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Forum: Airheads 07-21-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 516
Posted By photomd
Mine was a rotator. I could only see mine at...

Mine was a rotator. I could only see mine at night and I kept seeing 14v. I checked grounds, redid every connection I could touch and it improved, but never went away. Then I took a road trip. On my...
Forum: Airheads 07-19-2014, 06:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 578
Posted By photomd
IMHO, if you want dual rotors and calipers, I'd...

IMHO, if you want dual rotors and calipers, I'd go ahead and fit them, make the lines and see where you are. I don't think you'll lock the wheel. The only trouble I think you'll have is the amount...
Forum: Airheads 07-17-2014, 06:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 578
Posted By photomd
For brake lines and fittings I use these kits...

For brake lines and fittings I use these kits from MG Cycle (click here for the link) (http://www.mgcycle.com/index.php?cPath=110_114). I also use a tap set to figure out the thread sizes. They are...
Forum: Airheads 07-15-2014, 06:12 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,043
Posted By photomd
I think you need to pull the carbs and go through...

I think you need to pull the carbs and go through each part. In my limited experience, I haven't seen a bing that couldn't be rebuilt, but I don't have the parts sitting in front of me. If the needle...
Forum: Airheads 07-12-2014, 06:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,752
Posted By photomd
I used washers as shims to move the subframe off...

I used washers as shims to move the subframe off the shock.
Forum: Old's Cool 07-08-2014, 05:41 PM
Replies: 311
Views: 39,050
Posted By photomd
Awesome...the first ride is such a great feeling....

Awesome...the first ride is such a great feeling. :clap
Forum: Old's Cool 07-02-2014, 03:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,150
Posted By photomd
I think it is your ground. I worked on a Ducati...

I think it is your ground. I worked on a Ducati 748 that was boiling its battery dry. A shop had done some work on the charging system with an updated wiring harness. It was assumed that it would...
Forum: Airheads 07-01-2014, 06:06 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,762
Posted By photomd
That's where I was headed. If I understand the...

That's where I was headed. If I understand the oil flow correctly, and your crank and rocker bearings are OK, you should be able to replace the rods, shell bearings, pistons and rings.
Forum: Airheads 07-01-2014, 09:24 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,762
Posted By photomd
Bummer about your bike. Just out of curiosity, is...

Bummer about your bike. Just out of curiosity, is the crank OK?
Forum: Airheads 06-26-2014, 04:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 349
Posted By photomd
Mine did it too. I went round and round testing...

Mine did it too. I went round and round testing the system. Finally it dawned on me to heat up the rotor and test it. I heated it with a heat gun and the resistence would open up. I replaced the...
Forum: Old's Cool 06-26-2014, 02:42 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,568
Posted By photomd
Mine spewed oil from the breather when I bought...

Mine spewed oil from the breather when I bought it. I did the sump extension and set up the breather system like Dave Richardson outlines in Guzziology...
Forum: Old's Cool 06-25-2014, 05:21 PM
Replies: 311
Views: 39,050
Posted By photomd
You're on the right track. We've all been there....

You're on the right track. We've all been there. I bet you find one thing wrong and my bet it's in the timing case. That's a cool bike and you've done a great job. That's gonna be a great ride....
Forum: Airheads 06-25-2014, 05:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 425
Posted By photomd
If they're Brembo F08 calipers, I'd try if you...

If they're Brembo F08 calipers, I'd try if you have the helicoils. However, I'd weight the cost vs benefit: new calipers are around $135 shipped...
Forum: Airheads 06-23-2014, 12:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,009
Posted By photomd
I think which system you choose depends on your...

I think which system you choose depends on your needs; are you going to run heated gear, heated grips, etc ? I have the perminate magnet system on my airhead. I upgraded after my rotor died. I now...
Forum: Airheads 06-14-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,546
Posted By photomd
Oh yeah...disconnect the battery before you...

Oh yeah...disconnect the battery before you remove the front cover. If you don't, you can short out the diode board on the cover letting out precious blue smoke.

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Forum: Airheads 06-14-2014, 07:14 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,546
Posted By photomd
Pull your front cover and check the resistance...

Pull your front cover and check the resistance across the across the two brass rings. You'll need to put a piece of card board under the brushes to get a good reading. I think it should read 3 ohms....
Forum: Airheads 06-14-2014, 06:53 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,546
Posted By photomd
Is your charge light on before you start the...

Is your charge light on before you start the bike?

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Forum: Airheads 06-14-2014, 06:24 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,546
Posted By photomd
To load test it, put your volt meter on the...

To load test it, put your volt meter on the battery and hit the starter. It shouldn't drop below 10v.

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Forum: Airheads 06-05-2014, 05:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,104
Posted By photomd
What are you...Overhaulin'? Really? A rebuild in...

What are you...Overhaulin'? Really? A rebuild in one day?

In all seriousness....she's gorgous. I'd love to hear how it runs.
Forum: Airheads 06-05-2014, 09:12 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,857
Posted By photomd
Ta-Da!(click here)...

Ta-Da!(click here) (http://www.autozone.com/autozone/accessories/Castrol-1-qt-20W-50-4T-4-Stroke-motorcycle-oil/_/N-25ie?itemIdentifier=493839_0_0_)
Forum: Airheads 06-04-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,857
Posted By photomd
I think understanding why something is in the oil...

I think understanding why something is in the oil and getting what meets your needs is more important. I like what Dave Richardson says in Guzziology. To paraphrase, he says buy an oil that fits your...
Forum: Airheads 06-04-2014, 05:09 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,857
Posted By photomd
If it's API rating is SG, it's got 1000-1400 PPM...

If it's API rating is SG, it's got 1000-1400 PPM zinc. Castrol GTX is API rating SG, it's $5.99 at Autozone and 1-2x per year it goes on sale for around $3. What is so magical about Spectro?
Forum: Airheads 06-02-2014, 05:14 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,261
Posted By photomd
To the original poster, look in your manual for...

To the original poster, look in your manual for the API rating in relation to the engine oil. For my airhead it's SG. Make sure whatever you pick has SG or whatever your manual states you need. I run...
Forum: Airheads 05-25-2014, 06:32 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,796
Posted By photomd
Dang...that get turbo'ed RT gets the imaginative...

Dang...that get turbo'ed RT gets the imaginative juices flowing: that's just plain cool. :thumb If you have time, I'd love to hear the details of the build.
Forum: Airheads 05-24-2014, 07:39 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,784
Posted By photomd
In my mind, if you want to know it's working and...

In my mind, if you want to know it's working and when it's working, you need to set up an oil temp gauge. I don't think setting up a gauge would be very difficult: pull the oil pressure sensor,...
Forum: Airheads 05-21-2014, 10:58 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,260
Posted By photomd
It's a great all around bike. It's not going to...

It's a great all around bike. It's not going to blow your socks off in any one catagory. However, after 10 straight days in the saddle, it makes a lot of sense. Like I said, I put the electronic...
Forum: Airheads 05-21-2014, 10:25 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,260
Posted By photomd
http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc269/photomd/j...

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I have both...I love em. I...
Forum: Airheads 05-13-2014, 09:45 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,784
Posted By photomd
FWIW, mine only comes on above about 75F and then...

FWIW, mine only comes on above about 75F and then only when I get up to 60 mph or more. I'd say if you're air temp is 85+ and you hit the interstate for 15 or more miles at 75 or so, it should come...
Forum: Airheads 05-07-2014, 10:54 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 11,831
Posted By photomd
That's cool...I've been hoping you'd post the...

That's cool...I've been hoping you'd post the dyno. Great work. :clap
Forum: Airheads 05-04-2014, 05:21 PM
Replies: 507
Views: 26,391
Posted By photomd
Henry, you need this...

Henry, you need this (http://www.harborfreight.com/0-to-1-inch-range-digital-micrometer-895.html) or these. (http://www.harborfreight.com/3-piece-micrometer-set-66512.html) They're not the greatest,...
Forum: Airheads 05-02-2014, 02:44 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,894
Posted By photomd
akpasta, IMHO, this is not a big deal. To put...

akpasta, IMHO, this is not a big deal. To put some numbers with a head refurb, I had mine done. My bike had about 106K miles and I had no idea what had been done to the bike. I bought the bike as a...
Forum: Airheads 04-30-2014, 09:06 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,143
Posted By photomd
I'm in the "yeah...whatever" crowd about the...

I'm in the "yeah...whatever" crowd about the tank. I have a 6.5 gallon tank on my cafe. I don't care. I got the look I wanted. I hope the OP keeps posting despite the nay-sayers. It's a beautiful...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-24-2014, 06:26 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,984
Posted By photomd
When I restored a tank in the early 90's, a...

When I restored a tank in the early 90's, a mechanic at a local shop suggested kit from Yamaha. The kit had a first stage that was poured in with water and some sort of abrasive. I used a box of...
Forum: Airheads 04-18-2014, 05:57 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,143
Posted By photomd
Wow...what a cool build. You're living the dream....

Wow...what a cool build. You're living the dream. I'm loving the fabrication and seeing the end result. Post more, Post more! :clap
Forum: Airheads 04-17-2014, 04:01 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 995
Posted By photomd
Then I'd say you're good. That's a great feeling....

Then I'd say you're good. That's a great feeling. :thumb
Forum: Airheads 04-17-2014, 09:26 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 995
Posted By photomd
Mine did this. IMHO, it's related to sag as well...

Mine did this. IMHO, it's related to sag as well as the head bearings and swingarm bearings. With my bike, it would headshake badly when I first bought it. So I dug in and pulled it apart. I rebuilt...
Forum: Airheads 04-15-2014, 05:11 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,667
Posted By photomd
Here's Snowbum's method of setting the float...

Here's Snowbum's method of setting the float level (look at #6) (http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/bingcv-2.htm). It's what I used. IMHO, my bike also runs smoother once I discovered this page and...
Forum: Airheads 04-06-2014, 05:38 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,975
Posted By photomd
Ya know....life is a balance. IMHO, finding the...

Ya know....life is a balance. IMHO, finding the right balance for your needs makes riding much better. For example, I ride with several groups. One group is on modern 100+ HP bikes and they ride like...
Forum: Airheads 04-06-2014, 05:24 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 5,119
Posted By photomd
Ahh..you're right. The work the fork is doing is...

Ahh..you're right. The work the fork is doing is the same: the weight of the bike and rider hasn't changed. That's an "ahhh haa" moment. I wish I had a shock dyno to play with. So the force to...
Forum: Airheads 04-04-2014, 10:40 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 5,119
Posted By photomd
Why? The spring doesn't care if it has a load or...

Why? The spring doesn't care if it has a load or not. The spring rate doesn't change. The force to displace the spring will change based on the slope of the graph as shown in the video



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