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Mito 350 Build its a bit pic heavy

#1 User is offline   paul8899 

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 09:27 PM

Hi all, great forum. Thought I'd post some details of the mito 350 I'm trying to build.
It all started when I saw dougs mito in Oxford and I thought I'd have a go at making one of those.
I wanted to make it a little bit different from the norm so I started of with a shopping list and off to ebay I went.
I ended up with the following , mito evo frame, 08 r6 swingarm, 04 zx10r forks , 09 zx10r wheels ,calipers , handlebars and a 31k rd350 engine, loom etc. After a few months making bits up ( yokes,engine mounts and subframe ) it now looks like this

http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss16/motorbikepaul/DSC02846.jpg

http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss16/motorbikepaul/DSC02843.jpg

Heres a pic of the new rear shock mounts and one of the subframe mounts I made.

http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss16/motorbikepaul/DSC02932.jpg

I had to cut the swingarm middle out to clear the rear mount but when I came to rough fit the arm it fouled the mount. So I am going to have to cut the the middle out of the front part of the arm out so it clears the mount. Another problem was that the engine was a bit too close to the swingarm, so I redesigned the rear mount to move the engine 6mm forward. This meant that I had to redesign the front mounts to suit.

Here's the new rear engine mount,

http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss16/motorbikepaul/DSC02926.jpg

http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss16/motorbikepaul/DSC02952.jpg

http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss16/motorbikepaul/DSC02953.jpg

While I was doing this I also dropped the engine 6mm so it would clear the existing frame spar (didn't want to weld the frame if I could help it).

Heres a pic of the new front mounts with the engine fitted

http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss16/motorbikepaul/DSC02951.jpg

The mounts now need a little bit of tweaking to get them just right but the side cases fit on without cutting or welding the frame and it only moved the engine about 10mm from where the original mounts would of put it.

Next on my list of things to do is to get the chain run right, once this is done it should be easy to finish !

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 09:32 PM

that looks like a proper project that does. The parts you've made look mint. I'm not a fan of the seat unit though, whats it from? Good luck with it.

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 09:41 PM

Thanks, most of the big bits are machined now, might have to make a sprocket carrier once I know how much I have to take off the the 10r one.
The seat unit is of a honda rs125 and its set a bit high in the picture as I was trying out the rear subframe for size.

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 09:46 PM

are you designing and making the parts yourself?

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 09:52 PM

I got the dimensions of the mounts from doug but apart from that its all my own work

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 09:55 PM

awsome lad, keep it up :thumbsup:

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 10:25 PM

good suff man! i'd love the access to the machines and the know-how to do this stuff!
top work =]

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 02:39 AM

Wow this is one of th best builds ive seen in awhile would love to do something the same but dont have the know-how or the brains to even do it

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 09:38 AM

:mf_boff: :thumbup:     :worship:

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 12:39 PM

Hiya yeah great project good to see it on here now. Keep up the good work looks amazing

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 06:14 PM

I had a bit of spare time today and decided to have a go at the swingarm with my hacksaw.
It took a while but I managed to get the middle bit out

http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss16/motorbikepaul/DSC02954.jpg

and here's a couple with the arm fitted

http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss16/motorbikepaul/DSC02958.jpg

http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss16/motorbikepaul/DSC02957.jpg

Next to do is finish the mounts off properly and get the engine position finalised, then I can make a start on the chain run.

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 07:33 AM

looking good mate :D

only thing im concerned about is the chain alignment.
can you run the chain from sproket to sproket without fowling on the rear tire or the frame rail?

if thats all fine and you've already checked that, then a big thumbs up and solute to you sir!

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 10:52 AM

View PostJeram, on 24 October 2010 - 07:33 AM, said:

looking good mate :D

only thing im concerned about is the chain alignment.
can you run the chain from sproket to sproket without fowling on the rear tire or the frame rail?

if thats all fine and you've already checked that, then a big thumbs up and solute to you sir!



Thanks, your not the only one concerned with the chain run !!

I have had a look at the sprocket carrier and theres about 10-15mm before the sprocket goes inside the tyre and when I look along the tyre theres about an inch gap between the tyre and the frame rail. I have seen on the net somewhere that someone had fitted an r1 back end so if that fits so should this (hopefully)

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 11:09 AM

Nice project. Loving the billet brackets and stuff you're making :grin:
Indeed keep the pics coming as you progress, going to be a good build for defo :happy:

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 11:45 AM

View Postpaul8899, on 24 October 2010 - 10:52 AM, said:

Thanks, your not the only one concerned with the chain run !!

I have had a look at the sprocket carrier and theres about 10-15mm before the sprocket goes inside the tyre and when I look along the tyre theres about an inch gap between the tyre and the frame rail. I have seen on the net somewhere that someone had fitted an r1 back end so if that fits so should this (hopefully)


running a tyre 10mm skinnier than the factory recomends will make the bike more nimble but also will increase the space for the chain slightly...
ask on the zx10 forums first to make sure it works...

good luck buddy, I hope it all works out for you

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 11:55 AM

View PostJeram, on 24 October 2010 - 11:45 AM, said:

running a tyre 10mm skinnier than the factory recomends will make the bike more nimble but also will increase the space for the chain slightly...
ask on the zx10 forums first to make sure it works...

good luck buddy, I hope it all works out for you



Thats my backup plan :)

I'll let you know when I get round to it, it will either be here or on the for sale section !

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 01:02 PM

I know that you can offset the chain by quite a bit before it fouls on the frame it was the mito swing arm (chain guide tab) that gets in the way first. do you do the aluminium welding yourself.

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 07:29 PM

Awesome work I must say! Just a mito frame and tank left, will it be a "Naked Bike" are you going to use the fairing? Keep us posted, all the best

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 08:31 PM

View Posttwobangermad, on 24 October 2010 - 07:29 PM, said:

Awesome work I must say! Just a mito frame and tank left, will it be a "Naked Bike" are you going to use the fairing? Keep us posted, all the best



Thanks :)
I'm going to try and keep the bodywork down to a minimum so it will end up with just a top fairing, not sure which bike it will be off though !

I quite like the look of the yzf125 fairing, I just have to find one to measure the width.

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 07:35 PM

I gotta say that looks awesome! Keep up the good work mun xD

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