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Recycling a Bandit

Post  Ironman on Sun 26 Jun 2016, 8:25 pm

Mission: Find a cheap written off Bandit 1200 and throw it down the quarter mile for minimal $

Status: Completed but needs work

I found a 2004 B1200 on a auction listing a while ago now. Repairable write off it said. Left side damage.
Starter clutch cover was destroyed. LHF indicator destroyed; LH mirror grazed but ok; LH bar end bent but repairable; LH fairing badly damaged but repairable; gear shift lever snapped off - repairable but not cost effective; tail fairing scratched - brush touched; pillion peg hanger bent but not being used so removed; side stand toe peg bent - repaired and repainted; centre stand grazed but ok.

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I attended to the above listed items detailing or refinishing them myself, the fairing was sent to a moto spray painted who did a first class job who I will use again. 
Dropped the remaining oil, removed the side cover and replaced. Checked for debris in oil etc nothing found. Filled with oil and test started. Runs ok. Dropped oil again as a flush and refilled. I removed the standard exhaust can and fitted a Yoshi I had here lying around. Fitted a set of jets and a K&N panel filter. (110 mains; 17.5 pilots @ 2.5 turns out; needles on bottom clip); checked and adjusted valve clearances and adjusted balance. Checked and adjusted the TPS. Did some air box mods... Cut a 2" hole in the top.... by mistake. Should have been a 1.5". Shit. Idea! I used the standard snorkle cut the inner bell mouth off and mounted in the hole. Makes it a 1.5" with a radius! In theory should allow for smoother airflow into the box.

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Changed all the hydraulic fluids, scrubbed the crap out of the rest of the bike. Headlamp internals were rattling about so that came apart as well and rebuilt. All went back together with a couple of things I will attend to like mis-matched fastners and the like.

The test and tune night was upon me. Anticipation on whether the months of fiddling greasy fume filled nights in the garage would pay off.
Some things didn't go my way like my new spark plugs didn't arrive in time so I had to make do with what I had.

I arrived with the bike on a trailer to the drag strip. Suited up and went for a "shake down" ride around the paddocks.
Seems okay.

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First pass...
13.5 seconds... coughed and farted off the line and wouldn't take full throttle at all.  scratch
Pilots were at 2.5 turns out.
Tried 2 turns out.
this time very big flat spot mid range but would take full throttle albiet felt flat and almost lean.

Pulled the plugs out to check. They were dry and fairly normal looking even hot appearance.
Noticed my extensions I fitted to the vac ports had blown one of the caps off so it was sucking air.
plugged up with a screw.

Ran again but it was misfiring and i would say was lean everywhere. I reckon its got an air leak somewhere or im way off with my pilot jetting.
It was cold and dry conditions. Temps were about 10 degrees C and humidity was 50%.

Before I pull it all apart again - anyone want to suggest anything with regards to jetting or anything else for that matter.

Cheers.
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Re: Recycling a Bandit

Post  Ironman on Mon 27 Jun 2016, 7:29 pm

I guess not.

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Re: Recycling a Bandit

Post  Bosco15 on Mon 27 Jun 2016, 8:58 pm

Great post. Good to see all your efforts turn out a great looking bike. 
Try stock jetting to seecif you can get her running smoothly. 
According to Haynes manual 100 main 15 pilot 3 turns out. 5C70 needle 3rd clip.

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Re: Recycling a Bandit

Post  gus on Tue 28 Jun 2016, 9:09 am

Very tasty Bandit .
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Re: Recycling a Bandit

Post  Ironman on Tue 28 Jun 2016, 6:10 pm

Thanks Bosco & Gus.  Alot of effort is still going into it.

Keep those suggestions rolling in!

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Re: Recycling a Bandit

Post  reddog on Wed 29 Jun 2016, 8:25 am

Put some jack up links on it and do a track day. You'll love it once you get the fueling sorted.
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Re: Recycling a Bandit

Post  Ironman on Wed 29 Jun 2016, 8:51 am

What will that do?

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Post  2wheelsagain on Wed 29 Jun 2016, 9:41 am

Go back to a baseline OEM jetting/air box and work from there.

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Re: Recycling a Bandit

Post  Ironman on Wed 29 Jun 2016, 10:25 am

Im thinking its ignition

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