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Author Topic: Sunny Garcia Pro surfer KX Guru Racing KX500 build  (Read 7838 times)
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« Reply #30 on: November 15, 2018, 02:01:25 PM »

That is a bunch of interesting angles on the tank. Are you going to put water (or fuel) in it and check volume? Not sure I would go through the effort unless it was larger than stock.

No, I won't put anything in it except for some race gas  grin
But I'll know how much approx that it will hold.

Jason hand lapped all mounting surfaces on the cases and performed all of KX Guru Racing case mods to improve lubrication...  cool
Just need a trip through the vapor blaster and oven and they will be ready for assembly..



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« Reply #31 on: November 17, 2018, 08:21:44 AM »

Hit the Bormi web site and after mining their site found the gas tank gallery.
http://www.bormiparts.com/gallery-3.html
They make a lot of nice parts! The KX and CR tanks don't really look bigger to me but they sure are pretty.
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« Reply #32 on: November 17, 2018, 09:12:02 AM »

I'm not sure I could do an aluminum tank.  That first dent would be hard to take.
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« Reply #33 on: November 17, 2018, 09:29:41 AM »

Dents/punctures aren't really a big deal with aluminum/metal tanks...a skilled metal worker can smooth dents out like new. There's a guy out on Cape Cod that specializes in metal motorcycle tank repair, his work is flawless...you think you're just being handed a brand new tank.
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« Reply #34 on: November 17, 2018, 10:29:13 AM »

http://www.oem-cycle.com/forum/download/file.php?id=7138

One thing I noticed about this picture is the bend at the front top. It looks like introduced stress and a good place for a crack to form at the weld. I hope that is not the case.
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« Reply #35 on: November 17, 2018, 03:51:40 PM »

One case has been pre-cleaned...  shocked



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« Reply #36 on: December 11, 2018, 07:08:54 PM »

More good stuff from Hammerhead  cool

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« Reply #37 on: December 11, 2018, 08:56:22 PM »

Someone needs to talk him into doin the Rip to Cabo on that thing next year!!!!
Gotta love Sunny, just got done watching Momentum Generation. Some funny s**t about Rob and Kelly.
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« Reply #38 on: April 14, 2019, 08:31:36 AM »

Coming soon from Racer X!!!!They get to unveil it and we were given the ok to post a teaser of the Sunny Garcia KX500 build. It was incredible!! Thanks for all the support.

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« Reply #39 on: April 14, 2019, 08:38:28 AM »

By Oscar Cota:

So our Sunny Garcia kx500 project has come to an successful end! Unfortunately for now I can't post too many photos of the bike as Racer X has first dibs on showing off the final product! Look for the video and magazine to come out in the next couple of months. Sunny and the entire magazine staff, including former Supercross pro racer and test rider David Pingree, we're absolutely stunned and Beyond impressed with our latest creation! David Pingree made multiple comments each time he came off the track such as " there is absolutely zero vibration, this thing corners and holds a line like you couldn't believe, this thing is totally on par with new bikes, this is the most in-depth build we have ever had!" I don't want to give away too many more quotes, you will just have to wait for the magazine to come out LOL! This build was definitely a nerve-wracking experience. I thought the Sean Collier build was stressful, but this one was definitely one for the books! I cannot stress just how much I appreciated and how invaluable the assistance and support from Alex Ward was. There were many small details and some major setbacks towards the end of this build that Alex pulled a miracle off for us. KX Guru Racing would not be what it is and would be lost without Alex that is for sure! In the end, the entire magazine staff was thrilled and told us the bike completely exceeded any expectation they had for this build! Sunny definitely has the most unique and best kx500 on this planet! Click on each picture to read the caption.











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« Reply #40 on: April 14, 2019, 08:51:40 AM »

Iím excited to see the final product. Will it be in the magazine only, or online?
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« Reply #41 on: April 14, 2019, 01:54:28 PM »

Iím excited to see the final product. Will it be in the magazine only, or online?

I have no idea... I'm just the flunky hanging onto Oscar's shirt tails  grin
Likely both..
After the magazine comes out I'll post up some pics if I'm allowed to.
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« Reply #42 on: April 20, 2019, 10:16:00 AM »

Comments from Oscar Cota:

Although the tank we used was impressive by itself, we complimented it with some stainless fasteners and these trick billet tank brackets supplied by our good friend Jonathon Bell.



These pieces will never be seen however that is not a reason to run the old stuff. Everything that could be replaced with with brand new parts was replaced.



There was nothing wrong with the OEM 2001 kicker (on the right) on Sunny's bike..... but we felt that the newer style 2003-2004 beefier OEM Kickstarter was a requirement! In case you didn't know, you can no longer purchase the older style kicker, if you order an OEM kicker you will get the new style.



This item will receive much abuse on the bottom of the bike however it was still no reason to leave it alone. Vapor blasted, polished, cerakoted clear and installed new bearings!



Cerakote was used on many items for this build. However we were cautious do not overdo it. A build can go from exotic to tacky very fast if you're not careful.

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« Reply #43 on: April 20, 2019, 10:55:01 AM »

Nice job with the cerakote! That stuff is a tricky process to get just right. I did several pieces on my K5 over the winter. It looks good when new but I'm interested to see how well it holds up to off-roading.  Unfortunately I don't think it stands up to well to contact...
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« Reply #44 on: April 20, 2019, 06:41:09 PM »

Nice job with the cerakote! That stuff is a tricky process to get just right. I did several pieces on my K5 over the winter. It looks good when new but I'm interested to see how well it holds up to off-roading.  Unfortunately I don't think it stands up to well to contact...

I have done a lot of Cerakote.  Air Dry and oven dry.  The Oven cure is more durable, it also says it is when you look at the rating of each series on the site.  Nothing is bullet proof.  I would much rather Cerakote a lot of this stuff than powder coat for many reasons.  The Cerakote have done on my bikes and bike I see regularly I can say that it all holds up very well.
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