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Old 04-17-2012, 09:53 PM   #31
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Great write up, and I'm glad you're pushing forward and making the most of it. Takes a lot of guts.

Check this out for connectors ... http://www.easternbeaver.com/Main/El...ed/sealed.html

That's as close as I can find, if not, he should be able to source the connector if you need a replacement.
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:18 PM   #32
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Hello again Cleefurd.

I too am enjoying your tear down.
In some ways I feel sorry for my bike.
It's got a leaking breather tube seal, that allows it to spit up oil, which goes up into the air box, and leaks down the front carb, and down the left side of the motor. This oil them collects dirt, and the whole motor ends up filthy.

It's been like this for over a year now, and I just haven't had the time to fix it.
I'm too busy working or riding.

So I'm kind of jealous that you have the time and patience to do a total tear down and look after and clean up your bike.

If I ever get a chance to take a big ride like you are planning, I'll be doing the same thing you are.

So enjoy the process, and continue to share it with us.

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Old 04-26-2012, 04:53 PM   #33
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Grant was not out of line to say so! Hopefully the Warrant Officer has mellowed since then, his last name might have been "Rucks", ironically rhyming with... never mind. He was actually my score keeper when I won the Tennessee Championship. He was not on Teams that year but attended none-the-less. LOUDLY chastizing passers-by he methodically un-ravelled my game while scoring my offhand stage and commented that I should turn in my ammo to save us some money. Made up my mind to beat him if nothing else, finished with a 490 out of 500. He was gracious enough to remark, "That's a 490 the hard way!"

Thanks for the offer of parts. Today was somber. Finally admitted to myself that the frame and radiator were bent a week or so back, thus ordering new replacements for each. Informed today KTM requires the original steering tube in order to furnish the replacement frame, hurt much like whipping a small child to see the sparks fly;

How did you bend the frame? What have caused it?
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:57 PM   #34
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Had to cut off the VIN #... in this case cutting off the entire steering tube and shipped it to a shop that forwards the verification to Austria in order to produce a duplicate frame.
Saw the pic before seeing the reason. Thought "Sure is a drastic way to replace the steering head...", like you were gonna braze another one in its place!
Way to go, Marine.
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Old 04-26-2012, 11:56 PM   #35
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Had a high speed wobble and resulting high-side at close to 70 mph on a dirt road in South Dakota's Badlands National Park back in July 2010. Broken 5th thoracic vertebrae, breaking both wrists. Body has mended fairly well, bike's turn now

The trellis frame was slightly twisted. The damage was not immediately apparent... no cracked paint, no kinks,, no torn metal or fractured welds. My 1st clue was the left tank did not fit well, tweaked lower tank hanger so ordered a new one. Then I noticed the fork tubes were hard to remove... bent lower triple, ordered new one. Then noticed the louvered plastic radiator guard appeared to be kinked... turns out the side opposite the filler neck had been forced downwards during the mishap... ordered a new radiator. Once everything was removed from the front end fabricated a rod to check the steering pivot tube alignment... it was tweaked/biased in such a way that the lower opening was askew to the right side, so the front wheel's axle would not run parallel to the rear axle. Attempted to contact a few premier frame straightening specialist sourced on line, none of which responded to my desire to attain their services... ordered a new one instead. Cheap Cycle Parts.com sells them for under $750, which takes about a month including the time required to process the verification. Had to cut off the VIN #... in this case cutting off the entire steering tube and shipped it to a shop that forwards the verification to Austria in order to produce a duplicate frame.
Ouch
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