This was a project slightly different to most others, the bike in question was the brand new 1098R, the brief was to build this into an RS as near as possible whilst retaining the usability of the electrics, starter and so on. The owners previous machine was a mint 2002 998 RS on which he had taken a previous MRO club championship, however the 02 RS as such required some trackside assistance with starting, set up etc so the new Ducati should eliminate some of this and allow the owner to race 'out the trailer' so to speak. The first job was a total strip down to allow for frame mods to mount the 'forward' steering damper and RS fuel tank...
A lot of the cycle parts that were being replaced were sold off as this 1098R would now only ever be for the racetrack. This would include the wheels, forks, yokes, brakes, swing-arm and bodywork etc.
The top-end of the motor had revised valve clearances for race use and RS shims fitted. A lighter flywheel would give sharper throttle response and in a bid to 'upgrade' the 1098R wherever possible all the fasteners would be replaced with Titanium items - both on the engine and chassis.
Here the cylinder heads being re-fitted after the clearance adjustments. The modified frame sits on the ramp (background) having a new steering head bearing support fitted. This would eliminate the 'slow' or 'under-steering' effect found on the 1098's when used on the track.
A new STM WSB slipper clutch is fitted along with a magnesium primery cover, and of course Ti bolts - as supplied by'Pro Bolt'
Here new Ohlins FGR800 TTX gas forks are mounted to RS 'wide-track' yokes. A deep sectioned RS swing arm is mounted along with the 'RS' rear linkage. Obviously the different ratio's of the linkage and swing require the Ohlins TTX rear shock absorber to be reworked for length, spring rate and damping as required.
A hydraulic spring compressor is also fitted for adjustability without the need to remove the rear shock as well as the pictured
ride height linkage (two items - 'ride height' and 'spring preload' that are confused so much I would not believe!!)
Above shows the larger radiator and oil cooler fitting and plumbing. A full race exhaust system is fitted and all the braking components, these include radial master cylinders, thumb brake, 4 pot rear calliper and X99 monoblock front callipers working on full floating disc's.
As previously described, Ti fastners were used throughout to finis off this very special 1098R!
Finishing spec would include 16.5inch Mag wheels and RS chassis components throughout. The engine in standard form is to BSB spec, however there are plans to spec this to WSB with higher comp pistons and suitable cams along with gas flowing and full blue print. The initial goal however is to perfect the chassis to handle as well as the RS and get a feel for this customers new racing Ducati before we extract further power.
The finished 1098R with it's race bodywork fitted (above) and plain carbon bodywork (below)
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