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ZRX 20th Anniversary Build

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ZRX 20th Anniversary Build

#1 PostAuthor: pertonpc » Sat Apr 08, 2017 10:11 pm

Hello Folks,
As some of you have spotted I have been fiddling with a ZRX for the last few months.
Got stripped to frame and had some cylinder head work done.
New paint, engine covers, hydraulics rebuilt etc.
Not quite finished but back on the road for testing & adjustment now.
With a last few parts awaited from Kawasaki.

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The plan was to take a low mileage, fairly original example and take it back to showroom condition where possible.
It's a kind of celebration of 20 years of the marque, and the original dealer in Scotland who sold it from new supplied us with one of their new bike plates - just like when she came out of the crate - which was a nice touch.

We got her in mid November 2016 and the plan was to be finished for Easter and taxed for 1st of May - so it is running a little ahead of schedule at the moment.

First 40 mile road test went well with no leaks spotted afterwards. Going in for headlamp to be set to MOT standards on Monday.

I will do a photo story for the rebuild on the Zedrider website in the next few weeks if anyone is interested in the stages.

Thanks again for the advice & support with it on here
from Mark
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Re: ZRX 20th Anniversary Build

#2 PostAuthor: Garry.L » Sun Apr 09, 2017 6:47 pm

As the saying goes the Devil is in the detail and your attention to detail is VERY impressive Mark.

A proper bike in proper condition. :D
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Re: ZRX 20th Anniversary Build

#3 PostAuthor: pertonpc » Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:00 pm

Cheers Garry
Not much chrome to contend with on these.
First water cooled bike build for me.
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Re: ZRX 20th Anniversary Build

#4 PostAuthor: davejames » Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:14 am

Great job you have done there Mark. Nice to see an A1 still in A1 condition :D :D
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#5 PostAuthor: pertonpc » Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:29 am

Ta Dave,
It was the first version of the 12 engine and has a few other upgrades from the 97 type.
The 1200R is the last bike Kawasaki made that can claim any kind of Lawson colours/ styling/ heritage as far as I know.
Hoping it might be collectable one day.
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#6 PostAuthor: Ultim8pc » Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:41 am

Very nice job Perton and of a condition I would be proud of!
Standard, condition mint condition Rexes have been going up in value for a few years now - riding on the back of the earlier Zeds which are becoming increasingly unaffordable to most.
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Re: ZRX 20th Anniversary Build

#7 PostAuthor: paul doran » Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:21 pm

Lovely Rex a credit to You
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Re: ZRX 20th Anniversary Build

#8 PostAuthor: pertonpc » Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:46 pm

Thanks Lads,
Last few new bits just arrived so I will get them on and try and take a bit of video.
From Mark
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Re: ZRX 20th Anniversary Build

#9 PostAuthor: VinnyE » Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:45 am

Brilliant job! Well done. :D

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Re: ZRX 20th Anniversary Build

#10 PostAuthor: pertonpc » Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:17 pm

A little more progress on the Rex.
Got a new set of lower clock covers and the silver idiot light cover fitted now.

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Next on the list was to improve the bars from good used condition to new -

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. . . with fresh end weights & screws

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Bars are back on - but I am not fitting the end weights just yet - in case I can get hold of a new pair of rubber grips, to finish the job off. That factory thread lock will be a pain to shift if I get the new grips afterwards.

Progress is really slow now as I am trying to re-home all the good used parts before getting any more new stuff - but we are back on SORN now so no rush.

Hope everyone else is having fun with their winter projects.
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Re: ZRX 20th Anniversary Build

#11 PostAuthor: Z1parR » Sat Nov 04, 2017 7:37 am

Done to your usual extremely high standard Mark :up :up
Beyond mint , but we expect nothing less from you now :D :wink:
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Re: ZRX 20th Anniversary Build

#12 PostAuthor: Kwackman » Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:54 am

pertonpc wrote:Next on the list was to improve the bars from good used condition to new

Just curious, what was wrong with the old bars?
You have done a nice job on a nice bike there!
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Re: ZRX 20th Anniversary Build

#13 PostAuthor: PAULJAC47 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:12 am

Good work that Mark, you need a bigger challenge, :lol: get your backside over to Dk,s and get a barn find..z
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Re: ZRX 20th Anniversary Build

#14 PostAuthor: pertonpc » Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:38 pm

Thanks guys
old bars just had a few little rub marks from twist grip etc. - nothing major - but not show standard.
thought the finish was black chrome but I am not so sure now.
Paul - I leave the heavy restos to the ZEDI master :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Anyhow when I was putting all the new parts on the bars I noticed that I had forgotten a small scuffed area on the brake lever.

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so I got it off and rubbed it smooth with wet & dry paper on a rubber pad (rubber pad adapts better to sanding a round surface) - until the marks were out. That left it with a matte finish.

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then it went onto the bench polisher for rough and final finishing.

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All the marks are out now but it has ended up a bit too shiny.

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Once back on the bike the extra sheen will dull back down over the winter to a more factory finish - to match the other side.

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just need to try and recycle my original rubber grips & throttle tube now - so I can get some brand new ones and get the bar weights fitted.
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