The Rockies Winter Wrenching Thread.

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Geek, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    A BIKE RELATED WINTER THREAD! :wings :D

    A thread to post details / ask questions about "wrenching on our rides" among our local inmates.

    Sure we have a garage forum, but this thread can be useful locally...

    For example if I see someone mention they are getting ready to change their cam chain, I might offer to come help.
    Or perhaps if one needs to borrow a tool or the like?
    I know I sure appreciated Shearboy and Invisible Dave coming over to lend me a hand the first time I did my valves on the Husky and the R90.

    Also.. I find that reading about what others are up to inspires me to get off my arse and out to the garage to get working on my To Do list.

    So... what are you up to wrenching wise?

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  2. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Installed my Oregon 300's GPS mount on the Lynx fairing today

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    While I was at it I installed the new "large size" Lynx windscreen. I'll post some pics of it up and down as I've been asked lots of questions about it.

    Old shield is the tinted one in foreground laying on top of the new clear shield. Holes are lined up so you can compare size difference:
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    I'm going to try and get out for a ride on Thursday to test it out :ricky
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  3. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    No pics. :cry But I've been prepping the 950 and Tami's XT for an upcoming 18 or so days in Baja. :D New brakes all around, brake disc on the 950 rear, shock rebuild on the 950, chain and sprockets on both, spokes on the XT, valve adjusts, re-jet, new Highway Dirt Bikes handgaurds, tires, not to mention lot's of little things, like locktite on everything. I've been busy. :twitch
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  4. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    What did your "shock rebuild" encompass Duke? I think my 610's shock is needing some TLC...
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  5. anomad

    anomad in storage

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    Doing all the thumper talk fixes. I swear those guys must have a market interest in locktite.

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  6. Hayduke

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    Well, I sent that to Morgan at Highland Cycles, so I don't know all the details. I don't know anything about shocks anyway. :lol3 I do know that the damping "piston" was siezed, and that the top shock bushing was beat to death/wallowed out. They rebuilt it and revalved it... it still isn't on the bike yet, so I haven't tried it, but I'll bet it's an improvement to the hardtail/pogo stick hybrid I've been riding. :lol3
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  7. Olas

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    I've been cleaning up the rust on my XR250's wheels. Went most of the way through without any troubles but a few of the nipples are completely frozen to the spoke. When I go to loosen the nipple the entire spoke turns with it. Any tips on how to free them up? I put some PB blaster on them a few days ago to see if it'd free them up but no luck so far. Hoping I don't have to cut them off....If I do have to though, is there any way to just buy a few spokes instead of a whole set?
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  8. Geek

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    My wheels are really beat up. Lots of loose spokes, not straight, etc.

    I'm trying to decide if I have "that much patience" or if I should just drop the coin and drop them off at Woody's.

    Anybody know what Woody charges for a "wheel tuneup"?
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  9. Geek

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    those tires/wheels look fun! :tb
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  10. anomad

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    I hope so. I have seen a lot of guys with dual sport tires front and back. I am not sure what I will do with it. I picked it up for about what a set of sumo wheels/tires goes for.

    Speaking of cam chains. Does anyone know how important the Manual Cam Chain Tensioner is for an '05? The dudes at ThumperTalk remind me of parrots that drink DRZ kool-aid.

    It would be fun to ride one that got the whole works from Sisneros Speed Works. He cranks them up to 50 something HP.
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  11. Cranky Yankee

    Cranky Yankee exulcero

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    Not sure what a tuneup runs but Woody's shop does some amazing things.
    I just got a spare set of GSA wheels from them for a really good price, including rotors. The front is within 0.010" of full true. :wink:

    Nice to have TKCs on one set and Tourances on the other. :clap
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  12. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    We have the "manual vs. auto" chain tensioner discussion in the TE610 threads too...

    I assume the engineers who designed the engine know far more about how to adjust my cam chain than I do... so I use the factory auto-tensioner :D
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  13. SHOREBILL

    SHOREBILL Some Guy

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    I've always kept notes in the shop manual for each motor in the household.

    But when I fixed up this shop I got a dry erase board and mounted it right above my desk. I list each motor (chainsaws and lawnmowers as well) and what is on the to do list. Keeps me a little ahead of the game.
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  14. Blakebird

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    That's what I'd do, Ed. Have them lace up a nice stout wheel w/ some beefy spokes, and stop worrying about that part of the bike for a while. Whenever I've given the XR a once over, the rear wheel has been fine.
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  15. Hayduke

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    That's on the list for me someday too. My front wheel on the 950 is more of an octagon. :uhoh
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  16. Geek

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    That is a BRILLIANT idea! Why the heck didn't I think of that? :thumb

    I always have a "list of things" to do/adjust on the bikes when I get back from a ride. Sometimes I jot it on a piece of paper (and promptly lose it).. sometimes (like with my rear brake pads recently) I buy the parts and lose them in the pile and find them months later and go "ooops! I was supposed to change those".

    I just told Cheryl all I want for Christmas is a dry erase board (and a 990R but she laughed at that :patch )
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  17. Virtual Farmer

    Virtual Farmer Been here awhile

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    All,
    I have a quick question that I'm hoping someone has some thoughts on. I've chosen to use these cold days to wire up a newly acquired Autocom system to my 1150 GS which already has a GPS and connections for heated gear for the wifey. I've already got the relay and fused distribution setup but am having a heck up a time finding a place for the autocom system. I just picked up the SuperPro AVI and have read most the autocom threads on this site but the most recommend permanent mounting spots (on top of airbox and under seat) are taken up by my BMW alarm and toolkit respectively. I've toyed with pitching the tool kit but will undoulbtedly need it the very next ride :D. Does anyone have any other creative ideas? I don't normally ride with a tank bag so am not a fan of that option either.
    Thanks in advance
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  18. Duck_Pilot

    Duck_Pilot Retired Roadracer

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    I've got 2 project Suzuki's waiting a lot of time, and a bit of money:

    The GS-700ES ('85) sportbike to full resto-mod as a back-up ride for 'Lil Miss Duckie. Custom paint, different carbs with necessary machine-shop fabrication, hanging a new pipe, and general go-through.

    The '81 PE-175, collected 'free to a good home' from a friend of Opie's in Boulder. This one will be all function, not gonna worry 'bout how she looks. Neither running nor seized, the Ugly Duckling will get a freshened engine and carb, suspension, cables, brakes, and whatever mechanical she needs to be safe and reliable. As I'm hardly a dirt rider, this one will most likely become a ready Rockies ADV loaner for those needing extra rides. I've also pondered an auction for ADV-only members, with all proceeds going to a proper rider-oriented cause. I'll have already invested the time and money as a donation.

    The 700 will take much more money than time, while the PE will be very much the opposite. I'm still mentally tossing coins to see which one gets done first. :huh
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  19. SHOREBILL

    SHOREBILL Some Guy

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    :rofl I hate to admit to how long I used the lost scraps of paper method.

    It toook me a while to remember to do it, but when I get off a bike and am looking for busted stuff - I WRITE IT DOWN RIGHT THEN AND THERE - before it falls out of my perforated brain.

    Live Well
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  20. Geek

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    Move your tool kit to a fanny pack or a tool tube and strap it on the rear of the bike. That'll free up your space.

    Here you can see my fanny tool pouch on the rear - its so large I can carry tire irons and tons of spares. I don't even know its there when riding.

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    And here are some tool tubes (I'm pretty sure I've seen pics of guys with these mounted inside the hard cases on GSs):

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