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Forum: Beasts 04-26-2014, 08:39 AM
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Posted By jwb
You can use any master cylinder that has the same...

You can use any master cylinder that has the same diameter, or if you want less or more lever throw, you can use any master cylinder you care to use (e.g. 5/8ths would have less lever motion).
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Forum: Beasts 03-26-2014, 12:42 PM
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Posted By jwb
How's that brake cable routing working out for...

How's that brake cable routing working out for you? I need to re-route both my brake and throttle because of interference from the junk I've got strapped to the front of my bike.
Forum: Beasts 03-22-2014, 03:53 PM
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Posted By jwb
Pals, I was cleaning out the garage and decided...

Pals, I was cleaning out the garage and decided to give away all these scrap parts of my '89 TA that I don't use any more, like fairings and headlights and stuff. See...
Forum: Beasts 03-21-2014, 11:28 AM
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Posted By jwb
Just put a uniform film of oil on the surface...

Just put a uniform film of oil on the surface with your finger before installing the valve covers.

On my bike, the gasket is glued into the valve cover with semi-permanent glue. I don't know if...
Forum: Beasts 03-19-2014, 09:34 PM
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Posted By jwb
Yeah, I think it's pretty clear to me at this...

Yeah, I think it's pretty clear to me at this point that the ring with the fancy surface treatment (looks like chromed around the circumference and nitrited on the top and bottom faces?) is the top...
Forum: Beasts 03-19-2014, 06:01 PM
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Posted By jwb
Ah well the Honda common manual says the top ring...

Ah well the Honda common manual says the top ring is chromed and the bottom one is uncoated black (page 11-13).
Forum: Beasts 03-19-2014, 05:21 PM
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Posted By jwb
So the new set of Honda rings didn't clear up...

So the new set of Honda rings didn't clear up anything about my problem. The OEM rings are indeed both marked "N" which frankly is @$&*ing useless. Why couldn't they have marked one "A" or "O" or...
Forum: Beasts 03-19-2014, 05:18 PM
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Posted By jwb
Well ONE of these engines really ought to go back...

Well ONE of these engines really ought to go back in the transalp!

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-GCxQn_aq0bI/UyozZtqpw4I/AAAAAAAAHHw/e43VJBlKt40/w913-h685-no/IMG_20140319_142112.jpg
Forum: Beasts 03-18-2014, 08:47 AM
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Posted By jwb
The switch is pretty generic. You should be able...

The switch is pretty generic. You should be able to get one from a '93 xr650l. They are listed as available on bikebandit.
Forum: Beasts 03-17-2014, 02:37 PM
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Posted By jwb
Nice. What silencer is that?

Nice. What silencer is that?
Forum: Beasts 03-09-2014, 10:59 AM
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Posted By jwb
The problem is some gear teeth are cut right into...

The problem is some gear teeth are cut right into the shafts. You could swap but you'd have to pay attention to the ratios.

I got a salvage hawk engine for $200 with the intention of seeing what...
Forum: Beasts 03-08-2014, 05:08 PM
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Posted By jwb
50k miles on the clock, although with the wrong...

50k miles on the clock, although with the wrong sized front tire (from the 90s!) when I bought it, so I reckon it indicates more miles than it has. I opened it up because on a recent 700-mile desert...
Forum: Beasts 03-07-2014, 08:35 PM
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Posted By jwb
OK, good info. Thanks. Dunno what I'll do...

OK, good info. Thanks.

Dunno what I'll do if I find out the selector forks are bent or whatever. It's not like you can get new ones.
Forum: Beasts 03-07-2014, 06:55 PM
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Posted By jwb
Front cylinder is similar to the rear. Piston...

Front cylinder is similar to the rear. Piston has vertical scuffs, but on the intake side of the front. Rings seemingly are both upper rings. Neither ring shows any taper, both are stamped "N". I...
Forum: Beasts 03-06-2014, 09:17 AM
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Posted By jwb
I think I can rule out coolant leaks. The...

I think I can rule out coolant leaks. The coolant I took out of this engine was as clean as can be, and the expected volume thereof.
Forum: Beasts 03-06-2014, 06:40 AM
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Posted By jwb
One of the plugs is cracked, yeah. The whole rig...

One of the plugs is cracked, yeah. The whole rig was running really lean for who-knows-how-long. The float levels were low when I bought it and it ran quite poorly until I adjusted the carbs.
...
Forum: Beasts 03-05-2014, 10:04 PM
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Posted By jwb
The PO was a card-carrying imbecile, as I've...

The PO was a card-carrying imbecile, as I've previously indicated here.



Indeed. This is as it came out of the motor. New piston? Could be.



Yes, that's the exhaust side of the...
Forum: Beasts 03-05-2014, 09:02 PM
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Posted By jwb
Here's some yucko-barfo for you. Rear cylinder...

Here's some yucko-barfo for you. Rear cylinder exhaust valve. Not actually all that bad, although the seat is filthy and a bit too wide. These valves are headed for the dustbin, as I have new...
Forum: Beasts 03-05-2014, 10:04 AM
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Posted By jwb
They are Vesrah, they appear to be authentic...

They are Vesrah, they appear to be authentic 87-88 gasket and seal kit. From my inspection, the engine gaskets are identical. I think the differences lie in the other seals and thingies included in...
Forum: Beasts 03-03-2014, 08:00 PM
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Posted By jwb
Meh so I ordered gasket set supposed for K (1989)...

Meh so I ordered gasket set supposed for K (1989) and got a set clearly marked for H-J ('87-'88). Parts is parts? I guess I will give them a thorough inspection before opening the package and send...
Forum: Beasts 03-02-2014, 10:57 AM
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Posted By jwb
Although a quick image search suggests all XR650...

Although a quick image search suggests all XR650 do that. Eenteresting.
Forum: Beasts 03-02-2014, 10:54 AM
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Posted By jwb
That brake hose routing is ... unorthodox.

That brake hose routing is ... unorthodox.
Forum: Beasts 02-27-2014, 08:49 AM
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Posted By jwb
Mas335, all good points worth considering. After...

Mas335, all good points worth considering. After I wanged it out of the right side frame hole, the entire swingarm+engine apparatus fell by about a millimeter. You can conclude the bolt was dragging...
Forum: Beasts 02-26-2014, 11:11 PM
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Posted By jwb
Getting the swingarm bolt out of this thing was a...

Getting the swingarm bolt out of this thing was a right pain. I had to hit it HARD with a big hammer for two hours while pouring penetrating oil on it every few minutes. The bolt has some spalling...
Forum: Beasts 02-24-2014, 09:04 PM
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Posted By jwb
Thanks!

Thanks!
Forum: Beasts 02-24-2014, 08:26 AM
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Posted By jwb
Thread search isn't working, so please excuses me...

Thread search isn't working, so please excuses me if this is a repeat question, but what are we doing for gaskets these days? You can get both head gaskets, and you can get the rear base gasket, but...
Forum: Beasts 02-23-2014, 10:37 AM
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Posted By jwb
Yes, the "Chain Saver" is the one to get now. ...

Yes, the "Chain Saver" is the one to get now. They carry it at my local motorcycle dealer, and at WalMart (which is a surprisingly good place to buy stuff like motor oil and even motorcycle...
Forum: Beasts 02-13-2014, 08:44 AM
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Posted By jwb
You can set the odometer on the vapor. I have a...

You can set the odometer on the vapor. I have a brand new one on my alp that reads 53k miles.
Forum: Beasts 02-12-2014, 12:17 AM
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Posted By jwb
Clean shock == wasted weekends :1drink

Clean shock == wasted weekends :1drink
Forum: Beasts 02-09-2014, 02:03 PM
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Posted By jwb
Geez do they really take apart your forks at the...

Geez do they really take apart your forks at the inspection? In California we don't even _have_ motorcycle inspections, ever! Not even for emissions control.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-05-2014, 01:52 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 8,650
Posted By jwb
The language on the sign on New Idria just north...

The language on the sign on New Idria just north of the mine has changed in recent years. It now says this:
...
Forum: Beasts 02-03-2014, 09:25 AM
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Posted By jwb
Oh, you MAKE them. :clap I thought you were...

Oh, you MAKE them. :clap

I thought you were saying you found a minter in a flea market.
Forum: Beasts 02-03-2014, 09:23 AM
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Posted By jwb
Wut m8? Amazing.

Wut m8? Amazing.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-01-2014, 11:24 PM
Replies: 148
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Posted By jwb
Went through this area today. As far as I can...

Went through this area today. As far as I can tell, there's neither legal nor physical obstacles to passing through it. Saw other D/S riders up there having fun. WTF I don't understand is where...
Forum: Beasts 01-30-2014, 12:08 PM
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Posted By jwb
Nice, I was looking for an AGM battery for the...

Nice, I was looking for an AGM battery for the 'Alp yesterday. Strange that Yuasa doesn't spec one for this model.

Thanks for the tip.
Forum: Beasts 01-28-2014, 10:01 PM
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Posted By jwb
Isn't it the point of the crash bar to get messed...

Isn't it the point of the crash bar to get messed up, in preference to the rest of the motorcycle? If it was rigidly mounted to the engine then you'd bend the engine.
Forum: Beasts 01-26-2014, 12:03 PM
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Posted By jwb
You need not take off the dash, but you do take...

You need not take off the dash, but you do take off the forward fairing. The bulbs are attached to little rubber waterproof connectors that just pull right out. Don't take out more than one of these...
Forum: Beasts 01-25-2014, 10:37 AM
Replies: 17,210
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Posted By jwb
If your pilot mixture screws are all the way out,...

If your pilot mixture screws are all the way out, that's a good sign you should try the #40 pilots. I have them on mine. They work. Prior to that I would get ash and crap on the plugs at idle. ...
Forum: Beasts 01-18-2014, 10:19 AM
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Posted By jwb
A 1.1W LED should be MUCH brighter than a 1.7W...

A 1.1W LED should be MUCH brighter than a 1.7W heavy duty incandescent lamp.
Forum: Beasts 01-15-2014, 11:32 AM
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Posted By jwb
I use WD-40 to degrease everything. I basically...

I use WD-40 to degrease everything. I basically use it to wash the motorcycle :D The hazard to cleaning your chain with it is it can work itself into your bearings and degrease them, too. So best...
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