So I recently acquired a 1996 'Blade in semi-okay shape (great mechanical condition, so-so cosmetically). PO definitely rode her hard, as evidenced by the molten rubber lining the rear undertail and the fact that the motor has been replaced with a 1998 model. Here she is the day I got her.
No pics of the initial teardown but suffice it to say the harness was a bit of a mess. I still need to get back in there and properly wire the turn signals as well as replace the plugs for the headlight. I will re-wrap the harness in Tesa fabric tape once I get it all buttoned up. Here are some pics from today.
No idea of the mileage on her. ODO say 51k but with the motor swap speedo reads 185 at 25. SpeedoHealer is ordered to rectify that issue but it also means I'll never know the actual mileage on the chassis, let alone the motor. As can be seen in the photos, the frame, swing-arm, and triple clamps have been polished. That'll stay til I can afford powder coating (which probably means a long time lol). Fan switch is bad, as evidenced by the wire being grounded to the header to keep the fan on at all times. Has a K&N fillter and a ratty Two Brothers slip-on. Of course it hasn't been jetted accordingly so it runs a bit rough. One or both of the throttle cables have been pinched so the bike doesn't return to idle unless you twist the throttle closed. Rear tire is new, front is junk. The right peg bracket is tweaked. The brake lever is broken and has a bolt with a bit of hose passed through the broken off portion. Overall, it's got good bones I just need to figure out what to do with them.
Parts on order:
Fan Control Switch
Front Tire (Shinko Podium 006)
Both Throttle Cables
Parts to order:
Front fender of some sort
Front sprocket cover (need one from a 98/99)
Matching tire for the rear (I will sell the current tire to recoup, OCD and past experience scream out against mismatched tires)
Parts I want:
HealTech Gear Indicator
Factory Pro 4* Timing Advance
Factory Pro Shift Kit
Factory Pro Airbox Plus kit
Cosmetically, I am at a loss as to what I want to do. On one hand, I could order plastics and take it back to factory appearance. However, for that to happen I need the entire upper cowl, a headlight, and both mid panels. I have had rotten luck finding anything reasonably priced so far. The other option I have been entertaining out of necessity is the naked fighter look. I could grab a belly pan and a headlight kit and call it a day. Any thoughts or inputs here would be nice. Thankfully, the tank and tail are pretty much perfect so I catch a break there.