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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:
SpeedoHealer
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 Quickshift
HealTech Gear Indicator
Factory Pro 4* Timing Advance
Factory Pro Shift Kit
Factory Pro Airbox Plus kit
Delkevic 4:1
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.
 

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I see your problem with your speedo, On 96 models the speedo sensor attaches to the front sprocket cover. So you need a front sprocket cover from a 95-97 and a speedo sensor. Do not buy a 98-99 front cover as the speedo comes from the gear box and will not work with your clocks. :thumb:
 

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Since the motor already has the later speedo sensor reading the trans gears that's why I decided to just get the SH and use what I have. I might end up getting the earlier sprocket cover and sensor but then I'd need a block off for the trans sensor on my later motor.
 

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Leave the bike as a RR. I went with the cafe/streetfighter look on my last 93. Now I want the fairings back on it. The bike will thank you later :D

Looking forward to seeing your progress either way:thumb:

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Mine looked very similar to yours when I got it. It was tired but most everything was there but needed redone.


This is what it looks like after I finished it. I agree with IanDoohan. Leave it as a RR
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Thanks for the encouragement Ian. And Motley your bike looks great. Not really a fan of the white tail but to each their own. I don't have to decide on the cosmetics for awhile ($$$) so I will mull the decision for awhile and cross the bridge when I get to it. For now, I just want the bike spot on mechanically.
 

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SpeedoHealer installed and programmed tonight. Also installed new fan control switch. I originally thought the fan control switch sent signal to the temp gauge. Obviously I was wrong. I apparently need to replace thermo sensor as well. Question to you all. Will my '96 temp gauge read the signal coming from the '98 thermo sensor?
 

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SpeedoHealer installed and programmed tonight. Also installed new fan control switch. I originally thought the fan control switch sent signal to the temp gauge. Obviously I was wrong. I apparently need to replace thermo sensor as well. Question to you all. Will my '96 temp gauge read the signal coming from the '98 thermo sensor?
In regards to the thermosensor. It will not work. 93-97 = analog gauge. 98-99 = digital gauge. Also, it was confirmed years ago with the 600F4i dash mod. You have to replace the older ones with the 98-99 for th temp to display.
 

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In regards to the thermosensor. It will not work. 93-97 = analog gauge. 98-99 = digital gauge. Also, it was confirmed years ago with the 600F4i dash mod. You have to replace the older ones with the 98-99 for th temp to display.
So is it safe to assume the earlier thermosensor will bolt right in to the later water housing? I have looked at sensors for the different years but all seem to use the same stock image.
 

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Motley I'm definitely interested. Let me get back to you on them. I have a few other bits right now that take precedence. And thanks for the confirmation Ian.
 

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Someone got a visit from the tire fairy lol.

I know a lot of people give Shinko grief but I have a set of 712's on my 850G and I have zero complaints. I have pushed them hard with absolutely no ill manners. Hopefully these serve just as well. Will be getting the matching rear once funds re-accumulate.
 

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Do any of you folks have a suggestion for baseline jetting for a slip-on and a K&N filter? Going to pull the carbs this weekend or next and want to get everything together. I have the tool coming for the mixture screws so if you have a suggestion for those I'd appreciate it as well. I will be buying a jet kit in the future but would like to get the bike semi close as is. At least rideable untill I have the $$$ for the kit.
 

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120 mains, 40 slows, 2.5 turns on the mixtures screws, and if you have them, clip in the middle position on the needle. If you don't already have adjustable needles, put a small shim (washer) under the stock needle. That should be a pretty good baseline.

But I'm assuming your not buying main jets if you plan on buying a jet kit :idunno:

When jet kit time comes look for the Factory Pro Kit, good instructions and they use OE Keihin jets.
 

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Thanks Ian. I am getting jets for now as I am not sure when I will be able to get the kit. I was looking at Factory Pro's Airbox plus kit.

Edit: Maybe not. Yikes. Jets are a bit more $$$ for the Blades than they are for my old Suzuki. Looks like I will just grab the jet kit from the outset.
 

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Parts fairy just stopped by.

Will get these and the new tire on this weekend. I have the sprocket cover (with sensor) coming as well as the temp sensor.
 

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Alright new tire is on. I went to town on it with the spoons in the driveway. Thankfully it went pretty smooth. Initial test ride looks promising. The front end is nowhere near as vague as it was. I can finally start leaning in without the constant fear of low-siding the bike. Played with suspension settings a bit tonight. Previous owner had them all out of whack. Using a close setup to the one suggested on sportrider.com. Just a bit softer as our roads around here are garbage.
 
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