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My 1993 RR 3 year winter revamp (96-98)

Ok here we go. I've got about all the 35mm photos I could find, and have scanned them in to my computer. This thread will document the build/updates to my 93 RR that I bought back in 94 off a very good friend of mine. He went on to take all the cash I gave him and bought a first year 1994 YZedF 750R, and walked out with change.......Anyway, I feel I need to post the build as I really have no one around me who cares to look at these photos anymore (besides me of course), and I think it will help to detail my experience. Now bear in mind, I was a 22 year old "kid" living at home, just graduated college, got a full time job (to fund the project lol), and had 2 other friends that wanted to go broke modding their bikes as well. It was a perfect scenario. I never made it to a track day, but we all wore full leathers, back braces, and would blast northwestern CT and MA on Sunday mornings, along with occasional ride to Danbury,CT for Marcus Dairy Super Sundays. We were "Team Full Chat".

In an attempt to keep you coming back and checking this thread out, being that the bike has been done since 98 and out of my possession since 99 (sold it to get married - do not comment on that part lol), I will update the thread every few days or as time permits.

Going through all the photos reminded me on how much I loved/love this bike, it was one of a kind and it was fantastic to work on and own. She was awesome.

So, with the prelude complete I will set the stage, summer 1994 I sold my 600 hurricane for $2200, took a personal loan out, and paid my buddy for his CBR. I got it from him with the PM wheels, 945cc Weisco kit already installed, Chafong Rear sets and clip ons. He had the solo seat tail section painted by a car guy, and I hated it.

Thanks for the comments if you leave any, and I hope you enjoy. Oh, and please ask questions if you have them.

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The CH150D Elite scooter, where it all began. I was recently reminded to look back about where I started in motorcycling. This was it. A leftover 86 model I bought in October of 87, before I could legally drive.........yeah, I was 15.

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Then here, where the need to save money and not pay a mechanic got me to learn how to do it myself. Bought in April of 1992.

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To here, bought July 1994 as I got It from my buddy. OH YEAH! Sold in 1999 to fund the wedding.

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And finally, to present. Same year, different bike, great story for another thread......

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Re: My 1993 RR 3 year winter revamp (96-98)

Heck yea man. Been waiting on this thread! Dang so you bought that thing with a 945 piston kit :-) boy bet that was fun :-) custom wheels too?
So you turned her into a street fighter of sorts huh?
And what do you ride now? Didn't catch it anywhere here or other post.


And you said not to but I gotta. Wtf were you thinking selling it to get married. And I hope it worked out for you in the long run.
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Heck yea man. Been waiting on this thread! Dang so you bought that thing with a 945 piston kit :-) boy bet that was fun :-) custom wheels too?
So you turned her into a street fighter of sorts huh?
And what do you ride now? Didn't catch it anywhere here or other post.


And you said not to but I gotta. Wtf were you thinking selling it to get married. And I hope it worked out for you in the long run.
Thats all the pics you could find of the bikes
Yeah sorry the first post was kinda long. The street fighter is what I have now, and the black and silver is the star of this thread that got sold when I got married. I needed money for the wedding, and I sold it for $11,500.00 in 99 with almost 30k miles on it. Worth the sale in that respect, but still miss it looking back on it. Love the wife tho. Haha. It gets a lot of trick bits over the 3 winters I modded it. Yeah I got it with the Performance Machine wheels a 17"front and a 17"x6" rear. They were cool. So a lot more pics of that bike to come. I just didn't want to blow it all one one giant post, and I figured if I spread out the posts over a period time you guys will be anxiously waiting for more eye candy.
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Re: My 1993 RR 3 year winter revamp (96-98)

haha very nice Ian, you little teaser keeping us waiting longer for the good stuff



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I wanna see more of this fighter you got now.
I could post new pic every hour for 6months of old bike pics I used to have :-)

Wow I woulda sold it either way at that price and bought two more :-) lol but it was sold in late 90s so wasn't all that old like is now. But I still love them Old blades had some styling. And the color sceme

You would make us wait for pics. Made us wait for a Introduction, build thread, and now wait for more pics and info of your bike.

How long you had the fighter lets get a run down.

Have you seen my fighter I'm building yet? I have a tail section build I started a week ago. Should check it out. In streetfighter section.

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haha very nice Ian, you little teaser keeping us waiting longer for the good stuff
Right on Chops, more posts later today. I don't have as many photos as I thought, so I do have to stretch it out a bit. But it will be worth it I think. Doesn't even come close to your revamp, but I built my motor rather than change colors or fairing ( that was next on the list but sold her before i could get to it). Ah, but I see you've started a thread of your own on a motor swap....... Ugh, I'm still loving your original revamp!
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I wanna see more of this fighter you got now.
I could post new pic every hour for 6months of old bike pics I used to have :-)

Wow I woulda sold it either way at that price and bought two more :-) lol but it was sold in late 90s so wasn't all that old like is now. But I still love them Old blades had some styling. And the color sceme

You would make us wait for pics. Made us wait for a Introduction, build thread, and now wait for more pics and info of your bike.

How long you had the fighter lets get a run down.

Have you seen my fighter I'm building yet? I have a tail section build I started a week ago. Should check it out. In streetfighter section.
So true 9, I dragged my feet with the into, and now I'm slow with the old rebuild. Hahahahaha. Here's the compromise. If you continue to check this thread out, I'll simultaneously do the street fighter one in that section. I can see that your a street fighter guy at heart.

So I'll get that thread going as well. I just picked up a 17" front wheel from vfrman ( thanks by the way!) and also reeled in an F4i gauge cluster form eBay. Those will be going on over the winter on the fighter (which might turn into a cafe racer.....) so I got you covered too, I hope.
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So true 9, I dragged my feet with the into, and now I'm slow with the old rebuild. Hahahahaha. Here's the compromise. If you continue to check this thread out, I'll simultaneously do the street fighter one in that section. I can see that your a street fighter guy at heart.

So I'll get that thread going as well. I just picked up a 17" front wheel from vfrman ( thanks by the way!) and also reeled in an F4i gauge cluster form eBay. Those will be going on over the winter on the fighter (which might turn into a cafe racer.....) so I got you covered too, I hope.
I was just busting your balls man.. lol I can't wait. I just love motorcycles period. Minus those Harley pushrodded potato potato potato.... haaahahahaa
But yes if you can't tell I do like the fighters :-). Full faired also but like the attitude of fighters!
Cool man can't wait to see the build thread this winter. Ill have to do something to mine in the winter but here in TX we get like 5 days a year of winter
I got lucky my 900 already had the 17" wheel out frnow I got build a fender for it sometime...

Id like to find another cheap 900cbr and make a cafe racer also with a blackbird FI engine :-) raceing stripes and all. Mmmmm

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And so the build goes on. Luckily one of my riding buddies also lived at home, and we used his ultra clean basement for our shop. Heavy duty work benches, bench grinders, polishing wheels, and ample power and light. Many late nights spend tinkering and working on our "stuperbikes" as we called them. Stuper because we were stupid about the money we spent, but also super because nobody was doing what we did back in 96, around here anyway.

Just prior to taking it apart, I had two other mates that had RR's. I snapped these photos one morning, and it shows three different heights in the bars. The 93 on the left with Heli bars (raised), the 94 in the middle stock, and mine on the right with the Chafong lowered clip ons.

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Cool to see three of them together like that. I have the feeling this thread is gonna get away from me and become a memoir or something..........Anyway back to the story, (yup too late). lol Here she is in October of 1994, just prior to the first changes. A keen eye will notice the YZedF custome choke lever. The early RR's were notorious for the choke sticking and rusting out. Solved that issue. (right above the clutch cover).

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So she goes in for the winter of 94 and comes out in the spring/summer of 95 with a newly painted solo seat, one of the last "Billet" Brembo Master Cylinders (the remaining ones sold in the US were cast) , and a 520 conversion chain kit. I was waiting for the Brembo 320 Cast Iron Full floaters and AP Lockheed brakes to arrive, but had to mount the lever because it was WAY TRICK! Yeah, that's right AP Lockheed Calipers. Nobody could touch that. And my props to my man Mick.

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You'll note the rather large aluminum plate welded to the frame where the Ohlins mounts up. There was a thumb sized hole there when my buddy bought it from the insurance company. Solved that problem. Welded the plate and the lug, good to go! And a really bad job by me to try and hide the sidestand!
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Gotta run, much, much more to come..............
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So according to the writing on the back of the photo, I got the big Brembo's in Early August 1995, and fitted them immediately, along with the AP Calipers. This thing would stand on the front wheel with a good pull from the index finger. Awesome brakes, and the rattle of the full floating disk was cool too. My two buddies and I all got them, however I went AP and they got off the shelf Brembo calipers hahaha

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My buddie with the other 93 with the Heli bars measured his caliper hanger from his Brembo kit and plotted it out to make me a pair, so I was able to use the 320mm rotor. That was nice of him!
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Thought I might have more interest in this thread, granted its only one day old. But what's a guy to do? We didn't have Internet forums when I built this bike. Oh well, I'll carry on nonetheless.
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Don't worry, I get it. A lot of photos of the bike, but nothing actually taken apart or being worked on. You guys need better content. Ok, so for the winter of 1995 into 96 is when all the magic happened. I wanted a polished frame. My buddy Tom had his FZR polished and it looked sweet. I had to have it. I also remembered I developed a head gasket leak on the 945. My buddy Dave who I bought the 9 from had used a solid copper Cometic gasket on the 945, so when I decided it was gonna be a 1024cc monster, I bought the Honda head gasket and had it modified to fit. Yeah that's right, a 1024cc fire breathing 900RR. I had one 15 years before Honda came out with theirs !!! So into the basement workshop we go!

Motor's out, January 1996.
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The late Jack O'Malley did the work ( or at least told his guys too lol).
The lower case, waiting for its mate to come back, as well as the top end in background.
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There was a lot of work for me to do while the engine was away getting massaged. I still had to take everything off of the frame because I wanted to do the polish job by hand......easy now. That meant I needed to have the anodizing removed chemically. And that meant I needed to remove the swing arm. The first and basically only snafu I came across during ownership of this bike.
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I had everything off except the swing arm pivot collar. This piece threads directly into the frame, and articulates the bearing in the swing arm. The swing arm doesn't come off if the collar doesn't unthread. Well, it was seized up like a motherF'er.
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To get it off, I had to use a spiral grinder air tool and cut the inside of the collar on opposite sides, to eventually collapse it on it self, thus having it basically cut in half. Without destroying the threaded portion of THE FRAME!
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I thought it was hopeless, but it eventually came out. 25-35% of the threads in the frame were boogered up. But I made do with what I had. Heres the piece, now in two. You can see the corrosion.
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May seem like no one is paying attention, but I am following this thread! I do not believe I have the skills nor space required to attempt such an undertaking. Keep it all coming!

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Iv gotta lot to say but little time right now. But ill have a lot of comments ill get back to this thread. You have deffinately caught my interest tho Ian. Most deffinately have.
ill be back man ill be back :-) with a lot to say.
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May seem like no one is paying attention, but I am following this thread! I do not believe I have the skills nor space required to attempt such an undertaking. Keep it all coming!
Thanks Demon, glad you're enjoying it.
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