New (to Me) 2000 Kawasaki W650

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by The Jerk, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. The Jerk

    The Jerk Bring us some fresh wine!

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    No hammers please! If you need a hammer it means you missed something. :D

    BravoFox nailed it, you really need two 12mm Allens for this job. I have two 12mm Allen sockets which I can put on two breaker bars. One to apply a counterhold while I loosen the other one. One of the 12mm Allens is part of the axle while the other one is basically a nut that threads on to the other end of the axle.

    Keep note (or refer to the manual) which way the axle goes in and also note that the spacers are different widths so keep note (or again, refer to manual) as to which one goes on which side when putting it back together.
  2. jimbo-drxc

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    Many thanks - I don't think the workshop manual explained that very well (could be me). 12 mm Allen key just ordered.
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  3. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Transient

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    Cut a piece off your Allen and hold with a wrench.
  4. mattsz

    mattsz moto-gurdyist

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    ^ This. They fit good in a 12mm socket, too!
  5. The Jerk

    The Jerk Bring us some fresh wine!

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    Does anyone have any thoughts/feelings on the humble disc brake anti-squeal shim?

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    Does anyone even know if this is a Kawasaki part? It's not shown on the parts diagram. I *think* this was on my original pads when I replaced them with EBC, so I moved it to the EBC pads. This time when I rebuilt my caliper, I left it off. I have not had any pad squeal with or without the shim and on closer inspection it looked like one of the tabs may drag a little bit on part of the caliper so I decided to try it for a while without the shim (easy enough to put back in if needed).

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  6. BravoFox

    BravoFox Twin With a Kick

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    ChairmanMaose OneLessCar

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    Beautiful October....

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  9. mattsz

    mattsz moto-gurdyist

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    Beautiful, as always!
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    Thanks :thumb
  11. mattsz

    mattsz moto-gurdyist

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    But watch out for whatever heavy vehicles are making a mess of that road...
  12. ChopperCharles

    ChopperCharles Long timer

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    When a truck fails through there and comes off a turn, I've seen the tow truck plant itself into the pavement while using the tow cable to pull the trailer sideways -- after liberally oiling up the wheels and pavement. This creates two big divots in the pavement where the truck digs in. I don't know what this part is called, but it digs into the pavement near the apex. This then needs to be repaired. Perhaps a truck or two got stuck recently.

    I have a video of that from 2006 or so... unfortunately with a shitty camera (It was 2006 they were all shitty digital cameras back then). I might have even posted it in this thread ages ago.

    Charles.
  13. abhiram

    abhiram Been here awhile

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    Hi all,

    Is there a trick to pulling the spark plugs out of thier recessed holders?
    I was able to use a ratchet with a 16mm sprocket to unscrew them, but they wouldn't come out.
    Gave up and torqued them back to spec.

    FYI, I don't have the toolkit that came with the bike. I am using a spark plug socket, I bought off Homedepot.



    Thanks!
  14. pjensen641

    pjensen641 Long timer Supporter

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    I use a magnet meant for retrieving dropped parts. But the spark plug socket should have a rubber element that grabs the spark plug too.
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  15. mattsz

    mattsz moto-gurdyist

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    The OEM toolkit socket has an interior sleeve for grip. The magnet probably will work; or maybe you could get some sort of thin foam or something and roll a layer into your socket to accomplish the same...
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  16. abhiram

    abhiram Been here awhile

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    Cool! Thanks for the quick reponse guys.

    Will give your suggestations a go this week!


    Cheers!
  17. mitchxout

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    If you have a piece if small fuel hose, you can fit it on top of the plug after it's loose but not unthreaded all the way. Then carefully unscrew using the hose extension.
  18. mattsz

    mattsz moto-gurdyist

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    ^ this, too. I've done it with clear plastic tubing left over from my beer brewing days...
  19. jimbo-drxc

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    Knee grips - can you fit the early fat type onto later tanks with the slimmer grips? Do they have the same brackets with captive nuts?
    Got my fat ones on ebay but a prospective buyer says his tank doesn't have the brackets. Thought they were interchangeable.
  20. The Jerk

    The Jerk Bring us some fresh wine!

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    Owner's toolkit still available! Only $91.72! :D

    (actually though it is a pretty good toolkit especially relative to what comes with bikes nowadays)

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