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I bought an old 929 (2001) with 36 000km's on the clock with the aim of building a track bike.

It feels quite "loose", and not in a good way, so first thing to do would be to sort out the suspension, steering and brakes. Do you have any suggestions regarding the way to go?

Thanks very much
Etienne
 

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Hi Guys
I bought an old 929 (2001) with 36 000km's on the clock with the aim of building a track bike.

It feels quite "loose", and not in a good way, so first thing to do would be to sort out the suspension, steering and brakes. Do you have any suggestions regarding the way to go?

Thanks very much
Etienne

I would guess you need to inspect the swingarm bearings, shock linkages, shock absorber, steering head bearings, wheel bearings, fork seals and fork bushes for a start. Replace anything that is worn. Be sure to check that the frame, forks, wheels and swingarm are straight. Make sure all connections between the engine, frame and swingarm are intact and correctly tightened.
I would completely strip the brake systems and rebuild them with steel lines on the front.
Basically, everything on a new vehicle is an unknown so you need to bring all the maintenance up to date and thoroughly inspect every component.
Since you're building it for the track I'm guessing you'll be almost completely stripping it for that purpose anyway?
 

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I would guess you need to inspect the swingarm bearings, shock linkages, shock absorber, steering head bearings, wheel bearings, fork seals and fork bushes for a start. Replace anything that is worn. Be sure to check that the frame, forks, wheels and swingarm are straight. Make sure all connections between the engine, frame and swingarm are intact and correctly tightened.
I would completely strip the brake systems and rebuild them with steel lines on the front.
Basically, everything on a new vehicle is an unknown so you need to bring all the maintenance up to date and thoroughly inspect every component.
Since you're building it for the track I'm guessing you'll be almost completely stripping it for that purpose anyway?
Hi, thanks very much for the reply. I am a complete newbie as far as bike building is concerned so any information is greatly appreciated!!

Yes, the idea is to strip it and check every thing. The forks definitely need a rebuild or replace, so does the shock. Any suggestions on that? Racetech kit? This bike was not correctly maintained as far as I can tell...

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Hi, thanks very much for the reply. I am a complete newbie as far as bike building is concerned so any information is greatly appreciated!!

Yes, the idea is to strip it and check every thing. The forks definitely need a rebuild or replace, so does the shock. Any suggestions on that? Racetech kit? This bike was not correctly maintained as far as I can tell...

Thanks again

If you don't have the mechanical expertise already, I would strongly suggest you get both the OEM manual and the Haynes manual.
You can revalve both the shock and the forks with RaceTech Gold Valves if you want. I bought the three kits myself but never bothered installing them as the suspension worked just fine from stock.
 

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If you don't have the mechanical expertise already, I would strongly suggest you get both the OEM manual and the Haynes manual.
You can revalve both the shock and the forks with RaceTech Gold Valves if you want. I bought the three kits myself but never bothered installing them as the suspension worked just fine from stock.
I have ordered both manuals yesterday. Thanks.

I ride a 2011 Blade. BIG difference between the two! The 929 has a Scorpion can fitted. Makes a lot of noise but doesn't pull very hard after 5000 rpm. Might require some engine work as well...
 

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If you don't have the mechanical expertise already, I would strongly suggest you get both the OEM manual and the Haynes manual.
You can revalve both the shock and the forks with RaceTech Gold Valves if you want. I bought the three kits myself but never bothered installing them as the suspension worked just fine from stock.
I just realised that the OEM manual I bought is a CD version. I would prefer buying the hard copy. Does anybody have any idea where I can get one?
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Thanks very much for the information. I think this will be money well spent.
Take care

I agree, it is a good investment.
It only costs me around A$30 to print and spiral-bind them with plastic covers at the print shop.
 

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Just a thought before I get too deep into this thing. Are there any major changes I should be thinking about? Like for instance, changing to a 954 swingarm (just an example)... What would the ideal final configuration be?
Any thoughts appreciated
 

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Just a thought before I get too deep into this thing. Are there any major changes I should be thinking about? Like for instance, changing to a 954 swingarm (just an example)... What would the ideal final configuration be?
Any thoughts appreciated

Is this a race bike or just a track bike?
If you're racing it, I'd remove the starter and charging systems but I can't think of anything major that requires replacing.
The 954 throttle bodies are a nice touch.
 

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hi there.just turned my 929 into my track slag too.
i replaced old shock with a penske unit and replaced all the bearings and cleaned up the linkages.felt like a new bikeafter.then done the forks with new oil and stiffer springs and made a tremendous effect to the original very spongy and incredibly softly sprung front end.mine pulls very hard from after 6k so i would check your exhaust servo to see if it works fine.theres loads ofthreads on that exact prob on the forum, also do a -1 and plus 2 sprocket conversion with a 520 chain and the bike will be as good if not better than most bikes on track.
just replacing all the junk and putting the race fairings made it feel very light on its feet to me but after all these mods its a joy to ride on track now
 

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Thanks very much for the reply! It kinda reinforces what I was thinking. Glad you mentioned the exhaust servo. I forgot about that but am sure that is at least part ifmy problem. The chain conversion has been on my to do list as well.
The race fairing and screen should arrive tomorrow. Suspension parts have been ordered.
Any thoughts on the brake system?? Mine definitely needs attention...

Thanks again.
 

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no probs. nice to see someone else is giving the 929 a chance too.
i think the standard brakes are brilliant and if working properly you wouldnt want for anything more. i would rebuild the calipers and use red rubber grease on the new seals and also as blade racer said fit some stainless braided lines then you will have loads more feel and power. there are lots of pads about too so once they have been re built and some grippy pads put in they should be very very good indeed.
keep us informed and some pics too!ill try find a pic of mine in a bit
 

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yes it had.this was from about middle of last year i think.now has the penske shock and mct tuned forks.get the brakes suspenders sorted and it doesnt matter too much about power!keep us posted
 

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Well, I have a real clean 01 929 RR that I would never call old!
So, if you are calling it that, and it has 36k miles, I would strip every major component off, clean, re-grease, replace as necessary, and tighten all bolts to spec.
If you are talking track bike, it should be mechanically sound, after all, you are entrusting your life to it performing perfectly, right?
 

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As mentioned I planned to do the "safety aspect items", suspension and brakes first.

I have had the following quote for parts from a company in America:

Steering bearings $35
Swing arm bearings $84
Wheel bearings $68

Ohlins Super Sport Valve kit $250
Ohlins fork springs $128
Ohlins fork Oil (2 litres) $ 58
Ohlins shock $849

Galfer SS Brake line kit (front and rear) $135
Galfer pads front $72
Galfer pads rear $29
Galfer front wave rotors $575
Galfer rear wave rotors $139

What do you think? Seems like I may be overspending on this project but then again, a few hundred bucks is a lot less than the cost of a visit to the hospital (if I am lucky that is).

Any thoughts?
 
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