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Forum: Airheads Yesterday, 08:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 506
Posted By Big John Sny
Ha, I don't get political, I think all news has...

Ha, I don't get political, I think all news has become commentary/opinion instead of news.

I just have been getting a very anti motorcycle vibe from a great number of people lately. I agree the...
Forum: Airheads Yesterday, 07:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 506
Posted By Big John Sny
It is getting crazy out there. My wife has been...

It is getting crazy out there. My wife has been hit and ran once knocking her over, luckily not a serious injury. Nearly happened again last week.

She was telling me tonight about this:

...
Forum: Airheads 05-21-2015, 03:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 466
Posted By Big John Sny
This was a problem on the GM LS series engines....

This was a problem on the GM LS series engines. Many techs refused to instal the seal dry and there was a high number of repeated seal failures where the seal would fail prematurely due to the seal...
Forum: Airheads 05-14-2015, 07:29 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,258
Posted By Big John Sny
Yeah, I did a lot of torque to yield bolt studies...

Yeah, I did a lot of torque to yield bolt studies when I did reman engine design for GM. The idea of torque to yield bolts is to get into the plastic region of the bolt so that changes in bolt angle...
Forum: Airheads 05-13-2015, 10:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,258
Posted By Big John Sny
Here is the crank sprocket. It is definitely...

Here is the crank sprocket. It is definitely toast. Cam looks a bit better and will probably ride.
Pulled the cylinders since the pushrod seeks were weeping anyways. I can probably just set up my...
Forum: Airheads 05-10-2015, 05:40 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,590
Posted By Big John Sny
Ha, if you are like me, after a week with the...

Ha, if you are like me, after a week with the parts bike you will start to have the thought, this is just too nice a bike to Part Out (no matter what it's condition). Then you will have a real...
Forum: Airheads 05-09-2015, 02:27 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,258
Posted By Big John Sny
I will do that.

I will do that.
Forum: Airheads 05-06-2015, 09:09 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,258
Posted By Big John Sny
Might be worth checking, but I am feeling the...

Might be worth checking, but I am feeling the early signs of beemer creep.
I think the think that bothers me the most so far is that the timing cover came off too easy. There is no interference fit...
Forum: Airheads 05-06-2015, 09:03 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,590
Posted By Big John Sny
I have been there

I have been there
Forum: Airheads 05-05-2015, 08:19 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,258
Posted By Big John Sny
Ha, that means I really am a tight wad if I wont...

Ha, that means I really am a tight wad if I wont spend 9 bucks, of course that doesn't cover shipping and handling :p

Looks like the timing chain has already been replaced, not sure if this was my...
Forum: Airheads 05-05-2015, 01:46 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,258
Posted By Big John Sny
I am just getting too impatient and too cheap....

I am just getting too impatient and too cheap. Glad it was just a warning shot. I can see how it could have gotten a lot worse.

I did successfully make a blind bearing puller to pull the...
Forum: Airheads 05-04-2015, 09:57 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,258
Posted By Big John Sny
I'm still a dumbass, but a lucky one

It came off. I hooked a big slide hammer under the head of the bolt in the bolt in the rotor. hit it with more heat from the plastic welder (which is awesome at getting small areas very hot without...
Forum: Airheads 05-04-2015, 09:06 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,258
Posted By Big John Sny
yeah, the rotor is still on there. seems pretty...

yeah, the rotor is still on there. seems pretty stuck. Sucks because it is a new rotor.
Forum: Airheads 05-04-2015, 08:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,258
Posted By Big John Sny
Okay, I'm a dumbass (alternator stuck)

So I lost my alternator removal tool and . apparently, I am just too much of a tight wad to go out and buy a new one since I had just bought a new one since the last one was lost in my house fire,...
Forum: Airheads 04-30-2015, 04:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 888
Posted By Big John Sny
How much are you looking at for the kit?

How much are you looking at for the kit?
Forum: Airheads 04-30-2015, 04:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 888
Posted By Big John Sny
The female plug looks to be in very good shape. I...

The female plug looks to be in very good shape. I will probably source the original plug. I figure I should dig through the original post that last post refers to and see if the boot is there too...
Forum: Airheads 04-27-2015, 08:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 888
Posted By Big John Sny
Thank you for the reply. Even at 35 bucks that is...

Thank you for the reply. Even at 35 bucks that is a lot cheaper than a new sensor. I think I will check to see if the mating end is dead too. If it is brittle I will change out the whole connector,...
Forum: Airheads 04-26-2015, 07:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 888
Posted By Big John Sny
Options when your electronic ignition pickup sensor plug disintegrates

Looking for some. My 81 had the plug completely disintegrated when I unplugged it. It is looking like they are like 700 bucks new and a couple hundred on ebay. The rest of the hall effects sensor...
Forum: Airheads 04-23-2015, 12:11 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,139
Posted By Big John Sny
The VW is almost exactly the same as the Beemer....

The VW is almost exactly the same as the Beemer. It even shares much of the same electrics. All the PIN numbers and wire colors are the same. Much of the diagnosis and thought process is exactly the...
Forum: Airheads 04-22-2015, 10:31 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,407
Posted By Big John Sny
It is a shame it didn't work. That is awesome...

It is a shame it didn't work. That is awesome creativity in the tool. Our production tools did have much thinner wall thickness. Wondering if that is hurting it.
Forum: Airheads 04-21-2015, 02:26 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,040
Posted By Big John Sny
I'm toying with just cutting down the end of an...

I'm toying with just cutting down the end of an old drill bit and dropping it under the bolt to push the alternator off to keep moving on this.
Forum: Airheads 04-21-2015, 02:01 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,139
Posted By Big John Sny
I have been at this point. Was using my 65 bus...

I have been at this point. Was using my 65 bus for daily transportation and riding my 77 airhead as my only bike. Got a job designing new car parts and decided I didnt have time and I was tired of...
Forum: Airheads 04-20-2015, 04:00 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,040
Posted By Big John Sny
Finally got some time to put the bike up on the...

Finally got some time to put the bike up on the lift and tear it down. The electronic ignition plug completely disintegrated when I unplugged it. I am pretty sure I nicked the insulation on the...
Forum: Airheads 04-16-2015, 05:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,156
Posted By Big John Sny
Funny, as ugly as it looked with the upper, I...

Funny, as ugly as it looked with the upper, I kind of like the lower by itself.
Forum: Airheads 04-15-2015, 11:34 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 8,083
Posted By Big John Sny
There is never one bike that does everything....

There is never one bike that does everything. Currently I am at 5 and if you add in my wife's and sons bikes we are at 8, plus the two I am repairing for friends then there is 10 bikes between the...
Forum: Airheads 04-15-2015, 07:59 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 8,083
Posted By Big John Sny
I had the VFR. It was a fun bike. Unfortunately...

I had the VFR. It was a fun bike. Unfortunately it was back when they were having their cam pitting issues and mine was pitted up. I am sure yours is much newer. I would like to try one of the newer...
Forum: Airheads 04-14-2015, 09:11 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 8,083
Posted By Big John Sny
No, not starved, but took a while and several...

No, not starved, but took a while and several dyno runs to get it jetted right with the open airbox, K&N, and the exhaust system on the bike.

Love how it rides and sounds now though.
Forum: Airheads 04-14-2015, 07:33 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 8,083
Posted By Big John Sny
I rode my monster to work. Been riding it since I...

I rode my monster to work. Been riding it since I decided to pull the R100 down. It has been a fun commute.
Forum: Airheads 04-13-2015, 11:38 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,233
Posted By Big John Sny
I usually use an impact driver. I don't even know...

I usually use an impact driver. I don't even know where the original bits are for my impact driver though.:lol3 I always use a 1/4 inch socket and the best fitting screwdriver insert I have.
Forum: Airheads 04-13-2015, 09:46 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,040
Posted By Big John Sny
I will definitely check for oil flow at the head...

I will definitely check for oil flow at the head before tear down. Thank you for the advice and luck.

At least this convinced me to get the Ducati back up and running. Been riding it too much...
Forum: Airheads 04-11-2015, 10:27 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,040
Posted By Big John Sny
Maybe it is the timing chain. I had discounted it...

Maybe it is the timing chain. I had discounted it because the timing was so steady, but it does seem to be making the same whirring noise that JimGregory's was. i am pulling it all down.
Forum: Airheads 04-07-2015, 07:15 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,407
Posted By Big John Sny
When I did work in an engine assembly plant i...

When I did work in an engine assembly plant i designed a tool that was a tube that tapered down. The clip fit in expanded at one end and was fully collapsed/compressed at the other end that fit into...
Forum: Airheads 04-07-2015, 04:54 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 8,083
Posted By Big John Sny
This is the same reason I hated my Kawasaki...

This is the same reason I hated my Kawasaki Concours. It was never relaxing. spent a year and a half trying to like it, but way tougher/dumber to work on and just felt too much like a Japanese bike.
Forum: Airheads 03-31-2015, 12:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,653
Posted By Big John Sny
I'm interested in all the RT stuff if you are...

I'm interested in all the RT stuff if you are throwing it out.
Forum: Airheads 03-29-2015, 02:06 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,040
Posted By Big John Sny
The fact that it turns off and on makes me think...

The fact that it turns off and on makes me think it is the needle bearings in the rocker shaft. It sounds like the noise emits from the heads and will some days be quiet normal valve tick and then it...
Forum: Airheads 03-24-2015, 09:10 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,040
Posted By Big John Sny
I ran a compression test and timing. I...

I ran a compression test and timing.

I didn't pull the carbs, just held the throttle open. Not sure how much it impacts the pressure, but I really wasn't in the mood to pull the carbs. The...
Forum: Airheads 03-24-2015, 05:50 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,040
Posted By Big John Sny
Thanks Bill. I am aware of normal BMW valve...

Thanks Bill. I am aware of normal BMW valve noise. I know many aren't and totally agree with you. This is excessive though and comes and goes. The coming and going of the noise is probably the most...
Forum: Airheads 03-23-2015, 06:35 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,040
Posted By Big John Sny
Thanks disston. I will check the...

Thanks disston.

I will check the compression. I was running it for a bit first. The bike had been sitting a while so I wanted to let it run in a bit.
Forum: Airheads 03-23-2015, 04:21 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,040
Posted By Big John Sny
Ha, not newer guy. Just worked in a machine...

Ha, not newer guy.
Just worked in a machine shop specializing in cylinder heads while I was finishing my engineering degree. Then set up the rebuild standards for some GM engines. Now I design valve...
Forum: Airheads 03-23-2015, 03:41 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,040
Posted By Big John Sny
i will check for pinging. It definitely is only...

i will check for pinging. It definitely is only happening on the right. It does sounds like real loose valves. maybe my right carb is lean. I can try to check that as well. it is just that it doesn't...
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