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A while back I wrecked my '02 R6 in which I figured I'd sell it as is and buy a newer model. After test driving the '08 I was disappointed with its performance and figured I'd just fix my '02.

For whatever reason I can't get the right color captured. I've tried two different sony cameras, a nikon, and an iphone 4. Surprisingly enough the iphone was the closest, but still way off. This will give you an idea of what the bike looks like, but until I can find a camera that can accurately capture the blue, it'll look better in person.

I'm still planning on adding some decals here and there, along with a tank protector. I'd like to get a custom one made that runs from the front bottom fairing to the gas tank (pretty much the same design that most first gens have). Also need to find some decent smoked flushmounts for the front.

Pictures after editing the shading:





iphone4 pic:



Unmolested pics:









AND NOW, the questions:

1) Like the true dildo I am, I didn't pay much attention when assembling the rear cargo area back together, specifically the latch for the rear seat. So when I snapped the rear seat on, the latch won't release it. I'll start tearing into it from underneath, but any tips or advice before I break something?

2) I bought some aftermarket clipons from a guy that was parting out his bike...he said they were vertex, vortex, something like that. I didn't care b/c I was desperate for clipons at the time. However after searching the net I can't find any like them. They came with their own brake master cylinder that has an adjustable setting on the push rod. I don't like them because I can't turn worth a crap - they hit the nose fairing well before they should even come close to it. I can reposition the right one, but then I need to buy a longer hose from the master cylinder to the reservoir, plus after adjusting the left one it feels awkward...don't know if I'll get used to it or not. They're supposed to be racing clipons so maybe they're not made for OEM fairings...? I dunno...





If anyone wants to trade for the OEM clipons I'm game.

3) Also, I'm gonna get some parts powdercoated and I was wondering if I could do this to the muffler. The previous owner put the A.R.T. anodized blue muffler and I like the way it sounds but hate the color.

I took a 100 mile trip on her yesterday with open exhaust and that has got to be the best speed prevention method I've found. Accel and decel is equivalent to a symphony of screaming demons once the gates of hell open, but at a constant rpm the noise gets tiring and monotonous...quick. And anything over 78 mph, omg. My ears are still ringing from it. I will say though, it may be because it's been a few months since I've ridden it, but she seems to ease into triple digits a LOT easier than before with the muffler. :YEA Plus I also changed the air/fuel filters while it was apart...that may have helped.
 

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Wait... you were disappointed by the performance of the 08? Why? I've ridden the first gens and there's no way id take one of them over an 08
 

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Love the color, very cool! Hopefully someone will chime in with some answers to your questions, goodluck.
 

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Taken from my post right after I came back from the test drive:

"honestly I wasn't that impressed with WOT on it. Granted it was all factory, but my '02 felt quite a bit stronger, even before I went 1 down on the front sprocket."

I was seriously hyped up for it because after reading up as much info as I could, it sounded like the '08 was about the most powerful setup straight from the factory. I remember being afraid of it when I first took it out on the street because of reading how much faster they were from the factory...I didn't want it to catch me off guard or anything. I ended up redlining it at WOT in 2nd and 3rd and never got that rush that my '02 gives me. With my '02 the PO said that they did some carburetor work to it (I remember him saying they rejetted it and some other stuff) so maybe that has something to do with it? I don't know. Maybe was something was wrong with that '08? But I also rode an '07 with a 520 conversion and even though it was a good improvement over the '08, my '02 still felt quicker. I'm not trying to make excuses for my '02, I brought the cash with me that day to buy the '08...I was just really not impressed with it. I dunno, but the decisions already been made to keep my bike, so I'd rather not get into a debate about it :)
 

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I painted my 82 XJ750R a very similar color. Stripped the tank, fender, and plastics all down to bare material and everything. Took me a few days. After riding it ONCE, and seeing myself on the bike in a storefront window reflection, I decided the color didn't fit the bike and starting stripping it down again the very next day to paint it all black. It definitely works on yours though.
 

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they are the same clip-ons i have on my bike, they were there when i bought them, and i havent found them online anywhere either.
 

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Nice bike...Love the Z :flex:. I have built 3 of them; a early 74 260z, late 74 260z and a 83 280zx. I want another one but I'm currently working on a 91 Dodge Stealth R/T. The Datsun Z's are my passion though.

Yours looks like a 240z from what I can tell with the skinny bumper.
 

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Yeah, I've got a couple other pics of the 240z. She's 1 of 6 Zs I have, but she's the only 240z so I really have a thing for her. I'm running a t4 turbo on her, btw :) (hence my s/n)

As far as the color of the bike, I know from these pictures it "works", but the true color really looks amazing and is a perfect contrast with the flat black frame...I'll be sure to update this thread if I ever find a camera that can capture the true blue.

Here's Kiwi:





A shot of the new turbo before I reassembled everything.

 

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Z's can be pretty fast turbocharged or swap in a V8. One of my 260Z's had a Frankenstein motor in it that I built using parts from the 240,260,280,280zx. The setup was 11:1cr and definitely would run. My friends and I guessed low 13 sec 1/4 miles.

It had:

280z block
240z head milled.
triple side draft makuni carbs
shnider racing cam
5 way port and polish
280zx distributor swap
t-5 tanny
r-200 diff
100hp wet shot of N2O

I never got around to getting it painted after the body work before I sold it.

The next Z I get, I want to drop in a built chevy 350.

Did you swap it out to a L28T from the 280zx?

Oh yeah....and nice color for the r6. Take it for a victory spin yet?
 

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Is it fast?
Nah

Z's can be pretty fast turbocharged or swap in a V8. One of my 260Z's had a Frankenstein motor in it that I built using parts from the 240,260,280,280zx. The setup was 11:1cr and definitely would run. My friends and I guessed low 13 sec 1/4 miles.

It had:

280z block
240z head milled.
triple side draft makuni carbs
shnider racing cam
5 way port and polish
280zx distributor swap
t-5 tanny
r-200 diff
100hp wet shot of N2O

I never got around to getting it painted after the body work before I sold it.

The next Z I get, I want to drop in a built chevy 350.

Did you swap it out to a L28T from the 280zx?

Oh yeah....and nice color for the r6. Take it for a victory spin yet?
I take it you didn't read the first post? :)

The L28et came from my '82 280zxt, and in return I threw a chevy 355/t56 in the zx. I installed a metal 1mm HG along with ARP studs, but other than that the engine is stock. I figured I'd wait 'til the engine blew before building the monster engine...it really needs one that can spin up to 7-8k rpms though after I installed the t4...she redlines waaay too quickly. And yeah, it's a blast to play frankenstein with the Z engines. I have a blue one with triple carbs as well...was planning on building a stroker engine for it, but decided to put her up for sale.



 

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they hit the nose fairing well before they should even come close to it.
Maybe it's because the bars are under the top triple tree?
 

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but the 05 > 08.
I owned both a 05 and a 08, and hands down the 08 is better for the TRACK, for the streets tho', the 05 is much more comfortable. There's no clear winner, but I'll take the 08 anyday. Never did a lot of street riding, but upto 200 miles a day and it was okay, not bad with the 08. On the track, 08 hands down winner.
 

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Maybe it's because the bars are under the top triple tree?
On the bike they came off of, that's how they were mounted so I assumed that's how they were designed. I can't find any info about these on the net, though, so I have no clue. They wouldn't fit on top of it.
 

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aftermarket clip ons for first gens are supposed to be under. you could technically mount them OEM style which was above the triple, but then they'd stick above the top of the fork cap.

as for your brake hitting problem, i ran aftermarket clips with that same bike.

1) it looks like your bars are almost straight across in the pics, perpendicular to the front to rear line of the bike, these need to be more angled, generally they are 1" from the tank when at full lock. of course you can have it where you want it, but from those pics, it looks like you're way off.

1a) those are the old style vortex and no longer for sale which is why you can't find them. any 7/8" clip on bars will work fine with those mounts if you ever need replacements (woodcraft/vortex/etc)

1b) you have an horribly uncomfortable lever setup. i can't imagine riding with the levers above the bars.

summary of 1 and 1b:

also see how mine are below the bars:


2) you have an 06+ R6 brake master cylinder. this is fine, just an FYI for you. good setup and i'd keep it if i were you.

3) you will most likely have to get a new brake master line hose when you reposition. just the way it goes when running aftermarket clips. link. she's a motorcyclist specialist and extremely fast shipping. of course you can shop around if you'd like, the ONLY tubing you can buy is tygon 2075. anything else will melt from the brake fluid and gum up your lines.

4) i also hope you're running a muffler and just have it off for pics...

also unrelated:

@cadmium08 - yes that is a sweet gif, we've all seen it 1000 times. no need to have it as your sig and slow down the loading of every thread you post in.
 

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Natedogg624 - Thank you for the informative reply to my questions, that's exactly what I was looking for.

I angled the right bar as far as I could with the brake hose it came with, and set the left one to match the right one. I figured that I would be doing something wrong if I needed to extend the brake hose, since the setup it was on previously used that exact hose.

I wanted to have the levers lower but the fairings were interfering with them. This was still with a wrecked front end, so it may be better now that I have the newer fairings installed. However I'll still need to address the angle of the clipons. At the moment I can't even lock the wheel when I park...not even close.

I was going to have the muffler painted before I installed, but I've been running it open for the last 100+ miles or so.
 
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