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Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by modrover, Apr 13, 2004.

  1. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    here is a link to the travelcade guys they make a seat cover for the TA, you might talk to them re foam replacement, also I think rocky meyer is going to be a a july BMW meet in republic, wa doing seat rebuilds, he is here on Advrider, never sat in one, but excellent reputation. :1drink

    http://www.saddlemen.com/saddleskins_street.html
  2. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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  3. Mechanista

    Mechanista manic depressive

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    TKC 80s are really the best tire for me , those in the picture have 9000 mi. I am really impressed with the way they handle the road even at higher speeds. thanks for the compliments on my choice of paint, I have had some guys really get pissed about what I did.
  4. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    9K yeow!

    pissed because your paint job? anal assholes! :1drink
  5. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    Just for the dudes that give you shit about your paint... add a little text for them! :rofl Heck, do if in the spirit of ADVrider! :lol3

    All in fun,
    Michael
    '89 TA
    '89 TA
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  6. Mechanista

    Mechanista manic depressive

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    You guys who've mounted high front fenders on your T/A's have heating problems? I had to pull mine back off and stick the low mount back on when the temps. reached 100.
  7. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    I haven't had an overheating issue or running hotter issue yet.

    Maybe you're just doing more slow speed trail plug'n now that you've got that higher fender on. :lol3 You big cheeky off-road bully-boy! :lol3

    OK I'm not really sure why it would run hotter. The two different types of fenders I wouldn't think would make that big a diff. I mean, it's water cooled and the rads. are still getting flow. Hmm... maybe some of that waterwetter stuff is in order. I've heard good things about it and you can mix it with coolant.

    Keep us informed of what you find. You might have a sticky thermostat giving you a bit of trouble. Hard to tell without pulling it out for a look see. At that point... I'd put a new one in anyway. :lol3

    Regards,
    Michael
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  8. transalper

    transalper Been here awhile

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    I have the low fender and still have some overheating issues. The TA temps jump when doing off-road trail work or I'm in traffic. Much higher than it used to. I've replaced the thermostat, flushed the radiator fluid, backflushed the radiator fins, and she still get's hot. My next step is replacing the water pump - it should be here soon.

    I have always been a bit concerned about the water pump because my TA has always made a strange whirring noise from the pump that gets worse when it's hot. It seems to be occurring a bit more frequently so the pump replacement is a bit of preventative maintenance regardless if it solves the overheating issue.
  9. Mechanista

    Mechanista manic depressive

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    My heating problem really started on the hiway jaunts, after putting the low fender back on it the thing started to run much cooler. And yeah! I have also heard a weird whirring coming from the pump area too! Maybe you are on to something there, please keep us informed on that! I was wondering if any one had come up with a type of high fender that worked better than others, like a style that had louvers at the rear or something to help air get to the rads. I really need a high fender cause somehow I always end up crossing a muddy bentonite infested wash or something like that!
  10. hardybaker

    hardybaker Been here awhile

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    Well, I can't say much about it yet, because I have only seen a picture of it on ebay. The scoot is thirteen hundred miles away but I should have in a couple of weeks. It's all ya'lls fault. If I hadn't been reading the posts on the TA's, I probablly would still be satisfied with my BMW's. Please keep the posts comming as I have a lot to learn. Your favorite web sites????? Thanks, HB
  11. wpbarlow

    wpbarlow Long timer

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    Try installing a manual switch for the fan to turn it on in advance of the temp going up. Though I haven't done this yet for my TA, it worked very well for my VF1000F. I suspect that the problem (with the VF at least) is that the fan comes on too late.

    regards,
  12. transalper

    transalper Been here awhile

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    Good idea. I got my water pump yesterday, but it did not come with any gaskets. Arrrrrrrgh!
  13. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    Hey, post a picture of that water pump so I can see the backside of it please. :thumb

    I'm interested in what it looks like. Also, let us know how she sounds and cools with the new pump. Hey, what'd you pay for that thing?

    Regards,
    Michael
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  14. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    Great work everyone! Let's keep this going. :thumb

    I'm know I'll be posting more mods as this summer goes on... I just have get a bit of cash together to do those mods. Damn! I hate having to make money from nothing! :lol3

    Regards,
    Michael
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  15. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    I've posted this jacket in the for sale section (full description of it there), but wanted to see if any of you had a Corbin seat to trade for it. I'd be interested in a Givi box setup also. Let me know. I won't be putting for sale stuff here and pissing people off... just thought I'd ask this one time. :D I mean, everyone who rides a TA gets the kickback emails so I thought I'd get better coverage. :rofl

    Regards,
    Michael
    '89 TA
    '89 TA
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    PS Any other non-factory seat might be of interest. Or... if you've got a good idea on removing the stock cover and putting some better foam on it... let me know on this.

    Oh yeah, I've got a perfect (and I do mean perfect) blue stock seat with the grab handle thingy on it I could trade or sell ($100). It only has 3900 miles on it and looks brand spank'n new! I'd have to have another seat before I let this one go... it'd be hell to ride without it. :lol3

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  16. transalper

    transalper Been here awhile

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    I will post results after the install. It may be a while the way this summer is going. I paid around $160 for it.

    Here's the diagram at Bike Bandit (I received part #2 but still need to order #4)
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  17. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    That water pump looks to be an easy job. If I had an extra $160 I might just treat my 35K TA to one! :nod

    I'd use the Honda pre-mix coolant from the dealership when doing it. It's so damn easy! :thumb

    Yes, do let us know how it works out.

    Regards,
    Michael
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  18. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    Just thought I'd share some info. I learned while installing these petcock rebuild kits... enjoy. :D

    OK Here's the scoop... I ordered the genuine Honda side covers before I found out that those diaphragms can be had in a kit for half the price. Oh well... at least you guys informed me... I just should have waiting for all the replies to come back before JUMPING! HA!

    Anyway, those rebuild kits are only like $16 so what the hell... I got a couple of those too. Yes, I did say two. Remember, I have two '89 TA bikes. Kind of a blessing and a curse. ;^)

    Part number for K&L rebuild kit 18-2701 (contains 2 diaphragms, 2 o-rings, and 1 spring) $16.95 ea

    Part number for Honda factory side cover kit 16953-ME5-005 (contains 2 diaphragms, 1 spring, 1 AL spacer that sandwich between the diaphragms, 1 AL spacer that fits between the petcock body and the outer cover, 1 AL outer cover, and 4 screws) $27.95 ea

    I elected to use the Honda kits as I couldn't resist installing that pretty new cover! I plan to keep the two rebuild kits as spares.

    Here is some interesting info. I found out. You might already know this or not, but this is my .02

    1) The 2 diaphragms actually do act as a mini fuel pump. The relationship of the tank to the carbs. is such that gravity alone isn't enough. The light action pumping of the diaphragms provides that little bit extra needed.

    2) You don't have to worry about flooding your bike if these diaphragms breakdown. If you always remember to turn the petcock to the OFF position this will never happen. The valve shuts off the fuel completely. I guess the petcock valve could leak causing the fuel to flood the motor, but I don't think it's a problem. The diaphragms also shut the fuel flow off from the motor in the absence of vacuum. Kind of a safeguard. Yes, you can leave your petcock in the ON position (with good diaphragms) and no fuel will flow, but turning the petcock to OFF is like doubling your protection. Plus, I feel it extends the life of the diaphragms a bit by not requiring them to take on all the responsibility.

    3) You don't have to remove the tank to install the kits. I just removed the side faring and had lots of room. As stated above, no fuel will run out in the OFF position when removing the side cover. The 4 screws are easy to get at and I'd say the hardest part was just making sure that spring got lined up right when offering the bits together.

    So, that's it. Pretty easy install and it goes fast. Having those crash bars might require a little more effort to remove the side faring, but they also make for handy holders. You can put a little bucket on the bars when you're finally doing the petcock test (vacuum with mouth on air line) and let the fuel flow into the bucket without holding it. Nothing real important, but kind of nice nonetheless.

    OK, that said... PETCOCK is one of those great manly words that always make me want to snicker a bit when I say it to someone that has never heard the word. :lol3 Got to love your Pet Cock... hey, if you don't... how can she? bah hahahaha :lol3 :lol3 :lol3 :lol3 :lol3 :lol3 :lol3

    OK, I'm a bit immature so what! Hey, it's just that that'll keep me young! :thumb


    Regards,
    Michael
    '89 TA
    '89 TA
    Van., WA USA
  19. arroyoshark

    arroyoshark Needing some space

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    You are one sicko there Modrover!!! Not worthy!! Turn in your Transalps to me immediately!! :lol3
  20. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    OK Now hold on...

    Did someone just change his avitar and go over to the DARK SIDE? :huh

    10 penalty points and you, yes... you, sir... must now hand over YOUR Transalp! :lol3

    You better have kept that old bike... you'll need it when the 950 breaks down. :evil

    Take care,
    Michael
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