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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by JimVonBaden, Dec 17, 2012.
Don’t know Blue Highways-what is it?
Thanks, I might put it on my Kindle
Been making good progress on the DRZ forks for my R80G/S.
Bead blasted then painted the lowers. Cleaned everything. Reassembled cartridges and forks (added spacers to reduced fork travel). Used 1500 grit wet-or-dry to remove some minor scratches from the eBay DRZ fork tubes.
Will fill with 5W and insert the new springs tonight.
I'll figure out the brake line length tonight and order tomorrow. Then the only piece I'll be waiting on is the R100GS steering stem nut from BMW which is backordered.
Tore the KTM down and drained the oil, fresh filter and screens.
The is the initial service post engine rebuild. I'll also be checking valve clearances, replacing the coolant hoses and coolant. Bleeding all the hydraulic stuff, wheel and swing arm bearings and complete new drive line. Then tires.
Along the way, I'll detail it a good bit, and move things where I think they should be since they are not where I want them, post reassembly from rebuild. Wiring mostly now is the problem. No issues, just stuff not where it should be to work the best for the longest. Note the connector hanging down at the front of the motor? That wiring was routed in the most wrong manner. There are plenty of ways to do it, but to get it the most wrong way takes real ingenuity and determination.
And three huge zip-ties.
There are people working as mechanics who have no business being anywhere near anything mechanical or any tools. I'm not certain I'd let any of them pick the trash from the parking lot.
In some ways, I'm glad I don't have a big garage with plenty of lift space, this thing would have turned into a "Project Binkie" long ago.
"Travels with Charley" is another good book about road trips, if you are interested.....
My wife and daughter have been rearranging things here and in doing so, they pulled the cookbooks out of wherever they had them hidden. Along with the cooking books were three books I'd gotten over time, but never got to read as they are sort of about cooking, but more the science of the exercise. They were lumped in with cook books. So, now I have some reading materials that are new to me.
Not specifically travel books, but interesting to me at any rate.
The first I'm reading is, "What Einstein Told His Cook".
I've checked the valve clearances. They are a mystery. For the motor rebuild crank, conrods, pistons, rear cylinder and head, valves, cams, cam drive chains. And spark plugs that don't fit my wrench anymore.
Anyway back to clearances.
Rear Intakes = .014", Exhaust = .010"
Front Intake = .004', Exhaust = .013" / .011"
I'm not sure I understand how someone could manage adjustments, if I can call seemingly random settings that.
Pretty wild. I'm guessing the plugs are wrong. Could be 1190 plugs or something else. KTM/Husky dealer so who knows what the guy on the end of the wrench did?
I need to find some of that yellow tubing too. No idea where to buy that. The auto parts store across the street showed me fuel line for what looked to be tractor size or windshield washer tubing looking junk.
Running a cash register must be damned near idiot-proof.
It's just vent line I never want to get hard like the OEM junk.
Search for silicone fuel line or tubing. Lots of small engines (chainsaws, string trimmers) use it.
The key word you're looking for is "Tygon" fuel line.
And readily\cheaply available through McMaster: https://www.mcmaster.com/catalog/125/151
My local indy mower/chainsaw shop sells it by the foot.
Search yellow tygon hose
My Tygon will be here tomorrow.
I had asked at the dealer and they said they could order it.
And it would be $64, plus tax.
And the young lads at the parts counter had zero idea what Tygon was when asked.
The dealer is a 70 mile drive round trip. Tomorrow a van will stop at the end of the drive and somebody will walk up and drop it in my hands for a third of that.
I do still need to drop by the dealer to sort out the sparkplug thing.
And ask why the screwed up the valve adjustment
Took one of these
and one of these (eBay Condor Chock Clone)
and put them together to make a motorcycle dolly that holds bikes upright.
Aside from drilling holes through the dolly for the chock to bolt down, I had to make new pin bars for the chock rocker and stop since the ones that came with the chock were too wide to fit in the wheel channel. I have to buy more HF Dollies off CL and more Condor chock clones off eBay. I need a couple more of these.
Installed new valve stem seals on an old 4-cylinder Nissan diesel. It was my first time to open up that engine.
Looking on eBay, I see that the unbranded clone is $159.00, and the actual Condor chock is $154.75. Shouldn't knock-offs cost less, and not more?
Yeah, don't know what the seller is thinking. The price last week was $79.50 and I got 10% eBay bucks because eBay was running a promo.
Prepped the garage for the return of my '08 K1200GT Hourglass has for re-keying. I've replaced almost the entire front of the bike and now am preparing for first startup in two years. Come on Hourglass...(Really great shop in Buford Ga. Kyle, Charles and Stokes are taking care of me.)