In need of assistance...

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by Motomedic, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. Motomedic

    Motomedic Long timer

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    So, I'm camping near Camden AL, Elm Bluff to be specific, and my 950 has lost 6th gear due to shifting issues. Since I already had it geared down to better deal with my load off-road, this equates to a 60mph top speed. :huh

    A little backstory- I'm on a extended 4 corners tour, hitting all the major corners of our fine country with a few detours along the way. I just visited the Barber museum, and am now heading for New Orleans. I sold everything to make this happen, been on the road since early June and no, I haven't started a RR/blog. :norton

    Yesterday, shifting got bit funky, and resulted in a loss of 6th gear. I'm hoping it's the mechanism under the cover behind the clutch, and not related to the drum or forks, as that would require splitting the cases. I'm a mechanic by trade, so the actual work isn't all that big of a deal, but I need a couple things along the way.

    So, I need a place to work and live to see this repair through. My needs are simple- a flat spot to throw up the tent and access to a bathroom covers the living arrangements and a flat clean spot to work. Inside would be nice for that part, since it's possible this will require case splitting. I'll need a couple "special" tools too, but that's a secondary bridge to cross. A 46mm socket for the crank nut and a clutch basket holder are the only things I can think of that are not usually in a set of tools at home. I have a couple of the other special tools with me.

    If (more like when) parts are required I should be able to order stuff online, but there will be time involved. We are after all talking about a KTM here. :roflEven if I specify rush shipping and all that, they seem to work at a speed that glaciers would be jealous of when it comes to parts orders.

    So anyone want to host a dirty hippie from California for a week to ten days (worst case-scenario, best case being a day or two)? I cook, clean, fix things and am generally a quiet, appreciative guest. :D I'm going to cross-post this into Inmates and the next region over, since I'm still kinda mobile and can travel a bit before having to actually stop (fingers crossed). My references here include Parepin, Jettin Jim, LtDan and a few others if necessary. :evil

    A reply here pushes to my phone, but reception isn't the greatest at the campground (I'm at a Hardee's in Camden right now) so I might not be able to respond until later, or you can try calling or texting at 707 367 3110.
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  2. DirtDabber

    DirtDabber cultural illiterate

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    I am in Clayton GA which is the opposite direction from you... but have shop space, and a place to stay. Nannohiccup is in Mobile and may have some more local knowledge of someone that can help that is closer. I will shoot him a PM with a link to this thread.

    Nanohicup
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  3. iyaoyas98

    iyaoyas98 Bored Silly

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    I'm way up in Nashville, but have a spare room and a garage. KTM dealer is about 7 miles away from my door.

    Hoping someone chimes in that is a better fit for you. :D
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  4. GaM

    GaM Long timer

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  5. JaxObsessed

    JaxObsessed Jax Off again.

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    You would get better results if you ask a mod to change your thread name to reflect the area you are in.... You have cast a really wide net.

    Good luck, sounds like a fun trip!
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  6. nanohiccup

    nanohiccup in time

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    Pm and text sent

    Here to help if needed, abt 3 hrs south of you.
    Always looking for good karma to offset ma' dirty sinful past .
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  7. ADVMax

    ADVMax Sporting Foole

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    Just got a heads up on this, PM sent.

    Shop space and 950 factory special tool board available. Your about 4 hours south of us, if the bike had been cooperative and took a shit at Barber you would have been less than an hour away!
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  8. Motomedic

    Motomedic Long timer

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    Thanks to Advmax I'm heading north to his place. Having the tools to take the beast apart is a compelling argument to head back north.

    I'll update when I can...:thumbup
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  9. ADVMax

    ADVMax Sporting Foole

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    Keep us posted, ready to do a trailer save if needed. I gave sstewart a heads up that you're headed this way.

    Just to keep the culture shock from all us hillbillies as low as possible there will be another inmate originally from California here this evening as well to translate and offer support. :lol3
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  10. nanohiccup

    nanohiccup in time

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    Beware of da crab shack, glad yer going somewhere with special tools..
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  11. SlowRide13

    SlowRide13 Veteran n00b

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    Wow. Y'all rock. I don't even invite my own family over :bow
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  12. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    Cool, glad you found a place to go. Keep this thread updated.
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  13. DirtDabber

    DirtDabber cultural illiterate

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    Suprised they would even show up. Last time I was at your house I left $900 poorer and I did not even make it past the porch. :deal
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  14. barnyard

    barnyard Verbal tactician Super Moderator

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    Special tools????

    Does that mean they're drinking out of glasses????
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  15. DirtDabber

    DirtDabber cultural illiterate

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    I think it means a funnel...
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  16. Motomedic

    Motomedic Long timer

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    Well, after my first evening at the infamous Crab Shack, I have survived relatively unscathed. It was a quiet evening, with AdvMax, Knighthawk and I in attendance. A bit of "cultural exchanging" went on :freaky:stoned :D, and a plan is formulating to repair the beast.

    General theory is the "shift coupler" has either come loose from the shift drum or is losing a pin or two, so hopefully no case splitting will be required. Details to follow...after breakfast. :evil
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  17. barnyard

    barnyard Verbal tactician Super Moderator

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    Have to admit, I am kind of jealous. There are far worse places a person could be broke down than the Crab Shack.
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  18. Motomedic

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    Not the shift coupler. Cases are coming apart...
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  19. truck6driver

    truck6driver The Fireman

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    That sucks! :cry


    Good luck.
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  20. Motomedic

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    And the doctor has rendered his diagnosis-the shift drum has a large chunk broken out of it (yes, I found the chunk). Pics to follow later, courtesy of sstewart. I was way too busy ripping into the heart of the beast and too greasy to photo-document the operation.

    It was a relatively painless disassembly, with one anxious moment- no 46mm socket (or 1 13/16"). sstewart made a quick run to Tractor Supply for the save!:clap

    A intermittent clatter was also diagnosed as a malfunctioning cam chain tensioner. :thumb

    Now all I have to do is shell out some quickly diminishing cash, wait a bit and reassemble!
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