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Old 10-27-2012, 01:11 AM   #331
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:52 AM   #332
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An Happy Birthday too!
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Old 10-27-2012, 04:58 AM   #333
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Old 10-27-2012, 06:03 AM   #334
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Thanks everyone!!
Afterward I took the rear wheel off, and Steve put another tire on it. He had a Shinko 705 that he only had a couple of thousand miles on. The Heidenau unfortunately did not last as long as I had hoped. It was a great tire though!
I still had a couple of new brake pads that Jim had given me in Idaho, and decided to put them on seeing as one of the pads fell off as we took the caliper of the disc. Good thing I decided to, because I was on bare metal on the other pad!!!
Steve also put the chain back on for me. I was glad, believe it or not, I was physically and emotionally drained from working on Spirit these last few days. I just didn't have any oomph any more
Today I just have to tension the chain, align the rear wheel, put the seat and other small things back on , and take her for a test ride into town.
Steve and his family are at the Liberty fair today, so let's see if I can manage not to get lost again.
Thanks for sharing my life!
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:03 PM   #335
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:12 PM   #336
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Just took her for a test ride! She ran great, almost effortless and quieter.
The only thing that is different now is that she seems to vibrate a bit more.
Iknow for sure that I did the balancer chain correct and the balancers. They have little dots that you line up, so you can't go wrong there. Maybe it's because she wasn't all loaded down, and because the engine now runs so much smoother. son't know, we'll see soon enough. So far I am really happy with the way she rides now.
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Old 10-27-2012, 04:09 PM   #337
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One of the cooler feelings in the world when you push that button for the first time and she starts after open heart surgery.

And the engine will smooth out a bit after it runs for a little while.
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Old 10-27-2012, 05:04 PM   #338
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Don't forget to do an oil change real soon!
(before 500 miles, twice within 500 won't hurt)

Breaking in a 'new' motor will create some metal shavings, it's normal but...you need to get those out ASAP.
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Old 10-27-2012, 06:22 PM   #339
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Just took her for a test ride! She ran great, almost effortless and quieter.
The only thing that is different now is that she seems to vibrate a bit more.
Iknow for sure that I did the balancer chain correct and the balancers. They have little dots that you line up, so you can't go wrong there. Maybe it's because she wasn't all loaded down, and because the engine now runs so much smoother. son't know, we'll see soon enough. So far I am really happy with the way she rides now.

Very impressive work, complete tear-down and successful rebuild of motor while on the road. That would have stopped many people, but not NomadGal.
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:41 AM   #340
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Happy Birthday (a little late)

Congratulations on a job well done with that engine.

Respect

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Old 10-28-2012, 07:48 AM   #341
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Just took her for a test ride! She ran great, almost effortless and quieter.
The only thing that is different now is that she seems to vibrate a bit more.
Iknow for sure that I did the balancer chain correct and the balancers. They have little dots that you line up, so you can't go wrong there. Maybe it's because she wasn't all loaded down, and because the engine now runs so much smoother. son't know, we'll see soon enough. So far I am really happy with the way she rides now.
I'm happy for ya!!!!
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Old 10-28-2012, 12:44 PM   #342
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Wow! Maybe I'll be able to take a few deep breaths now that you've tested it out. This has been a real traumatic thing to deal with, watching and reading as the motor began to be reassembled. Good thing it wasn't me who was doing the work, that's all I can say! You're really awesome, I hope that you know that!

Good luck with your next plans and please keep riding and writing about all of it. It's such an adventure, me from my trusty recliner! Thanks so much for taking me along.

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Old 10-28-2012, 01:43 PM   #343
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Old 10-28-2012, 05:11 PM   #344
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Thanks everyone for the congratulations, both mine and Spirit's!


Steve and I went on a ride today to Ceasar's Head












oneway traffic for sure!

Then we headed toward Brevard and Rosman




Crossed the state border a couple of times

Then to the horse pasture, which was on a gravel road. We only rode as far as the first waterfall seeing as I did not have my skid plate on yet, and I was nervous taking her off road without it.









We got rained on for most of the way, but that didn't deter from the beauty of our surroundings.
Spirit ran great! I could barely hear her engine. She did run really lean however, I've got to figure out how to set her so that she gets more gas. I checked for oil leaks, but did not see any! Yay!

I made lasagna when we got back to the house, it should be done soon.
Tomorrow I'm packing up my stuff and heading North to Forest City to pick up my radiate cover that I had accidentally left at MicroDan's house.
Wow, back on the road............. it feels so strange again. I got used to having a toilet and shower, and a real stove to cook on. Not to mention electricity and internet. haha, got to do without it for a while again.
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:10 PM   #345
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Don't forget to do an oil change real soon!
(before 500 miles, twice within 500 won't hurt)

Breaking in a 'new' motor will create some metal shavings, it's normal but...you need to get those out ASAP.

Thank you so much knybanjo for saving me from a heart attack, or worse, total depression!
I put almost 300 miles on Spirit after the surgery, and decided because you mentioned the early oil change, to go and change her oil.
Now if you hadn't warned me about some possible junk in there I would have freaked!
There were some metal shavings in it, but very few, what was in it was hard to describe.....
It looked like black lint mixed with some very fine sand. Lots of it! absolutely gross and globby.
After I started cleaning the filter, I have a stainless steel one, it dawned on me what I was removing was very much like lint. Shop towel lint! I used shop towels to wipe parts clean, and also carburetor fluid if the was no rubber on parts. before I oiled everything and put it in a ziplock bag. With all those little parts and big ones, I am guessing quite a bit of lint was left all together. The fine sand I take it might have been fine dust, not visible to the eye, but yet on parts that I did not put in ziplock bags. No matter how clean I and thorough I thought I had been, it shows that it is near impossible unless you are in a dust and dirt free room.Thanks again. I will change the oil in another 300 miles or so, and hopefully it will be real clean by then.
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