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Forum: The Garage 08-19-2014, 04:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 712
Posted By CycleDoc59
I'm finding that if I don't find an answer via...

I'm finding that if I don't find an answer via Google,
I very likely typed the question in wrong.... Working on
bikes and cars every day, I spend a lot of time "talking"
to Miss Google.
Forum: The Garage 08-18-2014, 07:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 712
Posted By CycleDoc59
The numbers used here are proper Kawa numbers: ...

The numbers used here are proper
Kawa numbers:

http://www.cmsnl.com/kawasaki-1990-c8-ar80_model12146/partslist/
Forum: The Garage 08-04-2014, 06:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,223
Posted By CycleDoc59
Coleman fuel is naphtha; the active ingredient in...

Coleman fuel is naphtha; the active ingredient in Seafoam.

Much cheaper, and is a powerful solvent. It will dissolve the
sludge. But remember that it is very flammable....
Forum: The Garage 08-03-2014, 05:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 572
Posted By CycleDoc59
Lowering link for Africa Twin here: ...

Lowering link for Africa Twin here:

http://www.whaccessories.com/Lowering-Kits-Honda.htm
Forum: The Garage 07-23-2014, 04:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 981
Posted By CycleDoc59
Maybe this will help you decide what to do: ...

Maybe this will help you decide what to do:

http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=2063439
Forum: Road warriors 07-18-2014, 05:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,282
Posted By CycleDoc59
Does the fuel pump run? When FI bikes sit, it's ...

Does the fuel pump run? When FI bikes sit, it's
fairly common for the pump to gum up, lock up.

If so, when the pump does not run, the ECU will
usually not make sparks...

If so, replacement...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-17-2014, 04:50 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,852
Posted By CycleDoc59
Time-certs are less likely to pull out than...

Time-certs are less likely to pull out than heli-coils..

But either can be tricky to seat properly. After the
repair, do not expect to be able to get full factory
torque; you do not need that...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-16-2014, 06:40 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,852
Posted By CycleDoc59
Each cylinder/head is held by 4 long studs that...

Each cylinder/head is held by 4 long studs that screw
into the engine case... When oilheads were just out,
in '94-'95, there were problems with the studs pulling
out of the engine cases. ...
Forum: The Garage 07-07-2014, 07:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 892
Posted By CycleDoc59
I can't often get them out w/vise grips or ...

I can't often get them out w/vise grips or
similar; I weld on a nut, back 'um out w/a wrench, and
replace w/a bolt....
Forum: The Garage 07-07-2014, 05:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 892
Posted By CycleDoc59
I fixed that exact problem on a Transalp Honda ...

I fixed that exact problem on a Transalp Honda
last week by welding a nut on the bolt stub and
backing it out with a wrench.

They should only be "snug", about 15 nm. Best
to use lock...
Forum: The Garage 07-07-2014, 04:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 696
Posted By CycleDoc59
My house, in East Virginia, was built in '87 and ...

My house, in East Virginia, was built in '87 and
is 1700 ft sq. I have two 12,000 BTU inverter
heat pumps, one in each end of the house. They
are 23 seer and both are on the same 15 amp circuit....
Forum: Road warriors 07-07-2014, 04:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 933
Posted By CycleDoc59
They are well known for failing crankshaft...

They are well known for failing crankshaft position sensors,
(Hall effect sensors). Usually they may fail while riding, then
work again after cooling, or just quit altogether, or fail as
you...
Forum: The Garage 07-07-2014, 04:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 892
Posted By CycleDoc59
You didn't mention what the bike is. If is the...

You didn't mention what the bike is. If is the split type, such that
the bolt you broke is a pinch-bolt, then it will be fine with only
one pinch bolt.

Sometime if they break flush, or near...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-01-2014, 04:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 657
Posted By CycleDoc59
At 73K it could well be time to replace the O2...

At 73K it could well be time to replace the O2 sensor.
And at only $89 it won't be a financial problem:
http://www.euromotoelectrics.com/product-p/o2-e022.htm
Forum: The Garage 06-24-2014, 06:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,095
Posted By CycleDoc59
"power vents?", not likely,....if so, they are...

"power vents?", not likely,....if so, they are not mentioned. And, if so he
would have no concern about a partial horizontal pipe run.
Forum: The Garage 06-24-2014, 05:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,095
Posted By CycleDoc59
From my days as a boiler inspector, I expect the ...

From my days as a boiler inspector, I expect the
problem may be the free air available for combustion,
rather than the exhaust piping. This should help
find out:
...
Forum: Beasts 06-21-2014, 07:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 765
Posted By CycleDoc59
Pull all the plugs and compare. If one is...

Pull all the plugs and compare. If one is noticeably
different, that cylinder has a problem. Lots of things
it could be; the plug itself, ignition to that cyl, injector
problem, throttle body...
Forum: The Garage 06-18-2014, 05:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 877
Posted By CycleDoc59
I like these folks. I have one of their TIG...

I like these folks. I have one of their TIG welders.

Good customer service, a lot of how-to vids, and
a forum.

http://www.longevity-inc.com/plasma-cutter/forcecut-40d
Forum: Road warriors 06-18-2014, 11:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 666
Posted By CycleDoc59
Better riders, especially those with road racing...

Better riders, especially those with road racing and
track day experience, don't use use the rear brake
at all for stopping. But do use it for maneuvering at low
speeds, on dirt or gravel, around...
Forum: The Garage 06-17-2014, 05:57 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,876
Posted By CycleDoc59
Nothing to remove; just loosen the rear wheel and...

Nothing to remove; just loosen the rear wheel and adjusters,
and push the wheel fully forward.

Chains come 2 ways; riveted or clip-type. Clip type
is DIY, riveted not so much. Buy new chain...
Forum: The Garage 06-17-2014, 04:39 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,876
Posted By CycleDoc59
How much do you weigh? Have you adjusted the...

How much do you weigh? Have you adjusted
the spring preload to level the bike to your weight?

The KLR rear spring is good for a rider of about 150-160#.
Beyond that, the rear collapses when...
Forum: The Garage 06-13-2014, 04:34 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,069
Posted By CycleDoc59
How 'bout this; switch to an 1800 Gold Wing, ...

How 'bout this; switch to an 1800 Gold Wing,
and run a car tire on the rear...

I recently replaced a Kumo that had over 15k and
still looked good, with a Michelin run-flat tire on
a...
Forum: The Garage 06-13-2014, 09:17 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,105
Posted By CycleDoc59
Sears doesn't make tools of any sort.... Over...

Sears doesn't make tools of any sort.... Over the years
their tools have been made by a wide variety of mfg. In the
U.S. for years, and now...who knows!

From the 'net:

The hardline...
Forum: The Garage 06-09-2014, 02:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,787
Posted By CycleDoc59
They do exactly what they are supposed to do.. ...

They do exactly what they are supposed to do..
make money for the seller. Absolutely nothing more.

"A fool and his money are soon parted": P.T. Barnum
Forum: The Garage 05-10-2014, 06:58 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,050
Posted By CycleDoc59
I've changed/balanced hundreds of motorcycle ...

I've changed/balanced hundreds of motorcycle
tires over 20+ years. First time I've seen anything
so simple made so complex.... An ant hill into a Everest.

(watch the tire changers work at a...
Forum: The Garage 05-06-2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,264
Posted By CycleDoc59
Fuel injected vehicles that sit often have stuck...

Fuel injected vehicles that sit often have stuck or gummed-up
injectors and stuck, inoperative fuel pumps. Fuel stabilizer is usually
good for some months, maybe a year. And stabilizer does not...
Forum: Beasts 04-20-2014, 04:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 759
Posted By CycleDoc59
Later motorcycles use lined cables, no lube...

Later motorcycles use lined cables, no lube needed....in
fact, lubing a lined cable can make operation worse.

However, the lever pivots on all bikes, clutch and brake,
with or without cables,...
Forum: Beasts 04-15-2014, 08:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 759
Posted By CycleDoc59
That bike has a cable operated clutch. So long ...

That bike has a cable operated clutch. So long
as some free-play is maintained at the lever, you
can adjust the lever throw to fit your hand, which
can make a lot of difference in comfort and...
Forum: The Garage 04-10-2014, 04:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,549
Posted By CycleDoc59
Exactly! I've had a couple of near-death "nail...

Exactly! I've had a couple of near-death "nail ripped a tube" at
highway-speed experiences. They were rear tire flats. If a tube
had ripped on the front; someone else would have had to type...
Forum: Thumpers 04-09-2014, 05:57 PM
Replies: 13,961
Views: 1,409,766
Posted By CycleDoc59
The stock KLR shock does have both compression...

The stock KLR shock does have both compression and rebound
damping. If it lacked either, the shock would move very quickly in
that direction.

The stock shock, if not worn out and/or leaking,...
Forum: The Garage 04-09-2014, 03:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,549
Posted By CycleDoc59
Many narrow rims don't have safety beads, which...

Many narrow rims don't have safety beads, which keep the tire in place
if it is flat. So, some folks (Woody's) don't want to remove the tube..
However, the tire can come loose from the rim if the...
Forum: The Garage 04-05-2014, 06:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,043
Posted By CycleDoc59
EFI pumps have very close internal tolerances to ...

EFI pumps have very close internal tolerances to
enable the 100+ psi pressure. When I have them
out to test run, I have to be sure to keep fuel/carb cleaner
or whatever inside, or they will...
Forum: The Garage 04-05-2014, 06:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,549
Posted By CycleDoc59
Simple enough to convert to tubeless. Don't need ...

Simple enough to convert to tubeless. Don't need
to use Sealall or any sort of tape. Just
clean w/alcohol and use Goop. Three applications
over 3 days since Goop shrinks. Now I carry a
plug kit...
Forum: Thumpers 03-24-2014, 04:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 515
Posted By CycleDoc59
The hoses are connected by banjo fittings, I...

The hoses are connected by banjo fittings,
I believe. If so, loosen them just enough to rotate
the hose to another position. You should not have
to loosen to the point of fluid leakage....
Forum: The Garage 03-08-2014, 05:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,270
Posted By CycleDoc59
I have found this helpful: ...

I have found this helpful:
http://www.weldingtipsandtricks.com/index.html
Forum: Thumpers 03-07-2014, 06:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 663
Posted By CycleDoc59
OldPete has it right. Think of it as a recipe,...

OldPete has it right. Think of it as a recipe, if
everything is correct, it can't not start...

-Adequate compression
-Correct valve timing
-Ignition timing correct
-Good spark
-Proper...
Forum: The Garage 03-07-2014, 06:00 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,802
Posted By CycleDoc59
That's just worn out, but if you want to ...

That's just worn out, but if you want to
actually "read" spark plugs, here's how:
http://www.empirenet.com/pkelley2/sparkplugreading.html
Forum: The Garage 02-28-2014, 03:00 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,655
Posted By CycleDoc59
Just bypass all that reading; go to ebay and...

Just bypass all that reading; go to ebay
and type in "Cree LED". Good, high quality
lights of all types at good prices.
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 02-28-2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 30,915
Views: 1,737,656
Posted By CycleDoc59
If you're gonna ride in the dirt, you need a...

If you're gonna ride in the dirt, you need a proper dirt bike.
Get rid of that wimpy, tall, skinny seat ride, get on 'o these:

http://youtu.be/ERSgFbURRNQ
Forum: The Garage 02-28-2014, 04:29 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,784
Posted By CycleDoc59
Yes, that is a chelation agent. More expensive,...

Yes, that is a chelation agent. More expensive, but will work
well and it cannot damage good tank metal. You can make
your own, if you like:...
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