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Just thought I'd make a suitable thread for the coming build. Instead of a "looking for" thread.
I did finally manage to find the 1200 Bandit Motor conversion motor mounts for the Katana.
I went from the US to Japan to the Netherlands at the final search.
Pepijn Quist at Quist-racing.com had everything I needed.
Stainless motor mount kit and the billet exhaust spacer kits to make the exhaust right. 200.00 from the Netherlands.

I also managed to find replica brand new gauges(buy later expensive) So I can pull the 85 mph original gauges and replace with the 160 mph aftermarkets. As well as save this motor with 7805 original miles.

All original parts will be packaged and stored for its revival at a much later date.

Pics of the Original ride first (even though they were previously posted,some of them)

Now pics previous owner took since I'm waiting on delivery










More stuff to come.
 

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And so it begins!

That bike is cleaner than it was new/showroom!

Nice search on the motor mounts!

Now you're going to have a GSX 11-12!
 

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I'm going to build the entire suspension front and rear and brakes first before motor swap.
I credit Rob Wilton @ Suzuki-Katana.com for much information

Parts acquired already:
1993 GSXR750 front forks, triple trees and front axle
1993 GSXR750 front wheel complete
1994 rear wheel (same as 93)
Rubber dampers for rear wheel
1993 four piston Nissin calipers with good pads.
Have good 2 trackday old pull offs Bridgestone RS10's 120/180-17's

Parts on order
Front and rear stainless wave rotors black inserts
Bandit 1200 motor conversion mounts and exhaust extenders.
RFY piggyback shocks built by Chris Livengood
(they are disassembled, cleaned, deburred, new oil, new spring and nitrogen filled)
They are overseas copies of the Ohlins which originally come air charged. Clevis ends will be added by Chris


Parts yet to aquire
Stock gearing was 15/42 630 chain had final ratio of 2.80
Offset 5/8 530 front sprocket 17T
Rear 530 48T (equals 2.82 final ratio compared to 630 stock)
Rear caliper and bracket
Chain 530 o-ring
New front/rr wheel bearings
New steering head bearings
Silver GSXR front fender(or paint with factory color match)
Valve stems
Titanium disc bolts front/rr

Work to perform first
strip wheels and calipers take to powder coater.
:grin
 

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On a nostalgic note.

At the time when the first 1100 Katana came to Australia I was an apprentice working in a dealership that sold cars and also Suzuki bikes.

I owned a KL250 that I rode on the road and had owned a few other old dirt bikes, I had never ridden a road bike, and claimed to myself that I would only ever ride dirt and that I never wanted to go fast.

The owners son got an 1100 and I did the first service on it at 1000km.

As you do i had to test ride it, changed into top gear at 200kmh and was instantly sold on going fast on bikes.
 

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:lol: Thanks Tin!

Ok today took a little while, still using one arm for a while longer, its been 1 month and 3 days since my surgery.
So here's the job foreman that made sure I worked safe :grin


Ok, blew pistons loose in calipers (pull pads slide 10mm wrench in between to get them started) then took bolts out of calipers and used my piston removal tool. Calipers are ready for black powder coat



Rear wheel only had bearings and valve stem, so I knocked them out and cut out stem.
Front had a tire on it, discs and bearings. So I stripped it and made darn sure both wheels were straight first

Decided, I'm going to drop the wheels and top triple tree at Atlas in Houston going POLISHED ALUMINUM :grin
Bike will be back/silver and chrome look and chrome shield


Got physical therapy tomorrow, but might drop them off Tuesday.
Bike should be here tues-wedn I'm pretty sure, he's gonna text me 24hrs out. :banana:

I've got a jumpstart on this project anyways.
 

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Well, haven't got my 24hr notice yet for bike delivery but I did get some more necessities coming.

Front 5/8 offset 530 17T sprocket
Rear Stealth 530 48T aluminum sprocket
93 GSXR steering head bearings
Swingarm bearings/spacers and end caps
EK 530 MVXZ o-ring chain
93 GSXR 750 fork seal kit


Drove into Houston this morning dropped off parts at Atlas plating
semi-gloss black powdercoat front calipers and bolts

Chrome upper steering stem

Polish front and rear wheels.

Should be done in about a week or so. :grin
 

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Well, got carried away and bought a 1200 Bandit motor with 19K miles on it, saw his video of stock bike running before he pulled motor, sounded good. 495.00 plus shipping, way cheaper than GSXR motor lol

Found a 1200 Bandit new swingarm on ebay for 120.00, couldn't pass it up.
Ordered installation kit for it from Rob.
Comes with shock mounts, swingarm bearing spacers and sprocket.

I'll keep all the stock stuff and bearings for later.
Want to extend that Bandit swingarm, but the extensions are bolt on and 350.00, screw that. :frown

I'll have my own machined and welded.
Only looking for about 3-4 inches over, help keep that from wheel planted.

Driver called, bike will be here Friday...tomorrow. :banana:
 

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By now you realize I'm basically always confused,

but, do you have it yet? :0001136745-huh:
 

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By now you realize I'm basically always confused,

but, do you have it yet? :0001136745-huh:
The guy bounces around while driving so he can pick up more stuff since he's nationwide.
Was supposed to be here Friday, didn't show, called Saturday he didn't answer, texted him, he didn't respond until last night by text message saying he got tied up in New Mexico, he'd be here Tuesday.
I didn't reply, the fucker already said Friday, and I waited around all day, then he ignored my texts.
I guess since he has an always changing schedule, he used to lying to people. That's ok, I'm gonna chew his ass when he gets here for lying and ignoring.

You just don't do people like that. I'm easy going, I understand if something changes, but communication is the key, don't leave people hanging like WTF.

I'm gonna rebuild my forks in the meantime and pickup wheels and parts hopefully Wedn or Thurs. :laugh
 

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Thanks kinda BS if ya ask me, I can't stand people that are like that. If I was you I'd charge him a late fee, like a $100 bucks a day that he's late
 

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The guy bounces around while driving so he can pick up more stuff since he's nationwide.
Was supposed to be here Friday, didn't show, called Saturday he didn't answer, texted him, he didn't respond until last night by text message saying he got tied up in New Mexico, he'd be here Tuesday.
I didn't reply, the fucker already said Friday, and I waited around all day, then he ignored my texts.
I guess since he has an always changing schedule, he used to lying to people. That's ok, I'm gonna chew his ass when he gets here for lying and ignoring.

You just don't do people like that. I'm easy going, I understand if something changes, but communication is the key, don't leave people hanging like WTF.

I'm gonna rebuild my forks in the meantime and pickup wheels and parts hopefully Wedn or Thurs. :laugh
Sorry bud.... he 'should' be there on Tuesday if traffic and customs are good. He just dropped off your scoot here in Montreal. In good conscience, I couldn't let you bastardize such a clean, low km specimen. I only had to offer him $200 worth of lap dances! (errr, not by me)

Don't worry though I replaced that crappy old '82 Katana 1000 with a MUCH newer 88 1100 so you're up in years and CCs :thumbup:
 

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Ok, bike is now in my garage. The fun will begin.
Hopefully pick up wheels tomorrow or Friday.
Just remembered I have to pickup some 50mm clip on bars, the stockers certainly wont work for GSXR front end lol.

Bikes a little dusty, no problem.

 

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Awesome, awesome bike. Easily one of my top 10 favorites. There are some killer customs based on that bike. Even bone stock it screams Cool.

Still have to read the rest of the thread. Had to stop when I got to the RFY shocks. From what I understand they were scooter shocks. Even rebuilt, their quality is marginal at best.

Bike deserves more! ;)
 

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Awesome, awesome bike. Easily one of my top 10 favorites. There are some killer customs based on that bike. Even bone stock it screams Cool.

Still have to read the rest of the thread. Had to stop when I got to the RFY shocks. From what I understand they were scooter shocks. Even rebuilt, their quality is marginal at best.

Bike deserves more! ;)
These are almost direct copies of the Ohlins, did my research and reviews.
 

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Having never personally rebuilt a pair of these shocks, it would be stupid of me to disagree.

I do know of one racer that modified these shocks for track use in a lighter bike (yamaha rd).

I think the mod list was a new lower clevis, spot facing and drilling for bleed screw to completely fill the shock and correct sprigs and shock oil. Maybe something about the seals, too. I cant recall.

With that, I understand they work decent. But the work involved brings it up to the price of other quality suspension.

Look forward to reading about your experiences.

Great looking bike!
 

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Drove to Houston in the rain 4 hr round trip got my parts I took to my guy
Polished aluminum, chrome on wheels flakes after rock chips and polished give a natural luster of the aluminum I like.
Rule of thumb, chrome where rocks wont hit, that rules out fork legs, wheels and swingarm in my opinion. I've seen it all before.




Chrome upper tree



Powder coated satin black calipers. Rebuilt tonight. Cleaned pistons, new seals, new bleeders with caps and new cross over seals. Also had the half bolts powder coated.



Waiting on titanium disc bolts, but I'll install bearings, stem, and mount tires tomorrow. :grin
 
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