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$357 Gixxer progress

Lots of things fixed on the bike so far:

  • New triple tree clamp.
  • New levers.
  • New grips and throttle twist. (Had the wrong one installed)
  • New ram air ducts, and boots.
  • Made a new bracket for the front brake reservoir.
  • Fixed the choke (creatively).
  • Fixed the passenger seat lock release cable.
  • New right passenger peg.
  • Removed the ghetto mirror and front blinker relocation. Will be putting on flush mount blinkers.
  • Knocked the bondo plugs out of the original blinker mount holes on the fairings.
  • Spent 2 hours restoring the hacked up front harness to new condition, then Penny destroyed it. :( (Gotta get another now)
  • Removed all the ghetto taillight/plate bracket crap. (This was especially Ghettofabulous!)
  • Began attempt of stripping the paint off the windsheild with DOT4 brake fluid. I hear it doesnt harm plastic.
  • Replaced numerous missing bolts holding plastics together.
  • Some cleaning.
  • Its also now temp registered, insured, and new title arrived.


Still plenty to do, but getting closer. Waiting on many parts still. I took the bike for a longer couple of rides. Runs amazingly well dispite the cosmetic abuse!


$357 Gixxer update

I pulled the carbs, and cleaned them Saturday, but it still didnt run right. I noticed there is a vacuum line coming off the #3 intake manifold with nothing hooked up. I plug the line and it revs SOMEWHAT better. There is also another disconnected vacuum "T" underneith the carbs. Connected them together, and it revs out fine now.
Take it for a spin, and it still isnt right... Missing a lot, and mostly running on 3 cyl. Pulled the coils and made sure they were clean/dry.... No go.
The vacuum lines that I connected together didnt fit snug, and I had a feeling that these dont connect together. I look in the manual, and find the line coming off the intake actually goes to the bottom of the fuel petcock, as its vacuum actuated.  However the nipple is broken off the valve!  The next day I realized the bottom half of the petcock looks VERY similar to the one on my old 82' GS750EZ.  I had a couple of spares, and I removed the bottom to see if it fits the gixxer's valve.  Not quite, the holes were off by about a half a MM.  Drilled the holes out slightly bigger and it fit.  Screwed it onto the gixxer's valve, and tested using my breath.  It works!  Put the tank back on.

Fuel Valve

That sorted out the fuel valve, but I still didnt know where the T junction vacuum connector goes that comes off a pair of solenoids on the bottom of the carbs.  The manual does NOT mention these!  After some looking around I see a drain on the bottom of the airbox that has a small hole at the bottom.  Bingo, that isnt a drain, its where the vacuum hooks up.

Vacuum Lines

Took it for another spin, and it now runs GREAT!!


Now I just need to take care of the cosmetics, and a few other things.  I've already ordered about $250 worth of parts on ebay to get started.


The Bully

Hmmm,   whats this hiding behind my truck's grill?



Its the Hadley "The Bully" Air horn kit I picked up @ the DI for $25!


Included the Compressor, Tank, Solenoid, switches, etc.
My horn now sounds like a semi truck :D

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The $357 Gixxer

Well today I finally got a hold of a guy on craigslist that was advertising "GSXR Project Bike, Needs work" No price, year, model, or contact info. After a couple of days of emailing, I find its a 2000 GSXR 600 that he cant get started after it sat all winter. I finally get a phone number, and tells me $350 if I take it today :O

I head to Park City right after work, stopping @ an ATM on the way. When I get there, the douchfag raises the price to $400! "Dude, I gotta get $400 cus my Bro will give me $500". I stuck to my guns, and managed to get it for $357 (gave him an extra $7 in my wallet).

Here it is on the way home:


The whole bike is hacked up bad. Wiring, just about everything cosmetic, blinkers, exhaust, everything is bad shape. Blinkers are screwed in on the sides of the plastics in the wrong spot, top triple tree clamp has huge holes on it, etc. etc. etc.


After unloading I go straight to work. Ignition comes on, but no crank. So I take a jumper cable and jump the battery straight to the starter. It now cranks, but still no life. Pulled up the tank and yanked the airbox. Manually choke the carbs with my hand, and there is fuel, but still no fire. Pulled a plug, no spark. Started poking around the wiring. The wiring on this thing is hacked up pretty bad. But I did find a burned fuse! After jumping the fuse, I hear a relay click, and the fuel pump kick on. Bingo! Spark! I throw the plug back in and it fired right up! Runs like CRAP but it runs. Carbs need rebuilt badly, but luckily I have a spare engine with carbs for parts! (I have a 98 GSXR600 motor that was going to be a kart project, but it never happened)

I even took it for a quick spin tonight, and it rides good!

Here is a quick video:

Still LOTS of work to do!



50" Farmtown, BITCHES!!



The Thrift Store 50 Inch Plasma

So I was at the DI last weekend.  I stumbled apon this:

A Panasonic TH-50PHW3U   50" 720p Plasma, for $100.  Original MSRP $9670 in 2003!

At this price, it obviously didnt work.  It turned on for about 4 seconds, then shut off with the power LED flashing red.  On the chassis a repair estimate/bill was attached.  It had a couple of part numbers listed, and scribbled on was the note "Panel est. declined".  Cost of repair, $978.84.  The entire time "bad capacitors!" is running through my head.  I lug it home, and immediately open it up. 


Holy shit this thing is complicated, check out the screwdriver in the corner for scale.

First thing I hunted for were bad/swolen/leaking caps.  Didnt find any, which was a let down.  That night, I do a LOT of research, trying to dig up the service manual for it.  I never did find the correct one, but did find one for a similar panel.  There are some troubleshooting guides specifically for the LED code it was flashing.  I soon came to the conclusion while unhooking the 2 parts listed on the repair estimate that those parts are fine.  The estimate was bogus.


Further testing, swapping, and measuring determines that the either the Power board (P1) or Scan Converter board (SC) is the culprit.  I measured a voltage called "Vbk".  This line supplies 195v to the Scan Converter board.  When powered on, I measured this @ zeroV!  However as soon as the unit is powered off, it jumps to normal voltage temporarily.  Also when this cable is disconnected from the SC board, and is measured off P1, it is normal voltage.  Bingo, the SC board must be drawing too much current, and shutting down that output!  There are also diagnostic LED's on several boards internally.  All light up bright, except the SC board.  It lights, but is quite dim.  Im pretty confident at this point the SC board is the problem.



Jumped on ebay, $116 and a few days later:




Jackpot!  The next day I bought a cheap universal remote, and played PS2 on it for about 4 hours straight.  Still works great!


The $7 Yaris Cruise Control

So after a trip to yellowstone, I re-discovered that driving my wifes 08 Yaris long distance is a pain in the ass..  literally, and legs.  SoI did some digging around on the intertubes.

Found out that the 09 Yaris is INCREDIBLY easy to add cruise control.  Just plug in a stalk into the steering column, and your done!  The 08's don't have the wiring already in place, as cruise control was not offered as an option that year.  But the ECM programming is there!

After some further research on the yarisworld forums, I found that pin 40 of the A21 connector on the ECM is the key.  This pin when directly grounded, switches the cruise control on/off.  When grounded with a ~630 ohm resistor "Sets" the speed.  There are 2 other resistance values that accellerates, and decellerates by 1mph increments, but I decided to not use these.

Ran to radioshack, bought a couple of resistors, and 2 pushbutton switches.  The hardest part of this entire thing was figuring out how to get a single wire through the firewall into the dash from the engine compartment (ECM is located there).  Finally got the wire through the main harness grommet using a long piece of coat hanger wire.  I decided to give it a test run before drilling holes in the dash.

I first pulled connector A21 from the ECM, and inserted a wire into the unused pin 40 hole.  Care was taken to not short to other pins, and to still get a solid contact.   Once clamped back down, it held solid.  I then quickly twisted a 630 ohm resistor to the other end in, and handed it and a ground wire to my wife in the driver seat.  I then remembered there are 2 pins in the fuse/relay box that need to be jumpered temporarily to replace the clutch safety switch that doesn't exist.

We took it down the street, first touching the ground wire directly to the "hot" from the ECU to turn on the cruise.  Then got to about 40mph and tapped the ground to the resistor to "set" the speed.  SUCCESS!!  The car cruises along at its set speed like it should!

Now all that needed was cleaning up the wiring, and installing some push button switches.

Here is the result:


Still needed to be completed is a real clutch safety switch instead of a jumper, and some sort of indicator light to tell you the cruise is on.


Hello world!

So I spent the last couple of days figuring out how to get PHP/MySQL/Wordpress working in IIS on my Windows 2003 Server box.  The main reason was to get my wife's blog up on our own server, so she could have complete flexibilty/control of everything.  Her page is @ http://www.ashdash.com .  My blog is somewhat of a side result.  With a big more fiddling, I figured out how to have 1 server host 2 different domains/websites!

Neat stuffs!

Here is a pic of the piece of crap quadruple rebuilt emachines server Im running: