Airhead "Tips and Tricks"

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by elmoreman, Sep 26, 2006.

  1. hetkind

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  2. kbasa

    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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    Gen light on halfway means the diode board is pooched. When you replace it, replace the mounts (which probably failed and caused the diode board to croak) with solid ones.

    If you've got an airhead with the black coated cam chain cover, disconnect the batter, pull the front cover and scrape the black coating off that's under the diode board's grounding bolt. You might as well replace the diode board mounts while you're in there. The upper left one is a bitch. Don't drop the nut off the back into the cam chain!

    Lube the final drive/rear wheel interface every time you change a tire. Do the shaft/final drive one every year. Clean all the old spooge off and use Honda Moly 60.

    Be sure to check the little rubber nipple where the speedo cable comes out of the trans. If that gets cracked, it'll let water into your transmission.
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  3. rnr

    rnr Simple. Fast. Paid for.

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    :D (three stooges voice:) oh, a wise guy, eh?

    Once a year. I ride year-round too. But once a year i competely drain, clean and dry the tank.

    you'll be amazed how much watery gunk accumulates in there, even on an oft-used ride.

    :deal
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  4. Xorba

    Xorba Vintage Tourer

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  5. STUFF2C

    STUFF2C We Ain't Left Yet!!

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    I'll look...but they only have one size lawn tractor battery. You do need to get the one with the post on the correct side.
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  6. STUFF2C

    STUFF2C We Ain't Left Yet!!

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    $100 vs $22...I'll check the water once in a while.:D
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  7. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    This is especially gauling when you discover the Westco battery is simply a Panasonic battery.... with a Westco sticker on it.

    Dat's da troof.

    fwiw,
    Lorenzo
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  8. Lornce

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    Post '84 dual outlet Bosche coils will all eventually crack and fail. They're expensive to replace. Really expensive.

    Stock HD/Buell dual output coils can be found on e-bay for about $1.oo. They're take offs from folks who've bought into the HD "dual fire ignition" myth. Good on them, I say.

    I've had one on my '92 GS/PD for 30k kms now without issue....

    fwiw,
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  9. Wirespokes

    Wirespokes Beemerholics Anonymous

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    Where did you get that data? The terminals are different. Westco may be using the Panasonics now, but the ones I had four years ago were different.
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  10. Lornce

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  11. Lornce

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    Four years ago your Westco was definately a Panasonic.
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  12. andmoon

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    WHY WASN'T THIS POSTED BEFORE I BOUGHT MY REPLACEMENT?:cry :huh :eek1

    How does it mount? Did you have to do some 'fabrication'?
    Don
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  13. elmoreman

    elmoreman takin' a break, boss

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    perhaps we need a battery thread?:ear
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  14. El Hombre

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    I did the same thing on my 90S, but I had to weld up a new battery box. No way was it going to fit in the stock one. I checked the battery catalogs and there wasn't anything that would fit. Are you Superman and had the superhuman strength to just push it in? A mere mortal would like to know.

    The other thing to change is pull the negative battery cable out from the hollow vent bolt on the tranny and move it to the coil mount bolt. That is one weak sister of a bolt. Have that puppy break with the engine running and the alternator will go nuts and start frying things. That's why you see warnings about disconnecting the battery cables with the engine running.

    I used to work for AAA, road service went out to jump start a Peugeot, driver saw the cable eye had snapped off from the RV style wingnut terminal on the battery. He shoved the remains of the eye under the wingnut and got it started. The owner got in the car and started driving down to the garage to get it fixed. Halfway there she noticed the dash lights were getting really bright. The cable had slipped off again. I think it was $2300 to fix everything.

    And spare me the French car insults, anything with an alternator can do this. Besides, I like my Citroen.
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  15. STUFF2C

    STUFF2C We Ain't Left Yet!!

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    Quote:
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    Just bought a NEW lawn and tractor battery from autozone for $22. takes a little work to get the first one in. I had to take the 4 bolts out of the rear fender to get it in. (and yes you put them back):D

    :deal My last one lasted 5+ years.:deal

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    You musta missed this part.:evil

    I removed the battery box and added a piece of rubber on the remaining plate. then strapped her down.
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  16. TEXASYETI

    TEXASYETI Call me "thread killer!"

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    I'm not to good without the typical "chose manufacturer....year...model..." part finder. Can anyone help with a part number for the Panasonic battery from Digi-key?
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  17. R-dubb

    R-dubb Dubbious Adventurer

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    Just out of curiousity, oh say, what do you do with the gas once drained?
    (pour into wife's car....:rofl :rofl )
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  18. Boojum

    Boojum I Miss the PartyBoss

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    The Lawn Mower works well, also! :wink:
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  19. camgregus

    camgregus riding gently now

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    my GS had a lawn tractor battery when I got it. Charged it once when I first got it. Never have again. Added water after a coupla hundred degreee rides. Thats all.
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  20. Motomech

    Motomech Adventurer in Latin Amer.

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    Yeah, I'm using a budget lawn tractor batt. too. 12N24-4 is the #.
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