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Forum: Old's Cool Yesterday, 07:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,252
Posted By bmwrench
/2s depend on oil mist to lube their rockers,...

/2s depend on oil mist to lube their rockers, which is a rather optimistic way of supplying them. That's why you're supposed to fill the shaft every time you adjust the valves. I use a mix of heavy...
Forum: Airheads Yesterday, 06:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 289
Posted By bmwrench
What are you going to do with the top clamp?

What are you going to do with the top clamp?
Forum: Airheads Yesterday, 06:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 342
Posted By bmwrench
The cast one was sold by CC Products during...

The cast one was sold by CC Products during Chris' absence from San Jose. Previous versions looked like the billet one in the picture.
Forum: Airheads 08-20-2014, 06:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 221
Posted By bmwrench
Yup. That bike came with some good stuff.

Yup. That bike came with some good stuff.
Forum: Airheads 08-20-2014, 06:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 342
Posted By bmwrench
Yes, this is most likely an old San Jose triple. ...

Yes, this is most likely an old San Jose triple. I rather prefer them looks wise to the latest type.
Forum: Airheads 08-18-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 9,158
Posted By bmwrench
There lies the drawback to a nice paint job. ...

There lies the drawback to a nice paint job. Sooner or later, it gets damaged, and it's heart breaking. I gave up painting my helmets long ago because I always dropped them.
Forum: Airheads 08-17-2014, 06:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 164
Posted By bmwrench
It was actually a very thin rubber washer, which...

It was actually a very thin rubber washer, which was indeed intended to reduce noise. It usually tangled itself in the aluminum valve, resulting in nearly no damping.
Forum: Airheads 08-17-2014, 02:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 860
Posted By bmwrench
I'd not heard of ACF until now. Back when I was...

I'd not heard of ACF until now. Back when I was riding year round in Vermont, I sprayed everything that could corrode with CRC 5-56. I let the dirt saturate the surface, then spray it again. When...
Forum: Airheads 08-17-2014, 02:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 206
Posted By bmwrench
They're both right-hand threads. The easiest...

They're both right-hand threads. The easiest solution is to zip them out with an air wrench. If you don't have access to one, try pushing the slider upward while turning the bolt.
Forum: Airheads 08-15-2014, 07:09 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,040
Posted By bmwrench
Whoever is making the stainless tubes must be...

Whoever is making the stainless tubes must be expanding the ends slightly in response to complaints about them being loose. The ones I have installed have needed Loctite to secure them.
Forum: Airheads 08-15-2014, 07:05 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,086
Posted By bmwrench
Deflating tires are scary, no matter who you are...

Deflating tires are scary, no matter who you are or what you ride, but unless you have a true blowout, there is usually plenty of warning.

To get the rear wheel off unassisted, you need to know...
Forum: Airheads 08-15-2014, 06:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 631
Posted By bmwrench
I think there's some confusion in the model...

I think there's some confusion in the model numbers. In the USA at least, the /7 ended in the model year 1978 with the "T" being produced for 1979 and '80. Again, in the USA, naked R100s from 1981...
Forum: Airheads 08-14-2014, 07:28 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,040
Posted By bmwrench
I put them in cold, without freezing the tubes. ...

I put them in cold, without freezing the tubes. If they won't go in, I polish the tubes until they will. I use Loctite R/C 609 to seal and retain them.

If you do heat the cylinders, don't use...
Forum: Airheads 08-14-2014, 07:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,345
Posted By bmwrench
I have to agree with old SS again. 1000cc motors...

I have to agree with old SS again. 1000cc motors work very well with BMWs sport cam. The extra duration will reduce octane sensitivity and make it pull much harder in the upper RPM range, all...
Forum: Airheads 08-14-2014, 07:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 473
Posted By bmwrench
This looks like a very fresh plug, with an...

This looks like a very fresh plug, with an indication of rich running on the inside of the shell. If you've been doing a lot of tweaking on the carbs without a run on the road, this will probably...
Forum: Airheads 08-13-2014, 05:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 811
Posted By bmwrench
Care must be taken when overriding the...

Care must be taken when overriding the thermostat. Cold oil pressure can make the cooler look like an accordion.
Forum: Airheads 08-12-2014, 06:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 597
Posted By bmwrench
This looks like bearing material to me, which I...

This looks like bearing material to me, which I suspect can be polished off. Care to post a picture of the bearings?
Forum: Old's Cool 08-12-2014, 05:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 911
Posted By bmwrench
My partner, Bucky Sexton, was in a race with...

My partner, Bucky Sexton, was in a race with Roper. He told me that "he uses every inch of the track", going from the very inside to the outside in each extended turn. Then, "I was going around a...
Forum: Airheads 08-11-2014, 05:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 390
Posted By bmwrench
You're correct. /6 did not have "kill" switches. ...

You're correct. /6 did not have "kill" switches. You're also correct that the switch would go between the ignition switch and coil. You could also wire it in between the switched hot at the...
Forum: Old's Cool 08-08-2014, 06:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 657
Posted By bmwrench
I've had brand new Guzzis exhibit this behavior.

I've had brand new Guzzis exhibit this behavior.
Forum: Old's Cool 08-08-2014, 05:39 AM
Replies: 15,197
Views: 8,663,643
Posted By bmwrench
You don't usually have to switch off a BSA.

You don't usually have to switch off a BSA.
Forum: Airheads 08-06-2014, 08:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 871
Posted By bmwrench
"There is only one cam gear, depending on if...

"There is only one cam gear, depending on if Simplex or Double chain."

Not so fast. There are three duplex cam sprockets. One has a drive for the tach cable. The second has no tach drive,...
Forum: Airheads 08-04-2014, 06:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 421
Posted By bmwrench
Back in New Hamshaw, Andy?

Back in New Hamshaw, Andy?
Forum: Airheads 08-04-2014, 06:24 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 9,158
Posted By bmwrench
That's the part I've always hated the most.

That's the part I've always hated the most.
Forum: Airheads 07-31-2014, 05:22 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 9,158
Posted By bmwrench
That's the trouble with a good repaint. When you...

That's the trouble with a good repaint. When you reassemble, the frame looks less than wonderful. Then the hardware and the wheels....
Forum: Airheads 07-28-2014, 08:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 565
Posted By bmwrench
I emailed John Gallivan, who worked at B & S in...

I emailed John Gallivan, who worked at B & S in the sixties. Here's his reply: "The name was purchased in England from a registry of business names and is supposed to go back centuries.

Al...
Forum: Airheads 07-28-2014, 08:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 565
Posted By bmwrench
AFAIK, B & S started in NYC, and all the streets...

AFAIK, B & S started in NYC, and all the streets there are numbered. You have made me curious, though.
Forum: Airheads 07-28-2014, 07:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 888
Posted By bmwrench
They're Cravens. Not often seen in the US, they...

They're Cravens. Not often seen in the US, they were imported from England by Anderson Machine and Welding.

The fairing looks unusual. Does it have a manufacturers tag on it?
Forum: Airheads 07-28-2014, 04:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 464
Posted By bmwrench
See my post above.

See my post above.
Forum: Old's Cool 07-28-2014, 04:12 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,488
Posted By bmwrench
You really can't go wrong with a '68 on Triumph...

You really can't go wrong with a '68 on Triumph twin, especially a single-carb. These years handle beautifully and as someone else said, the DLS brake works very well. I'd avoid '71-'72 because...
Forum: Airheads 07-28-2014, 03:55 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 9,158
Posted By bmwrench
I see a monolever front fender, but the 3/4 seat...

I see a monolever front fender, but the 3/4 seat is for twin-shock bikes. Is this stuff going on the same bike?
Forum: Airheads 07-28-2014, 03:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 565
Posted By bmwrench
BMW began hardening the rims for the model year...

BMW began hardening the rims for the model year 1977. I remember being upset that they didn't shine as previous rims did (OK, I'm anal), so we called Butler & Smith. I think Ken Smith was the one...
Forum: Airheads 07-28-2014, 03:47 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,453
Posted By bmwrench
What version are your carbs? Do they accept the...

What version are your carbs? Do they accept the larger float needle?

Does the bowl clip supply adequate pressure to seal the bowl?
Forum: Airheads 07-28-2014, 03:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 464
Posted By bmwrench
I made up some plates to adapt the BMW hook...

I made up some plates to adapt the BMW hook latches to Krausers.
Forum: Airheads 07-28-2014, 03:38 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,487
Posted By bmwrench
It's remarkable how much quieter the valves are...

It's remarkable how much quieter the valves are with fresh, good fitting guides.
Forum: Airheads 07-27-2014, 06:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 565
Posted By bmwrench
I'd look for a Lester wheel. I've seen a...

I'd look for a Lester wheel.

I've seen a lot of /6 rims crack, but never a /5. Where did your replacement rim come from?
Forum: Airheads 07-27-2014, 07:19 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 7,703
Posted By bmwrench
While I am sometimes offended or irritated by...

While I am sometimes offended or irritated by certain posters, when they disappear, I find the threads less interesting. In other words, I find their instability amusing.
Forum: Airheads 07-26-2014, 05:36 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 7,703
Posted By bmwrench
"excrementators" This may be the greatest...

"excrementators" This may be the greatest made-up word of all time.
Forum: Airheads 07-26-2014, 05:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 683
Posted By bmwrench
"... because the cost of the switchgear new alone...

"... because the cost of the switchgear new alone is practically as much as the RCS master..."


-Henry[/QUOTE]

Which switchgear? Your stock switches will screw right on to the 16mm master...
Forum: Airheads 07-25-2014, 07:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 683
Posted By bmwrench
Why not just use a 16mm BMW master cylinder, or...

Why not just use a 16mm BMW master cylinder, or even a 20 from a K1/K1100/R1100?
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