Here you'll find some info on Ducati repair and modifications along with photos. I've got stuff for sale too, so check out the older posts. Please leave comments about anything you see, good or bad. Thanks for looking,Steve
Here's the bodywork temporarily fitted with the bike covered in plastic so that I can fill the blemishes and dimples and touch up with primer. The red glow in the picture is a heat lamp that speeds the drying time of the body filler and putty.
Now, I'm ready for the final paint.
Just gotta wait for the snow to melt so that I can drag the bike up the stairs and change the mechanical shop into the paint shop!!
Mounted up a used Ducati Performance fairing stay that replaced the cheap Vortex stay that I broke while trying to modify it!!!
Nice used '05 boxed swingarm, RK gold chain and new 15/39 gearing.
The dash with the fairing mounted temporarily to mark and drill the mounting holes.
This stay is a lot stronger and has a better angle for the dash unit while allowing the throttle cable to run through it instead of around a bracket near the frame that made them tight when turning the bars!! You get what you pay for!
Rear brake line from a 2003 -999R- Old style swingarm- $20 Horizontal Cylinder exhaust pipe (mid-pipe) both pieces. Ducati.com lists as fits all years 749-999 stock system. May be different than the pipe that comes with the "R" kit. Although it's the same pipe that's on my 2003 999R. P# 57010741B and #57010721B. Note: 57010741B lists for $650 from Ducati!!! I DID SOME MORE CHECKING AND IT SEEMS THIS IS THE PIPE THAT HAS THE CAT IN IT......IT'S THE STANDARD PIPE (NOT KIT) THAT IS ON ALL THE 749-999----PRICE REDUCTION---$250....$100 BOTH PIPES
Well, now that I've spent countless hours designing tools, making jigs, taking readings, crunching numbers and then finally making adjustments.....
I ready to share the results with anyone who, by now, isn't completely bored or confused (or both).
FRONT RIDE HEIGHT (measured from top of upper triple clamp to center of axle) = 714MM
REAR RIDE HEIGHT (measured from a rest I made directly over the axle mounted to one of the threaded studs under the muffler* this is not going to be useful to anyone else unless they use the same measuring spot) but, I can use it for accurate, repeatable measurments. = 466MM
RAKE-23.5 degrees FORK OFFSET- 27MM TRAIL-99MM SWINGARM ANGLE-10.5 degrees SWINGARM LENGTH-500MM with axle in center position -507MM axle back to stop. Stop can be removed for more adjustment. WHEELBASE-1435MM (center) 1442 (back) TIRES-PIRELLI DRAGON SUPER CORSA PRO (worn) REAR CIRC.= 1020MM FRT. CIRC.=892MM HEIGHT TO AXLE CENTER- R=320MM F=305MM
RANDOM NOTES: Fork lines above triple clamp= 1 Spring rate- F= 1.05Kg R=.90Kg Rear Ohlins Spring #01092-29/90 L374 = 170MM free length Rear spring preload= 12MM Front spring preload= 9.75 turns from firm
REALLY RANDOM STUFF: One turn of ride height rod = 8MM in rear ride height or 1 degree of swingarm angle. Example: Rod length Ride height Swingarm angle 285mm (stock) 470mm 11.1 1/2 turn shorter 466mm 10.5 1 turn shorter 462mm 10.1 Rear Free Sag= 5.5MM Front Free Sag is now 21MM but will change when I adjust rider sag, which is suspension settings, that I'll get to before I use the bike.
Parts needed to convert to the 05 and later "boxed" swingarm: Swingarm, lower shock/rod mount nut with extended end plug, rear brake line. The new swingarm will work with the stock (54mm) sized mid pipe, but anything larger in dia will probably not clear!
I used a digital protractor along with the laser level and a large T square. The T square lays along the swingarm from the center of the pivot to the center of the rear axle. The bike is supported by the frame so that there is no weight on the suspension. I sat the lower arm of the protractor on the top edge of the T square, then raised the other arm until it was parallel with the level laser line. The picture below shows a downward angle of 10.5 degrees on the swingarm.
Here you can barely make out the red "level" laser line running through the centerline of the swingarm pivot. I had to first find how the bike sits naturally (if the front sat higher than the back, etc), and I did this by measuring the height of both axles from the ground and adjusting accordingly.