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Old Dec 20th 2017, 12:40 PM   #21
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A few more bits are ready for putting on the bike. As mentioned before, I had been collecting several spare parts to get them powder coated as I want to save the originals. I also dropped the spare tank off for soda blasting which is about a mile from the nearest Ducati dealer so took the chance to order a few spares for when the tank is to be fitted. who knew screws could cost over 2 each!

Anyway, pics of the powdercoating:
20171220_201808 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

20171220_201823 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

New tail tidy
20171220_201834 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

20171220_201840 by Matt Bly, on Flickr
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Old Dec 22nd 2017, 08:34 AM   #22
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Carbon tank protectors and fluid canister brackets arrived today. Just need some time to get in the garage to fit them to the bike. The quality is fantastic and even better than the seat pad.

20171222_155426 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

20171222_155413 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

20171222_155340 by Matt Bly, on Flickr
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Old Dec 23rd 2017, 01:11 AM   #23
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Get hot on putting those on lol
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Old Jan 15th 2018, 11:56 AM   #24
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I though I would squirrel myself away in the garage and get this project moving on. The main priority was to get it to a road ready position so things like the powdercoated parts weren't a priority.

I started in a chilly garage (possible future project making it a bit warmer!). Even the bike was warning me it was cold!

20180114_191221 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

First were the carbon fluid reservoir holders. First, the front brake:

20180114_200153 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

And then the clutch:

20180114_200207 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

Next was the carbon corse style short rear hugger:

20180114_203733 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

20180114_203745 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

I then got a start on the bodywork. The easiest bit was refitting the newly refinished seat pad which if you recall was previously gloss. The painter did a great job and we went for a satin finish in the end to ensure the weave of the carbon still picked up a little reflection without being in your face glossy. Before fitting I trimmed it down to ensure that there wasn't any excess material as I remembered that when fitting the air scoops, they were quite a tight fit.

20180114_204844 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

While working, my new CNC Racing carbon fuel cap arrived. It's ready to go on the second tank once it's finished.

20180112_163032 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

Next up was wiring the rear indicators. The hold in the tail tidy is too small for the connector to pass through and rather than butcher the tail tidy, I chose to cut a reconnect the wires. I butchered a couple of goes having never used these connectors before. You simply heat them up and the solder inside melts and completes the join of the wires which the plastic and glue seals the join making it waterproof.

20180115_145704 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

After sealing it al up and taping everything with black electrical tape to hide the joins, I bolted the tail tidy on and fed the wires through a small gap on the tail unit.

20180115_155956 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

20180115_160008 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

20180115_160026 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

I'm quite pleased with the fit and finish of the tail unit:

20180115_155654 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

20180115_155637 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

20180115_155602 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

I stuck the seat in place and tested the lights and everything worked fine! Now I moved on to the front fairings, starting with the nose. The fit isn't 100% OEM but it's not too bad. Some of the minor things like clips are a little bit too long compared with the factory parts but nothing a dremel didn't sort. The biggest pain is the bit I didn't get a photo of which is the plastic cover that fits under the nose.

After the nose, the mirrors went back on followed by the side fairings. Again, the fit isn't perfect and with the carbon being less pliable than the std plastics it all needed a little finessing to position but once bolted in with the Dzus fasteners, it was all in place. There are a few more things to do such as recheck all of the fasteners and add retaining washers and spacer washers but it's all on. I also fitted the DP shock cover while I was faffing.

There are a few more pieces of trim to fit but there's no point until the tank is changed. I can ride the bike without them if I wanted to so I'll leave them for now. What I do need to do is order some different lengths of Dzus fasteners as I'm down to only 15 and 20mm ones.

Here is the current state of the bike:

Lower fairing Dzus:

20180115_175916 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

20180115_175951 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

20180115_175955 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

20180115_180641 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

20180115_180627 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

20180115_180700 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

The workspace:

20180115_181134 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

Thanks for reading!

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Old Jan 15th 2018, 02:11 PM   #25
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