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Old 09-08-2012, 01:27 PM   #11566
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Take your time....
and an impact driver...
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Old 09-08-2012, 01:31 PM   #11567
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Problem with the fairing bolts is that the nuts turn in the rubber thingy, causing me to be unable to get them out... I'm going to try by using pliers on the nut side, an impact driver won't help because these parts of the fairing are not supported, I might break it...
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Old 09-08-2012, 06:35 PM   #11568
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and an impact driver...




It's only a rubber well nut...just pinch it with your fingers while you
remove the screw. As for you front wheel removel...let the air out of the rear tire and put a sack of potatoes on the seat.
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Old 09-09-2012, 05:15 AM   #11569
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pinching with my fingers didn't help, pinging the rubber with pliers didn't help, removing the rubber with a knife and pinching the metal helped, but not for all nuts...
I tried drilling them out, no luck (melted the plastic), drilling on low speed, no luck either (still melted)
It melted through so fairing is off now, but not in the way I intended...
Now, tacho fix time :)
Apparently one of the previous owners found it a good idea to connect the 12v connector to one of the tacho cables...
I got the problem where the needle won't go over 4k rpm even if I rev the engine. This can be fixed, by soldering in some new parts. Any ideas how to open the tacho housing? Got the internals loose and the cable off, but can't seem to find a way to open the housing to get the internals out...
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Old 09-09-2012, 12:23 PM   #11570
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got finger out over weekend anf fairing ready and finished

cant post pics for some daft reason
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:35 PM   #11571
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Here in the U.S. the best Africa Twin is any one you can buy.

That said, I agree with your assessment.


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The best are the last.
The Rd07A 750 is the best. Years of development correct all the weak points of the bike. But all the At are good bikes with some little work to do. The last one is the best.

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Old 09-09-2012, 01:40 PM   #11572
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got finger out over weekend anf fairing ready and finished

cant post pics for some daft reason
Here you go John. Took them off XrvIreland for you.



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Old 09-09-2012, 03:23 PM   #11573
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XRV750 spark plug wires

Can anybody out there help me... I am restoring a 92 RD04 AT and have discovered that the spark plug wires have lost all of their flex life. I am unable to remove the HT wires from the coils and assume that they are a one piece item
I would like to replace the plug wires but my manual is of little help and the parts vendors appear to sell the coil with HT wire attached leaving the sparkplug end to be installed by the poor sap who just spent a bucket full of cash for the coils that were not needed.......

Ok I know that was a little harsh but c'mon this is 2012 coil separate item, wires like a car, separate item............

Thanks for anyones help.

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Old 09-10-2012, 04:02 AM   #11574
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Old 09-10-2012, 05:05 AM   #11575
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Can anybody out there help me... I am restoring a 92 RD04 AT and have discovered that the spark plug wires have lost all of their flex life. I am unable to remove the HT wires from the coils and assume that they are a one piece item
I would like to replace the plug wires but my manual is of little help and the parts vendors appear to sell the coil with HT wire attached leaving the sparkplug end to be installed by the poor sap who just spent a bucket full of cash for the coils that were not needed.......

Ok I know that was a little harsh but c'mon this is 2012 coil separate item, wires like a car, separate item............

Thanks for anyones help.

Billy Bob
Don't know about the AT, don't know it that well yet, but usually it is separate indeed (at least on my 690 the wire and the connector are separate). Can't you just buy a generic wire and connect that? Since you're not going to be able to use the current coils as there are attached to the wire, I'd try pulling them off with force to see if they'll come apart. If not, or if you break it, you can order a spare, as you'd have to do anyway, if you can separate them, you might be able to just add a new wire.
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Old 09-10-2012, 05:18 AM   #11576
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The wires and coil are sealed as one unit if I were to pull the existing wire off "with force" then I'm pretty sure I would just be breaking a perfectly good part and I am not a troglodyte.. I'm checking with anyone with experience so I don't spend large needlessly.
I would normally not ask such a mundane question. This is not my firs vehicle. My first was 1965....
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Old 09-10-2012, 05:21 AM   #11577
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you're saying yourself that you're wanting to replace them, so I wouldn't call them perfectly good ;)
fine by me either way though, let us know if you've found a good way, so we can learn from your experience :)
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Old 09-10-2012, 05:29 AM   #11578
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Here you go John. Took them off XrvIreland for you.



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Old 09-10-2012, 09:47 AM   #11579
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Is there anything similar for the RD04 ????
I think that my RD04 has only numbers after the "RD04########" part.
At least on the license is like that.

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According to Honda - my RD07A was built at the Hamamatsu factory in Japan



I agree that the RD03 had the highest build quality - the way I explain it is:
  • RD03 - designed & built by mechanics
  • RD04 - designed & built by mechanics with advice from accountants
  • RD07 - designed by accountants & built by mechanics
  • RD07A - designed & built by accountants
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:30 AM   #11580
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Is there anything similar for the RD04 ????
I think that my RD04 has only numbers after the "RD04########" part.
At least on the license is like that.
Very cool info, thanks. I would have thought that restricted bikes are made closer to the countries they were designated to. I would of though Atessa or Montessa, Italy.

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