RVF400 Project - A step in a different direction.

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RVF400 Project - A step in a different direction.

Post by ZippiT » Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:46 am

Hi 400GB!

One of my first big posts here, let me introduce myself. My name is Jack, 20 years old from down under (Australia). I started riding bikes around 2015 firstly on a 2006 VTR250. I later upgraded to the legendary CBR250RR, in which I still own one, but now I have been stung by the RVF bug.

This project has the aim of bringing something from the 1990s up to more recent times (and I know purists may have an opinion on this). But let's get started.

This is going to be a long ride.

The basis of this project was going to be my first RVF, as seen below. The fairings had fracture damage, and overall very flimsy. The mirror stay ended up braking on the way to work. Oh boy.
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So, as usual, new fairings were in order. I bought the brand new TYGA GP-T kit for the RVF, but did not like the single seat life (an extra seat and storage, that I've always loved from the CBR250RR). So I decided to do some reserch, and found the following:
VFR400 Subframe
VFR400 Pillion Pegs
VFR400 Riders Seat
VFR400 Pillion Seat
VFR400 1 Key Lock Set
VFR400 Boot Latch Mechanism

With this, I bought the TYGA Dual Seat Kit, and converted my once flimsy tail on an RVF, to something more practical for daily road use. A few things to note, the HYOSUNG sticker on the tank was a joke at many of the problems I found with this bike, and I knew by the time I put these fairings on, I'd go futher. So the blinkers were temporary to avoid drilling unnecessary holes.
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Later on, I stumbled on another RVF that was for sale with much lower KM then my engine (21,000 vs 55,000) for a great deal ($1200au or £671). It had been passed from learner rider to learner rider, and dropped a few times along the way, but everything under the damaged fairings was immaculate. This is now the basis of the build.
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First up: Strip both bikes (and figure the frames out later)
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Second: Strip the low KM engine. Time to make this thing roar.
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Now, I've acquired some goodies from a few friends of mine including:

Mint VFR400 Gearbox:
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Rick Oliver GSXR Flywheel Conversion Kit (I also have the flywheel and stator on hand):
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Mike Normans 57mm Coswroth 428cc Kit (surprise?):
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And the last thing that bring it up to date, freshly ceramic coated in satin black:
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Any tips or comments are appreciated. This is my first big undertaking (although I have done a CBR250RR, I have never touched an engine). Enjoy!

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Re: RVF400 Project - A step in a different direction.

Post by TZcRank » Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:08 am

Looking REALLY good! Nice work, interested to see the end result.

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Post by RoninZX-10R » Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:13 pm

Nice work with the ceramic coating, looks fantastic. Where did you get that done? Looking forward to seeing more photos of your build.

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Post by ZippiT » Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:41 pm

RoninZX-10R wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:13 pm
Nice work with the ceramic coating, looks fantastic. Where did you get that done? Looking forward to seeing more photos of your build.
Got it done at a local shop called Coating King in Cardiff. All the work I’ve got from them is quality.
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Looking REALLY good! Nice work, interested to see the end result.
Thanks for the input, surely much more to come!

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Re: RVF400 Project - A step in a different direction.

Post by RoninZX-10R » Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:46 am

When they ceramic coat the parts are they able to limit it to only one side, or does it cover everything?

Roughly what is the cost to get it done, if you don't mind me asking?

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Re: RVF400 Project - A step in a different direction.

Post by ZippiT » Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:50 am

RoninZX-10R wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:46 am
When they ceramic coat the parts are they able to limit it to only one side, or does it cover everything?

Roughly what is the cost to get it done, if you don't mind me asking?
They only do one side, but there can be overspray on the other side. Not too much of a hassle.

It costed $500au for all the parts above.

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Post by Konsume » Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:47 pm

Awesome - looking forward to seeing more of this thread!

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Post by ZippiT » Mon Jan 21, 2019 5:23 am

At the moment it will be only part updates, as I'm waiting on some main things before I get to slap it together. Tho something nice to look at ;), freshly bored and blasted top case.

EDIT: bores are now being improved.

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Post by TZcRank » Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:57 am

Looking good!!

Would be interested to know what the Cosworth pistons cost?

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