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Old 12-04-2009, 02:34 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by ChromeSux
some tricks are so simple but you gotta know them, just like the guy in this link, i will bet he is faster at this than any one you know.

why didnt i know this when i owned one of these.

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Old 12-04-2009, 05:37 PM   #17
Onward through the fog...
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Location: Cairns, Oz
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Originally Posted by P B G
I think the trick is also in knowing the tweaks.

Anton and others are kind enough to produce webpages full of this sort of information:

And I suppose if you research enough you can do it, but I wonder if some of the airhead transmission guru's don't have a few tweaks up their sleeves to make these transmissions shift better, or last longer etc.

Good links. Thanks for posting.

Right now in my love hate relationship with the Airhead I am doing my camchain, and will drop the motor to helicoil the oil filter cover bolthole that has stripped. And while it has been up onthe workstand for that, it has started dripping brake fluid from the rear master cyl, so guess I will be digging into that too, and the steering head bearings.
I new I should have totally stripped this bike when i first got it, instead of fixing one thing after another on the run.
'77 Harley Ironhead 6,000 miles across Oz

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99 SV650
Ancient Harley 45, Snortster (Sporty engine in a Norton), Norton Atlas, Honda 350/4, Ariel HS scrambler
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Old 12-04-2009, 05:52 PM   #18
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Location: Merritt Island, FL
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Reryder said: "Bit of pipe over the end of the screwdriver provided torque to overcome the Loctite. But it actually popped out reall easy. Two hours to make the tool. Two minutes to do the job."

That pretty much sums up a lot of the special stuff you have to acquire to do one special task in a repair job.

What kills me is that every time I need ot make another special tool, I end up having to make some kind of special tooling for the lather or mill first. Never ending chain of fun.

I have to admit, now that I'm getting ahead of the gremlins in the R80 ST the love hate pendulum is swinging more towards the love side. But I kept all the many special tools I made for the Ducatis just in case I ever go back to the Dark Side from fixing too many airhead quirks.
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