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stu_sp1's SP1.5

I'm about to start on some upgrades on my SP1, so thought it was time I started a thread and posted some pics, as I enjoy looking at other projects as I'm sure many other do too :)

Bit of background on my SP1-
I came into ownership just over 2 years ago, on approx 15k miles.
It was fairly stock, with the addition of the following:
- Harris carbon hugger
- Harris front mudguard
- Fabri dark tint screen
- Braided brake hoses
- HRC rear master cylinder reservoir
- HRC quick action throttle
- Renthal grips
- Renthal sprockets / DID gold chain
- PC111r
- BMC air filters (although I have yet to have the tank off to check)
- Cut down rear mudguard / tail tidy and smaller indicators, or turn signals as I think you guys know them as ;).

It had some pretty exotic parts at some point, which the seller removed / sold on before I came along...Including carbon Harris high pipes, Endurance tank, Ohlins front / rear, PVM / AP racing brakes, OZ racing wheels, Brembo master cylinders, etc, etc, etc.

This is her then:


Since I bought her - Charlotte according to the previous owner...I've added:
- Akrapovic carbon / titanium pipes
- ASV levers
- Showa swingarm decals
- Blue aluminium sprocket nuts
- Harris polished rear sets
- Clear Fabri double bubble screen with Joey Dunlop decals
- Stainless tail section countersunk bolts / ally washers
- Custom mock suede seat cover

This is how she looked this autumn:


It's now off the road for winter and have been buying some parts :) and have some plans including:
- SP2 swingarm conversion inc brand new pivot hardware
- Rear shock spacer (until I can afford an Ohlins!)
- HRC replica lifters
- Titanium chain adjuster bolts
- 15T front sprocket (if one not already there!)
- Anodised red endurance style axle nut locating cups
- SP2 wheels, which need straightening / refurbing (purchased tonight - impulse ebay purchase on night shift!)
- probably add a rear Galfer disc and titanium disc bolts on the newly refurbed rims and fork pinch bolts too :)

I'll also be checking the valve clearances / filter clean, change brake fluid and get the fairings off for a deep clean ready for spring :cool:

Joining this forum looks like it's going to be expensive!
It's already inspired me to buy the HRC lifters and will be after one of the DHC rear under trays when they come available.

I also have some custom Sato style titanium exhaust hangers in the pipeline and am going to get the Akrapovics cut down a bit as they are really long for some reason :confused:
SP2 fairing stay is also on the to do list when I find one for a good price (lost out on a Harris one already - it was actually for a fireblade so didn't fit!).

More pics to follow when I get chance to get them off my home pc!
 

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Sp2 swing arm work in progress:

This started off as a very chipped / brake fluid stained and tatty black swingarm (no before pics unfortunately!).
First I stripped off the powder coat using paint stripper, wrapped in cling film and left over a few nights before cleaning off.
Then I rubbed it all over with 180 grit all in 1 direction to give the brushed effect:



It was then rubbed with 320 and 400 grit followed by red, then grey scotch pads, again all in the same direction to give a near factory finish I was looking for. Tonight it was finally de-greased and given a couple of coats of 2k lacquer:


Better pics to follow when it's wet sanded / polished :)
 

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Very nice. You have been busy, did the powder coat come off easily enough after soaking it in paint stripper?
Why SP 2 wheels?

Karl.
 

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Very nice. You have been busy, did the powder coat come off easily enough after soaking it in paint stripper?
Why SP 2 wheels?

Karl.
Thanks, it did take a lot of patience to get the finish I wanted!
When stripping the powder coat the trick is to get as much on as possible and leave a couple of days (will depend on the stripper used) and keep wrapped in cling film to hold the moisture in.
Most of it just brushed off but around the welds and other tricky areas needed a bit more time with a toothbrush / wire brush.

SP2 wheels as they're lighter and I prefer the look really. Should probably have just saved longer and bought an SP2!
 

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Nice work on the swingarm, looks real good. I plan on having something very similar done to both my swingarm and frame. Nice to see others successfully changing the finish.

Have any "before" pics?
 

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I think you've convinced me to go down the lacquer route, looks great. I've just started removing the black paint from mine with heavy duty paint stripper, coming off easy. Obviously not powder coated after all, doesn't seem to even have a primer.
 

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That is the most perfect clear finished swinger I have ever seen, other than a new OEM one of course. Dude....you truthfully nailed it...!! :wink2:
 

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Thanks, I am pretty chuffed with how its turned out :)
As I already mentioned, maybe a slightly satin lacquer would be better?

The grey scotch (abrasive pad) seems to give the perfect finish, just make sure you wear gloves to prevent any oxidisation and thoroughly degrease before the lacquer is applied.

No before pics unfortunately :(
 

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wow! that looks great, you should write a "how-to"
 

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It might look nice at the moment, not sure how it'll stand up to stone chips until I start using it, especially as I don't intend to run a hugger. I am thinking about applying some clear stick on protection to the centre part to help in that area.

I'd do a step by step but don't have any before photos, only the ones you see here :(

Slight update - I've now acquired an Sp2 fairing stay, Harris quick release fuel filler cap and looks like I may have some Sato titanium exhaust hangers :D
Also picked up a pair of stock air filters which I'll be de-meshing to replace the BMCs currently fitted.

Can't wait to get the wheels straightened / painted so I can get it all back together for summer :)
 

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Dropped off the sp2 wheels for refurbishing at weekend so hopefully they aren't found to be too oval shaped...
Spacers for the sp2 swingarm are being machined this week so I'm hoping to make a start on the swap over weekend :)
I've also removed the Akra cans to be shortened (to the same length as the race system if anyone knows how long they should be???)

Today this arrived too - nice little piece of British machining to complement the rear sets:


Also these should be making their way onto the SP soon too :)


The money's better on the bike than in the bank!
 

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Looks like you're off to a great start. That swinger is tits!

fwiw, I have clearcoat over my painted swinger, and road debris or chips is never a problem for the finish. 5 years later my swinger still looks great. Except across the inside back, that portion takes a beating from the tire.
But..
I only ride the bike in dry weather. Sure, I hit the occasional wet stretches early and late in the season, but not much more than that.

I'm jealous of those sato hangers!
 
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