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Forum: Airheads Today, 01:25 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,182
Posted By garthg
I have re-used head gaskets when I knew they...

I have re-used head gaskets when I knew they weren't 30 years old, and still looked good.

I don't think it's critical, and I think Supershaft has said the same thing.
Forum: Airheads Today, 09:02 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,182
Posted By garthg
I'm not buying the idea that there was something...

I'm not buying the idea that there was something wrong with the seals. You need some better evidence. I've bought plenty of parts from Capitol and never had a problem.

Did you do anything to...
Forum: Airheads 09-12-2014, 04:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 862
Posted By garthg
If you want one to pack for traveling, the...

If you want one to pack for traveling, the aluminum is certainly the one to pick.

If you want one for the shop, nothing beats the original factory tool:
...
Forum: Airheads 09-12-2014, 04:23 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 1,976
Posted By garthg
Did I understand correctly, ball bearings for the...

Did I understand correctly, ball bearings for the steering head?

That does not sound like an improvement over the stock tapered roller bearings.
Forum: Airheads 09-12-2014, 04:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 708
Posted By garthg
Disston, with due respect, I think your advice...

Disston, with due respect, I think your advice here on the highlighted point is wrong. Especially with a newbie airhead mechanic. The bottom end should be left alone. The bottom ends on these...
Forum: Airheads 09-11-2014, 04:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 260
Posted By garthg
Did you reinstall the wheel in the same direction...

Did you reinstall the wheel in the same direction as it came out?
Forum: Airheads 09-11-2014, 02:23 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,432
Posted By garthg
:eek1:eek1:eek1 Idle=800 to 1,100 RPM, in...

:eek1:eek1:eek1

Idle=800 to 1,100 RPM, in neutral.

Sounds okay in the video.
Forum: Airheads 09-11-2014, 01:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 262
Posted By garthg
It's definitely a major project, but there's a...

It's definitely a major project, but there's a lot of good stuff there. The parts list will be pretty long, but there's no reason you shouldn't end up with a really nice bike. Will be watching.:ear
Forum: Airheads 09-11-2014, 09:19 AM
Replies: 779
Views: 257,925
Posted By garthg
If you pull the throttle shafts, the screws have...

If you pull the throttle shafts, the screws have to be properly staked in place. A throttle screw sucked into the engine can destroy the engine.

Personally, I'd leave the throttle shafts alone. ...
Forum: Vendors 09-11-2014, 09:12 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,798
Posted By garthg
You would only need to remove the exhaust nuts if...

You would only need to remove the exhaust nuts if you needed to remove the heads. It's hard to think of a top end failure that would be so severe that you couldn't get to a bigger town or major...
Forum: Airheads 09-10-2014, 03:10 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,182
Posted By garthg
Love your substituted piston rings. How much...

Love your substituted piston rings. How much more were the OEM's? I'm looking forward anxiously to see your compression test.
Forum: Airheads 09-10-2014, 12:05 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,081
Posted By garthg
I've got the same problem, except one of mine is...

I've got the same problem, except one of mine is consistently 10% higher. And I have no way to determine which is correct!
Forum: Airheads 09-10-2014, 12:00 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 6,794
Posted By garthg
You're never going to get anywhere with a dead...

You're never going to get anywhere with a dead battery. That needs to be first order of business.

Tight valves had nothing to do with no spark, no start or failure of anything electrical. If the...
Forum: Airheads 09-10-2014, 11:37 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 845
Posted By garthg
Remove the cross-over pipe. Make sure the clamps...

Remove the cross-over pipe. Make sure the clamps are really loose. Whack on the back of the head pipe directly with a plastic dead blow hammer while wiggling it back and forth. It should come...
Forum: Airheads 09-09-2014, 03:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 862
Posted By garthg
Yes. And they are forged steel, not cast. Much...

Yes. And they are forged steel, not cast. Much better than the aftermarket wrenches.
Forum: Airheads 09-09-2014, 12:57 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,456
Posted By garthg
Riding in and around L.A. is dangerous, no matter...

Riding in and around L.A. is dangerous, no matter how you cut it.

(L.A. native).
Forum: Airheads 09-08-2014, 07:27 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,456
Posted By garthg
I think most people are telling you to replace...

I think most people are telling you to replace them for the simple reason that you can't tell, just by looking at them, whether the bearings are shot or not. And given the labor and time to get to...
Forum: Airheads 09-06-2014, 08:03 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,456
Posted By garthg
Supershaft loves to be contentious. I'm just...

Supershaft loves to be contentious. I'm just trying to give you some helpful advice. He agrees with me on the main point: if you're going to take the time to completely disassemble the front end,...
Forum: Airheads 09-05-2014, 06:22 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,456
Posted By garthg
If you go to all the trouble to get into the...

If you go to all the trouble to get into the steering head bearings, you should change them out for an additional $50. Once the new bearings are in and well adjusted, you won't be in there again for...
Forum: Airheads 08-29-2014, 07:23 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,197
Posted By garthg
I've pretty much cut my last link with the...

I've pretty much cut my last link with the dealership:

http://i1272.photobucket.com/albums/y393/Garth_Goldberg/20140719_1629441_zps9d692891.jpg

I have nice tools, and a decent investment in...
Forum: Airheads 08-24-2014, 05:42 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,456
Posted By garthg
Yes, your battery is fried, but it may be a...

Yes, your battery is fried, but it may be a symptom, and not the cause of your problem.

You need to diagnose your charging problem. Get yourself a $5 volt-ohm meter from Harbor Freight. ...
Forum: Airheads 08-24-2014, 05:21 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,796
Posted By garthg
I ordered one of these from the UK: ...

I ordered one of these from the UK:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BGS-Tools-1-2-Crowfoot-Spanner-36mm-1759-36-/291196263196?pt=UK_Measuring_Tools_Levels&hash=item43cca65b1c

It's better than the...
Forum: Airheads 08-21-2014, 11:39 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,364
Posted By garthg
The OEM boot is a PITA, but it will go on. I...

The OEM boot is a PITA, but it will go on. I second the recommendation to level the swing arm.

I eventually used this to get the boot lip over the flange on the swingarm:
...
Forum: Airheads 08-21-2014, 11:34 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 995
Posted By garthg
Carburetor parts cleaner

I haven't tried this yet, but it seems like a good deal, and includes the dip basket.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Berryman-Chem-Dip-Carburetor-and-Parts-Cleaner/17491945
Forum: Airheads 08-15-2014, 08:19 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,683
Posted By garthg
Do you have a ride-off (e.g. Reynolds) center...

Do you have a ride-off (e.g. Reynolds) center stand?
Forum: Airheads 08-14-2014, 10:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 663
Posted By garthg
Use a propane torch and heat evenly around the...

Use a propane torch and heat evenly around the breather valve, until spit just sizzles. It will come right out. Drop the new one in while the block is still hot.
Forum: Airheads 08-13-2014, 06:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 827
Posted By garthg
Why not just mask and paint? Really. The inside...

Why not just mask and paint? Really. The inside doesn't need to be painted or powder coated. It's bathed with oil in normal operation.
Forum: Airheads 08-13-2014, 10:05 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 254
Posted By garthg
If I understand you, what broken is not the stand...

If I understand you, what broken is not the stand itself, but the part of the frame to which the stand attaches. The stand leg is forged steel and is very tough and difficult to break.

Post a...
Forum: Airheads 08-12-2014, 03:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 827
Posted By garthg
This is the puller that is recommended in the BMW...

This is the puller that is recommended in the BMW factory manual, Kukko 204-2 (currently available on ebay from a UK supplier for $190):
...
Forum: Airheads 08-12-2014, 10:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,402
Posted By garthg
Not true. In fact, you can still get the...

Not true. In fact, you can still get the original OEM Continental RB2's and K112 (although now made in Korea) in the original 3.25 X 19 and 4.00 by 18 sizes.

There are a lot of choices in those...
Forum: Airheads 08-12-2014, 10:13 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 827
Posted By garthg
Yes, that's a problem. You'll damage the...

Yes, that's a problem. You'll damage the swingarm.

You haven't explained why you're taking the driveshaft out.

There was a thread on this recently. That taper won't want to let go after...
Forum: Airheads 07-25-2014, 02:06 PM
Replies: 2,792
Views: 506,220
Posted By garthg
Dennis Kirk has those mufflers for $221.76 with...

Dennis Kirk has those mufflers for $221.76 with free UPS ground shipping in the U.S.
Forum: The Garage 07-24-2014, 09:11 AM
Replies: 6,084
Views: 2,660,694
Posted By garthg
I saw it in the store. I don't see it online.

I saw it in the store. I don't see it online.
Forum: The Garage 07-24-2014, 09:10 AM
Replies: 6,084
Views: 2,660,694
Posted By garthg
So, where do you sit for best entertainment...

So, where do you sit for best entertainment pleasure?
Forum: The Garage 07-23-2014, 08:20 AM
Replies: 6,084
Views: 2,660,694
Posted By garthg
For you ADV member/readers, who are also Costco...

For you ADV member/readers, who are also Costco members, Costco has a package with an IR thermometer and a moisture meter (for checking wood, basements, etc.) for $22.
Forum: Airheads 07-22-2014, 04:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,540
Posted By garthg
Watch the Chris Harris video on valve adjustment....

Watch the Chris Harris video on valve adjustment. This will help you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VExx_2kIc9c

This video includes how to adjust the side play on the rockers. Too much side...
Forum: Airheads 07-21-2014, 08:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 939
Posted By garthg
A single, buzzer-type horn, even a Bosch, won't...

A single, buzzer-type horn, even a Bosch, won't compare with a pair of Fiamms, however. Fiamms are widely available, including on eBay, where I found some being sold as OEM car horns for less than...
Forum: Airheads 07-21-2014, 08:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 939
Posted By garthg
I had a Bosch horn on my 1973 R75/5, which I...

I had a Bosch horn on my 1973 R75/5, which I refurbished. I drilled out the rivets and had the front cover re-chromed. I painted the back of the case. This horn had adjustable contacts, so I was...
Forum: Airheads 07-20-2014, 10:47 PM
Replies: 2,792
Views: 506,220
Posted By garthg
Stahlwille Counterstay, same as Kukko 22/1

For someone who wants to find the real tools to pull steering head bearings, wheel bearings (later models), swing arm bearings, this seller is offering a Stahlwille counterstay which he says is the...
Forum: Airheads 07-18-2014, 08:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 817
Posted By garthg
Maybe try this, and a new pan gasket: ...

Maybe try this, and a new pan gasket:
...
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