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Warning! pics of a nekkid eyetalian beauty
« on: January 25, 2013, 05:54:59 PM »
Or, upgrading my Ducati ST2  :)

Shortly before the New Year, a couple things happened that made me think it was time to do some upgrades. First, ducati Designs announced they were stopping production of their headlight kit. Pricey, but it came highly recommended on every Ducati forum I'd ever seen. So I decided it would be my Christmas present to myself.

Second, I noticed my Radiator fan seemed to have stopped working, at a stop the temp shot past 200 degrees and I couldn't hear it working.

Third, I'd been thinking about adding heated grips.

A quick check of the fan motor revealed it was frozen, I could barely turn the blades by hand. A new one from Ducati only came with the motor, shroud, and blade as a unit, and cost $290. A search of Ebay found a couple for less than $80, so I bought one. While i was at it, i also purchased a kit from Desmo Times that included a new blade and a switch kit to manually turn it on.

Old plastic blade on left, new installed fan on right;




The first 2 bolts came out easily, but the top one was buried;



Might as well change the antifreeze while I'm at it.

i pulled the hose to the overfill tank to drain it first;



after it was empty, I noticed some sentiment still in it, so I removed it and flushed it;



Drain on the Water pump;



Drain on the front cylinder;



Both were soaked with Kroil before I started, then I heated the area around them with a heat gun. Came right off with little trouble.

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Re: Warning! pics of a nekkid eyetalian beauty
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2013, 06:04:41 PM »
While the antifreeze was draining, I  added a Cox Radiator Guard. while I had the bodywork off, I also added some screen to some of the fairing openings.

Note how short the front fender is, looks like anything coming off the front wheel is gonna go right into the radiator. The Cox Guard is installed in this pic.



First I washed the panels real good and degreased 'em;


then I installed the new mesh with some silicone sealer and used duct tape and some clamps to hold it in place while it dried;



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Re: Warning! pics of a nekkid eyetalian beauty
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2013, 06:21:30 PM »
Earlier, I had ordered a Fenda Extenda. It came with a couple strips of double sided tape and some self tapping screws to install it. None of the pics on the website showed screws, it looked like a nice clean install  ^-^, wish I had seen the instructions before I ordered.

The instructions were to use the tape, then drill holes through the fender and install the screws, no removing the fender required!  crazy  Sounded like a recipe for disaster to me!

I removed the fender, then washed it up real well.

I held the extenda against the fender, marked it with a sharpie, then roughed up both joining surfaces with sandpaper.



I used ABS cement to glue the pieces togeather, I figure if it can hold ABS pipe, it can hold the fender togeather. we'll see.

Look Ma, no screws!

« Last Edit: January 25, 2013, 06:24:28 PM by norton73 »
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Re: Warning! pics of a nekkid eyetalian beauty
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2013, 06:30:39 PM »
When I got this bike, it came with this as a countershaft sprocket cover;


Not my style, I'm definitely not very intimidating, and certainly wouldn't want anyone to think I'm a bad ass or anything  :)

I picked this up at a swap meet, but it wasn't that sexy looking to me;



So, I added a little bling to the bike, new cover and a carbon fiber heel guard;

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Re: Warning! pics of a nekkid eyetalian beauty
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2013, 06:33:29 PM »
I'm starting to pant, Andy. Biker porn isn't just for guys, ya know  8)
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Re: Warning! pics of a nekkid eyetalian beauty
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2013, 06:38:39 PM »
I'm starting to pant, Andy. Biker porn isn't just for guys, ya know  8)

Just you wait till I get to the new eyes!  :)
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Re: Warning! pics of a nekkid eyetalian beauty
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2013, 06:45:19 PM »
Once the antifreeze was drained, I pulled the radiator forward and changed out the fan assembly. The drains all had copper sealing washers. rather than replace them, I used an old brit bike trick. I put then on a piece of coathanger wire and heated them till glowing with a propane torch, then dropped them into a pan of cold water. This softens them up and they can be reused.

 I then refilled, which took a while for the antifreeze to settle. I'd fill, wait, install some goodies, refill, etc.



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Re: Warning! pics of a nekkid eyetalian beauty
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2013, 06:52:41 PM »
Nice write up.

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« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2013, 07:05:50 PM »
Thanks.


Once I got the fan and radiator back together, I fired the bike up. The manual said the fan came on @103 degrees C! Wow! That's way high, I thought. so I fired the bike up and watched the temp gauge climb. The gauge however is in F, so I figured it should be 217 F when the fan came on. Well... 220 and no fan!

I had used jumpers from the battery to the fan to make sure it worked before I installed it, so I knew it was good. an ohm meter across the terminals of the thermo switch showed continuety, so it was good. but no voltage to the fan  {1} I checked the fuse box, but all was good there.
The manual was no use, it said if there was a problem, use the Ducati special electrical testing tool. {150}

After looking around, it turns out there a set of relays under the seat, which had fuses in the tops. Found the guilty party and replaced it, all was good then.
« Last Edit: January 28, 2013, 08:01:00 AM by norton73 »
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Re: Warning! pics of a nekkid eyetalian beauty
« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2013, 07:14:11 PM »
another good one  :-*

when is the ManCave/Beer Tasting @ Norton's gonna happen?   {59}
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Re: Warning! pics of a nekkid eyetalian beauty
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2013, 07:42:52 PM »
Mebbee spring once the kayakin' season has run it's course.

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Re: Warning! pics of a nekkid eyetalian beauty
« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2013, 07:55:33 PM »
The Eyes have it!


The stock headlight on this bike is pretty bad. Between my old eyes and the sorry excuse for a headlight, riding after dark sucked.

A before pic;



Notice the one piece lens.

A major reason the headlights sucked was the tiny wiring,



and sucky bulbs;



You'd think the Italians would know basic electickery, the smaller the wire the more heat, the more resistance;



Note the burned insulation up by the bulb  {1}

The Ducati Designs kit uses heavier wires, two new relays,  H9 bulbs and a whole new reflector unit.

New relays and wiring;



New unit installed;



My, what lovely eyes you have!


You could have had a stare down contest with the old headlights, and they would have blinked first. The new unit is so bright I'm afraid to even look in the same general direction towards the bike for fear of going blind. I might actually enjoy riding at night again  excited
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Re: Warning! pics of a nekkid eyetalian beauty
« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2013, 08:00:55 PM »
I've still got the heated grips to install, a Throttlemeister, and risers. however, things are getting busy around the battery terminals with all the new wires and fuse holders. So this project is on hold till a fusebox/distribution point comes from Eastern Beaver. I'll continue with this project then.
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Re: Warning! pics of a nekkid eyetalian beauty
« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2013, 11:00:37 AM »
Well...got the fusebox from Eastern Beaver. Really nice looking piece, but...

Did i ever mention I hate doing electrical stuff?


I wanted to put it up next to the stock fusebox and ordered the harness long enough to go up there from the side mounted battery. Nope not nearly enough room with the accesory leads coming out both ends. So, I did a search through the various Duc forums and found that several folks had mounted their fuse boxes on the frame next to the battery.



But now I've got 2 extra feet of cable from the battery to the box   :( 

Then there's the heated grips...
The instructions said to grind any ridges on the throttle tube flat untill the grip slides on easily.



Which means I have to grind off the ridge on the outer end, and to get it up far enough, grind the ridge on the inside next to the throttle housing. So I got out my handy Dremel and ground away.
Oxford provided a tube of Super Glue to install the grips. A buncha test fitting and all, and the right grip goes on great. However the throttle side is so loose now that the glue won't hold it. Arrrggg.... :(
I've ruined the tube and can't even go back to the old grips  :(

While the glue was (trying) to dry, I started to route the cables. There must be 2 extra feet of cables I'm gonna need to wrap up and hide.
So much for cleaning up the wiring by installing a fuse box  {150}

Did i ever mention I hate doing electrical stuff?
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Re: Warning! pics of a nekkid eyetalian beauty
« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2013, 08:30:30 AM »
Well...I was on call this weekend, so couldn't really escape. I got on a roll Saturday finishing up this project. Unfortunately, I was on a mission, so forgot to take pics.

I got the new throttle tube and used epoxy to attach the grip this time. I shortened up all the wires and tried to clean up the routing as much as possible. I'll try to take a few pics this evening of the finished item.
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