R80/7 + a newb = a long road to cafe

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by benthic, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. hardwaregrrl

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    So did y'all swap the oil pressure switch and find it to be faulty?
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  2. Renner

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    three guys and nobody went shopping. :D

    however, we did poke at it and discussed how screwy it looked. :nod
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  3. Mike V.

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    Forgot all about the switch! Most likely a connection at the terminal. The PTS's are in need of replacement and oiling the connection...we think.

    First time I used the Harmonizer that Renner brought by. Very impressive piece. I love the way it quickly responds to any movement of adjustment at the carb and displays both rpm & vacuum on the display. Slight balance adjustment of the carbs seems to helped the throttle response for Spencer. This bike is growing on us.

    It's coming alive...

    -Mike V.
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  4. hardwaregrrl

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    y'all rule!!!! pics of your harmonizer, Renner?
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  5. Renner

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    After employing the various techniques and being happy with my $4 manometer I bought one of these: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=701625

    It was the tach feature that sold me (early GS = no tach).
    That and the portability, convenient size & etc.
    I'm loving it: removes the fiddly business and BANG, yer done. :nod

    Mike & Spencer should be by shortly. I have a NIB oil pressure switch collecting dust on a shelf here, going to put it in service.
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  6. Podmiester

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    Hi Benthic, Looks like we got somthin in common. I purchased my '78 R80/7 in Aug 2010 for 900 euro. It was stolen in Dublin and in a sorry state. Some dipshit took an Axe to it. He trashed the tank, clocks, headlamp and wiring loom. Done a lot of work to it this winter and things are just starting to come together now.

    Rgs Podmiester
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  7. Renner

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    Mike V. and Benthic swung by for a quick LOP switch R&R and the replacement seemed to do the trick, no more false signals.

    A quick leakdown test showed nothing amiss :thumb
    and we tightened up the steering stem top nut a few turns... after noticing it was backed off :scratch

    perfect weather.
    ride on, guys.

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  8. hardwaregrrl

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    Awesome! Another airhead in the family!!!!:clap:clap:clap
    Way to go guys!
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  9. benthic

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    let me tell you, I really couldn't have fallen in with better guys! What a productive weekend! The things Mike and Renner are helping me with would take forever on my own. Thanks again Mike and Renner:) a few pics from Renner's Beemer Ranch:

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    Garage #1;)

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    Garage #2!!

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    the sweet R27 being restored.

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    beautiful R75/5

    After some great customer service from Ted Porter's Beemer Shop, I should have a pile of parts coming next week to help continue the fun:)

    Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
    Spencer
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  10. Renner

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    yes... I am a horder. :cry








    :D
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  11. Mike V.

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    I think "Curator" is more accurate.

    Would you agree Spencer?
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  12. benthic

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    Absolutely!
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  13. Bill Harris

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    And that is a 2002-in-progress in the "Garage #1" pic.
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  14. Renner

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    yep, a roundie automatic with sunroof.
    The transmission is long gone; the tunnel is roomy for a 5 speed.

    you may imagine hardware mingles freely behind closed doors. :wink:
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  15. benthic

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    got some parts today! fork parts, neck bearings, center and side stand springs, gas cap gasket, throttle cables, throttle grip and geared cam... and a few others:) Wheel bearings and brake cable and the vented screw for the speedo cable should be coming soon. I'll pick the low fruit soon, but i need to decide how much I want to take the bike apart. My co-conspirators and I are fixin' on some fun projects, but I'll be moving in a month and it would be nice to not have to rush anything and be able to leave my bike disassembled for any length of time in my new garage(!!!).

    I need to order some more stuff this week. also on the menu are carb re-builds, points, and a few other things:) good times!

    Spencer
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  16. benthic

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    Hi All:)

    This past weekend I took the bike out for a ride with Mike V and some other friends. It was pretty cold and windy in the dessert but for the most part it was beautiful out. Not being used to low bars and the more aggressive riding posture, I got home pretty sore after 200 miles. It was worth it though:)


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    Mike V at Vallecito Station (I think that's where this is)

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    The whole team on Saturday.

    After the ride, I changed all the Hypoid in the bike. The final drive and Shaft fluid looked MUCH MUCH better, but the transmission fluid was still pretty yucky brown, but not frothy like last time.

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    the transmission drain plug


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    The used transmission fluid after 250 miles.

    I felt the urge to fiddle, so I took off the tank poked around and installed the new throttle cables, and throttle assembly.

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    Then last night I took a peak inside the airbox. I have a new filter that I'll put in tonight.

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    The used filter after unknown miles.


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    That nut in the bottom of the air box is a mystery. Don't know where it came from yet... Hopefully it is not important;)

    I'm trying to get a few more parts ordered and in so i can put the bike back together and take a break while I close on my new house...

    Hope everyone had a good weekend:)
    Spencer
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  17. Bill Harris

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    Good progress. Don't think of it as cold, think more as brisk and invigorating.

    I don't know if this is a problem, so don't worry, but that tranny oil still looks too latte'-esque. I would have supposed it would have cleared up much more. But keep an eye on it.

    That nut in the airbox? It is probably 12mm wrench size and propbably came from the lower attachment stud on the airbox covre (like just below the brether hose in your photo). Someone dropped it, it scurried under the spring metal clip on the tranny. My first guess.
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  18. benthic

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    ha! Brisk and Invigorating it was (to say the least;) ).
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  19. benthic

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    I had a very nice phone call from Ted Porter last night! (Best customer service I've ever had!), and we chatted about my order and added some other stuff, and talked about tires and spokes and dual discs, quite an informative conversation for me (Thanks Ted!). I'm constantly impressed by "airheads". The ones i've met have been great guys:)

    After talking to Ted, instead of putting things back together, I took more apart - removing the front and top covers to see what's in there. I touch any of these mystery parts (I don't know what I'm looking at yet), but I have fun exploring and I'm sure I'll learn all about them soon;)

    I also got my carb kit ordered from Bing today, and got a line on a bunch of dual disc parts... I just need to decide if I want to/should spend the money (want is easy, should is hard)...

    a few pics, nothing terribly interesting i'm afraid:

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    Front Cover off


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    Top cover off


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    Is this (are these?) the points?

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    Is this the condenser?

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    Is this the diode board?

    (be gentle, remember I'm new;) )

    Spencer
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  20. Airhead Wrangler

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    Nope. Alternator brushes. Points run off the cam shaft down at the bottom of that curvy rubber hose under the alternator

    Yes.

    Yes. Careful putting the front cover back on. It's possible to short out the positive terminal on the diode board and fry it. It's best for newbies to disconnect the ground on the battery before removing the front cover. Either that or be sure to pull the cover straight OUT. Don't slide it down when removing it.
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