So now I have a project bike

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  1. F8Lstang

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    So now I have a project bike (now with pics)

    buying my friends 99 katana 600 for $200. He downed it about a year ago and has no time to fix it. Since it needs lots of parts, he's letting it go dirt cheap
    Good news: It runs fine. 18,xxx miles. I rode it around for about 2 hours today and couldn't find a thing wrong with the suspension, motor, tranny, brakes, etc.. No leaks or unusal noises that I could find. Tires are in decent shape.

    Bad news: the body is rashed bad everywhere. there is no fender, fairings, windshield, gauges or lights in the front. all the wiring is ziptied to the frame and handlebars.

    I'll get some pics up tomorrow, anyone know a good place for plastics?
     
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    i had a 99 kan-o-tuna. the frame is, IMO, too ugly for making it naked/streetfighter. plastics are going to be hard to find, plus expensive. i haven't seen any aftermarket bodyworks for the kat.

    if you're a sprited rider, i would suggest investing time in track days. just get better tires, play around the stock suspension, safety wire, distilled water, leathers.
     
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    sweet deal. Rip all the plastic crap off, get yourself a new streetfighter headlight/gauge unit and rock that thing.
     
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    link?
     
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    +1 there's plenty of forums for cafe/fighter style builds. check them out for ideas or used parts.

    I've got one of those cyclops lights they want $125 for at Verm's link. Let me know if you're interested, F8L- I'll give you a good price.
     
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    the street legal one? PM a price and pics if you got em, I am interested.

    yeah, since yesterday I've been browsing those forums getting ideas. I work in an autobody shop, so metal and fiberglass fabrication will be simple. This could be pretty fun...
     
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    spent about 3 hours sifting through all the leftover parts after the wreck. got the gauges and lights working, hacked up the fairing pieces and a projector headlight I had laying around to make a rough front end. sometime this week I'll paint everything flat black, and probably change the signal lamps to something smaller. at least its street ready now.

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    check out the slider on the side it went down

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    Subie Driver Eye see what you did there.

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    Nice deal, especially since it still runs and works fine. But, oh God, you GOTS to do something about those front signals! Slick work making your own custom fairing like that, might was well leave it alone... except those bug-eyed blinkers.
     
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    WOW i like the paint on the tank and back fairings! I might have to rip that idea off...
     
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    looks like snidley whiplash with a mustache :big grin:

    good work getting it back up and running.
     
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    I couldn't find any other two that matched and I didn't want to spend any money today. at least they are visible :ugh:
     
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    the dude I bought it from is the painter at our shop, he does lots of custom work
     
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    Looks fine without the fairings- and great for the price you paid. Good job.

    +1 For recycling a projector headlight
     
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    bike looks like ass without the plastics on it.

    But for the price you got it...amazing deal, I would've snatched it up as well.
     
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    Subie Driver Eye see what you did there.

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    Another idea for those front blinkers, maybe tint them dark instead of replacing them. You can go to any ricer shop and get a can of that spray tint that should work well. I used it on my front orange blinkers on my car, and they look nice and dark, but still flash orange. I think they would blend much better with a tint of some kind on them, but not too dark, you do want them visible.
     

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