Radare's '97 Seca II Restoration (aka Project Mousetrap)

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sdimick
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Sun Feb 10, 2013 1:12 am

How many miles on the bike so far? Curious to how the paint on the engine is holding up.
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Sun Feb 10, 2013 1:25 pm

sdimick wrote:How many miles on the bike so far? Curious to how the paint on the engine is holding up.
I've put 2k miles on it since the rebuild and the paint is holding up quite well. I think the heat of the engine bakes it on and makes it quite durable. Here are some shots taken a few weeks back:

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Sun Feb 10, 2013 5:56 pm

looks as classy as ever :)
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Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:50 pm

Yep still sessy as ever
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Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:52 am

Sweet lord! I just read through this entire thread. Impressed doesn't even come close to how I feel for what has been done with this bike. Absolutely amazing.
Full Circle wrote:She's a wee bit damp. Nothing that a quick warm up won't take care of.
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Wed Mar 13, 2013 11:20 pm

just skimmed through it up to page 45 where it's all done!
it looks sick! good work man!
motivates me to just do my own paint work.
I like how you cleaned the engine.
and the handle levers came out good.
when you pulled the was off. did you need a new head gasket?
an how much were the valve guides.
my engine cranks over. but do you think I should crack it open and grind the valves and clean it all?
and where'd you get the xj600s sticker. it came out reall clean
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Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:05 am

93YamahaSerf wrote:just skimmed through it up to page 45 where it's all done!
it looks sick! good work man!
motivates me to just do my own paint work.
I like how you cleaned the engine.
and the handle levers came out good.
when you pulled the was off. did you need a new head gasket?
an how much were the valve guides.
my engine cranks over. but do you think I should crack it open and grind the valves and clean it all?
and where'd you get the xj600s sticker. it came out reall clean
I did replace the head gasket when I had the head off. Trying to use the old one is asking for a leak, IMHO. I didn't replace the valve guides; merely lapped the valves, cleaned things up and installed new valve seals. I think the valve seals were $40 for the set, from Yamaha, but that's a guess.

I had the stickers made online by eDecals.com. They set me back about $20 for the pair with the outline: viewtopic.php?f=12&t=522&start=450#p12713
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Thu Mar 14, 2013 6:50 am

I did replace the head gasket when I had the head off. Trying to use the old one is asking for a leak, IMHO. I didn't replace the valve guides; merely lapped the valves, cleaned things up and installed new valve seals. I think the valve seals were $40 for the set, from Yamaha, but that's a guess.

I had the stickers made online by eDecals.com. They set me back about $20 for the pair with the outline: viewtopic.php?f=12&t=522&start=450#p12713[/quote]

you didn't need to resurface the head right? do you think I'll be fine if I just re lap the valves and leave the seals alone?
and how much was your head gasket?
the cheapest I find are about 50-60$. a damn gasket kit including the HG for my car was cheaper lol.
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Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:08 am

93YamahaSerf wrote:You didn't need to resurface the head right?
I did not, no. I pulled the head strictly to clean out the cylinder/piston and to lap the valves. The bike did not have any mechanical reason for head removal other than having sat in the elements for 10 years.
93YamahaSerf wrote:Do you think I'll be fine if I just re lap the valves and leave the seals alone?
You sure might be. The seals are cheap, though. They are Yamaha P/N 33M-12119-00-00. They sell at Ron Ayers for $4 each and you need 8 of them (total of $32). To replace them in the future will require pulling the head again and buying a new head gasket.
93YamahaSerf wrote:And how much was your head gasket? the cheapest I find are about 50-60$. a damn gasket kit including the HG for my car was cheaper lol.
I paid $55 for the head gasket, I think. It is Yamaha P/N 4BR-11181-00-00 and Ron Ayers sells it for $55. This gasket is a bit different than your car gasket though. Remember, it's for a high-revving air-cooled engine. Replace it if you have the head off.
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Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:05 pm

okay. thanks for all that info man!
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