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Old 02-07-2013, 07:03 PM   #20521
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Hey Mickey
Sorry about that. I was trying to get that posted in between flights. Make that 7 intrepid adventurers. Wouldn't want it any other way. I just got back to RIC. Lots to do tonight. See you in the morning.
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:26 PM   #20522
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Hey Mickey
Sorry about that. I was trying to get that posted in between flights. Make that 7 intrepid adventurers. Wouldn't want it any other way. I just got back to RIC. Lots to do tonight. See you in the morning.
No problem .

Here's a little inspiration for the ride out tomorrow.

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Old 02-08-2013, 05:04 AM   #20523
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You guys have fun and be careful over in WV this weekend.

PS: This is a pic from Canaan Valley last weekend. Not sure how much snow Spruce has but if Canaan is an indication you should see 18"-24".

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Old 02-08-2013, 05:21 AM   #20524
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Quick question for ya ... say you were changing spark plugs, and the old plugs were stuck tight. You could assume that (a) they are left handed or (b) monkey-fisted in place. (Don't laugh, I've cranked so hard on wrong-sided bolts they broke off). I'm going with option B here.

Will it hurt anything to spray a little PB Blaster in there to loosen them up? Or is there another suggestion, besides ignoring them? (And yes, I already miss the extended jugs on the boxer engine. Man were they easy to access. LOL!)

Thanks gents.

Now to go clean and oil the K&N that was in there. Then change the oils. Then ... :-)
Try starting the bike and letting it get good and hot, that has always worked for me when I get a stuck plug.
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:26 AM   #20525
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Well, after wrestling with my ATGATT and rain suit for 15 mintes I'm finally ready.Bikes packed and ready to roll.Here's to good friends, good roads and good riding. See you FF's in a few. Cheers!
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:37 AM   #20526
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Well, that isn't happening tonight. Guess they need some serious time to soak. Not a one of them is moving. Sigh.

On the plus side, I did manage to remove two thousand fasteners to get to the dash so I could change a light bulb!

Actually, I'm kinda having fun taking things off and on. Good to get to know the old girl. I learned several things so far. One is don't fill up a 7.5 gallon tank to the brim, raise the bike on a lift, and THEN remove the tank. Might have been easier to do that one at sea level. Another is that it's easier to remove things that are in the way (can you say coils) rather than cuss and fight to get small things out of smaller places.

OK, just popped a beer. I'll continue to play tomorrow.
When the plugs/bolts do start moving don't try to bring them straight out. Work them back and forth applying more penetrating lube. Out a bit, spray, back in, out a bit more, spray, back in...A little precaution to help prevent more trouble. I use Deep Creep which is made by Sea Foam. Same formula I think and it sure won't hurt being in the cylinder. It runs into the threads so fast you may see a whirlpool. If the bike will run you may want to see if it is any easier with a warm engine.
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:40 AM   #20527
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Well, after wrestling with my ATGATT and rain suit for 15 mintes I'm finally ready.Bikes packed and ready to roll.Here's to good friends, good roads and good riding. See you FF's in a few. Cheers!
I think you guys are in for more adventure than you expect. I wish I was going!
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:06 AM   #20528
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I'm so jealous guys...Morton's said next week if I'm lucky...be safe have fun & toast one for me cause I'll be wishing I was there...enjoy!
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:22 AM   #20529
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When the plugs/bolts do start moving don't try to bring them straight out. Work them back and forth applying more penetrating lube. Out a bit, spray, back in, out a bit more, spray, back in...
Don't know if "real" mechanics are for it or not, have to ask Guy. When a bolt or sparkplug is stuck I try everything. Penetrant+time, heat, tapping and sometimes like you say -alternate tighten a smidge with lefty loose-y. not much just a little bump to the right.
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:28 AM   #20530
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the sewer line is blocked by tree roots. .
Dr. WhipIt is correct. I had the same problem and having it professionally cleaned/augured out actually relieved the problem for a quite a while. Mine didn't back up again for a year after having it cleaned. It was only when it backed up a second time that I called a 'real' plumber who scoped it and determined it was roots. If you get it cleaned out it should work fine until you figure out how you want to proceed.

Definitely call the county and have it looked at also. Henrico county was very helpful when I had a problem and sent crews out to flush the lines and replace the connection to the mainline. Unfortunately the county was only responsible for the short distance from the meter to the curb.
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:30 AM   #20531
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I'm so jealous guys...Morton's said next week if I'm lucky...be safe have fun & toast one for me cause I'll be wishing I was there...enjoy!
I was jealous last night looking at Mickeys picture. Less so today looking at reality of the actual weather up there. High of 41, rain and snow.
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:36 AM   #20532
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So that's six intrepid adventurers..... and Mickey. Sounds like a good time.

I'm on call so have to stay close but I'm up for Poe's at least. Also run at the park Sat morning still on.

Been out in the garage mounting up new handlebars.. fat 1 1/18" bars on a powermadd 2" riser. looks good and should make stand-up way more comfortable.

BastardB. this frees up a set of un-bent 7/8 aluminum bars. KX high bend i believe. They're tusk brand cheapies but they're straight and sturdy and better than bent ones. have at em if you want em.

Ooooh, lucky! Yeah I'd love to have em. Tried a couple love taps on my bars with a 5lb hammer yesterday and it didn't bend a millimeter. So I actually put a bid on some real cheap ones from ebay last night, but if I get outbid then I'll let ya know. No sense in having 2 sets if there's someone else out there who needs 'em. And I guess I'll see you at Poe's in the morning! I think I'll probably try to go on the early side, maybe 10am because my girl has to work about 12.



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Well.....
The cabin is full and six intrepid adventurers, on overly large bikes are departing Richmond Friday morning in the cold rain. Our goal is to stay warm and dry (wish us luck with that) and ride to the highest point in WV in February (Spruce Knob). That's six bikes, six riders and a cabin heated only by a wood fireplace. By any standards this should be an epic adventure. Throw in our favorite spirits, vittles and fire side stories it should be something to remember.

The manly adventurers are Greg, Bobby, Chuck, Jeff, Guy and Eddy. Thanks guys for making it happen.

I'm jealous, brother. I'm going to find the time to do something like this in spring though. You guys ride safe, and take lots of pictures! Haha... Especially when things get hairy.

I've got a big smile on my face knowing the fun you guys are going to have. Cheers!
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:42 AM   #20533
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No problem .

Here's a little inspiration for the ride out tomorrow.

Please take some photos, those cabins seem like a nice place to take the family in the spring.
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:54 AM   #20534
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Hae fun and be safe fellas. On one hand I am jealous because I have prior obligations...but down deep I think I like the ide of a much warmer and drier cage ride out west with the fam,
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:49 AM   #20535
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If it is your responsibility and the plumber let's you know where it is it wont be so bad with a spad shovel in this wet soil. Just dig it up cut out the section of pipe and replace with some PVC and a couple of furnco couplings.
Maybe if it was clay or PVC pipe I was dealing with. I have cast iron sewer pipes. I doubt even after digging things up that I would be able to cut it with a hack saw. At this point I'm waiting to see what the plumber the home warranty company is sending out says.
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