The thing I hate most adjusting on my Airhead is....

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Solo Lobo, Feb 12, 2011.

  1. Solo Lobo

    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing

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    As I was fine tuning the clutch adjustment on my Airhead tonight I realized how much I really hate this job... stupid skinny little nuts :becca

    How about you? What's the job you just can't stand ?


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  2. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

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    Getting the rubber "nubs" over the brake/clutch switches on the controls of my '74.
    Getting the springs on the Reynolds Ride-Off stand.

    Both jobs are the most time consuming for the least reward.
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  3. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Oh, no the worst job is adjusting the swing arm bearings!!!

    I was going to say stop your whining beatch, but didn't want to tick you off!:dllama
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  4. fishkens

    fishkens Long timer

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    I've cut a 14 ga bicycle spoke to the correct length for measuring the position of the clutch arm. As an added bonus, it's 2.0mm in diameter and can be used as a gauge for free play at the clutch lever.

    Not that that helps with the damn locknut but I thought I'd mention it. It's one less thing to think about when doing this task.

    I don't look forward to bleeding brakes.





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  5. 4ad

    4ad ochlacrat

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    two words.....driveshaft boot

    I feel sorry for the guy who had to do this at the factory!
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  6. Hawk Medicine

    Hawk Medicine Coyote's Brother

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    Bleeding the friggin brakes has to be the worst!

    I have every brake tool known to man and speed bleeders on the calipers but there always one teeny tiny bubble, that takes two people and an extra hour of pumping to clear.

    Bleeding brakes is right up there with changing the steering head bearings! :lol3
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  7. WooPig

    WooPig Gravel Traveler

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    Anything that requires going deep into the GS fairing. But I agree that driveshaft boot takes the prize.
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  8. Solo Lobo

    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing

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    I labeled a few yellow zip ties with the correct length and cut them to width... the spoke is a better idea, but I don't have any!
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  9. fishkens

    fishkens Long timer

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    Next time you're in a bicycle store or REI ask the shop guys for a 14 ga spoke. They may charge you 20 cents for it...along with the funny look for asking for a single spoke. Get a double-butted spoke if you want to save some weight in your traveling tool kit. :D
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  10. DaveBall

    DaveBall Long timer

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    The clutch adjustment process is my pet peeve. I have no problem bleeding brakes and doing just about anything else on my bikes. Even the rear disk on my RT isn't an issue, and mine works perfectly.

    But the dumb method of adjusting that clutch is just a pain in the butt.
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  11. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

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    Now that you guys mention it, I never had a problem bleeding the brakes on my airheads.. until I just did it on my R75. I'll bet I pumped it 200+ times.
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  12. pommie john

    pommie john Long timer

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    Ha! I adjust the clutch on my racebike ...on the move.
    I adjust it so it doesn't drag while I'm in the pits, then out on the track, if it slips, I back off the handlebar adjuster 'till it doesn't slip any more.

    Not factory spec, but hey, it works :evil
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  13. Country Doc

    Country Doc Wanderer

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    Driveshaft boot! Gawd!!! :lol3

    Ok, trying to line up the driveshaft/FD couplings on a Paralever is just as frustrating, probably more so, then aligning a driveshaft boot. I just about set fire to the whole garage while trying to accomplish that task.

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  14. fishkens

    fishkens Long timer

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    Yeah, I nearly named the whole spline/diveshaft/ boot process as my nemesis but bleeding the front caliper was fresh on my mind.

    Keep in mind that none of these tasks come close to the sillyness of changing coolant on a VW Vanagon. 30 some feet of coolant lines and a system that requires the van to be elevated 20 degrees in the front takes tediousness to a whole new level.
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  15. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    Big +1. I hate that thing sooo much.
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  16. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    Put in my vote for the driveshaft boot.

    The clips that hold on the airbox lid help a bit. They're bent at a funny angle that helps to slip it around. I always hold the back in with my left hand then guide the rest of the lip around with the airbox clip. The last few times I've done it were pretty easy thanks to that.
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  17. rediRrakaD

    rediRrakaD Whoopdie do

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    Drive shaftboot...
    Remove lower shock bolt, raise swing arm up until it's perpendicular to the floor. Easy(er) install.

    Getting that one starter bolt in or out NOW that's challenging:lol3.
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  18. Hawk Medicine

    Hawk Medicine Coyote's Brother

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    If you think thats hard, have you tried to install or reinstall the top left diode board mount without removing the starter? I had to install one once on a 100+deg day, in a gravel parking lot in Moab Utah. OMG!

    I did it but I'll tell you right now that it absolutely cannot be done! No friggin way! :rofl
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  19. rediRrakaD

    rediRrakaD Whoopdie do

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    Yup, that's a bitch:rofl
    Tried it last Fall @6:30 A.M. in Red Bluff. It was cold and didn't go so good:cry.
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  20. photomd

    photomd Been here awhile

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    Driveshaft bolts at the tranny and the rubber boot are take the cake for me. The rest is pretty straight forward.
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