could get them installed and set up to the exact specs I was looking for, I didn't think twice, told him he was going to do mine, but that I had a few bits to add and a few extra things I wanted done, no problem. David gave me the sale price of $584 for just the base cartridges and that the other stuff was no problem. Boom, Done!

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    These are the new DLC coated fork stanchions from Brook Suspension in the UK. These will be installed during the cartridge install and I'm also having some hardcoat anodizing done to a few bits as well. David is going to handle everything. Basically, I'm having Fast Bike custom build a set of superbike spec forks, that aren't Ohlins. Going my own way this time. I will have nobody to blame but myself this time, if shit goes sideways. I prefer it that way. All I can say is that I'm stoked to have started developing a relationship with David and his main man Burch, I really believe this change is going to bear some excellent fruit.

    BTW, I told him about cartridge options for VFR800's and he said he can build custom cartridges and get them installed in VFR forks with stock cartridges
    no problem at all, so if you 800 riders are looking for an option besides Jamie or Traxxion, David can take care of you. Just google Fast Bike Industries and give David a call, I'm sure you will be happy you did.

    Fast Bike Industries
    Andreani USA
    Nitron UK
    Brook Suspension UK
     
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