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  1. #31
    So,
    A couple of us have documented our full builds in the restorations section.
    Make sure you start a thread and post your progress.
    Good luck.
    Boogieman (NBT, NSRL, ATMUPN, ROK)
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  2. #32
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    Looking at the following and wondering what all your thoughts are on this.
    Total cost $1800.
    I guess the main info needed is will they fit reasonably easily. going by research front end with extensions and bearings is ok?
    Ideas on swingarm?
    I like that modern banana look!

    06 GSXR1000 complete front, including triples, clip ons, brake calipers, master cylinder and levers.
    06 GSXR front and rear wheels, with discs.
    07 GSXR swing arm

  3. #33
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    And it looks and handles like a GSXR
    HKSI


    "But what would I know, I cant even diagnose a vacuum leak"

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    You asked for thoughts about it..............

    Hhhhmmmmmm, to mod a Kat to that extent is a lot of work to end up with a bike that isn't a Kat or a GSXR. Yes, the mods will give it some refinement and certainly tidy up the rough edges (really that should be sharp edges) that come with the Kat however, those rough edges and industrial grade components are what makes a Kat soo special, by having all the things you are planning to change. Sure, a Kat is big, heavy, long wheel base, can be slow to tip into corners compared to other bikes and of course that stump pulling engine torque curve puts a smile on the dial everytime. It's all of this and a few other Kat traits that makes the Kat the unique machine it is.

    Two bikes would seem a better option. A Kat and a GSXR, best of both worlds and no Kats will have been harmed.

    What you do is your call, it's your machine and if that is the bike you want to build don't be concerned with the opinions from other people. Build it and enjoy it.

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  5. #35
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    My bad i guess, wasn't specific enough.
    Was wanting opinions on the mods and suggestions to go about it, I love the Kats, an icon really.
    2 bike option isnt far away, one restored to original specs, and this one.
    Not concerned at all with aesthetic opinions of others, other than suggestions to tie it all in together, hence my post on parts above.

  6. #36
    Quote Originally Posted by nickstyl View Post
    Looking at the following and wondering what all your thoughts are on this.
    Total cost $1800.
    I guess the main info needed is will they fit reasonably easily. going by research front end with extensions and bearings is ok?
    Ideas on swingarm?
    I like that modern banana look!

    06 GSXR1000 complete front, including triples, clip ons, brake calipers, master cylinder and levers.
    06 GSXR front and rear wheels, with discs.
    07 GSXR swing arm
    The only issue I can see with the modern banana swing arms is the fact that you have odd angles on the top surface where you need to mount the lower shock mounts.
    Unless you go monoshock, but then you have to manufacture the top mount, move the battery etc.
    I'd look at getting a blown engine rolling chassis to steal all the bits. It's wouldn't cost much more than $1800 and then you can sell off the left overs and most likely make most of your money back. Then you can size it all up.
    Either way, it's hard to say what will work as that is a pretty extreme creation and unless you can devote full time effort, you'll be at it for a long time.

    But stick to your plan and make the bike into what you like. You'll get the nay sayers but they're just opinions.
    Boogieman (NBT, NSRL, ATMUPN, ROK)
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  7. #37
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boogieman View Post
    The only issue I can see with the modern banana swing arms is the fact that you have odd angles on the top surface where you need to mount the lower shock mounts.
    Unless you go monoshock, but then you have to manufacture the top mount, move the battery etc.
    I'd look at getting a blown engine rolling chassis to steal all the bits. It's wouldn't cost much more than $1800 and then you can sell off the left overs and most likely make most of your money back. Then you can size it all up.
    Either way, it's hard to say what will work as that is a pretty extreme creation and unless you can devote full time effort, you'll be at it for a long time.

    But stick to your plan and make the bike into what you like. You'll get the nay sayers but they're just opinions.
    Thanks mate, I have been looking at various builds where a monoshock was installed. Just don't want to muck around too much with rake and trail etc.
    Definitely want USD forks, swingarm is just to modernize it and 180 tyre.

  8. #38
    Go have a poke around on Oldskoolsuzuki.info to see what people have done with all sorts of swingarm and monoshock conversions on Kats, GS and GSXs. You have to sign up to see the member's projects area, but it's well worth it.

  9. #39
    It's your bike, but given the scarcity of good frames about these days, I'd be reluctant to convert to single shock.


    There are many very, very good twin shock options these days, all the way up to Ohlins race-spec stuff - I doubt you'd be much able to tell the difference between a well set up twin shock frame compared to a single shock converted one...

  10. #40
    Also, you don't need to cut the frame to be able to use a 180 tyre, Drillits 180 tyre on a carbon rim in an uncut frame and stock swingarm with Ohlins works very well, along with the GSXR front end with 6 pots and a carbon rim... the "frankenKat"

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