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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 23rd, 2019, 10:53 pm Thread Starter
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7 year itch - Refresh n rebuild project

Howdy All,

My how time flies, looking back over my posts here it's almost 7 years to the day that I brought my '93 900SS home!

They say owning a Ducati makes you a better mechanic, and for me its true... but its a journey that I have thoroughly enjoyed over the years ( a few frustrations here n there) but combined with this forums knowledge (I'm more of a lurker than a poster) I have learnt a lot and enjoyed developing my mechanical understanding, from near total noob graduating to not entirely incompetent!

As the bike is getting close to 3 decades, I have been wanting to do a tear down and rebuild for a while, as much to keep learning as for the personal challenge. With my first baby on the way shortly, the reality is my riding time is going to be greatly diminished, and after talking with my wife we agreed on the idea that having a "me project" in the garage will be a good thing.

This is also good timing as the belts need doing, and the valves, the FCR's are probably due a breakdown and clean + a smattering of other things, and registration is also due any day now which i can avoid with a rebuild and rego at a later date.

The objective:
My main aim is to get the bike cleaned up and restored to a near newish condition, with a few choice modifications. I'm hoping to avoid mission creep, and am not attempting to make the fastest bestest lightest SS... just nice Italian gal who's up for the odd mountain canter on a sunny Sunday.

Rebuilding the brake callipers, getting the forks rebuilt/resprung, maybe splash out on a Ohlins at the back, paint the frame, get the loom looked at, maybe a fancy swing arm or light wheels if the budget affords... a few choice parts here n there.

Initial Questions:
I'm about to store the bike before break down, planning on draining the fuel tank and carbs and removing the battery, I am open to any other suggestions, for initial storage and prep.

Also open to any thoughts tips when tearing the bike apart -I plan to be meticulous with photos and labelling of bolts and parts, but happy to receive any wisdom on offer so as not to end up with a "bike in a box"

Hope some of you guys and gals are up for the ride with me, will likely be slow n steady progress but thats all part of it.

Thanks all, j.

(Pic is a few years old, bike looks good from far, but is far from good)
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 23rd, 2019, 11:46 pm
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Pretty sickle!

How long are you planning on storing it? And will it be stored far from home?

I ask because it's actually best to leave the bike fueled up while stored and start it/run it about once every two weeks rather than draining the carbs and tank. Many times when carbs are drained for summer months (which will be sneaking up on you in that part of the planet) the gaskets and seals can dry out and actually shrink and/or crack, rendering the carbs in need of a full-on rebuild. So if it's not too far from home, and it's not a major hassle it's best to leave the bike fueled and run it no less than once every two weeks or so. Run it until it gets too hot to leave your hand on the heads (about five minutes or so).

Best of luck! Again, sweet looking bike!


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Take lots of pictures. I put the fasteners and small misc. in zip lock bags and label them. I have a large legal pad and take notes. I put groups of related things in smaller boxes so I don’t need to search for anything.

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Best of luck with the project, I'll be keeping up with your progress. And also congratulations!

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Pretty sickle!

How long are you planning on storing it? And will it be stored far from home?

I ask because it's actually best to leave the bike fueled up while stored and start it/run it about once every two weeks rather than draining the carbs and tank ... the gaskets and seals can dry out and actually shrink and/or crack, rendering the carbs in need of a full-on rebuild....
It's also a good idea to leave fuel in the tank so it doesn't rust. 3/4 or 7/8 full is best, leaves room for expansion but not enough room for moisture to condense. Assuming you don't already have a bunch of water in the tank to begin with.

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Looking forward to seeing the progress!

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Thanks all for the kind words, it's these little corners of the internet that help remind me how awesome people can be when they come together, this forum in particular has such a generous vibe.

Rex Coil 7 - I am lucky to have my own garage under the house, its not a dream man cave but its dry and secure with an ok selection of tools. Thanks for the good tips noted from yourself and others re keeping some fuel in the tank to prevent moisture & gumming up. It's easy enough for me to fire her up every couple of weeks and share some Ducati love with my neighbours!

Progress will more likely be slow rather than steady, but the joy is in the journey... or so I've heard.

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