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Old 08-17-2008, 12:52 PM   #1
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CBRF4 Streetfighter Help

First, let me say this is my first thread, so if this is misplaced, just point me in the right direction if you would...

Second, indeed, I am doing a streetfighter conversion on my F4. For every person that sees the bike and likes it, there is someone hatin' on it. It is what it is, but know this, if it was bigger than a 600, I probably wouldn't do it... probably...

Third, I am new to bikes really, as I come from the world of Nissan imports (A Proud 240SX owner!). So please, any advice you have, please do share.

Now, to business...

I have already installed my dirtbike handle bars and my harley-davidson lights on the front. Stripped all the plastics off (the front fender and rear tire hugger were in BAAADDD shape!).
I bought the bike off of craigslist for a song, so I wasn't expecting the best of the best, like I said, I am new to bikes.
The engine works beautifully (something to be expected from Honda!) but the chain is in cruddy condition, I need to change the oil, I want to paint the bike at home with a nice flat bike and some glossy red logos I have already designed.
The plastics still on the bike (rear fairing and fuel tank) are in excellent condition, so I don't see myself needing any bond-o, but I want to to play it safe, and I also want to get some epoxy paint and paint the frame black.

With that said, here is what I would like some help with:

1. I want to change out the chain, but I want to do it myself. Two reasons for this: If the chain and sprocket are $110, why am I paying $400 total to get it put on in a shop? No go. And two, I have noticed bike shops aren't the most populous things in the world, and thought it'd just be a handy thing to know how to do. Can anyone give me a walk-though on how that'd work?

2. I am in need of F4 front fender and rear-tire hugger. Anyone got some spare plastics? I see whole plastic sets, but I don't need nor want the whole set. And with that, I want to paint my stuff on my own (its more fun that way!). Any tips for that?

3. Third and not least, anyone know first-hand about painting the rims on the bike? Doing body work is what I know (to a limited degree... heh.) but rims, not too familiar. I think anyway. But yeah, any tips for that?

Anything is welcome, so please help this noob out, in return, I will grace you with your first look at a future niche in street-bikin'. And if it isn't yer first, it'll be your favorite! Because you helped! See how that works?
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Old 08-17-2008, 12:57 PM   #2
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First, let me say this is my first thread, so if this is misplaced, just point me in the right direction if you would...

Second, indeed, I am doing a streetfighter conversion on my F4. For every person that sees the bike and likes it, there is someone hatin' on it. It is what it is, but know this, if it was bigger than a 600, I probably wouldn't do it... probably...

Third, I am new to bikes really, as I come from the world of Nissan imports (A Proud 240SX owner!). So please, any advice you have, please do share.

Now, to business...

I have already installed my dirtbike handle bars and my harley-davidson lights on the front. Stripped all the plastics off (the front fender and rear tire hugger were in BAAADDD shape!).
I bought the bike off of craigslist for a song, so I wasn't expecting the best of the best, like I said, I am new to bikes.
The engine works beautifully (something to be expected from Honda!) but the chain is in cruddy condition, I need to change the oil, I want to paint the bike at home with a nice flat bike and some glossy red logos I have already designed.
The plastics still on the bike (rear fairing and fuel tank) are in excellent condition, so I don't see myself needing any bond-o, but I want to to play it safe, and I also want to get some epoxy paint and paint the frame black.

With that said, here is what I would like some help with:

1. I want to change out the chain, but I want to do it myself. Two reasons for this: If the chain and sprocket are $110, why am I paying $400 total to get it put on in a shop? No go. And two, I have noticed bike shops aren't the most populous things in the world, and thought it'd just be a handy thing to know how to do. Can anyone give me a walk-though on how that'd work?

2. I am in need of F4 front fender and rear-tire hugger. Anyone got some spare plastics? I see whole plastic sets, but I don't need nor want the whole set. And with that, I want to paint my stuff on my own (its more fun that way!). Any tips for that?

3. Third and not least, anyone know first-hand about painting the rims on the bike? Doing body work is what I know (to a limited degree... heh.) but rims, not too familiar. I think anyway. But yeah, any tips for that?

Anything is welcome, so please help this noob out, in return, I will grace you with your first look at a future niche in street-bikin'. And if it isn't yer first, it'll be your favorite! Because you helped! See how that works?

$400 to replace and install chain and sprockets? thats crazy who quoted u that? Look up motorcycles unlimited, for the wheels maybe look into getting them powdercoated scootertrash on here can do that and for the paint talk to houseofpain
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Old 08-17-2008, 01:07 PM   #3
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Old 08-17-2008, 01:33 PM   #4
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You should start an introduction thread to get your welcomes, but asking for help or information- this is the right place. Good luck on your quest- pics, please!
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Old 08-17-2008, 01:42 PM   #5
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Old 08-17-2008, 07:36 PM   #7
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GABRIEL, that is an AWESOME example of what I am trying to pull off. But get this... its TOO clean. I spent $1800 on this bike, and about $400 on the engine (the old one was !
Its a cheap bike, and a 600 at that.
I want my bike to look like a Rat Bike.
Straight home project looking.
Thermal wrapping on the headers, self-done paint job, dirtbike handle bars.
I have this little philosophy on what a bike should be, and I am kind of bringing that into reality.

And JPH1486, I went to Motorcycles Unlimited and they quoted me at like $350, no lie. Know of any cheaper places? Worst come to worst, I am ripping some shiff up and replacing the chain myself.
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Old 08-17-2008, 07:40 PM   #8
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If you need any help or need to do the chain Javi with true methods can help you. He is a sponsor on this board. Or if I could help on anything,
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Old 08-17-2008, 07:56 PM   #9
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Thats much appreciated partner.
I am not avoiding the shop, I would just like to know how to do it myself, it seems pretty simple enough, but then again...
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Old 08-17-2008, 09:38 PM   #10
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you should check out this site i think it will help u alot!

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Old 08-18-2008, 12:27 AM   #12
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+1 for javi at true methods for help w/ the chain, and for scootertrash doing the powdercoat.

sounds like you're heading in the right direction though otherwise
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Old 08-18-2008, 09:24 PM   #13
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bandito, i already have that website bookmarked. And it is an awesome site.
and kacivic, what kinda bike is that in your sig? I hoping to do a streetbike version of that. Thermal wrap and all...
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Old 08-18-2008, 10:22 PM   #14
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There is a sample of how far I have gotten...
In reality I have already taken off the fuel tank and rear fairing.
I am waiting for the Phig rear tire hugger to come in.
I also ordered my OEM front fender, but due to the fact the F4 is uber rare these days, it'll take about two weeks to find its way to me... but good things come to those who wait i suppose.
Can't wait to paint them bishes up!
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i feel u on the waitin game. i am doing a front end swap on my bandit to a o7 gsxr front end and i am waitin on stupid little bearings.
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Convert the bike to an f4i.
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Old 08-19-2008, 10:59 AM   #18
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F4i? Get outta here! I like mah carburetor! It's like having a lil muscle car engine, the way it sounds like its trying to catch its breath everytime I haven't started it up for at least 24 hrs. There were plenty F4i's for sell, but there is just somethin' ol' skoolz about the F4
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Put an f4i tail section on it?
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