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Forum: Equipment 10-12-2014, 04:22 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,974
Posted By hpsVFR
Here are some threads I pulled up: ...

Here are some threads I pulled up:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=880984

with a couple of additional links inside (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=875653)
...
Forum: The Garage 08-03-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,305
Posted By hpsVFR
Well, I don't know how Volvo does it on this car,...

Well, I don't know how Volvo does it on this car, but surely the spark must have been engaged, otherwise the starter fluid wouldn't have started the engine, right?

Either way, as you write, it's a...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-31-2014, 10:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,012
Posted By hpsVFR
What does 'can't really get a fix on the smell'...

What does 'can't really get a fix on the smell' mean? Does it mean that you smell fuel, but can't figure out where the smell is coming from, or that you suspect fuel (based on the look of it), but...
Forum: The Garage 07-29-2014, 09:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,158
Posted By hpsVFR
If the 'd-drive' screw that you're referring to...

If the 'd-drive' screw that you're referring to is the brass one in the picture, that's not holding the carb bowl onto the carb body; generally that's used on an air/mixture screw. The fasteners...
Forum: The Garage 07-29-2014, 07:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,305
Posted By hpsVFR
Update: mechanic says RPM sensor issue,...

Update: mechanic says RPM sensor issue, recommends replacement. Sensor is around $70, 1.5hrs labor to do the job.

We'll see how it goes...
Forum: Road warriors 07-28-2014, 08:13 PM
Replies: 3,103
Views: 540,892
Posted By hpsVFR
I resolved pogo-ing in the front end of my '94...

I resolved pogo-ing in the front end of my '94 with:

-fresh fork oil
-stiffer springs (OEM springs from a '98 VFR, free from an owner who had just upgraded)
-cartridge dampers from a cbr600...
Forum: The Garage 07-27-2014, 07:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,305
Posted By hpsVFR
No check engine light. It's at the mechanic's...

No check engine light. It's at the mechanic's place now, and we'll see what they find tomorrow.

I'll be driving the Chrysler Voyager in the meantime. :cry
Forum: The Garage 07-27-2014, 03:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,305
Posted By hpsVFR
My mechanic is a Volvo specialist, and has...

My mechanic is a Volvo specialist, and has commented a couple of times on the cost he pays for the VIDA system. I'm comfortable with them.

It's a weird issue, though; the car started right up...
Forum: The Garage 07-27-2014, 09:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,305
Posted By hpsVFR
Volvo XC70 intermittent no-start

I'm the new owner of a 2004 XC70, with around 175k miles. It's been well cared-for, and runs fine...

...except for yesterday, when it would not start. I've had this car for around a month, and...
Forum: Road warriors 07-12-2014, 12:02 PM
Replies: 3,103
Views: 540,892
Posted By hpsVFR
Beautiful. Keep it. Ride it.

Beautiful. Keep it. Ride it.
Forum: The Garage 06-10-2014, 08:14 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,432
Posted By hpsVFR
Flexing, heat, and air pressure are no problem...

Flexing, heat, and air pressure are no problem for the correct adhesive. 3M's 5200, mentioned above, is probably a reasonable (if not ideal) choice for this application, and it's used to hold boats...
Forum: The Garage 06-08-2014, 08:40 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,432
Posted By hpsVFR
Adhesives are no less predictable than welds, and...

Adhesives are no less predictable than welds, and are as permanent or temporary as the adhesive, surface preparation, and application procedure allow.

Adhesives are much like welding in that way:...
Forum: Thumpers 06-07-2014, 11:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,169
Posted By hpsVFR
Glad you got it sorted out!:clap

Glad you got it sorted out!:clap
Forum: The Garage 05-10-2014, 11:48 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,089
Posted By hpsVFR
They're 12v lamps. I don't know why it's popping...

They're 12v lamps. I don't know why it's popping them, but I've lost a couple since replacing them. I kinda suspect that the aftermarket lamps are slightly different than the Chryco ones...or there's...
Forum: The Garage 05-01-2014, 12:58 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,089
Posted By hpsVFR
Junkyard head unit needed to have it's volume...

Junkyard head unit needed to have it's volume rotary switch cleaned, as it had a 'dead' spot. No further problems.

And I've got instrument lights again!:clap

I took the car in for other work...
Forum: Equipment 04-25-2014, 10:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 384
Posted By hpsVFR
Sorry, I only owned the one bag. Based on the...

Sorry, I only owned the one bag. Based on the pictures on their site, I'd be looking pretty hard at the Mistral, also. It looks like it's got a good layout.



To be fair to them, the fabric and...
Forum: Equipment 04-25-2014, 02:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 384
Posted By hpsVFR
I used an older Aero Spada bag with the Ventura...

I used an older Aero Spada bag with the Ventura rack on my '94 VFR. It was great. For long trips, the Spada faced forwards (sitting on the passenger seat), and I'd strap my sleeping bag and tent to...
Forum: The Garage 04-23-2014, 12:43 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,089
Posted By hpsVFR
Well, replacement head unit has been...

Well,

replacement head unit has been installed. $20 junkyard unit, and we're back up and running.:clap

Mind, I've still got no instrument lights. Gonna get it in to an auto electrical place for...
Forum: Road warriors 04-22-2014, 03:46 PM
Replies: 3,103
Views: 540,892
Posted By hpsVFR
Yeah, that looks like what I was expecting. I had...

Yeah, that looks like what I was expecting. I had looked at the part for a '96 VFR, rather than one for a '97-2001, which explains the difference, I think.

Also, good work nursing that bike home!
Forum: Road warriors 04-22-2014, 03:20 PM
Replies: 3,103
Views: 540,892
Posted By hpsVFR
That's good to know. I had thought that all...

That's good to know. I had thought that all MOSFET R/Rs had the 6th 'sense' wire that went to the battery, and didn't see the provision for that additional wire in the picture at Rick's site.
Forum: Road warriors 04-21-2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 3,103
Views: 540,892
Posted By hpsVFR
If you got good alternator voltage at 5k rpm (as...

If you got good alternator voltage at 5k rpm (as MapMaster suggested-test to see if all three legs provide identical readings), and only 12V R/R output, then it's pretty much guaranteed to be the...
Forum: Road warriors 04-21-2014, 02:42 PM
Replies: 3,103
Views: 540,892
Posted By hpsVFR
What results did you get? Just looking at...

What results did you get?

Just looking at the Rick's part, it appears to be substantially similar to the upgraded OEM one. That is, they both appear to be shunt-type R/Rs with cooling fins. I'd...
Forum: Road warriors 04-15-2014, 06:47 PM
Replies: 3,103
Views: 540,892
Posted By hpsVFR
This is important additional information. Thanks...

This is important additional information. Thanks for including it. To expand further:

You most certainly do need to be particular about what meter you use. At the very least, it's got to have a...
Forum: Road warriors 04-15-2014, 04:37 PM
Replies: 3,103
Views: 540,892
Posted By hpsVFR
Test your R/R next. The service manual should...

Test your R/R next. The service manual should have a table of resistance values for the pins of the R/R. Disconnect it, meter out all pin pairs and compare to the table. The quick-and-dirty test is...
Forum: The Garage 04-13-2014, 11:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 560
Posted By hpsVFR
IMO, poor feel is far more likely to be the...

IMO, poor feel is far more likely to be the result of:
-corrosion or other buildup on the pistons and slide pins
-old rubber brake lines stretching
-old brake fluid

than the small corners...
Forum: Road warriors 04-11-2014, 04:07 PM
Replies: 3,103
Views: 540,892
Posted By hpsVFR
fwiw, lots of VFR owners have replaced their OEM...

fwiw, lots of VFR owners have replaced their OEM units with cheaper/more easily available units from other motorcycles. Using a MOSFET (versus a shunt-type) RR will improve regulation and...
Forum: Equipment 04-11-2014, 11:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,143
Posted By hpsVFR
Much of the protective qualities of motorcycle...

Much of the protective qualities of motorcycle gear come from their arrangement and construction techniques, rather than the intrinsic material properties. For example, it's irrelevant how abrasion...
Forum: The Garage 04-01-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,089
Posted By hpsVFR
And the radio is dead. Clock doesn't light up...

And the radio is dead. Clock doesn't light up (nor is the display working without the light; you can check which segments are active with a flashlight), radio doesn't power on, and the equalizer...
Forum: Road warriors 03-31-2014, 02:14 PM
Replies: 3,103
Views: 540,892
Posted By hpsVFR
That's a bunch of beautiful bikes! I miss my '94...

That's a bunch of beautiful bikes! I miss my '94 terribly; I also always liked the 650 Hawk, even though I've never had a chance to ride one.
Forum: The Garage 03-29-2014, 11:47 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,079
Posted By hpsVFR
Borate-based, and glycol-based preservative...

Borate-based, and glycol-based preservative systems might offer a useful alternative. If nothing else, they're not prohibited yet.

For example:
Shell-guard...
Forum: Equipment 03-29-2014, 11:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,035
Posted By hpsVFR
Motoport does custom tailored stuff. They're at...

Motoport does custom tailored stuff. They're at least worth a look, to see if it might suit your riding needs and fit inside your budget.
Forum: The Garage 03-29-2014, 12:45 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,565
Posted By hpsVFR
That's basically it, combined with greater...

That's basically it, combined with greater difficulty inspecting the joint afterwards.

Poorly-done solder joints are weak, and any wicked solder subjects the wire to cracking and failure if...
Forum: The Garage 03-28-2014, 07:19 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,089
Posted By hpsVFR
Today's work was to find the engine compartment...

Today's work was to find the engine compartment grounds, and to check for corrosion in the fuse panel and associated connectors.

I did find corrosion in one of the connectors for the fuse panel,...
Forum: The Garage 03-28-2014, 04:30 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,089
Posted By hpsVFR
Had it happened in isolation, I'd agree. Since...

Had it happened in isolation, I'd agree. Since it's happening in conjunction with a big pile of other intermittent electrical issues, I'm favoring a bad ground.

Like UncleRandy, I'm beginning to...
Forum: The Garage 03-28-2014, 10:00 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,089
Posted By hpsVFR
Yesterday, the clock reset itself spontaneously,...

Yesterday, the clock reset itself spontaneously, when my wife pushed the button to turn it on.

I figure it's got to be a bad ground (or connection pretty close to ground), since the radio is on a...
Forum: The Garage 03-25-2014, 08:51 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,089
Posted By hpsVFR
Pretty sure it's in the switch.

Pretty sure it's in the switch.
Forum: The Garage 03-24-2014, 08:58 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,089
Posted By hpsVFR
Works fine. Mirrors do what they should, lights...

Works fine. Mirrors do what they should, lights on or off.

@Concours: I'm sure that there are places that'll fix instrument clusters, hell, I could probably fix it. I simply don't believe that the...
Forum: The Garage 03-24-2014, 05:42 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,089
Posted By hpsVFR
Now the instrument cluster backlights don't work....

Now the instrument cluster backlights don't work. :baldy

Everything else controlled by the lighting dimmer works perfectly, and the battery has been holding a charge fine overnight.

There's...
Forum: The Garage 03-23-2014, 01:38 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,089
Posted By hpsVFR
Well... disconnecting and reconnecting the...

Well...

disconnecting and reconnecting the power mirror controls 'resolved the issue'. That is, the draw stopped when I disconnected it, and after reconnecting it, the draw no longer remains more...
Forum: The Garage 03-22-2014, 07:58 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,089
Posted By hpsVFR
After yanking every fuse, relay, and fusible...

After yanking every fuse, relay, and fusible link, the draw requires both the IOP (Ignition-off Power) fuse, and the Hazard light circuit fuse. Nothing else makes a difference.

I tried...
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