Airhead "Tips and Tricks"

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by elmoreman, Sep 26, 2006.

  1. MrBob

    MrBob In the Pines. Supporter

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    Anybody know what this switched terminal is meant for? I’m thinking of wiring a USB port to it to charge my GPS and phone.
  2. Big Bamboo

    Big Bamboo Aircooled & Sunbaked Supporter

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    That looks like the wire that went to the emissions control solenoid under the starter cover. There should be a corresponding male connector in the same area. I've just plugged them together, but not sure if that's necessary or beneficial.
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  3. MrBob

    MrBob In the Pines. Supporter

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    The emissions stuff was removed by a PO, so that could be it.
  4. garandman

    garandman Wandering Minstrel

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    This is a "DOH!" item but worth mentioning. Rode my R90/6 to a Yankee Beemers breakfast. Went out to take a trip to the American Heritage Museum. No start.

    Duncan of Duncan's Beemers was right there. Told him "It doesn't even crank." He made two observations:

    1. "Four out of five bikes that roll in the driveway have loose battery connections."
    2. "A screwdriver will not get them tight enough: use a 10mm wrench."

    Sure enough, battery leads were loose - and I'd used a screwdriver to tighten them initially.
  5. folmonty

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    Was messing around with cable routing and had to disconnect the clutch cable several times. Found connecting several zip-ties together allowed for easy connection of the barrel fitting on the actuation arm. Not a lot of space to work when exhaust is all connected. 53A5BB3C-4FE3-4EAB-A6BE-7389F562B826.jpeg
  6. garandman

    garandman Wandering Minstrel

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    While ordering a right side battery cover that flew away (now I know to add a zip tie!) also bought a muffler wrench. Loosened then retightened the nuts and they worked fine.

    Others have recommended removing thrm yearly and applying Nev’r Seize. What say ye?
  7. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    Yup. loosen regularly!
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  8. sprouty115

    sprouty115 Long timer Supporter

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    Considering how easy it is to pull up a picture of someone cutting these off perfectly good engines, I'm not sure how anyone could recommend against yearly maintenance.
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  9. Disston

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    How tight do you make the exhaust nuts? Beings it is rather impossible to measure this torque it may be impossible to say but I think the manual has a pretty high figure. Don't have the manual here so I can't look it up. I make them tight enough to not leak but not much more than that.
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  10. SmittyBlackstone

    SmittyBlackstone Been here awhile

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    Copper antiseize. Only.
  11. Disston

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    I have been using the Permatex silver anti seize for 50 years. Works fine.
  12. SmittyBlackstone

    SmittyBlackstone Been here awhile

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    It is what I use.
    Don't be a d bag
  13. MrBob

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    Edit: Easy, peasy after getting a clear idea of how to make the adjustment using Youtube vids and some reading.
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  14. SmittyBlackstone

    SmittyBlackstone Been here awhile

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    It was not bad information.
    But I do agree you can use any hi temp antiseize.
    In my experience, the aluminum nut would sometimes still stick to the head.
    I learned that copper antiseize, being of a different metal, would not seize.
    I still loosen them once a year when servicing all of them.
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  15. Disston

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    My neighbor, Milo, has been building cafes and such for a few years. He doesn't only pick on Airheads but has lately begun on them too. So I'm his resident "expert" and lend him tools sometimes. I can't find my rotor removal bolt. So what is the length of a hardened rod, maybe a drill shank, that can be used with the stock rotor holding bolt to remove the rotor? If I was to guess I'd say 30 mm. But maybe 40 mm would be better? See guessing doesn't work for me too well. Anybody know?
  16. beemeruss

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    I read somewhere that one of the studs from a valve cover will work in a pinch for a field repair but have not tried it myself. My special removal bolt has not wandered away yet.
    Cheers, Russ
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  17. MrBob

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    Today we pulled the back wheel and I cleaned out the ton of dust in the brake drum and deglazed the shoes. Pulled both front calipers and added new pads.
    The result is a dramatic increase in braking power.
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    guywithchickens Been here awhile Supporter

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  19. MrBob

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    Inspection of the rear brake shoes showed areas where they weren't full contacting the braking surface of the drum. Oh, for the days when you took drum and shoes to the machine shop to have the shoes properly arced.
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  20. Big Bamboo

    Big Bamboo Aircooled & Sunbaked Supporter

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    Vintage Brake still offers this service. https://www.vintagebrake.com/info.htm
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