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Forum: Airheads 08-19-2014, 11:00 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,899
Posted By photomd
I don't think it'll hurt a thing to start it...

I don't think it'll hurt a thing to start it without the mufflers. It may run a little lean, but I don't think it'll be very noticable unless you're really running hard. The only damage lean will do...
Forum: Airheads 08-19-2014, 08:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 498
Posted By photomd
You should have an oil control ring under the two...

You should have an oil control ring under the two compression rings. I'd bet new rings and you're good. Also look at the valves around the springs. The exhaust valves tend to wear faster and you'll...
Forum: Airheads 08-16-2014, 06:52 AM
Replies: 691
Views: 37,871
Posted By photomd
Wow...what an adventure. Thanks for sharing....

Wow...what an adventure. Thanks for sharing. Bummer about the circlip. They always make me nervous. I just use needle nose plier, a flat bladed screw driver and feel. (touch wood) I've been lucky so...
Forum: Airheads 08-14-2014, 02:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 618
Posted By photomd
If you can find the thread size and pitch, you...

If you can find the thread size and pitch, you can usually find a car oil pressure and temp switch that would screw into the oil pressuse location. We used to do this when we'd put turbos on VW's in...
Forum: Airheads 08-05-2014, 05:55 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,871
Posted By photomd
Max...some of this stuff isn't real black and...

Max...some of this stuff isn't real black and white. Sometimes it takes a little digging before the source of the problem is found. Some people have suggested Rick's Classic Boxer Charging...
Forum: Airheads 08-03-2014, 07:23 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 676
Posted By photomd
It could....Snowbum's pages go on forever talking...

It could....Snowbum's pages go on forever talking about the problems of installing those enricheners incorrectly. The guru's around here also talk about the gasket between the enrichener and the carb...
Forum: Airheads 08-02-2014, 03:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 676
Posted By photomd
Here's the fuel flow rate...about half way down...

Here's the fuel flow rate...about half way down (http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/fuelfltrs&petcocks.htm)
Forum: Airheads 08-02-2014, 02:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 676
Posted By photomd
Mine did the exact same thing after rebuilding...

Mine did the exact same thing after rebuilding the carbs. First I checked the fuel flow. There's a specific flow rate for our bikes. I don't remember the exact rate, but if you're a member of ABC,...
Forum: Airheads 08-01-2014, 09:20 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,871
Posted By photomd
Is the charge light coming on with the key and...

Is the charge light coming on with the key and off when you rev the bike?

FWIW, I've been running AGM batteries since 2005. My oilhead puts out 13.8v and my Guzzi puts out 14.1v by my voltmeter...
Forum: Airheads 07-27-2014, 07:43 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 9,324
Posted By photomd
Wow Kev...I've been watching in interest, but I'm...

Wow Kev...I've been watching in interest, but I'm not sure. Initially I thought it sounded like an overheating ICU. Oak talks about this all the time in the ABC magazine. The symptoms seem consistent...
Forum: Airheads 07-21-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 698
Posted By photomd
Mine was a rotator. I could only see mine at...

Mine was a rotator. I could only see mine at night and I kept seeing 14v. I checked grounds, redid every connection I could touch and it improved, but never went away. Then I took a road trip. On my...
Forum: Airheads 07-19-2014, 06:29 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,205
Posted By photomd
IMHO, if you want dual rotors and calipers, I'd...

IMHO, if you want dual rotors and calipers, I'd go ahead and fit them, make the lines and see where you are. I don't think you'll lock the wheel. The only trouble I think you'll have is the amount...
Forum: Airheads 07-17-2014, 06:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,205
Posted By photomd
For brake lines and fittings I use these kits...

For brake lines and fittings I use these kits from MG Cycle (click here for the link) (http://www.mgcycle.com/index.php?cPath=110_114). I also use a tap set to figure out the thread sizes. They are...
Forum: Airheads 07-15-2014, 06:12 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,660
Posted By photomd
I think you need to pull the carbs and go through...

I think you need to pull the carbs and go through each part. In my limited experience, I haven't seen a bing that couldn't be rebuilt, but I don't have the parts sitting in front of me. If the needle...
Forum: Airheads 07-12-2014, 06:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,916
Posted By photomd
I used washers as shims to move the subframe off...

I used washers as shims to move the subframe off the shock.
Forum: Old's Cool 07-08-2014, 05:41 PM
Replies: 316
Views: 41,513
Posted By photomd
Awesome...the first ride is such a great feeling....

Awesome...the first ride is such a great feeling. :clap
Forum: Old's Cool 07-02-2014, 03:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,284
Posted By photomd
I think it is your ground. I worked on a Ducati...

I think it is your ground. I worked on a Ducati 748 that was boiling its battery dry. A shop had done some work on the charging system with an updated wiring harness. It was assumed that it would...
Forum: Airheads 07-01-2014, 06:06 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,412
Posted By photomd
That's where I was headed. If I understand the...

That's where I was headed. If I understand the oil flow correctly, and your crank and rocker bearings are OK, you should be able to replace the rods, shell bearings, pistons and rings.
Forum: Airheads 07-01-2014, 09:24 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,412
Posted By photomd
Bummer about your bike. Just out of curiosity, is...

Bummer about your bike. Just out of curiosity, is the crank OK?
Forum: Airheads 06-26-2014, 04:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 424
Posted By photomd
Mine did it too. I went round and round testing...

Mine did it too. I went round and round testing the system. Finally it dawned on me to heat up the rotor and test it. I heated it with a heat gun and the resistence would open up. I replaced the...
Forum: Old's Cool 06-26-2014, 02:42 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,865
Posted By photomd
Mine spewed oil from the breather when I bought...

Mine spewed oil from the breather when I bought it. I did the sump extension and set up the breather system like Dave Richardson outlines in Guzziology...
Forum: Old's Cool 06-25-2014, 05:21 PM
Replies: 316
Views: 41,513
Posted By photomd
You're on the right track. We've all been there....

You're on the right track. We've all been there. I bet you find one thing wrong and my bet it's in the timing case. That's a cool bike and you've done a great job. That's gonna be a great ride....
Forum: Airheads 06-25-2014, 05:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 498
Posted By photomd
If they're Brembo F08 calipers, I'd try if you...

If they're Brembo F08 calipers, I'd try if you have the helicoils. However, I'd weight the cost vs benefit: new calipers are around $135 shipped...
Forum: Airheads 06-23-2014, 12:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,202
Posted By photomd
I think which system you choose depends on your...

I think which system you choose depends on your needs; are you going to run heated gear, heated grips, etc ? I have the perminate magnet system on my airhead. I upgraded after my rotor died. I now...
Forum: Airheads 06-14-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,680
Posted By photomd
Oh yeah...disconnect the battery before you...

Oh yeah...disconnect the battery before you remove the front cover. If you don't, you can short out the diode board on the cover letting out precious blue smoke.

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Forum: Airheads 06-14-2014, 07:14 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,680
Posted By photomd
Pull your front cover and check the resistance...

Pull your front cover and check the resistance across the across the two brass rings. You'll need to put a piece of card board under the brushes to get a good reading. I think it should read 3 ohms....
Forum: Airheads 06-14-2014, 06:53 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,680
Posted By photomd
Is your charge light on before you start the...

Is your charge light on before you start the bike?

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Forum: Airheads 06-14-2014, 06:24 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,680
Posted By photomd
To load test it, put your volt meter on the...

To load test it, put your volt meter on the battery and hit the starter. It shouldn't drop below 10v.

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Forum: Airheads 06-05-2014, 05:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,179
Posted By photomd
What are you...Overhaulin'? Really? A rebuild in...

What are you...Overhaulin'? Really? A rebuild in one day?

In all seriousness....she's gorgous. I'd love to hear how it runs.
Forum: Airheads 06-05-2014, 09:12 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,984
Posted By photomd
Ta-Da!(click here)...

Ta-Da!(click here) (http://www.autozone.com/autozone/accessories/Castrol-1-qt-20W-50-4T-4-Stroke-motorcycle-oil/_/N-25ie?itemIdentifier=493839_0_0_)
Forum: Airheads 06-04-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,984
Posted By photomd
I think understanding why something is in the oil...

I think understanding why something is in the oil and getting what meets your needs is more important. I like what Dave Richardson says in Guzziology. To paraphrase, he says buy an oil that fits your...
Forum: Airheads 06-04-2014, 05:09 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,984
Posted By photomd
If it's API rating is SG, it's got 1000-1400 PPM...

If it's API rating is SG, it's got 1000-1400 PPM zinc. Castrol GTX is API rating SG, it's $5.99 at Autozone and 1-2x per year it goes on sale for around $3. What is so magical about Spectro?
Forum: Airheads 06-02-2014, 05:14 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,321
Posted By photomd
To the original poster, look in your manual for...

To the original poster, look in your manual for the API rating in relation to the engine oil. For my airhead it's SG. Make sure whatever you pick has SG or whatever your manual states you need. I run...
Forum: Airheads 05-25-2014, 06:32 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,364
Posted By photomd
Dang...that get turbo'ed RT gets the imaginative...

Dang...that get turbo'ed RT gets the imaginative juices flowing: that's just plain cool. :thumb If you have time, I'd love to hear the details of the build.
Forum: Airheads 05-24-2014, 07:39 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,897
Posted By photomd
In my mind, if you want to know it's working and...

In my mind, if you want to know it's working and when it's working, you need to set up an oil temp gauge. I don't think setting up a gauge would be very difficult: pull the oil pressure sensor,...
Forum: Airheads 05-21-2014, 10:58 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,581
Posted By photomd
It's a great all around bike. It's not going to...

It's a great all around bike. It's not going to blow your socks off in any one catagory. However, after 10 straight days in the saddle, it makes a lot of sense. Like I said, I put the electronic...
Forum: Airheads 05-21-2014, 10:25 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,581
Posted By photomd
http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc269/photomd/j...

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I have both...I love em. I...
Forum: Airheads 05-13-2014, 09:45 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,897
Posted By photomd
FWIW, mine only comes on above about 75F and then...

FWIW, mine only comes on above about 75F and then only when I get up to 60 mph or more. I'd say if you're air temp is 85+ and you hit the interstate for 15 or more miles at 75 or so, it should come...
Forum: Airheads 05-07-2014, 10:54 AM
Replies: 166
Views: 13,425
Posted By photomd
That's cool...I've been hoping you'd post the...

That's cool...I've been hoping you'd post the dyno. Great work. :clap
Forum: Airheads 05-04-2014, 05:21 PM
Replies: 691
Views: 37,871
Posted By photomd
Henry, you need this...

Henry, you need this (http://www.harborfreight.com/0-to-1-inch-range-digital-micrometer-895.html) or these. (http://www.harborfreight.com/3-piece-micrometer-set-66512.html) They're not the greatest,...
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