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Old 10-28-2011, 12:35 PM   #1
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Streetfighter Project 02 gsxr600

I picked up a 2002 suzuki gsxr600 that I am planning on streetfightering.

I have zero-experience in fabricating anything, so I'll be looking for lots of support from you guys.

I have good experience with maintenance on bikes, but no little in actual repairs so I am taking this opportunity to learn how to do everything (or as much as possible) myself.

The bike is currently not running, the engine turns over when bike is pushed in gear. How should I go about troubleshooting starting the bike first? Subframe is cracked, front wheel is dented, exhaust midpipe is bent, it also has numerous other cosmetic, and mechanical problems to resolve. But I picked it up for 400$ so I'm not out that much.

So first things first, I am going to go through and start cleaning the bike up. What is the best way to remove rust? And the chrome finish on front wheel was previously chromed and has begun to corrode off, I plan on removing it and having the wheels powder coated, what is the best way to remove this corrosion/chrome plating?

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Old 10-28-2011, 12:40 PM   #2
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Where is the rust at?

There is grinding, sanding, sand/media blasting, you can also use chemical removers.

You can use light oil and fine steel wool to remove surface rust from chrome and steel.
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Rust in misc places, spots of rust on the fork legs as well, and both seals appear to be leaking so forks will have to be taken off and apart.
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Rust in misc places, spots of rust on the fork legs as well, and both seals appear to be leaking so forks will have to be taken off and apart.
Really fine steel wool should help, try Nevr-Dull


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btw, it aint an 02.
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btw, it aint an 02.
title is an 02, frame is stamped 2002.

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Old 10-28-2011, 02:22 PM   #8
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That made absolutely no sense. I'm aware that parts of the bike are from 04, but the entirety of the bike is not an 04, and for the purposes of declaration its an 02.

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2002-2003 GSXR didn't have upside down forks. They still had the old school fork style...... And I don't think they had black frames yet either.....


Who cares it cost $400!!! Can't wait to see some progression..
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I know, they also didnt have a braced swingarm, and had a different subframe.
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Ok so what's everyones take on this.

Vin etched on frame, Frame js1gn7ba422108069

This matches the label on the frame, this matches the title.

All decode to a 2002 suzuki gsxr 600.

Frame is clearly a 2004 due to different subframe connection, swingarm is clearly 2004, forks are 2004, ...
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that is strange. how would an 04 frame have a vin plate from 02? but the frame is stamped too. weird. anyways, who cares for 400 bucks. looking forward to the progress as well.
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Good luck! Pm me if you need some help. I have an 04 that I've put a-lot of work into.
But after all of the money that I spent, I could have bought a new 1000rr. Just a thought.
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After a bit of research, it appears that this is just an illegally restamped motorcycle. And I'll be attempting to collect the monies from the seller and return the property that i cannot legally own.

If that fails, then I'll report it to the police, have the bike collected. And file in small claims court /shrug.
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After a bit of research, it appears that this is just an illegally restamped motorcycle. And I'll be attempting to collect the monies from the seller and return the property that i cannot legally own.

If that fails, then I'll report it to the police, have the bike collected. And file in small claims court /shrug.


That is exactly what I would have said, frame is restamped. VIN tags can be lifted and reattached, but the stamping is hard to get straight. Look at the misalignment of the VIN stamping.
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oh and if you look at the sticker on the frame its not perfectly aligned. OOH and thats not what a suzuki vin looks like
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