Thursday, 19 July 2007

Project Gixxer - Part III

Should now be called "Project stripdown & fill garage with bits" !!

Got the motor out last night by eventually laying the frame and motor on it's side and wiggling the frame off it! Then drop the swinger out and the forks and start some test fits, and therein start the problems:

  • No front engine mounts for the gixxer engine in the Kat frame

  • Engine too big for frame

  • No 'stops' on the Kat frame for the GSXR forks

  • GSXR swing-arm too wide for the Kat frame

  • GSXR swing-arm fouls Kat frame at several points

  • No suspension mounts for GSXR rear suspension on Kat frame

  • Now while none of these problems is insurmountable, the whole lot are if you catch my drift. I have spent alot of time and money getting the Kat original so far and this transplant was never going to be a full time deal. I only wanted it to get the Kat on the road quickly. Now I will be sorting the rear sub-frame on the GSXR and getting that on the road, sell it on and sort the engine in the Kat.

    I currently have 3 bikes:

  • 2004 Suzuki SV650 K4

  • 1984 Suzuki GSX750SE3

  • 1989 Suzuki GSXR 750

  • And 3 cars:

  • 2006 Skoda Fabia vRS

  • 2000 Vauxhall Corsa 1.2

  • 1987 Daihatsu Fourtrak 2.8TD

  • So you can see my problem, too many vehicles and not enough time to drive them all. Will be getting rid of the missus' Corsa, giving her my Skoda and replacing the Fourtrak with a newer one as I simply love driving that.

    Will then punt the GSXR out and use the SV as a daily runner and the Kat for show runs etc. Keep your peepers here for more updates as they happen.


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