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Old 26th July 2018, 03:24 PM
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Default '97 Bandit 6 engine swap

Hi lads, I want some advice:

I'm restoring a 97 bandit 6 and the engine is burning a lot of oil (about 600ml for every 1000km) so I was thinking about swapping the engine to a newer b6 engine.

According to wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzuki_Bandit_series) apparently the same engine fitted the B6 until 2004, but I'm not sure.

So I was thinking about buying a 2004 engine and just block the PAIR holes.Will the 2004 engine fit on the 97 frame? Will I need to do any other adaptations beside blocking the PAIR holes?

Another side question: Is there any place that does frame straightening?

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Old 26th July 2018, 05:17 PM
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there is a lad called sharpbikes on here, he would defo be able to answer that question for you

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Old 26th July 2018, 06:30 PM
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Bin the b6 engine altogether and get an early gixxer engine they slot straight in
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Old 26th July 2018, 07:07 PM
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Default Re: '97 Bandit 6 engine swap

You've a bike with a fucked engine and a bent frame?
Does the term "Throwing good money after bad"come to mind?
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Old 26th July 2018, 07:12 PM
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Default Re: '97 Bandit 6 engine swap

Originally Posted by myfirstyamaha
Bin the b6 engine altogether and get an early gixxer engine they slot straight in
If only...
There's a fair bit more to it than just slotting it straight in.
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Old 26th July 2018, 07:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Vjmc.Cork
You've a bike with a fucked engine and a bent frame?
Does the term "Throwing good money after bad"come to mind?
Basically what he has is worth about the same price as a tin of Aldi beans.
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Old 26th July 2018, 07:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Gixxer
If only...
There's a fair bit more to it than just slotting it straight in.
yup .
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Old 26th July 2018, 08:01 PM
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Default Re: '97 Bandit 6 engine swap

newer b6 comes with pair valves above the exhaust ports (to remove just cut and fill the pipes or make blanking plates), other than this its pretty much the same engine. carbs are different as the 00-04 (mk2) bandits had a tps added and carb heaters also, this requires some loom changes or a loom swap but if you just want the engine thats easily done.

on the gsxr side you can fit a gsxr 750 86-91 motor once its oil cooled, same size motor and same mounts so fits fine. doesnt require a change of loom but the 750 ecu would work better and would require a 750 loom as ecu pins are different to bandit pins. also would need gsxr carbs or you could try bandit 1200 carbs as theyre easier to get ahold of and are more town riding friendly. also airbox may not fit the new carbs.

you may also fit a bandit 1200 or gsxr1100 engine, the b12 engine would require sleeves on the rear mounts due to different width mount bolt and the engine would need to be removed/dropped from the frame to do any valve clearances or top end servicing. but in essence the gsxr1100 and b12 engines will fit and will require different carbs and loom. same issue again with the airbox and pods would most likely be the easiest solution but they can require a bit of fiddling with fueling.

having written my mk2 bandit off after alot of tweaking and modifying i found that frame straightening on such a bike isnt feasible. if the steel frame got enough of a whack to bend id say replace it, if you need any mk1 parts give me a shout as i have one in bits in the shed (was gonna be my next project) and i may aswell break it at this point.

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Old 26th July 2018, 08:05 PM
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Default Re: '97 Bandit 6 engine swap

Bare in mind clearances are due every 3750 miles or so on a bandit lump so ya dont want to be dropping the engine to do them
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Old 26th July 2018, 08:17 PM
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Default Re: '97 Bandit 6 engine swap

Originally Posted by chopper
Bare in mind clearances are due every 3750 miles or so on a bandit lump so ya dont want to be dropping the engine to do them
wouldnt want to drop the lump based on the weight alone
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Old 26th July 2018, 10:51 PM
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Default Re: '97 Bandit 6 engine swap

Originally Posted by sharpbikes
newer b6 comes with pair valves above the exhaust ports (to remove just cut and fill the pipes or make blanking plates), other than this its pretty much the same engine. carbs are different as the 00-04 (mk2) bandits had a tps added and carb heaters also, this requires some loom changes or a loom swap but if you just want the engine thats easily done.

on the gsxr side you can fit a gsxr 750 86-91 motor once its oil cooled, same size motor and same mounts so fits fine. doesnt require a change of loom but the 750 ecu would work better and would require a 750 loom as ecu pins are different to bandit pins. also would need gsxr carbs or you could try bandit 1200 carbs as theyre easier to get ahold of and are more town riding friendly. also airbox may not fit the new carbs.

you may also fit a bandit 1200 or gsxr1100 engine, the b12 engine would require sleeves on the rear mounts due to different width mount bolt and the engine would need to be removed/dropped from the frame to do any valve clearances or top end servicing. but in essence the gsxr1100 and b12 engines will fit and will require different carbs and loom. same issue again with the airbox and pods would most likely be the easiest solution but they can require a bit of fiddling with fueling.

having written my mk2 bandit off after alot of tweaking and modifying i found that frame straightening on such a bike isnt feasible. if the steel frame got enough of a whack to bend id say replace it, if you need any mk1 parts give me a shout as i have one in bits in the shed (was gonna be my next project) and i may aswell break it at this point.
have you got the speedo gear drive off the front wheel?
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Old 26th July 2018, 10:53 PM
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Default Re: '97 Bandit 6 engine swap

Originally Posted by chopper
Bare in mind clearances are due every 3750 miles or so on a bandit lump so ya dont want to be dropping the engine to do them
Really??
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Old 26th July 2018, 11:15 PM
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Originally Posted by myfirstyamaha
Really??
Yeah, on the early b6 it is that regular
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Old 26th July 2018, 11:27 PM
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Default Re: '97 Bandit 6 engine swap

Originally Posted by myfirstyamaha
have you got the speedo gear drive off the front wheel?
i do yep, piece of piss to adjust valves on them anyway so shouldnt be hardship to sort it every 3.75k m
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Old 26th July 2018, 11:31 PM
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Originally Posted by sharpbikes
i do yep, piece of piss to adjust valves on them anyway so shouldnt be hardship to sort it every 3.75k m
What sort of monies is on the speedo drive ?
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Old 27th July 2018, 02:17 AM
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Default Re: '97 Bandit 6 engine swap

Thanks for the tips, really appreciate.
I'm going for a b6 engine, since it seems the easiest option.
Where's a good place to buy them? I saw some at ebay.
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