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Racing944
Posted: Nov 28 2011, 08:32 PM
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I have had my E for about six months now and every passing day I cant go without tinkering, lol. Here's a few pictures of what I have been up to.
I need to finish polishing the rims, finish the carbon fiber bits, the metallic grey ones, make the frame black, and mirrors. I guess this will be a continuing thread as I do the upgrades. So, I guess I will keep you updated, if anyones around... Probably not lol.
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You can kinda see the carbon fiber bits too, console glovebox areas
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Posted: Nov 28 2011, 09:33 PM
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Posted: Nov 29 2011, 01:06 PM
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i like it so far, cant wait to see more!
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Posted: Dec 1 2011, 03:40 PM
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You know Red was the slowest of all the colors, right?
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Posted: Dec 2 2011, 12:35 AM
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QUOTE (Snufalufagus @ Dec 1 2011, 03:40 PM)
You know Red was the slowest of all the colors, right?

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Posted: Dec 2 2011, 05:59 AM
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QUOTE (Racing944 @ Dec 2 2011, 02:35 AM)
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You know Red was the slowest of all the colors, right?

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Yuppers, the white ones have a lot more go. I had to paint mine black to slow it down. It was too much to handle. I still fall off it now. I might have to paint it red to drop a few hp for safety.
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Posted: Dec 2 2011, 02:25 PM
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QUOTE (casacrow @ Dec 2 2011, 05:59 AM)
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You know Red was the slowest of all the colors, right?

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Yuppers, the white ones have a lot more go. I had to paint mine black to slow it down. It was too much to handle. I still fall off it now. I might have to paint it red to drop a few hp for safety.

Oh shi*, why did I take the stickers off then!!! I just lost 15% hp and a second gear!
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Posted: Dec 6 2011, 10:21 PM
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A little WIP.
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More tomorrow...
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Posted: Dec 9 2011, 04:02 AM
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Beautiful, well done! Are those real carbon parts or the original ones with carbon stickers? Anyway, it's a great subtle touch.
This is my favourite color scheme for the E, a Kawasaki in which I don't go for green.

The blue one is also very nice IMHO.
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Posted: Dec 10 2011, 04:32 PM
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QUOTE (Marillionado @ Dec 9 2011, 04:02 AM)
Beautiful, well done! Are those real carbon parts or the original ones with carbon stickers? Anyway, it's a great subtle touch.
This is my favourite color scheme for the E, a Kawasaki in which I don't go for green.

The blue one is also very nice IMHO.

Ya it's the 3m stuff. One of the bits was broken but I wasn't really feeling painting so the carbon looked good to me and it's very nice stuff. Ya I'm not too much of a fan of this bike in green either looks very strange. This bike has been down on the left side and I'm thinking about reprinting it either the same color or in black or something else like the blue.
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Posted: Dec 10 2011, 04:38 PM
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Bask in the black swingarm and muffler glory eviltongue.gif. Frame is coming soon.
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Posted: Dec 10 2011, 05:15 PM
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u should just black out the whole pipe end cap and all, and then move onto blacking out the whole bike lol =)

not but really it looks awesome man i really like the swingarm black like that, i might try that for my black bike to make it look a little better
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Posted: Dec 10 2011, 05:47 PM
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Surprisingly enough, there was no paint involved. That 3m vinyl stuff is really good lol. And I can always take it off to go back to stock. Some people may think its cheesy but Idc it looks so much better. Ya I'll be doin those endcaps soon too.
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Posted: Dec 10 2011, 09:27 PM
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Looks good, was the 3m hard to work with?
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Posted: Dec 11 2011, 07:37 PM
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QUOTE (dukester @ Dec 10 2011, 09:27 PM)
Looks good, was the 3m hard to work with?

On complex surfaces, definitely! The swingarm took me a good 3-4 hours to do, that includes taking it all apart and putting the wheel back on. I also broke a socket trying to get to coil over off so it was really hard to work around having the coil over still on. Every piece you do, you get a better idea how to use the vinyl. It's definitly not hard, just time consuming. Also, I would stay away from a heat gun, a hairdryer is a much better tool for the job; I ruined three pieces by melting through the vinyl.
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Posted: Dec 12 2011, 03:41 AM
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I've taken a bit more time to find out some more details, and another simple yet effective improvment is the uncolored aluminium levers. Looks good as well.

What did you use in the mufflers?
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Posted: Dec 12 2011, 11:36 AM
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QUOTE (Marillionado @ Dec 12 2011, 03:41 AM)
I've taken a bit more time to find out some more details, and another simple yet effective improvment is the uncolored aluminium levers. Looks good as well.

What did you use in the mufflers?

If you mean the brake pedal and shift lever, then yes I'll be doing that in black also. I used the 3m vinyl on the exhaust; no it doesn't melt or have any heating problems. I've taken a good two hour long ride with a couple of stops and it seems to hold up fine. I also tried it with the 3m carbon fiber and that held up fine too. I am a student so I don't get to work on my bike that often.
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Posted: Dec 13 2011, 03:42 AM
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Actually I meant the hand levers. I'd leave them like they already are.

I thought you mentioned problems with the vinyl and high temperatures.
Why do you recommend the hair drier instead of an hot air blower, then?
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Posted: Dec 13 2011, 06:18 AM
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It really is nice. Good job, cant wait to see what else you come up with
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Posted: Dec 22 2011, 09:12 PM
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Frames done. Bottom half is practically all black and so much better looking. More pictures tomorrow.
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Posted: Dec 22 2011, 10:31 PM
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so no im jealous and plan to do this for my bike, bike is already the black 2003 model and i could use some more black on there, wonder how that stuff would be on the rims?
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Posted: Dec 22 2011, 10:46 PM
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QUOTE (thedude88w @ Dec 22 2011, 10:31 PM)
so no im jealous and plan to do this for my bike, bike is already the black 2003 model and i could use some more black on there, wonder how that stuff would be on the rims?

You can't vinyl wrap the wheels lol; theres no sure way to wrap in a manner that would look good. Your better off either painting or using plastidip. I'll probably be painting mine black soon too. I'm glad you like it. Just make sure you have lots of patience and a lot of vinyl.
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Posted: Dec 23 2011, 03:40 AM
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Consider powdercoating the wheels as well.
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Posted: Dec 23 2011, 11:30 PM
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Console cover areas are all done now!
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Note the all black gas cap too!
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Posted: Dec 24 2011, 08:52 AM
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wow really liking it now, did u do the footpegs too? very nice
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Posted: Jan 30 2012, 10:15 PM
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If anyone is curious, the bike is for sale now in Sacramento, ca for 2300. It has 29,000 miles new tires, chain, and fresh oil change. It's a 2002 and I have the pink slip and tags until September 2012
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Posted: Feb 3 2012, 02:24 AM
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My e is leaving tommorow to its next home I sure am gonna miss it. This really was a wonderful bike wish it was just updated and newer! 2300 took this 29000 mile baby away
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Posted: Apr 10 2012, 07:57 PM
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I was looking through my phone and saw a couple of pics I didnt share with the forum. Well, here ya go; let it inspire you to make it pretty.
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GSXR mirrors and ZX6R fender were the last mods, I think.
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Also, what I got when the E left hehe:
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Posted: Apr 14 2012, 10:19 PM
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Did the ZX6R front fender bolt right up? I like the look of it much better than the stock E fender.
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Posted: Apr 14 2012, 10:40 PM
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QUOTE (Racing944 @ Apr 10 2012, 09:57 PM)
I was looking through my phone and saw a couple of pics I didnt share with the forum. Well, here ya go; let it inspire you to make it pretty.
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GSXR mirrors and ZX6R fender were the last mods, I think.
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Also, what I got when the E left hehe:
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Triumphs are fun. Especially the black ones!
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