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Old 11-23-2011, 09:51 PM   #496
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Lots of good threads on rear main seal replacement. I did my one and only replacement of one on my R100/7. The self tapping drywall screw into the old seal works really well, but I would reccomend using two screws, one on each side of the seal, for additional leverage. You have to be careful to only contact the seal and not the edge of the engine case when you put in the screws.

I had the tool from Jeff Trapp to put in the new seal, but I was coached that several others have been fine with a block of wood and lining up the depth of the seal by using a block of wood and getting it flush with the case.

Bpeckm is more knowledgeable than me, and Im sure someone else will be along shortly to correct anything I may have gotten wrong, but all in all the rear main seal is a pretty simple procedure, even the first time through. Good luck!
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Old 11-24-2011, 02:08 PM   #497
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Hey, "more knowledgeable" I am NOT! I have done the trial and error like all of us, and had dam good luck!

I actually "pulled" my rear main by prying, carefully!, with two screwdrivers and getting it started... being careful not to nick/ding/effup the circumference. It's large size is actually a plus, in that it is easy to see, and get behind, the rim of the seal... wasn't trying to keep the seal, so any damage done to the seal in removal was of no consequence...

And, I did just tap the seal in with the "block of wood" method to get it flush... it has all worked perfectly for thousands of miles and a couple of years since, so I guess it gone done "right"!!!!

I had the engine out of the bike, but there is probably no reason that it has to be done that way. On the other hand, once you have pulled the tranny, and since you have the heads off (hence, no exhaust, no carbs), it would not be a whole lot more to just un-do the engine bolts and roll that sucka outta there.....!!

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Old 04-05-2012, 06:12 PM   #498
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Getting the ole girl ready for spring... have put on a new wiring harness, after the other one toasted a few wires while starting, for some odd reason.

Also, with the andy-dandy new muffler and it's "packing", the bike sounds great... just enough throatiness without being obnoxious. And man, I like the looks of that peashooter....



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Old 04-05-2012, 06:19 PM   #499
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Getting the ole girl ready for spring... have put on a new wiring harness, after the other one toasted a few wires while starting, for some odd reason.

Also, with the andy-dandy new muffler and it's "packing", the bike sounds great... just enough throatiness without being obnoxious. And man, I like the looks of that peashooter....




It'd look even better without the crappy cell phone pic...
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Old 04-06-2012, 12:31 PM   #500
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It'd look even better without the crappy cell phone pic...

.... I ALWAYS aim to please.... howsthis?




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Old 04-06-2012, 01:26 PM   #501
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Much better!

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.... I ALWAYS aim to please.... howsthis?




I think I wanna live in roadiland... you don't even need a license plate!

I should have gotten the carbs back today for Jezebel and the Mystic runs great.
I plan to make an lobsta run to RI real soon...
I expect you to be available...
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Old 04-07-2012, 12:32 PM   #502
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Heh! Plate is down low, port side... it still has the (expired!) FL plate, which by law MUST be placed horizontally. Playing with the thought of putting it on the back of the fender somehow, now that I have a longer mudguard.....this from the port side, old shot without the new fender and muffler setup:



Give me a buzz if you get this way, would like to meet: bringing the /2?

Cell phone is seven seven two five five nine four seven two five.... email is bpeckm at geemail dot com....

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Old 06-01-2012, 10:40 AM   #503
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Look Familliar?

I'm the guy who ended up with The Red Baron!

http://flic.kr/p/c9rQ8u


Lovely bike, and boy does it get some looks. I'm looking for something for the highway though, so she's back on the market ($2800)! If I had more garage space, I'd just keep it. You've done some nice work. It was fun and inspiring to see all the work you did. The head got scratched. Not sure who did that, but I'm sure it was after you sold it.

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Old 06-19-2012, 09:28 AM   #504
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This is the photo meant to be posted above....
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:43 PM   #505
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Is it parked there ready for a prison break?
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Old 07-20-2012, 05:12 PM   #506
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Seen this bike recently in Mad River Valley, Vermont.
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Old 07-22-2012, 05:58 PM   #507
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Yeah, I sold it to a fellow in VT, near Mad River, but he sold it to western MA... glad to know the ole girl is getting around... that was a fun bike that always got a lot of comments.




I finally got the Peashooter exhaust on her, and then sold 'cuz I wanted something better for 2-up.... now have an 80ST, which will probably end up far from stock as well.....
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:03 PM   #508
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The above-mentioned R80ST has been getting some slow, long-lasting loving.... getting antsy to get 'er on the road again.....







i tried some (tape-assisted!) pinstriping this last week... man that shtuff takes some skillz.....!!















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