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1998 Firestorm/Super Hawk

Just looking for some advice really. Saw a 1998 Firestorm in the process of a rebuild, frame, subframe and swingarm powder coated. Wheels powder coated. Engine given a once over. Samco hoses, 929 front forks. Rolling chassis with loom attached. SS downpipes. The rest needs rebuilding and fairing needs painting. HPI clear, last run 18 months ago, 20,000ish on the clocks. Parts needed are, front brake discs, end cans, chain, front mud guard, battery and few odds and ends. Guy wants 900, I offered him 700 and he's come back and said yes. I haven't responded yet but is this a good deal. All work plus respray I will be doing myself.
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Re: 1998 Firestorm/Super Hawk

Its worth £700 in parts, so yes it's a good deal

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Re: 1998 Firestorm/Super Hawk

Cheers guys, well I pick it up Sunday and I'll post pics and start the rebuild (sort of) thread. Will need some ideas for colour schemes though.
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Re: 1998 Firestorm/Super Hawk

Ok, so I picked it up on Saturday and started work on it today going over all bolts and torqueing up. Checked timing and rear cylinder intake was out by 1 tooth. Need to check front tomorrow.

Anyway, come across a snag already. I have a 2 pin white connector on the left side wiring loom that doesn't seem to attach to anything, also a 2 pin black connector and a red wire under the seat with same issue. Does anyone have any idea what these are for or would they just be spare plugs for aftermarket add ons that they pre wire into the loom?

I will also get some pics up tomorrow of how it was when I picked it up.
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Re: 1998 Firestorm/Super Hawk

OK, see pic below of how it sits at the moment. Found out the two pin white plug was the neutral light switch. He had plugged the other end into the black two pin plug for the fuel level sender. Other bits I've had to correct. Rear cylinder was out by one tooth, front exhaust header mounts needed re-tapping as he had snapped the bolts in there, bent bolt used to attach right hand radiator. The best for last. This one was a doozy. While checking out the 929 front end I noticed that the steering stem seemed to be hanging out the bottom of the headstock. Proceeded to remove front end to check it was inserted correctly. He had put the top bearing dust cover on upside down and chewed that up. The lock washer had all four tabs bent down rather than two up and two down. He had replaced with the standard ball bearings rather than the better tapered bearings. Took the steering stem out, checked that they were fitted correctly, top collar on properly and seated properly. Pushed the stem back in but the top collar wouldn't meet the top bearing. Took stem out again and the bottom race fell out. Strange I thought, it shouldn't just fall out. So thought he had not fitted the race properly so set about trying to fir the bottom race. Banged a few times but the sound was as though it was seated already but it stuck out the bottom about 5-6mm. Then thought he had put in the wrong bearings due to the front end swop. Swopped out bearings for tapered ones top and bottom and tried to fit. Race still stuck out the bottom 5-6mm. After looking down the headstock it didn't look right. Got under the front of the bike and looked up and low and behold (can you guess?) he had the frame powder coated but never removed the original races top or bottom. He had tried fitting new races on top of the old ones. Knocked both out with a drift and put in new races and now fits like a glove.
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Re: 1998 Firestorm/Super Hawk

sounds like its a good thing you got this bike for the po's sake as well as the bikes. : ) it looks like you got a steal. thats a real nice clean start on what im sure will be a nice lookin bike when youre done.

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Re: 1998 Firestorm/Super Hawk

Orange Hel braded brake lines front and rear.
929 complete front end.
Frame, swing arm, sub frame and wheels freshly powder coated.
Rear shock powder coated and rebuilt.
Powder coated radiators.
Renthal rear sprocket.
Renthal grips.
New manual cam chain tensioners.
Samco hoses all round
Orange hydraulic clutch line.
Rear brake reservoir removed and replaced with orange race reservoir pipe.
Aftermarket undertray.

I will keep updated with the progress as I go.
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Re: 1998 Firestorm/Super Hawk

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sounds like its a good thing you got this bike for the po's sake as well as the bikes. : )
I think you are right, lucky he stuck the front end on the front lol.
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Looks like he's tried to turn it into a KTM, a lot of orange going on!

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Wow, that's really clean! Looks very nice, glad it's in "capable" hands now

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Looks like he's tried to turn it into a KTM, a lot of orange going on!

Not where I would have gone but I'm working with it and have a plan for the colour. Thought about going with the grey/Orange/black colour scheme from the 2010 blade. Buuuuttt changing the grey to a white pearl.
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That engine looks like it's been vapor blasted, it's immaculate

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Re: 1998 Firestorm/Super Hawk

Love the start on that one! I've also got a 98, but none of the money I've spent on her is as visible as that. Suspension, brakes, riding position, exhaust and intake mods is about it. Unless you look close, it still looks pretty much stock. Gotta love a sleeper bike!
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