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Re: Kawasaki KLX450 - Giving the old girl some love
« Reply #120 on: September 12, 2018, 07:05:58 pm »
Fear not my fan club of 2, things are happening as we speak  ;D

I dropped off the frame, swing arm and calipers for vapour blasting last week. Sadly they have a 2 week backlog due to a mechanical on the machine but it suited me as my focus is on the Tankwa and prepping my 690 at the moment.
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« Reply #121 on: September 13, 2018, 06:19:54 am »
Looking good Buff.

That vapour basting does make the parts look brand new.

This going to be 'n good looking bike.
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Re: Kawasaki KLX450 - Giving the old girl some love
« Reply #122 on: September 14, 2018, 02:31:06 pm »
So guess what I went to go collect today?  ;D Yebo, the Vapour Blasting is done and the frame and swingarm is lying in the back of my bakkie. Here's a small teaser on the improvement on the one caliper  :o

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Re: Kawasaki KLX450 - Giving the old girl some love
« Reply #123 on: September 14, 2018, 02:50:36 pm »
Looking good  :thumleft:

Can't wait to see these parts fitted
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« Reply #124 on: September 14, 2018, 02:52:35 pm »
Looks brilliant

Where did you get the blasting done Buff?
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Re: Kawasaki KLX450 - Giving the old girl some love
« Reply #125 on: September 14, 2018, 02:58:10 pm »
Looks brilliant

Where did you get the blasting done Buff?

DENNES ENGINEERING in Ndabeni - absolute bargain at R250 for the frame, swingarm and calipers  :thumleft: I thought they made a mistake with the invoice, you can barely buy a tube for R250 nowadays  :o
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« Reply #126 on: September 14, 2018, 03:40:14 pm »
Jeez that’s cheap!!!
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Re: Kawasaki KLX450 - Giving the old girl some love
« Reply #127 on: September 14, 2018, 03:52:11 pm »
That looks great  :thumleft:

What is vapour-blasting? Just high pressure air? I've never heard of it but the results speak for themselves.
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Re: Kawasaki KLX450 - Giving the old girl some love
« Reply #128 on: September 14, 2018, 04:25:24 pm »
That looks great  :thumleft:

What is vapour-blasting? Just high pressure air? I've never heard of it but the results speak for themselves.

It's a water & fine glass bead mix that gets delivered via air. Hardly abrasive at all and you can even do pistons with it  :thumleft:
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Re: Kawasaki KLX450 - Giving the old girl some love
« Reply #129 on: September 18, 2018, 08:52:14 am »
As promised, here's a few Before and After pics of the Frame & Swingarm.

As mentioned, Frame, Swingarm & Calipers cost me R250 at Dennes Engineering... honestly the best money I've spent in a long time  :thumleft:

After the Tankwa Rally this weekend the rebuild starts  :thumleft:
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Re: Kawasaki KLX450 - Giving the old girl some love
« Reply #130 on: September 18, 2018, 08:53:53 am »
The frame
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Re: Kawasaki KLX450 - Giving the old girl some love
« Reply #131 on: September 18, 2018, 05:50:14 pm »
Fokkit,  I got ripped,  my vapour blasting exercise cost  me R6k.  Fokkers. 
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Re: Kawasaki KLX450 - Giving the old girl some love
« Reply #132 on: September 18, 2018, 10:43:01 pm »
Fokkit,  I got ripped,  my vapour blasting exercise cost  me R6k.  Fokkers.

Geepers, what did you have done? Minimum charge is R250 and that's for 30min of blasting. Alum is soft and cleans up quickly but metal and very bad grime obviously take a lot longer to clean, especially if old paint is involved.
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Re: Kawasaki KLX450 - Giving the old girl some love
« Reply #133 on: September 19, 2018, 09:08:54 am »
Appropriate video

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Re: Kawasaki KLX450 - Giving the old girl some love
« Reply #134 on: September 19, 2018, 11:17:57 am »
Yep, lots of truths in there for sure. I myself went against what my common sense was telling me about buying an old 2nd hand 4T. But I'm in a space where I'd like to learn more about motor's and suspension etc. and it's already been a rewarding process. I'm also very fortunate to have @Dux as a friend who is always willing to assist with a helping hand, advice and the once off tools so often required. Time can't ever be gained back but this project has shown me that I have a fair amount of idle time that is totally wasted in a day. 1 hour in my garage learning something or creating something is way more beneficial than 1 hour in front of the TV or on FB.
There's a fine line between over expenditure and getting it done well. I don't have a ton of cash to throw at the bike and as much as I like the bling stuff, it's seldom necessary for function. Something as simple as chain & sprockets could double in price by going for the lighter, more bling options.

But believe me, I've been tempted a few times to run riot with my credit card and order a ton of stuff off eBay for the build but so far I've managed to resist it all. I'm not sure how long I'll be able to hold out for though  ;D
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Re: Kawasaki KLX450 - Giving the old girl some love
« Reply #135 on: September 19, 2018, 01:12:35 pm »
1 hour in my garage learning something or creating something is way more beneficial ...

Its not supposed to make sense. I've now laid off for more than two years not building a bike. Swore I'm done with it, but you can't, so I'm back to playing again, but not as serious as this.
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Re: Kawasaki KLX450 - Giving the old girl some love
« Reply #136 on: September 19, 2018, 05:31:29 pm »
Every time I visit these threads, the itch comes back .................It's not about the money, it's about the high.

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Re: Kawasaki KLX450 - Giving the old girl some love
« Reply #137 on: September 21, 2018, 12:51:19 pm »
Every time I visit these threads, the itch comes back .................It's not about the money, it's about the high.

Cheaper to be an alcoholic than a bike builder  :biggrin:
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