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Old 03-12-2012, 05:12 PM   #1186
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dang I was looking at the needle..not the jet. Thanks
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:29 PM   #1187
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dang I was looking at the needle..not the jet. Thanks
needle wears into the jet .. best to replace as set
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:34 PM   #1188
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54 mpg!!!! what's you carb set up??? I might be able to get 42 mpg, w/ a tail wind.
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:44 PM   #1189
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54 mpg!!!! what's you carb set up??? I might be able to get 42 mpg, w/ a tail wind.
note that was with an extremely light throttle... no clue on jetting. but what I did do is custom tuned mixture by regulating exhaust discs with a tunable exhaust system. did plug checks to verify mixture range.

kept adding exhaust tuning discs (less back pressure) until power started dropping off with plugs reading very lean. then reversed process slowly by subtracting discs (more back pressure), until power band improved along with correct plug color.

I've got a color tune, but have not used it with G/S yet. my G/S sure runs strong! out runs my R90S to 95 mph and it's got 185 psi compression. very strange...

adding exhaust tuning discs leans mixture... this would an easier way to lean mixture when traveling at altitudes for extended periods.

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Old 03-12-2012, 07:11 PM   #1190
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dang I was looking at the needle..not the jet. Thanks
You got to remember which word is the noun and and word is the adj.. The numbers we have been discussing are needle jet sizes, not jet needle sizes. Different PN's for jet needles but that is all about how they are held into the slide. Other than that, there are no choices with our CV's. It confusing and very easy to type backwards. Well, I still hope I have helped.
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:21 AM   #1191
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How about this beautiful work by our own wirespokes? That's a custom built brass adapter for the speedo cable to replace the broken plastic one



Some new Alu stock to re-manufacturer the top headlight bucket mounts this weekend

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your bike is suitably dirty. Well done.

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Old 03-24-2012, 03:44 PM   #1192
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OK, back on the road:



It's a beautiful sunny 60 degree day here in Seattle, I put it together and hit the road for a limited run.

First thoughts on the WP Extreme 50mm front end:

  • waaaaaaayyyyy plush!!
  • Absorbs bumps/drips/whatever like crazy
  • Steering seems nearly identical to the previous set-up
  • Brakes seem like I will not miss my 320mm rotor kits from the old front end

Things to address now:
  • Tighten the steering head bearing adjustment
  • bleed front brake (spongy, but otherwise seems good)
  • Compression adjustment - well the bike dives heavily under braking and I though I had 10 more clicks of comp to add, got two more and that was it. May need to go to the suspension tuner (no big surprise)
  • Clunk coming from the left (comp) fork upon rebound??
Other things learned:

  • Rebuilding the carbs - next time pull the chokes before cleaning in the ultra sonic tank. Some scrunge built up and froze the chokes. I had to strip (spilling gas everywhere) and clean. Need to get some new choke return springs and gaskets
  • Don't introduce multiple changes at once... while I was riding around testing the new forks, the carbs where horribly out of synch and the handlebars were a bit loose
  • Wrench less, ride more
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Old 04-28-2012, 02:18 PM   #1193
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  • Set set my Ohlins back to the baseline settings
  • Adjusted the steering bearing pre-load as it was to light
  • replaced the bent float pin I found (caused) on the last rebuild with new, as well as the other side
  • checked that both the jet needles were on the third notch as I have some popping on decel with the throttle closed
No ride however.... perhaps later
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:12 AM   #1194
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Old 09-19-2012, 01:06 PM   #1195
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good grief .. you've got a LOT of work into your G/S!
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:49 PM   #1196
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good grief .. you've got a LOT of work into your G/S!
And I'm not done yet !
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:20 AM   #1197
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And I'm not done yet !
After almost 5 years and 121000 thread views - how many miles have you put on this thing
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Old 10-18-2012, 11:16 AM   #1198
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After almost 5 years and 121000 thread views - how many miles have you put on this thing
I'll have to take a picure of my Odo this weekend and post it up!

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Old 02-08-2013, 12:43 PM   #1199
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Glacial pace here.... anyway just doing research as I am either going to:
  1. Have my WP's re-valved and rebuilt right away
  2. Have my frame and other bits blasted and powder-coated
  3. Have the reinforcements welded on and then #2
Need to figure out which takes priority... thinking #3 today...
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:07 PM   #1200
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Looking forward to seeing this g/s. And I might just get a chance to.

Will you document your teardown, welding, frame painting, and reassembly here with lots of photos?

Enquiring Minds and all that.
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