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Discussion in 'Australia' started by dazza67, Nov 22, 2014.
Fixing/repairing ct muffler. Little more to do.
Nice job Beet. It can be a prick welding up rusty mufflers.
I’m thinking I enjoyed it so I’m gonna see about a TIG welder. My gas-less mig is ok, but. What do you recon??
I reckon you need a grinder
I'm one of the worlds worst tig welders so wrong person to ask Beet. I steer clear of rusty exhausts if I can but mates can be persistent. I have a really old CIG mig I use using gas.
After four months sitting I pressed the start button on the 690 and it started stated so took her for a spin.
This pandemic has affected my riding time, too much work in the books.
@Beet for anything not perfectly clean keep with a mig.
Took her into the sun and fired her up. Second kick.
Might have to move it into the lounge with a couple of the others.
Motor is in with new high/low counter sprocket. Some repair work to side panels. Dare I say - nearly there.
Dropped mine of (new V-strom650XT) to get a warranty issue fixed.
I picked the bike up new in early March, not long before the first WA lockdowns.
Managed to get 1,000kms on it during the first 4-5 weeks of lockdown as WA Police didn’t go nuts like NSW.
(I did laps from Fremantle to Hillary’s Marina.)
Took it in for the 1,000 km service and mentioned the front end was moving up and down a bit (pretty subtle but still obvious).
Mechanic just balanced the front wheel.
Put another 5,000 kms on it and took it back for the 6,000 km service (yep, water cooled V’s supposedly have 6,000km Service intervals ?)
Told them it was still bouncing. (To me it was pretty bloody obvious what the issue was)
Different mechanic calls me back to say the wheel IS NOT ROUND.
So the dealer puts a warranty claim in to Suzuki Australia (Melbourne)
I keep calling the dealer for news, “Well, Melbourne office is working from home”.
It’s e-mail, how hard can it be ?
Finally one month after the dealer applied we get approval.
Of course, no spare (gold) rims in Australia so it’s off to a specialist to be rolled and re spoked.
I’ve always been happy with the dealer, bought a bike from them once for the ex, had work done there before, so I am not going to mention them by name.
But Suzuki Australia were very slow to respond.
I only got action when I rang the dealer for the third time, after 4 weeks and the dealer then contacted Melbourne, who claim they sent me an automated text two weeks earlier to say approval was granted and to take it to the dealer ! !
They dealer tells me they never got any confirmation either and I believe them.
So, I guess working from home is the big excuse.
Yeah, yeah, it’s not life or death, but here in WA, with no movements restrictions I was looking forward to some riding/camping down south before it gets too hot and thought I’d just hold off until the wheel was sorted.
I don’t do full summer camping/riding trips over here.
Started on the rear shock... the clevis is currently soaking in some acetone with the hope of loosening up the seized rebound adjust
Rode the 375 at Wakefield (yesterday). Had to adjust the needle to get it working through the mid range but, it's running pretty sweet. Good enough to leave some cautiously ridden Hondas and Ducati's behind.
And took possession of a 955 Sprint ST too.
Today - I'm just feeling sore. My thighs are killing me. Unload the bikes and put the tools away. That's today.
Like a factory item
If you’ve not seen one. This is the leaver that activates the rear brake on the 1968 ct90 I’m doing up. Brake can be activated by hand lever at handle bars via cable(left side)or at foot peddle(right side)via adjustable rod.
Due to an awesome tip over on the XR400 thread, I plunged the shock clevis into boiling water for a minute, which freed up the stuck rebound adjuster.
Shock rebuild complete -- bike buttoned back up.
New exhaust sub-rocker arms installed..
Old ones had quite excessive wear..
New on left, old on right
That’s it, I’m so pleased.
Did some cleaning of throttle and oiling cable of ct90 today. Just blows me away what the japs did - so cool. I didn’t take a photo, found these on the net. I’ve worked and played with lots of bikes over the years. Not seen this before. Just so different. Note 17 is the slide that is connected to cable from carbie and is activated by turning throttle. 50 years of gunk stopped it turning and returning well. See how it goes once it’s all cleaned and oiled up.
Beautiful day in Brisbane, got an unexpected leave pass. Finally made it out past Bellthorpe. Nice, if dusty forest road.