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The Rockies Winter Wrenching Thread.

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

  1. spooph

    spooph Been here awhile

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    Yea yea, I know it's summer, but I thought since I posted up earlier, when the project had just begun, I'd finish the updates in this thread. The Loser is nearly done. A few little loose ends to tie up, but other than that, everything is gravy....

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    New radiator guard by HDB! 1/4" aluminium, dent now radiator!

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    Good thing too, cause it'll be going on a massive ride, soon, very soon. I'll post up when it happens.

    And yes, this time around, it's gonna keep the road tires, cause it's gonna be doing a lot of slab, to test everything and make sure tis all good... Then come August, the only asphalt it will be seeing is stuff to get to the dirt.... :D
  2. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Nice! You shoulda gave the Hellsickle skidplate a spray of black paint too.. so we can see all the fresh dents/scratches you put in it :D
  3. Dysco

    Dysco RN

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    There is something very, very wrong with you. And I respect the hell out of it. Nice work. :thumb
  4. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Validation of my tool purchase! :deal

    ...so when I broke a foot peg off the Husky last fall I bought a cheap set.. and then an expensive set of bolt extractors. I failed miserably and ended up drilling them out and welding the peg on.

    Tonight I went to install a new rack on the rear of the 950 and found the p.o. had overtightened/seized/rounded off two of the rack's mounting bolts :patch

    They were allen heads and looked round.
    I hammered an oversized torx into them... no luck
    I took the torch and heated them as much as I dared... no luck
    I cut slots in them with the dremel and pounded on them with a blade screwdriver and mallet... no luck.

    Then I got out my expensive set of bolt extractors that I had previously proclaimed were a "waste of money".

    :evil

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    I actually managed to get the extractors to bite!
    (and yes.. I actually grunted like Tim Allen when they did :D )
    The bolts were so tight they broke the head out of my drill :huh
    so I put a 3/8's socket onto the extractor, a size adapter and then a big breaker bar for leverage and actually managed to get both bolts out.

    Made my night :D

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    Old rack on top of new rack for size comparison:
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    :thumb :thumb :thumb

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  5. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer Supporter

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    Does this rack make my butt look fat?

    :lol3 Nice Geek. :thumb

    Marc
  6. wzd1a

    wzd1a Long timer

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    I bought a cheap tap set - and the one I used is still buried deep in the lower tripple clamp - oh well, three bolts works as well as 4 - right?

    Maybe, someday in the way distant future, I too can be refered to as a DSPO:D
  7. spooph

    spooph Been here awhile

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    I love it when tools do their jobs.... :lol3

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  8. justjarrod

    justjarrod sojourner

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    :raabia

    :bow to you, Matt.
  9. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    It's September already :patch Time to resurrect this thread :D



    Don't you love playing "find that bolt!" you just dropped into the bike :patch

    ...an hour of disassembly later...

    Finally after pulling the skid plate, left tank, the rectifier off, and then removing the hose bracket to pull the hoses out of the way I spotted it...

    Can you spot the bolt? (hint: dead center of the photo)
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    ...there it is.. wedged between the oil lines
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  10. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    ok.. so it wasn't that bad because I was doing an oil change anyway :D but when I pulled the screen and had a look at it I found another missing bolt :patch

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  11. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    I've been trying to find a parasitic battery drain on my 950.
    I think I found it :evil

    I have the GPS hardwired through this ACC fuse...

    Key off, no GPS hooked up (i.e. just empty cable):

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    The GPS cable itself also has an inline fuse.
    When I pull the fuse in the GPS cable...
    VOILA!

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    :deal

    So I'm out a $40 GPS cable. Here's hoping that's the only parasite :patch

    p.s. I also fixed my neutral light issue. I'd pinched the sensor wire under the bdcw side stand bracket ( the instructions warned me not to by I did it anyway :D )... I removed the bracket, un-pinched the wire, put the bracket back on and everything is good again.
  12. ganshert

    ganshert not sleeping

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    Are you trying to make it snow Ed?

    stop it!
  13. Blakebird

    Blakebird ran when parked

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    if he makes it snow....he'll be the first one to enjoy it, camped at 11,000 ft :lol2
  14. Brian-M

    Brian-M Melting in GA

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    I think he's working hard not to be "That Guy" this weekend.... since DirtBro isn't riding with us. :lol3
  15. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Yeah and I was "that guy" on the Jekyll & Hyde when my battery died and I snapped my side stand off :patch

    When we get back from the San Juans this weekend I've got 3 days to get the 610 back in tip top shape before Dirtfest.
  16. tgeliot

    tgeliot Topher

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    I've dealt with frozen threads on other things, but never spokes.

    Try liquid wrench. Drip it on and then tap, tap, tap. The vibrations help it flow into the threads. Then let it sit for a while.

    If I were dealing with just a nut and bolt, I would then go to heating it with a torch. I don't know if that's safe on a wheel.
  17. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Well you are busy doing all those bmw fluid changes Leigh... mind if I drop the R90 off at your place? :D
  18. pfb

    pfb Riding, not skiing.

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    ...and can I drop off a couple of LC8's at your place for a valve adjust and radiator flush/burp?
  19. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Speaking of.. we need together and do an LC8 valve check party eh?
  20. DakarNick

    DakarNick Swabee

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    Ya!!! Hoser!