Airhead "Tips and Tricks"

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

  1. 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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  2. Disston

    Disston ShadeTreeExpert

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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?
  3. beemeruss

    beemeruss Russ Supporter

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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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  4. 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.
  5. guywithchickens

    guywithchickens Been here awhile

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  6. MrBob

    MrBob Rabbitbrush Ranger Supporter

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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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  7. 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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  8. Disston

    Disston ShadeTreeExpert

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    If you mail it in. But there used to be an old guy did it on 14th street while you waited.

    Thanks guys for the info on making a rotor removal tool. I'll pass along the numbers and Milo can make his own.
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  9. MrBob

    MrBob Rabbitbrush Ranger Supporter

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  10. Big Bamboo

    Big Bamboo Aircooled & Sunbaked Supporter

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  11. MrBob

    MrBob Rabbitbrush Ranger Supporter

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    Someone told me this practice fell out of favor because of liability issues.
  12. DonniBoi

    DonniBoi Out of my element Supporter

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    I'm new to airheads but I found using two wrenches for valve adjustments is not needed. I was able to hold the adjuster with my fingers and use one wrench to snug up the lock nut. I was having problems going too loose or too tight. Just my two cents
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  13. Disston

    Disston ShadeTreeExpert

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    I'll have to try that one. Who woulda thought?
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  14. mark1305

    mark1305 Old Enough To Know Better Supporter

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    I think I posted this related tip way back - if the finned nuts are stuck (whether or not anti seize was used), try firing up the engine for about 60 seconds or so. It's just enough heat to expand and loosen mine every time. And I do use anti seize.
  15. ME 109

    ME 109 Long timer Supporter

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    Just bought my '81RS hi/lo head light switch back to brand new function with a spritz of food grade silicone spray.
    The switch was very lazy to return from the flash position, but the spray has worked very well and now it flicks back easily.
    I don't expect any electrical issues with the spray.
    I had my switch apart to re solder a connection so before replacing the switch lever I gave a quick spritz to either side of the pivoting mechanism.
    Difficult to do without removing the switch lever, but the lever pulls/prys off easily.

    There's another $500 saved from the auto electrician by being able to fix the thing myself.
    That's what I told my wife anyway, pay for the next three tyres sort of thing.
    I've got away with it for 26 years.
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  16. Runaway Train

    Runaway Train The Left-Right Tourer

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    I’ve been meaning to make this special tool for some time now. I usually only think about checking the oil in the morning before I ride to work, and since I work in an office now, I’d rather not go with grease on my hands.
    This “BMW Special tool” allows me to check the oil without getting my hands dirty.
    I’m going to stain it with 20w50 :)

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  17. TwoShoes

    TwoShoes How Many Shoes?

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    Love your idea :-). but check your seat, now you're going to show up at work with 20w50 on yer ass !
  18. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    why is there oil on the outside of your dipstick and what do you wipe the stick with to get an accurate reading?
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  19. Runaway Train

    Runaway Train The Left-Right Tourer

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    That’s not actually oil on the seat. I rode home in the rain, that’s leftover liquid sunshine.

    Plaka. I use a clean shop cloth to wipe the dipstick.
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  20. Disston

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    I have a rag in one of the pockets of my fairing. Another reason to have a fairing.
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