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post #1 of 278 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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kwtoxman's SP2 winter refresh (pic heavy)

UPDATE: I have decided to continue this thread as my yearly refresh, which happens over the long winter here.

For background, my goal on the RC51 is different from others on the forum as I'm not a big modder. My primary goal is to have a mint bike, as clean as possible similar to from factory. I looked for and purchased a 04 NH model in late fall of 2012, but it needed some bits to get mint.... a work in progress.

While I'm not mod crazy, I do like basic mods, easy bolt-on / bolt-off stuff. My biggest priority for my RC51 is not only a clean bike, but also the basic mods and to have the OEM parts in possession too. In one of my conversations with Dan Kyle he mentioned how the RC51 was one of the most beautiful looking bikes ever made. I agree. So my homage is being able to have a nice basic mod bike, mint, and all original parts available.

A major aspect to this thread is showing/seeing basic maintenance work and other related stuff. Seeing the RC51 in various states of undress and through progression is always enjoyable imo. And there is some good advice and tips on work in this thread. Hope it helps. Lots of pictures was a priority in this thread. Enjoy!

Typical caveats apply to using my information and posts, including do/follow at your own risk and I am not responsible for any problems, damage, issues arising from my posts, or errors/ommisions.


I've also have a variety of how to threads that have been popular and may interest people, check them out.

Great tools to work on the RC51, or any bike.
https://www.rc51forums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8592

Valve clearance measurements by members
https://www.rc51forums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8502

Repaint the white lettering on the ignition key switch
https://www.rc51forums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8405

LED signal lights - BE CAREFUL
https://www.rc51forums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8438

A guide to Ohlins forks / front suspension for the RC51
https://www.rc51forums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=39641

A guide to buying rear suspension for the RC51
https://www.rc51forums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=38881

RC51 SP2 undertail install - Pimpbikes.com
https://www.rc51forums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8435

How to restore gloss to the plastic signal switches
https://www.rc51forums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=14657

HOW-TO: Shindengen MOSFET regulator/rectifier (added some more info)
https://www.rc51forums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6540

The Ladybird oval slip on exhaust (updated shorter cans) for my RC51 arrived
https://www.rc51forums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8180

RC51 - Great sportbikes of the past
https://www.rc51forums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8135

PCV & autotune install guide for the RC51 (Power Commander V)
https://www.rc51forums.com/forums/60-...mmander-v.html

PCV custom maps (autotune) Power Commander
https://www.rc51forums.com/forums/18-...commander.html

As for this thread, lets begin.

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I have some time on my hands and winter is here so I'm doing some work on the bike I picked up in October.

The bike was pretty clean but the forks were leaking and that was the impetus for more.

Here are the latest stripper pics.

The rivnut tool I used in the one picture to reseat a spinning seat mount in the frame. Worked perfect.

Had to post a pic of the HRC emblem on the right side engine cover. Woot!









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I'm in the process of a complete remodel

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How are those replica plastics off ebay you received? When do you hope to get done?

More disassembly pics. Forks off. It's good to have the right stands.







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yeah, lets see some new photos man

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Fork have been serviced.

I also checked the engine valve clearance since the bike was apart. More info here. https://www.rc51forums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8502

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More valve adjustment pics.

I took a look at the air filters since the bike was torn down. They are in great shape with little dust (K&Ns). I decided to order stock air filters to replace them. Any thoughts on going back to OEM filters from K&N? I'm still waiting for the OEM filters to come in.

I also decided to take the airbox off to have a look down between the cylinders. You never know what may end up down there. It all looked good.

Put new plugs in. The old ones show the bike was running pretty rich. The old ones didn't seem to be torqued down hardly at all. I put the new ones in to the manual torque specs (13 lbs-ft).









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I know there's tons and tons and tons of empirical data showing that K&N fitlers are no good compared to the stock paper ones, but I tried the same thing a little while back and I had a weird "dead spot" in the low rev range so I went back to the K&Ns. When I take my bike to get dyno tuned come spring time I'll probably put the stockers back in. My assumption was that whatever tune was loaded on my PCII at the time didn't like the stock air filters.

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OEM paper air filters are the best ones, even better if you remove the mesh. K&N's are garbage.

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OEM paper air filters are the best ones, even better if you remove the mesh. K&N's are garbage.
is it ok for the bikes health if you remove the mesh?

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is it ok for the bikes health if you remove the mesh?
Yes it is fine for the bikes......Just makes sure you are careful when /if you do to remove all the mesh....and do not leave a few strands of it in there. If one or more of those metal strands were to get sucked through, I do not think it would agree with the cylinder walls. Best to use a small cut off wheel on a Dremel rotary tool.

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