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14
Apr

Rewiring Progress on the Z650/KZ650

Well some forward progress was made on the wiring. I took a couple of days of work to start making real progress. Unfortunately the British weather was well British which slowed things down.

I got out the tarp again to make some form of shelter to work under.

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First job was to get the Dyna Coils in place. I had to order some nylon spacers from ebay and sand them down to the right size, but they now fit perfectly.

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I also managed to get the battery and M-Unit mounting into place to make sure it would fit. Luckily it did!

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Next up I fitted the Dyna S ignition. I’ve not set it up fully yet, but it’s in place.

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Other jobs included a new mounting point for a new brake reservoir as the previous one was leaking. I knocked this up in aluminium, Also I had fitted the new switches from Highway dirtybikes. These mount directly onto the brake levers. Sadly the left one doesn’t fit so I had to use a different switch setup from the previous switch setup. It’s still cool looking but I wanted two identical ones instead of similar ones.

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I’ve broken the back of the main rewiring, it’s just the final fitting into place of the main loom. I am fed up of seeing and working on cables and connectors now, but it will be worth it.

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With a lot of the loom work I tried to merge things together to simplify things and make routes to the main loom easier. Such as this section of front indicators/horn and brake switch.

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I’ve had a play with the M-Unit and it’s a great bit of kit.

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My final completed job was to make a mounting point for the Motogadget M-Lock. I’ve put it down the side so I can easily get to it. It may move when I finally decide what to do with the side panels. As I think a hidden setup would be best.

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Using the key is awesome, I need to get the glass vial fitted to my glove asap.

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Not going to get more done this weekend, but hopefully I will get the final wiring done soon as I want to ride it!!

 

 

24
Mar

Shorai Battery box

A quickish update. I’m still waiting on parts to start the rewire. I’m hoping my birthday tomorrow brings some shiny treats for the bike….

The Shorai Battery arrived and I was blown away by it’s size and weight.

New vs Old

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Next to the m-unit it also looks so tiny.
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In the meantime I got to work building the battery mounting box. I’m fabricating this out of sheet aluminium. After a couple of sketch drawings I got to work using the bending brake.

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A quick test fit.

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Next I made the attachment strap out of aluminium as well.

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Looks like this should work. I need some longer mounting bolts and some sheet rubber for protecting the battery from the metal, but it’s a start.

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Next job will be to drill the holes into the frame for the battery box to mount to. I’m not looking forward to that bit!

15
Mar

Z650 Update and Rewire

So it was about time I updated this project log. I’ve ridden the bike a few times, but I’ve been suffering constant electrical gremlins. I tried replacing the regulator with a Shindengen SH775 ,but that didn’t fix things.  As the weather has been foul I’ve not had a chance to do much work on the bike.

For some time now I’ve wanted to do a complete rewire so finally I said sod it and got started. First off I wanted to do it properly and easily so my first purchase was a Motogadget M-Unit

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It’s an amazing bit of kit, it makes life much easier for the rewire. To go with it I’ve order lots more kit that is arriving shortly I hope. In the mean time I started removing the old crap wiring.

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The bike looks much cleaner with out all that rubbish hehe

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When the rest of the kit arrives I can start planning the next phase. Here’s some of my shopping list:

Dyna S complete coils/ignition kit
Motogadget M-Unit
Motogadget M-Lock
Shorai Lithium Battery
New Spark plugs
Loads of wiring bits.
Uni Clamp On Air filters
Starter Relay

9
Mar

Nerf Stryfe Tacticool Extreme

So since I last updated the blog, I’ve made a ton of changes and progress on the stryfe.  When I first planned it out I wasn’t intending to do any painting or majors changes.  It was going to be a 3d printed Kriss Vector replica.  However I wasn’t a fan of the final look as it looked rather bulky and orange.  So I decided to make some changes to the plan.

  1. Only use some of the kriss vector kit, ditching the mag cover and stock.
  2. Paint the main blaster red with a black grip.
  3. Remove the IMR based setup and replace it with a proper lipo setup.
  4. Get more tacticool bits, because clearly it needed more.

Step 1 was to order a ton of bits from Taobao as they take a long time to arrive.  I then ordered some battery bits and bobs from Hobbyking.

Step 2 was to start attacking the battery tray with my dremel to free up room for the new battery.

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Step 3 was to get painting.  As I had practiced on some firestrikes and a jolt I was confident in how I was going to get it done to my satisfaction.

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I used a lot of really light coats to build up the layers of paint slowly.  Spraying too much in one go results in losing detail and a bad end result.  I use a box to contain the parts and paint as much as possible.

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After the final coats of Plastikote Matt Red, I then set to work detailing it with enamel paints and a brush.  I was very happy with how it turned out.

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For the triggers and other parts I went for a silver finish as a contrast.  I’m very pleased with how it turned out.  I left the bits that won’t be visible as orange for speed.  It also allows me to make it much more toy looking if I ever want to use it more publicly.

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Next up I had to wire in the new Lipo system.  I went with an combination alarm and digital display, but at present it’s not fitting in place.  I will have to come up with a solution to this soon.

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The battery cover just fits in place with the battery in and the plastic ridges dremel’d off the battery cover.

By now my Taobao order had arrived with some new goodies.

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  4. Finally a little something special. A new aluminium foregrip.  It’s a stunning bit of kit and I love it.  It even has a space inside for spare batteries.IMG_8725
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  5. I had some other trinkets in the order such as MBUS sites and a sling.  Along with parts for my rapidstrike and demolisher builds.

I could now set to work assembling the blaster, I was exceedingly happy with the end result.  It has some serious weight to it now!

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Nerf Stryfe Tacticool with Stock

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It looks very different to how it last looked.

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Nerf Stryfe Kriss Vector

Here is a video of it in action

The final spec’s/parts are as follows:

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18 AWG Rewire
2 x Rhino MTB Motors
2S Zippy Compact 850 battery
XT60 Connectors
Worker Flywheels
All locks removed
Gavinfuzzy 3d Printed Mag release.
Worker Aluminium flasher and silencer.
Worker 12 Pmag with puller.
Worker battery thumbscrew
Worker folding stock
CTR Stock
MBUS sights
F10555 3D Printed top rail
F10555 3D Printed side rail
F10555 3D Printed bottom rail
F10555 3D Kriss Vector front section
Viking Tactics Ultralight Vertical Grip
TrustFire LED Gun Tactical Flashlight

I hope you like the end result as much as me.

3
Feb

Nerf Stryfe Worker Flywheels and Wall hanging

So I had a bit of a wait for more parts to arrive.  The main ones were the rhino motors and worker flywheels.  Once they were here I could take the Stryfe apart again and this time wire it properly.  The silicon wire was so much easier to run round the blaster.

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I got the rhino motors wired in and the worker flywheels fitted.

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After that I needed to find a way of wall mounting this blaster for storage in my office.  I looked around at lots of hooks and off the shelf items, but none were suitable.  In the end I decided to make my own.  Five minutes with a bending brake and saw and I had these:

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I laid foam on the inside of them and fitted to the wall via screws.  The blaster looks awesome up on my wall.

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Once I’d completed this blaster I set to work on my kids one making some changes/improvements.  I ended up with this result that they are delighted with.

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I’ve got one more part arriving for my Stryfe that will see it completed.  Next up I want to finish my Demolisher internal mods before starting on some Nerf painting projects.

 

21
Jan

Nerf Stryfe Mods

Whilst it’s cold wet and miserable out there, it’s been hard to get any work done on the motorbike. I’ve instead taken to modding Nerf guns.

I picked up a Nerf Stryfe after xmas as it seemed to be a great blaster for modding.  There are so many choices for things to do to them and lots.  It started with this post on reddit: Merry Kriss-mas. It’s the Kriss vector kit for the Stryfe.  It looked awesome.  I discovered the joy/pain of Taobao and trying to purchase items from there.

I started off with taking the Stryfe apart to remove the locks and do a rewire.

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I realised as this was my first attempt, it was going to be tricky, but it wasn’t too bad.  I made some mistakes and will be redoing this again when some more parts arrive.

Whilst I had the stryfe apart I fitted a new 3d printed magazine release catch designed by Gavinfuzzy on reddit.  He very kindly shares the Stl files so that I could get it printed locally.  As sadly the shipping for so such a small part was astronomical otherwise.  It was my first bit of 3d printing and I discovered that there is a 3d printer manufacturer just down the road from me.  (YAY!)

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Next was to wait for more parts to arrive.  The main parcel was from YOYbuy with the Kriss Vector parts.  I also stuck some ebay orders in for Black banana magazines from Blasterparts.de as well as some motors from Blastersmiths (Also seemingly just down the road).

Finally the parcel from China appeared and after the painful Customs bill I had the parts in my grubby mitts.

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The F10555 parts are 3d printed and are excellent quality.  I was very impressed with them.  I picked up a few worker bits as well that I would need.

The first job was to fit the stock together.  It is adjustable so I managed to find a good size for my build.

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Next when ordering I made the first of my two mistakes.  I had ordered a separate rail cover for the bottom of the Stryfe.  This isn’t needed, but I tried it on to see how it fitted.  I also fitted the main top rail.  Both these went on really easily.IMG_8330

 

Next I ran into some issues fitting the magazine cover part.  Basically the bottom rail cover was wrong.  It had rails that were much larger than the ones on the Stryfe.  Which is odd as the other rail mount fitted fine.  Either way, I had to come up with a solution, so I took the dremel and cut off enough of the rail until the bottom rail fitted ok.  A bit of a pig, but fine in the end.

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Next I fitted the grip to the clip cover section.  It’s all really well built and thought out so this went well.  I could then fit the front cover on as well.  This uses the existing nerf barrel connection and is very quick to fit.  I put on the front grip and the flip up sights I bought.   My second mistake was discovered it.  The side inserts came with a single 10cm rail instead of two 5cm one’s so I’d have to order some replacements.  I’m not sure if this was something I ordered wrong or was sent out wrong, but not to worry.

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It’s starting to look really good now.  I next needed to fit the barrel and silencer.  I made another ordering mistake here and got the longer silencer.  It’s a bit too long for my liking, but I will order a shorter one.  Cutting the barrel was fairly simple but my advice is to make sure you measure properly and make sure the barrel is really fully in the silencer….  Not that I cut wrong of course (cough!).  Good job there is a long section of it!

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Finally all the pieces were in place, and I could fire it up.

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Currently I’m running it with 2 imr’s and 2 dummies.  It fires really well with loads of noise!

Jobs and parts left to fit are as follows:

Worker flywheels
Rhino Motors
Silicon Wiring
Side rails
Sling mount and sling
Sound deadening.

10
Nov

Picture of my KZ650 so far.

I need to keep working at it until it’s done.  However here it is at the moment.

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14
Aug

Carbs fixed but now something new

So I promised an update. Well Tim worked his magic on the carbs and timing. He got it so the bike stopped surging at mid revs and re-jetted so that the power was actually smooth line as the revs increased. Test riding it round the lanes and it was transformed into an amazing ride.

However as with this whole project my luck sucks, I rode in the center of town feeling very happy however on my trip the bike completely cut out with no warning. I managed to get it restarted, but the same thing happened three more times in less than a mile. I managed to get to my destination, but I was pissed off. Interestingly when I started the bike to go home it worked fine all the way home.

Once home I checked things through and with discussions with Tim, I think there is a dodgy connection to the coils. I will be checking the wiring through and changing old dodgy connectors.

I took a couple of pics of the shop
My bike hiding amongst many others. So many spares in this corner.
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Some drag bikes
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Another job I did before the trip to Tim’s was to sort two things on the rear of the bike.

1. A slow puncture
2. Replace the rear disc.

I managed to do both of these at the same time.

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Old disc
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New Disc
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New disc and wheel back on
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Now I’m back from holiday I can attack the wiring. I saw a camo Z650 when I was in the Lake District too.
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29
Jun

Mudguard fitted & carb woes

Quick pre MOT update and mudguard pics.

I managed to create a mount for the triumph mudguard using aluminium pipe bent to shape and attached with P-clips. I had no idea whether it would work or not when I started. First I used the rear tire as a bending guide as it’s about the width that I needed. This gave me the front bracket which I attached to the mudguard as a test.
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That worked really well so I set about making the second bracket for the rear.

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What I had failed to think about was how to get the brackets and mudguard into place. I had hoped to leave the brackets attached to the mudguard and slide them on, but that was never going to work. So i had a very fiddly time trying to mount the brackets to the mudguard once they were in place. With a lot of swearing and dropping nuts I got there.

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I am so delighted in how it turned out. I never expected it to work so well.

Next it was time to refuel the tank and fire it up. This is where the headache started. The bike started ok, but sounded odd, I realised that it was pissing fuel out from somewhere. Not good. I also realised that one of the exhaust headers was cold not hot. Also not good.

I rapidly realised that there was probably a carb issue. I’ve avoided touching these so far as I don’t want to cause more issues than I fix, but needs must. I took them off the bike which was much easier than I was expecting. Thankfully I didn’t need to remove the tank either.

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I found some blockages in the carb that I thought was the problem and managed to clean them out. I’ve just put them back in and it seems to have sorted the issue out. Certainly it sounds better and is no longer pissing out fuel which is nice!

A job for this winter is a proper carb clean inside and out.

25
Jun

Brakes and other jobs

I’m so close the end of this….

I’ve made a chunk of progress though it doesn’t all show. The main jobs left to do from last time was sorting the wheel placement and fitment. I then also need to fit the brake calipers.

1. Front axle
I had the axle machined down to the correct length. This meant I could finally test fit the wheel and get the correct spacings

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2. Front axle spacers.
The local engineering shop also made up two more spacers for me, once I had worked out what size wheel spacers I needed. I got them to machine down the existing spacer as it was quicker for them. They then created the second one.

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3. I picked up some new caliper bolts as the calipers didn’t come with any. This allowed me to fit the calipers and see if it would even work!

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4. The original petcock was on it’s way out so I tried to find a suitable replacement. After much research it appeared a Suzuki GS450 one would work, so I ordered one. It turns out it will fit the tank perfectly, but you cannot get it the tank back on the bike! In then end I just put the petcock in with the tank in place. This creates future headaches when removing the tank, but it will have to do.

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5. Disc spacers.
With the axle and wheel spacers in place I could finally work out what to do with the discs. As they were touching one side of the brake pads on each caliper. It was around 1.5mm out. I tried to find some suitable disc spacers, but couldn’t find any. In the end I just made my own. In the end they worked perfectly and didn’t take me too long to make.

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6. Brake hoses
With the fitment of the brakes I could finally get the brake caliper hoses ordered. I went with some nice Venhill ones like I had used before.
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7. Mudguard mounts
I’ve not finished this yet, but after various attempts I think I’ve got the design sorted. It uses some round 6mm aluminium, I bent it to shape around the rear tire to get the perfect bend. I tried to hammer out mountings, but found it far to hard to be perfect. So now I am using some little brackets that I’m waiting to arrive. The pics give you an idea where it’s heading.

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8. Speed sensor
The final job I’ve done was to find a place to mount the new magnetic speed sensor. In the end I’ve used a longer cinch bolt on the bottom or the forks. On the extra end section I’ve mounted the Koso speed sensor using the p clip to get it in the perfect place, I then routed the cable using the brake hose as a path for neatness.

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