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Forum: Airheads 03-29-2015, 03:41 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 710
Posted By greentreephrog
'...I'm guessing this will puts stress on the...

'...I'm guessing this will puts stress on the gears that it won't see otherwise.'

My guess is that if the gears cannot deal with that stress they probably wouldn't have survived as long as they...
Forum: Airheads 03-08-2015, 03:37 PM
Replies: 208
Views: 9,026
Posted By greentreephrog
And I'm fascinated to hear where it happened. ...

And I'm fascinated to hear where it happened. The only towns I can think of 40 miles or more from Pinch River (think Jindabyne, Bonang or Buchan/Omeo - come to think of it, the rest of the world is...
Forum: Airheads 02-27-2015, 04:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,389
Posted By greentreephrog
Turn it out of silver steel, add a head/handle to...

Turn it out of silver steel, add a head/handle to turn it, then heat and quench? Would that result in a tool with sufficient tensile strength?

I'd like to know, as I may have to do the same one...
Forum: Airheads 02-22-2015, 01:01 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,582
Posted By greentreephrog
When I lived in Oz I used Motobins, Motorworks...

When I lived in Oz I used Motobins, Motorworks and Munich.

Munich - expensive but fast, so depends how urgent one's needs.

Motorworks - good range, and great service. I bought a pair of...
Forum: Airheads 02-02-2015, 02:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 718
Posted By greentreephrog
You must be watching to wrong sport. Try Test...

You must be watching to wrong sport. Try Test cricket - plenty of time for the job, and a few coffees, then a few beers, then a nap or two, go out to dinner, a quick trip to visit the...
Forum: Airheads 01-02-2015, 03:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 434
Posted By greentreephrog
I'm the same, have found no need to do other than...

I'm the same, have found no need to do other than use some oil to help the seal onto the shaft, then press it home with a home-made tool. No pre-forming. It hasn't leaked since.
Forum: Airheads 12-30-2014, 03:30 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,501
Posted By greentreephrog
"...He said they've had too many issues with non...

"...He said they've had too many issues with non OEM seals to sell them"

In other words, without saying so he is admitting that they have sold non-OEM seals in the past? I wonder if they still...
Forum: Airheads 12-21-2014, 02:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 469
Posted By greentreephrog
My '83 R80G/S has it. As I recall when I last...

My '83 R80G/S has it. As I recall when I last looked, there's a groove machined in the inside of the guide ring? If you have a groove, I'd count on an o-ring being required.
Forum: Airheads 12-15-2014, 04:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 417
Posted By greentreephrog
Thanks, BB - just what I needed! JGT - have...

Thanks, BB - just what I needed!

JGT - have to be inventive hereabouts - no-one here has ever worked on one of the old airheads, and the "system" of Philippine import duties is such that a $30...
Forum: Airheads 12-15-2014, 04:04 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,160
Posted By greentreephrog
"Three things are needed to fire an engine...." ...

"Three things are needed to fire an engine...."

Four, Josh. Timing, also. Just like a proper comedian!
Forum: Airheads 12-14-2014, 08:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 417
Posted By greentreephrog
Final drive measurements

Reading the content in the "Final drive seals and special tools /5 (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1028991)" thread made me think I should perhaps take action to resolve the oil...
Forum: Airheads 11-04-2014, 08:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,412
Posted By greentreephrog
An excellent photo which shows how the later AMC...

An excellent photo which shows how the later AMC machines - I'd guess this is late 50s - retained the parallel pushrod tubes. Also of note is that the ignition gubbins is still mounted before the...
Forum: Airheads 11-04-2014, 04:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,412
Posted By greentreephrog
And just another note - some of the later AMC...

And just another note - some of the later AMC machines did have an oil tank or cover similar to that shown in the photo - again, that's not necessarily an indication. Perhaps if you obtained some...
Forum: Airheads 11-04-2014, 04:24 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,412
Posted By greentreephrog
Well. just to join the mood of some others, I'd...

Well. just to join the mood of some others, I'd bet the family jewells on the fact that it is NOT an AMC single - as in AMC before Norton bacame part of the conglomerate. Even by the late 50s, when...
Forum: Airheads 11-03-2014, 04:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,412
Posted By greentreephrog
Mid or late 50s Brit single, and from memory the...

Mid or late 50s Brit single, and from memory the slightly inward-pointing pushrod tubes may indicate a Norton.
Forum: Airheads 11-03-2014, 03:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 531
Posted By greentreephrog
Electrical question - R0G/S

I am about to embark on a process, hopefully not overly complex, in upgrading the headlighting of my '83 G/S. While I am generally happy with the low beam, my high beam leaves much to be desired, so...
Forum: Airheads 10-12-2014, 01:41 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,495
Posted By greentreephrog
Don't be spooked! Yes, there is much written...

Don't be spooked!

Yes, there is much written aqbout the O-ring. Yes, you must take care. But remember, this is a well-designed machine, and a little advice (which you will readily find here)...
Forum: Airheads 07-21-2014, 12:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,236
Posted By greentreephrog
I had a similar problem on the chaincase of an...

I had a similar problem on the chaincase of an Ariel SQ4. I took it to a friend who is a professional welder, and he built the area up with aluminium weld after which I just spent time filing,...
Forum: Airheads 06-25-2014, 12:43 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,139
Posted By greentreephrog
...and depending upon your current setup you may...

...and depending upon your current setup you may want to consider if it is worth the bother of trying to source all the bits.

The original headlight was about 5 1/2" diameter, and is renowned for...
Forum: Airheads 06-24-2014, 02:24 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,985
Posted By greentreephrog
So, I don't know the go with these newfangled...

So, I don't know the go with these newfangled models. Excuse my ignorance, I am just the owner of a modest standard 1983 G/S who hears people talking about PD models.

Tell me, if I were to buy a...
Forum: Airheads 05-30-2014, 03:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,600
Posted By greentreephrog
OK, here's my take on your situation: I,...

OK, here's my take on your situation:

I, too, had never worked on my airhead, but wanted to ship it in small pieces. I'm also no mechanic, and any work I had ever done was on Brit bikes.

I...
Forum: Airheads 05-29-2014, 05:03 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,249
Posted By greentreephrog
Has anybody tried changing fork seals on a...

Has anybody tried changing fork seals on a mid-50s Ariel? 40mm wire clips, make the BMW ones look easy. Absolute b...ards to get out. Maybe BMW adopted a British idea for this one. :rofl
Forum: Airheads 05-25-2014, 10:26 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,464
Posted By greentreephrog
I have the Keihan s/s silencer and am very...

I have the Keihan s/s silencer and am very pleased with it. There is another alternative at http://www.dropbears.com/o/overlander/bmw.htm, I dont know what these are like, but the maker certainly...
Forum: Airheads 05-21-2014, 06:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,085
Posted By greentreephrog
OLH has the only realistic solution. Listen to...

OLH has the only realistic solution. Listen to the voice of bitter experience.
Forum: Airheads 04-28-2014, 10:58 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,399
Posted By greentreephrog
The following applies to my '83 R80, so may not...

The following applies to my '83 R80, so may not be relevant.

I was recently experiencing an occasional, and apparently random effect while taking off in first where I felt a strange combination of...
Forum: Airheads 04-28-2014, 10:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 956
Posted By greentreephrog
I'll have it fixed while I am in Oz in a few...

I'll have it fixed while I am in Oz in a few weeks. It is only pressed in anyway. But in future I can use either cap as the tank bag demands. Happy!
Forum: Airheads 04-28-2014, 04:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 956
Posted By greentreephrog
Thanks, Solo. Mine is the exact type pictured in...

Thanks, Solo. Mine is the exact type pictured in post #6 above, so it looks like I have found my practical alternative.:clap

Peter H
Forum: Airheads 04-28-2014, 04:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 956
Posted By greentreephrog
Does the locking cap fit the 19l G/S tank? I...

Does the locking cap fit the 19l G/S tank? I just had a tank bag rip the brass 'nipple' out of my original cap, and would like a practical alternative.

Peter H
Forum: Airheads 04-25-2014, 05:35 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,687
Posted By greentreephrog
Do they do replacement headlight pods for a G/S...

Do they do replacement headlight pods for a G/S that will accept a 7" light? I wish .....

If you own a G/S, so much of what you can do with lighting is conditioned by that silly 5 1/2" hole for...
Forum: Airheads 04-22-2014, 06:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 651
Posted By greentreephrog
Doh! You are correct of course, Greg - 5...

Doh! You are correct of course, Greg - 5 position. Pity I forgot about 'off'. That's the switch I have, I guess I am used to it. Riding in Oz I rarely used the lights during daylight running so...
Forum: Airheads 04-22-2014, 05:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 651
Posted By greentreephrog
Greg, The loom is simply what Motobins sent...

Greg,

The loom is simply what Motobins sent me, and I have no reason to think they got it wrong - I have only had good experiences with those guys, and I trust them to get it right more than I...
Forum: Airheads 04-21-2014, 01:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 651
Posted By greentreephrog
Electrical question - simple, I think

I have a question about the headlight relay position on a new wiring loom I fitted to my R80G/S.

When I fitted the new Motobins-supplied loom it became apparent that the old loom had been...
Forum: Airheads 04-02-2014, 08:08 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,701
Posted By greentreephrog
As I recall, M3.5. No, not you normal local...

As I recall, M3.5. No, not you normal local hardware store item.

What fibre washer? I've never seen one there.
Forum: Airheads 03-29-2014, 05:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 836
Posted By greentreephrog
Forks on the '83 R80RT

nmalozzi ....

As a matter of interest, are the fork stanchions on your '83 R80RT the same diameter (36mm) as on my '83 R80G/S? I have a reference which suggests they should be.

And if the...
Forum: Airheads 03-28-2014, 04:50 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 10,440
Posted By greentreephrog
These switches are SHIT

... by which I mean the aluminum-bodied ones that seem to be so common.

I also went through the JB Weld routine, even went to the trouble of mounting it (one of the Al ones) in the lathe and...
Forum: Airheads 03-22-2014, 06:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 943
Posted By greentreephrog
Pissed Further developments

I followed the advice given above, and indeed there is a distinct warming of the solenoid if left connected more than momentarily. I decided to test both on the bench, and the solenoid warmed up...
Forum: Airheads 03-21-2014, 08:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 943
Posted By greentreephrog
Update - actions so far

I appreciate and thank all for the responses I have received - I guess it's why we all belong here. :D

I took out the starter motor today, and basically things seemed OK - very dirty, but sound. ...
Forum: Airheads 03-20-2014, 04:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 943
Posted By greentreephrog
Opinions please - electrical

I am seeking opinions on some new electrical problems with my 1983 R80G/S.

For the last few weeks I have noticed a slightly unusual behaviour of my electric start. My bike always starts very...
Forum: Airheads 03-07-2014, 01:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,149
Posted By greentreephrog
Yep, a bench one cannot do without. I always...

Yep, a bench one cannot do without. I always feared having to make joints which would be strong and stable enough to stand the stress. Then a friend sent me a very simple plan with joints that...
Forum: Airheads 03-02-2014, 02:48 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,687
Posted By greentreephrog
Yes, a bit like apples and pears. I wasn't even...

Yes, a bit like apples and pears. I wasn't even sure exactly which LED item was being compared - the implication is that it is the "30W" one, but I wasn't quite sure. In any case, a very different...
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