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Forum: Airheads 04-24-2015, 11:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 229
Posted By Wirespokes
Is this a mechanical tach? What model airhead is...

Is this a mechanical tach? What model airhead is this on?

The problem could be not enough clearance on one of the shafts. Or, it could be dried up lube that's gotten sticky, but I'd think the...
Forum: Airheads 04-22-2015, 11:31 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,619
Posted By Wirespokes
There must be a Murphey's law that no matter how...

There must be a Murphey's law that no matter how many vehicles you own, It's guaranteed a time will come when they're all down at the same time.

I also was in your position twenty years ago, so...
Forum: Airheads 04-21-2015, 06:55 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 13,759
Posted By Wirespokes
I've put off doing mine long enough. After seeing...

I've put off doing mine long enough. After seeing your results, I'm ready.

How much did you spend on paint?

Are you saying the only place to get the orange is Holt? He doesn't give out the...
Forum: Airheads 04-21-2015, 06:38 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,676
Posted By Wirespokes
Valve cover gaskets can be used over and over and...

Valve cover gaskets can be used over and over and over.

By the way - a good source of practical data on servicing airheads can be found on Snowbum's site:
...
Forum: Airheads 04-20-2015, 10:19 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,676
Posted By Wirespokes
Yep, that's how it's done. As for the high...

Yep, that's how it's done.

As for the high idle, my guess is the mechanical advance being sticky. If it was a vacuum leak or improperly set idle speed before completely warmed up, it wouldn't...
Forum: Airheads 04-17-2015, 11:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 844
Posted By Wirespokes
Seems like a great deal to me! I'd get it if you...

Seems like a great deal to me! I'd get it if you don't.

I think $300-$600 could get it on the road - battery, brakes, windscreen, mirrors and whatever else it might need.

Most guys toss the...
Forum: Airheads 04-17-2015, 10:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 615
Posted By Wirespokes
Well, what do you expect from us crazies? Of...

Well, what do you expect from us crazies? Of course our advice is to keep it.

Regarding having a bike in Bend - eastern Oregon is motorcycle heaven and I look forward every year heading out that...
Forum: Airheads 04-15-2015, 10:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 889
Posted By Wirespokes
Nice job! Looks great! Any plans to pinstripe? ...

Nice job! Looks great! Any plans to pinstripe?

I'm partial to the 77RS with its wire wheels.
Forum: Airheads 04-15-2015, 10:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 504
Posted By Wirespokes
Are they leaking oil or compression pressure? ...

Are they leaking oil or compression pressure?

Describe the problem for us. More detail, please!
Forum: Airheads 04-15-2015, 10:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 472
Posted By Wirespokes
Just so you know - the seals and bearings are...

Just so you know - the seals and bearings are interchangeable (though only one is right for the application). The bearing with the seal will interchange with the bearing that has no seal. They're...
Forum: Airheads 04-14-2015, 08:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 651
Posted By Wirespokes
Thank you! Good one.

Thank you! Good one.
Forum: Airheads 04-14-2015, 07:57 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,187
Posted By Wirespokes
The mixture screw o-ring looks good, but not the...

The mixture screw o-ring looks good, but not the other two.

Replacing the needles won't fix your problem. Like Rob said - it's gunk from the breather in the right carb. There will most likely be...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-11-2015, 06:25 AM
Replies: 937
Views: 69,915
Posted By Wirespokes
I'd like to get a set of bushings from you. Tried...

I'd like to get a set of bushings from you. Tried sending a PM, but your inbox won't accept any more messages until some are cleared out. I had the same thing happen yesterday. :lol3
Forum: Airheads 04-10-2015, 09:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,207
Posted By Wirespokes
Nice find! And it's even got low bars.

Nice find! And it's even got low bars.
Forum: Airheads 04-10-2015, 09:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 669
Posted By Wirespokes
Thanks for that! I know Craig, but hadn't thought...

Thanks for that! I know Craig, but hadn't thought of asking him. And, yes, you have to expect to be on the phone for a while when you call.

Is your exhaust all back together now? What's your...
Forum: Airheads 04-09-2015, 09:34 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,127
Posted By Wirespokes
Size doesn't matter

Take a look at Gaston Rahier - wasn't he something like five foot four? Standing next to the GS he won the Paris/Dakar race with, the seat hit him about mid chest. When he stopped, he had to hop off...
Forum: Airheads 04-09-2015, 08:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 669
Posted By Wirespokes
What is an IDS2? Is that a whole different...

What is an IDS2? Is that a whole different muffler?

It seems like there are enough SuperTrapps out there, that a fixed baffle insert would be desirable. Has anyone experimented with this approach?
Forum: Airheads 04-08-2015, 07:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 669
Posted By Wirespokes
SuperTrapp permanent baffles

The supertrapp muffler is a repackable unit with baffles on the end to somewhat dampen the sound.

The problem I've had is with tuning and quieting the things down. The most recent application was...
Forum: Airheads 04-08-2015, 07:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 974
Posted By Wirespokes
Henry - Changing the controls isn't necessary....

Henry - Changing the controls isn't necessary. Keep everything on the bars as it is and go to a different master for your controls if necessary. But I'd try the current master to see if it works -...
Forum: Airheads 04-07-2015, 08:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 974
Posted By Wirespokes
The GS and R100R (and Mystic) controls (and MC)...

The GS and R100R (and Mystic) controls (and MC) are different than the other airheads. They're the same as the K bikes of that era and parts don't interchange.

I was going to convert to a four...
Forum: Airheads 04-07-2015, 08:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 415
Posted By Wirespokes
I was just going to suggest machining the cast...

I was just going to suggest machining the cast pickups extension so it would stay flat to the floor. Only problem would be that the fastening bolts wouldn't line up, but perhaps that could be handled...
Forum: Airheads 04-07-2015, 08:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,022
Posted By Wirespokes
I was going to suggest one of those oilhead...

I was going to suggest one of those oilhead tachs. Seems I heard they work, but then I got to wondering - do the oilheads also run wasted spark?
Forum: Airheads 04-06-2015, 11:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 415
Posted By Wirespokes
The older airheads up till the 80s sometime had a...

The older airheads up till the 80s sometime had a steel bowl shaped pick up with an extension about an inch thick. It wasn't angled at all.

As for the height - is it not possible to extrapolate...
Forum: Airheads 04-06-2015, 10:42 PM
Replies: 1,044
Views: 403,066
Posted By Wirespokes
Here's one I found that looked interesting: ebay...

Here's one I found that looked interesting: ebay # 181702529917

And the one I told you about: ebay # 231500437448

If you have any luck locating parts I'd really like to know. I've given up...
Forum: Airheads 04-05-2015, 07:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 585
Posted By Wirespokes
I've seen 2" tachs on sale on ebay for $15...

I've seen 2" tachs on sale on ebay for $15 shipped. They're switchable for 4,6 or 8 cylinders and look a lot like VDOs, but aren't. Taiwan copies. Black with white numbers. Seems like worth a chance...
Forum: Airheads 04-04-2015, 09:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 787
Posted By Wirespokes
There's no magic when it comes to relays. Take...

There's no magic when it comes to relays. Take the old one to NAPA and have it matched. A 30 amp relay should do it, and they're common.
Forum: Airheads 04-04-2015, 09:00 PM
Replies: 1,044
Views: 403,066
Posted By Wirespokes
I've looked at those and wondered how they'd do....

I've looked at those and wondered how they'd do. There's one on ebay for the same price, except it's black with white numbers. I asked about it working on different cylinder engines, and it's got a...
Forum: Airheads 04-03-2015, 08:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 361
Posted By Wirespokes
The ferrule needs to screw in far enough that the...

The ferrule needs to screw in far enough that the cable is solidly attached - no wobble. There will be threads still visible when it's seated. But the test is whether the cable is solidly attached or...
Forum: Airheads 04-03-2015, 08:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 585
Posted By Wirespokes
Check it out well before buying it. 1.25:1 is a...

Check it out well before buying it. 1.25:1 is a lot different that W=1.244!

1.25:1 means that it turns 25% faster than the input.

W=1.244 means that it takes 1,244 revolutions of the cable to...
Forum: Airheads 04-02-2015, 08:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 787
Posted By Wirespokes
Yeah - the flywheel teeth start out square, but...

Yeah - the flywheel teeth start out square, but end up like that eventually. Not a problem - they work fine that way.

Hook it up like Pokie says. Starters ground through the mounting, otherwise...
Forum: Airheads 04-01-2015, 06:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 640
Posted By Wirespokes
Gorgeous bike! Love that candy apple red.

Gorgeous bike! Love that candy apple red.
Forum: Airheads 04-01-2015, 05:58 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,127
Posted By Wirespokes
As already suggested - if you've got the airhead...

As already suggested - if you've got the airhead itch, an R65 is a good choice.

Another possibility is the Suzuki SV640 - great bikes, cheap and dependable.
Forum: Airheads 03-31-2015, 08:14 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,062
Posted By Wirespokes
I don't have a problem with tubeless air leaks....

I don't have a problem with tubeless air leaks. As a matter of fact, I hadn't ever heard these rims were prone to leaking. I rode mine 6,000 miles in a couple weeks last June and never aired up the...
Forum: Airheads 03-31-2015, 07:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 432
Posted By Wirespokes
Be careful with the electrical parts cleaner -...

Be careful with the electrical parts cleaner - some of them melt plastic.

Another possibility on the spring - the local hardware store has a variety of springs for sale. Maybe one of those would...
Forum: Airheads 03-30-2015, 07:27 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 10,334
Posted By Wirespokes
Looking for trouble

On the centerstand, rotate the rear wheel backwards by hand. If it feels notchy, it's the u-joint or the trans output shaft front bearing.

Don't ask me why the test is rotating the wheel...
Forum: Airheads 03-30-2015, 07:15 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,712
Posted By Wirespokes
A little polish will fix it up in no time! :wink:...

A little polish will fix it up in no time! :wink:

Let's hope the transmission is ok. Have you drained the oil and checked the magnet for slivers?

What's the plan?
Forum: Airheads 03-30-2015, 07:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 786
Posted By Wirespokes
The numbers up the left side are degrees of spark...

The numbers up the left side are degrees of spark advance. Along the bottom it's RPM.

The timing does need to be different when dual plugged. Back in the late 70s or 80s when guys first started...
Forum: Airheads 03-29-2015, 08:58 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,167
Posted By Wirespokes
I believe all of the GS frames are the same, but...

I believe all of the GS frames are the same, but that's not the point. The 95 is the last year and more desirable because of that, plus this one is the black last edition - the most desirable of all...
Forum: Airheads 03-27-2015, 08:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 705
Posted By Wirespokes
I've got a feeling he bought it a couple months...

I've got a feeling he bought it a couple months ago for half what he's asking. Seems like an awful lot of money for a plain GS.
Forum: Airheads 03-26-2015, 09:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 354
Posted By Wirespokes
Or you can make an adapter plate that bolts to...

Or you can make an adapter plate that bolts to the hub with the lug bolts. Drill a hole in the center for the axle.
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