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Neglected and Squided 99 M900S Budget Build

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Just got a tacky and neglected 99 M900S Dark w/17k in a trade. Previous owner had for 16 years and only put 3k miles on it. PO was not mechanically inclined and when it wouldn't start it sat. Has sat for MANY years. The PO before him did some very questionable mods and a few good ones. Neither owners ever had it serviced so it's likely it could be on the factory belts. Currently working to bring back to stockish. Will be starting a budget build thread soon to document it for myself as well as for others if interested. YAY! Haha
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Here are more pics and the post must be a certain length so I am typing randomly.
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Picked up bike.

Both tires flat and more plastic than rubber. Front tire had 2.5 psi and rear tire had 5 psi. Filled to spec. Still holding air. They have good tread. Replace or save money and break them in? I'm a gambling man who lives on the edge.

Gas cap lock only turned half way. Used universal gas cap key to pick and turn lock to halfway point. Plus side of the universal gas cap key is you can remove after turning. Removed it and turned lock with proper sized flat head screwdriver and a little persuasion. Removed cap assembly and sprayed brake cleaner into tumbler. Used key to then actuate lock a few times. Repeated this until lock operated as should. Cap spray painted matte black so kept eye out for gold and silver cap as stock would be.

Sprocket cover spray painted yellow by Mr. Squid. Located stock cover for $10 shipped.

Over zealous tail chop done by Mr. Squid which included lopping off the seat lock. Tag "bracket" was two strips of what looked like house door trim. Located used Competition Werkes tail kit with blinker brackets for $49 shipped. Going to install stock tail light, blinkers and tag light. Need rear harness as well since Mr. Squid hacked up rear harness to "install" an integrated led tail light.

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Located stock gold and silver gas cap. Swapped lock cylinder over. $18 shipped.

Located seat lock assembly, key side. Will shuffle tumblers or remove if necessary and fab up new location for lock somewhere eventually. $12 shipped.

Located right carbon fiber heat shield for exhaust to replace a cracked one, stock tool kit, stock tail light and four stock blinkers for $70 shipped.

PO never did service in the 16 years he had it and mentioned the person he bought it from, Mr. Squid, never did service either. Would not be surprised if it currently has the factory belts.

Pulled carbs. Red clay colored silt in bottom of carb bowls. Otherwise decently clean inside. All seals need to be replaced. Purchased viton seal kit from LiteTek for $29 shipped. Have used before and they are quality seals. Have experience with this type of carb since a version of these are also used on the FZR1000. Knew emulsion tubes would need replacement due to mileage. Typically wear out around 12k - 15k since these were the first down draft carbs to be mass produced and that's their design flaw. I usually just buy new stock ones for $15 but my prefered site was down so went to ebay to find some new ones there. Was looking to free shipping and similar price but stumbled on some used Factory Pro nickel plated emulsion tubes that don't wear out. Snapped up for $14 each shipped. If you need emulsion tubes and don't want to spend $75 for the pair from Factory Pro just get some new ones for 89 and up FZR1000s. They are good for 12k - 15k and are typ $15 each new.
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More pics of bike as acquired. Hope this is the correct amount of words.
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DynoJet Stage 2 jet kit came installed in carbs. No slide drilling was required for that kit so have the opportunity to switch to a Factory Pro kit in the future if I want. Currently not a concern since it's basically free and does the job according to some. Factory Pro is typically my go to when coming from stock tho.

Seat came uncovered with a new seat cover included. Attempted to recover with an electric stapler. No go. Pneumatic seems to be the way to go. Called local place that does motorcycle upholstery and they quoted me $100 to basically staple cover on. Nope! Found used good condition stock seat for $60 plus shipping.

Carb bodies are pretty clean on inside so used Krud Kutter and a toothbrush to clean the exterior. Came out nice.
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Engine valve, inspection and belt covers were painted yellow by Mr. Squid. Will be returning to stock colors. Currently have CitriStrip applied to valve and inspection covers. Really hoping Mr. Squid didn't powder coat these covers.

Left side oil cooler line stuck out to me. Literally. Upon inspection and comparison to other bikes I discovered that the oil cooler lines were installed upside down by Mr. Squid because of course they were. Reinstalled as they should be.
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Cleaned tank out twice using a half gallon of Klean Strip phosphoric acid and water. Quite possibly the nastiest tank I've ever run across. Went to drain the tank after the first cleaning and when I pulled the ziploc bag and hose clamp off the fuel sensor opening I got nothing. Looked closer and the opening was PACKED with a black silt like substance. Had to use screwdriver to it knock loose. Keep in mind that this opening has a diameter of roughly 1.25" so low flow, let alone no flow, should've never been a problem.

All manner of shit continued to come out via flushing. Did a second round of cleaning with the remaining half gallon of phosphoric and continued to get a lot of crud out. Fuel outlet was particularly stubborn though. Possibly the worst location/design of a fuel outlet I can think of. Had to unclog that area with fuzzy sticks from the craft section since they don't carry pipe cleaners in the tobacco section anymore. Pfft. Finally got good flow after 10 or so fuzzy sticks. Tank now good but might've just bought nice used tank if I knew how much shit was in it from the get go.

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Good News: Learned that rear stand spools are on the swing arm from the factory! Touch o' Class right there!

Bad News: Valves are so tight on the vertical cylinder I can't get measurements on the opening shims and can only get a measurement on the intake closing shim of 0.002". YAY!

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Went out to double check all the clearances a few times.

VIO=0.0015"
VIC=0.0055" (0.007" Loaded)

VEO=0.0015" (tight)
VEC=0.000"

HIO=0.003"
HIC=0.003" (0.006" Loaded)

HEO=0.003"
HEC=0.001" (0.004" Loaded)

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