I thought that if I started a thread about it, I might be motivated to actually work on my long-planned upgrade project. I've had a long, hard year on a high-pressure product launch at work so I haven't been able to spend nearly enough time on the S3. In fact, I'd be embarrassed to tell you how many miles I've done on her in 2011. Given that I change the oil every spring regardless of mileage, let's just say that at this rate the thread on the oil drain plug will wear out long before the cylinder bores.
Anyway, I've been collecting parts for this project for a long time. So long, in fact, that my garage looks like an episode of 'Hoarders'.
The object of this thread, then, is to serve as a nagging reminder, document my progress, share how I'm going about this, and to give - and hopefully receive - hints and advice along the way.
There have been three primary sources of inspiration for all this hoarding:
Bohdan's Gixxer Brake Upgrade
DieselGeek's Blackout thread
Deathace's de-bling thread
My main source for all this stuff is eBay, but there's a pretty good mix of parts from Craigslist, Bike Bandit and Pro Bolt in there, too.
So here's a rough list of what's in the queue to be fitted to the bike:
Gixxer front brakes - calipers & master cylinder
Custom brake line
Galfer wave rotors - front and rear
new brake pads - front and rear
New reservoirs - front and rear (remember my cry for help thread
Pretty much anything on the bike that's not black
Footrests & hangers
BST Carbon wheels
A feather-light box of titanium fasteners from pro-bolt
Plus some more stuff besides.
So sit back, buckle up, and watch while I work at an infuriatingly slow pace.