7/18/15

Z50R project

The seat looked like a dog tried to eat it.
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We got a new seat cover. This was $21.99 with free shipping on ebay. You get what you pay for with upholstery, so I wasn't expecting much, but it isn't too bad.
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I patched up the foam and installed the cover. It isn't a fancy molded cover, so wanted to bunch up a bit around the edges, but looks pretty decent.
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I was liking the Honda logos with the gold wings, but my son wanted red, white and blue, and it is his bike, so that is what we got. Seeing them on the bike I think it was a good call. The bike got a new throttle tube, cable, air filter and the carb cleaned out and it's done.
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Here is what we started with, a running but beat down and not rideable '96 Z50R.
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And here it is now, ready to go back into service introducing kids to the world of motorcycles.
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7/17/15

Z50R project

The plastics are pretty beat up, but a little repair and freshening up and they'll look fine. Here is the front fender. It has lots of scratches, but no cracks.
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The rear fender will need a bit of repair.
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It has a crack, a broken mount, and the end is a bit chewed up. I used an angle grinder with a flapper wheel to clean up the chewed up end. The crack and broken piece will be repaired with fiberglass.
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First thing is to remove the stickers and wash it.
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Here is the front of the fender.
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I then wet sanded with sandpaper, starting with a courser grit and moving to a finer paper, just like cleaning up oxidized aluminum.
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Here is the front edge where it was the worst. It isn't going to be perfect, but looks pretty good.
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Here is the crack and broken mount on the rear fender.
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I first drilled a hole most of the way through at the end of the crack to help stop it.
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I then taped it to hold it tight.
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I super glued the mount to hold it in place for the fiberglass work.
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Here it is from the bottom ready for fiberglass. I'd sanded this area with 220 grit paper to roughen it up to help the fiberglass stick.
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Here is the fiberglass going on. You want it to go well past the damaged areas. I'd considered glassing the top of the broken mount also, but think this will be plenty strong.
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Here is the rear fender ready to go back on.
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