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My 1994 Suzuki RF900 - April 12, 2013, 12:04 PM

I picked this up for a couple hundred. P.O. had laid it down in a dramatic story I didn't pay attention to. I'm not really a Suzuki sort of guy, but when I saw this hefty looker it was definitely love at first sight.






So after having moved it to my 4th floor apartment I started tearing it apart to replace the slipping clutch and to fix the damage from previous ignorance and abuse. My wife was surprisingly cool with the new guest.









For the fairing since all I had was JB Weld, I just took some of the rear fairing abs platic and used that to fill in. The rears are only $60 compared to the $180 for the front cowling.


Good enough for now, I will make it pretty later.


This clutch was a royal pain in the ass to get off. I had to make a trip to harbor freight and buy one of their $50 corded impact guns.





Next I am replacing all of the wheel bearings, swingarm needle bearings, and linkage needle bearings.

First new part. Was expecting the bearings instead.


Parts and a new bike for my wife




Bearing Installation



Progress


Done




Rode 300 mi to Suffolk
Idle Issues and Now Overheating


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April 12, 2013, 12:05 PM

especially pic of bikes in the living room!


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April 12, 2013, 12:10 PM

So after having torn apart the carburetor as per sabba's instructions on gixxer.com,
I have decided to do Factory Pro nickel needle jets, FP Titanium jet needles and jet kit, and new o-rings.



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April 12, 2013, 12:14 PM

Now, because I live in Alexandria and pay out the nose to have a home and exist, I have to wait tile payday to purchase said parts.
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April 12, 2013, 12:22 PM

Nice work. Did you sort the overheating issue?


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April 12, 2013, 12:24 PM

Turns out the idle mixture screws were turned all the way in. That's how I stripped the screw. I am thinking/hoping that it was overheating due to running lean at idle. It only overheated when I ran into standstill traffic coming back up I95.
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April 12, 2013, 12:25 PM

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especially pic of bikes in the living room!
This.


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ZX6rfool, you a Tech fan?
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April 12, 2013, 12:48 PM

Cool, people who actually know where Blacksburg is...
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April 12, 2013, 02:32 PM

By overheating do you mean its running into and past the Red Zone? Or just high?
- Most the bikes i've had get pretty hot sitting in traffic and cold down again once moving; this is pretty normal. Never touches the Red Zone though...

Make sure the fans are working properly, and flush the coolant.

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April 12, 2013, 03:25 PM

Hey pnbell, we both have Mikuni BDST carbs. Cool someone to relate to. Not very many bikes have those style carburetors.

It didn't redline, it was kicking the fan on and cooking my boots. Until I fix the carburetor the overheating issue is going on the back-burner.
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April 12, 2013, 03:47 PM

My first bike was an RF600. I liked it. Ugly and all.

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April 12, 2013, 03:50 PM

Yea man, i've taken the carbs apart quite a few times... So many times over the last few months that I haven't even completely installed most the gas tank hardware (i think the Gas Tank cover is only held on by the Gas cap at this point) Ha ha!

If you ever need an extra hand or just want someone to stand around and point at things while you work on the bike, Shoot me a PM and i'll swing by.


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