The Loser: Road Warrior Addition

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by spooph, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Strap your car battery on the back. Some long cables and good to go.
    Used oil isnt that big a deal.
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  2. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    well I found the shift lever. It was with the spare parts all along, I just thought it was the wrong one because it wouldn't fit. After a lot of research I found out the shift pawl from the replacement Shadow engine is not the same as the one in the Ascot. So now I've got to pull the clutch and swap some pawls.
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  3. vintagespeed

    vintagespeed fNg

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    there must be a more "loser-worthy" fix to that problem... :D
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  4. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    Yes, we could weld some scrap steel directly to the shift pawl and shape it into a lever, but that creates some maintenance issues.
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  5. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer

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    Vice grips ?? :lol3

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  6. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    that thought did cross my mind, but I value my vice grips too much. :D
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  7. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    well she starts and runs, but has no power. The bike can't pull itself up the hill on the side of my house. It's like the mains are clogged, but it's not popping when I rev it up, so I'm not real sure what's going on.
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  8. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    It was a little tricky, but I managed to pull the pawl without even removing the clutch. Amazing.

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    Shadow short pawl vs Ascot long pawl:

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  9. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer

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    And Vice grips, Just as I suspected. :lol3

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  10. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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  11. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer

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    :clap:clap:clap:clap

    Great job.

    Marc
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  12. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    She's popping a lot like she's running lean. I don't think I cleaned the carbs when I had them out (dumb). This might have been contributing to the overheating issue. Guess I still have more work to do.
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  13. vintagespeed

    vintagespeed fNg

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    nicely done! long live the looser! :clap
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  14. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    The Loser made a brief appearance at the Elephant Ride, but nobody rode it. I was suspicious that it was running lean (still seemed to be heating up too much). I've rebuilt so many Honda V twin carbs this summer that I thought I had done the Loser's too, but I wasn't sure so I pulled them out. It turns out I hadn't rebuilt them. This is what I found when I opened the float bowl:

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    Somebody loved RTV gaskets maker as much as they liked red wires. Overall the jets were pretty clean, but the idle circuits were dirty. I removed the factory plugs that cover the idle mixture screws and cleaned out the full idle circuit and put it all back together and it seems to run well. The radiator temp switch even started working for some unknown reason (the fan now clicks on automatically :clap).

    It's time to take this bike for a real ride.
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  15. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer

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    It looks like the RTV monster puked inside that carb. :huh

    Marc
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  16. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Junkie

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    :lol3
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  17. Uncle Goo

    Uncle Goo Loser's Handler

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    well now that Paul got the loser running great I'm waiting for the snow to melt to get a chance to finally take it out for a spin.
    Thanks Paul for all your work, hopefully we'll have many goods rides together.

    --goo
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  18. toastmuncher

    toastmuncher I be new round here! Ello

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    What a fucking mess. :lol3
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  19. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    Just to be able to document this for future generations, the Loser's engine is now an '86 Shadow 500 with the shift pawl from the ascot.
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  20. DOUGIE444

    DOUGIE444 n00b

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    Glad you are the new keeper. Looks like some mechanical sensitivity was much needed.
    :clap
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