Just Goosing Around... First steps into Guzzi land...

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by England-Kev, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. nick949eldo

    nick949eldo Long timer

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    and see whether things loosen up a bit.

    If you can get first gear by letting out the clutch slightly, and as long as it isn't dragging too fiercely, my response would be to ride it for a while. That sounds about normal to me. I often have often had to use the clutch a little to engage first, both before and after changing the clutch. It may just need to be used for the bike (and the rider) to settle in. Its not a Honda.

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  2. England-Kev

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    Hooray!:evil:clap:freaky
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  3. joe cool

    joe cool Been here awhile

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    F Sahms,
    How is that 1000s coming along?
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  4. England-Kev

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    This one, it couldn't be in a worse place to get too, and in the Clymer manual they say to cut a hole in the battery tray to adjust it!:eek1:lol3

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    Not ready to be that drastic just yet.:deal
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  5. Bloodweiser

    Bloodweiser honestly

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    Well if'n you were going to take care of those sloppy linkages,
    removing them should give you the room you need.

    IIRC thats for the shifter return spring adjust.

    Finding 1st just takes finding the knack.
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  6. nick949eldo

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    Not a Honda - but looking back over the photos I see its V700/750, not an Eldo / V850. Different gearbox - so nothing I have said will apply (except the clunkiness stuff, which is probably true for both series).

    Nick
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  7. MZRider

    MZRider Neo-Luddite

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  8. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    Ok, Thanks.


    I noticed that my Guzzi already has the ball joint and threaded bar conversion, so someone in its past has played in this direction, I shall set too and remove all the play, and see where that leads me.
    They have us booked in for a sunny day tomorrow, Jan the 1st, 2013. So maybe I can get out for a ride without the need for water wings.:evil
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  9. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    Is there anything I need to be aware of when pulling the cylinder heads? special tools etc?
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  10. nick949eldo

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    Just don't forget the engine bolt that resides in a deep hole beneath the large nut! The head won't come off unless you remember that one (don't ask.....).

    Nick
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    The six head bolts are only accessed after the rockers come off.
    No. 6 is under the sparker..
    After that, you're on the slippery slope!
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  12. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    Thanks, well I have to cure this oil leak, so I have to get my hands dirty, what is the score with the recessed nut?
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  13. nick949eldo

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    Nothing special. You just need a long socket. It should come off as easily as all the others.

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    The big nut on top [22mm?] is a cover. Underneath is the 6th headbolt...
    SSSSHHHHHHHhhhhhhhh...
    It's a secret!:freaky
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    +1

    Under it you should find a socket-head nut - I use a 10mm hex bit on a short extension to reach it.
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  16. England-Kev

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    Do any of you guys have a parts diagram for the early v7 forks, my forks don't have an external drain screw? just trying to find out what I need to replace, as I have a fork oil leak...
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    All Loop forks have a drain screw (unless someone has plugged the hole for some stupid reason). It's located on the lug where the rear brace of the front fender attaches to the fork lower/slider.

    Places for leaks and what to do about them:
    - drain screw - replace fiber sealing washer
    - big o-ring at the top of the slider, where the chrome seal holder threads on - replace o-ring
    - around the crimped area of the seal holder - apply JB Weld to the inside
    http://thisoldtractor.com/gtbender/...k_seal_carrier_leaks_spinning_at_crimped_area
    - fork seal - replace
    - top plug o-ring - replace

    Parts diagram: http://thisoldtractor.com/gtbender/mg_manuals/spare_parts_catalog_750_1aed.pdf

    Fork rebuilding:
    http://thisoldtractor.com/gtbender/moto_guzzi_loopframe_forks.htm#gtb_fork_rebuilding
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  18. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    Aha! found the little sucker, it was hiding just where you said it was, and it was loose! I couldn't see it before because ...

    A. I am stupid
    B. I am an old git
    C. I don't have a bench so it is hard getting down that low to look
    D. all of the above.

    :D
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  19. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    I bought my Guzzi some late model inlet stubs, the ones with the raised section, so yesterday I drilled and tapped these for use with carb balancer fittings. All finished off with nice polished 5mm dome head allen screws and copper washers.

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    I shall swap these over in a week or two, when I do the head gaskets.
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  20. Bongolia

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    great thread.

    Kev, you know Joe Caruso in Loughborough? Not sure what he is like on ambos but he has a line on most things Guzzi.

    Also Gutsibits in Huddersfield.