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A good night's work

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:40 pm



New front tire, new front brakes, new rear brakes, removed the rear wheel, cleaned the drive splines, flushed all brakes and clutch fluids. Tomorrow: Mount the new rear tire, reinstall the rear wheel. Then on to the nightmare that is the previous owner's wiring. It would take so much less time if I wasn't stopping every 20 seconds to take a picture...but you guys seem to like the How To's, so.... :)

While I do like the look and functionality of the wraparound bumper/crash bar that I have on my bike...boy is it a huge PITA to work on. In order to remove the left saddlebag, I had to remove the whole bumper, which meant pulling off the passenger footrests, unbolting the bumper, then maneuvering the thing off.

I sure wouldn't be doing a side-of-the-road tire change on this bike!

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Re: A good night's work

Postby HALBUDD » Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:09 am

Looks like a hand full,Just hope by the time I need to work on my 1500 you will have all the how toos done hehe. Keep up the good work. Hal
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Re: A good night's work

Postby Dogsled » Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:24 am

Great job! Mine looked like that 2 days ago and I took it for a ride last night (test Ride) Did everything on the list, new bearings, radio repairs, and rubber. I didhave a fuel leak at the filter and had to change the clamp, it got a little hard to start after setting the few additional times I started it....i'm hoping it's fuel.
I accidently bumped the 4ways button and tried to get it to shut off til I got tired and grabbed it with a pair of pliers and pulled it back out.......that switch has sucked since day one, now I gotta fix it for sure. I'm in fll roller now and it snowed last night, figures. Gimme time to read up on this 4way button :-)
I'm gonna try to post a pic, I still haven't been able to in the last few weeks...here gores;
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Re: A good night's work

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:26 am

Stuck switches are pretty easy to fix: How to free stuck pushbutton switches

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Re: A good night's work

Postby Dogsled » Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:30 am

I don't think that's gonna help cause I just grabbed the button with the pliers and yanked it lose. Thinkin back, they weren't blinking when the button was pushed in. I'll read up on that though, thanks.
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Re: A good night's work

Postby cbx4evr » Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:30 am

I'm thinking that sending my bike to Wing Admin, Strongsville, OH for the winter may may yield some good results.
"It´s a friggen motorcycle, it´s not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you s**t your pants every now and then. "

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Re: A good night's work

Postby HALBUDD » Sat Feb 25, 2012 1:31 pm

I would send him my bike too, but cant figure out how to fit it in one of those flat rate boxes at the post office. Hal
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Re: A good night's work

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Feb 25, 2012 1:52 pm

cbx4evr wrote:I'm thinking that sending my bike to Wing Admin, Strongsville, OH for the winter may may yield some good results.


My wife would kill me! (Or rather, you) - she complains she never sees me now as it is! :)

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Re: A good night's work

Postby Dogsled » Sat Feb 25, 2012 3:11 pm

Come on CBX, get them wrenches turnin.....remember righty/tighty...........

You can use my motto from now on;

"If it hasn't blown up yet....you just ain't far enough away from home" :lol:
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Re: A good night's work

Postby wally » Sat Feb 25, 2012 7:34 pm

Just finished my winter maintenance; new timing belts, thermostat, plugs, anti-freeze, oil, horn, led's, re-installed the air compressor, polished the heck out of her, and then I tried that Meguiar's PlastX polish on the wind screen (works pretty good). Now I'm ready for the warm weather to move into the neighborhood.

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Re: A good night's work

Postby virgilmobile » Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:32 pm

Don't forget to grease the driveshaft before you set the rear wheel.

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Re: A good night's work

Postby littlebeaver » Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:54 pm

PITA is right I bet, if the PO fooled around with the eleltrical, good luck, I couldn't think of a smarter guy to fix the screw up's put you and Virgil together and man you got a team, I was thinking about you and your 1500 today as I rode around 410 hwy. I was thinking how much more simple and smaller the 1100 is..I had a 2000 in my garage for about a week or three, white just like yours, the title was jacked up. upset us and we made the dealer buy it back this was in 2003..Ended up with the Nomad.. Good luck with the bike Wingman..Oh, I fastened 6-1/2" pioneer speakers to the fairing today, sounds freakin killer... and I don't even have the rear ones hooked up..My goodness.. :D

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Re: A good night's work

Postby cbx4evr » Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:56 am

Dogsled wrote:Come on CBX, get them wrenches turnin.....remember righty/tighty...........


I have been turning the wrenches this winter and am happy to say that the 1500 is road ready.

Now I have a 79 in boxes to do something with but leaning to buying another bike to put the engine into.

Then there's the wifes kitchen renovation which for some reason is her priority.
"It´s a friggen motorcycle, it´s not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you s**t your pants every now and then. "

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Re: A good night's work

Postby Dogsled » Sun Feb 26, 2012 12:57 pm

I had the same issue in 2004. Got rid of the old lady and been happy and rich ever since. Best move I ever made. If you gotta complain about it, eliminate it.
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Re: A good night's work

Postby littlebeaver » Sun Feb 26, 2012 4:12 pm

Dogsled wrote:I had the same issue in 2004. Got rid of the old lady and been happy and rich ever since. Best move I ever made. If you gotta complain about it, eliminate it.

Auh man that sucks...I love my wife and it's been that way for 25 years.... :D

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Re: A good night's work

Postby cbx4evr » Sun Feb 26, 2012 4:34 pm

We just celebrated 33 years and it feels like yesterday. She is the best thing that ever happened to me. Given the choice between going for a ride or doing anything else (except visit the grand daughter) my wife would rather be on the back of the bike. The kitchen reno will get done and she won't complain even if it takes a year to complete.
"It´s a friggen motorcycle, it´s not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you s**t your pants every now and then. "

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Re: A good night's work

Postby Dogsled » Sun Feb 26, 2012 4:55 pm

Hey CB......don't start knitting on me next. The only thing I like on the back of my bike is my luggage and fishin gear. (oh yeah and a bunch of wrenches).... 8-)
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Re: A good night's work

Postby littlebeaver » Sun Feb 26, 2012 5:42 pm

Dogsled wrote:Hey CB......don't start knitting on me next. The only thing I like on the back of my bike is my luggage and fishin gear. (oh yeah and a bunch of wrenches).... 8-)

aaaahhh knitting.... Dogsled, we understand that stuff happens man, nobodies judging you man, I had to divorce one lady back in 83 because I caught her cheating on me...

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Re: A good night's work

Postby Dogsled » Sun Feb 26, 2012 6:06 pm

Everyone has different needs. whether it's married or not, if you're happy where you are, I guess it make you lucky in this world today.
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Re: A good night's work

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:34 pm

sigh.

I started doing a quick and simple wiring job tonight, which led me to the wiring harnesses on the trunk. My bike has some aftermarket stuff added, like lower turn signals, trailer light connector, side flashers....

As I started disconnecting things, the harnesses started falling apart in my hands. This is the kind of thing I found:

Horrible connector
Horrible connector


This is a good example of the quality of wiring work I've found. In this case, the previous owner wanted to splice into the green wire. He yanked on the wire until the terminal's locking tab inside the 6P connector broke, and the whole thing came out. He then pried open the crimp on the terminal, stuffed a second wire in it, tried to re-close the crimp, and shoved the whole mess back into the nylon 6P connector. When I disconnected it, the terminal fell out of the connector, and then fell off the wire that had been stuffed in there.

I found another one where the added wiring had just been done by stripping some of the end of the wire and shoving it into the 6P connector next to the terminal, hoping it would stay in place.

Sheesh. People who don't have any business doing wiring should NOT be doing it!!! This kind of stuff drives me crazy, because I now know I need to examine EVERY connector on this bike to find more of this crap.

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Re: A good night's work

Postby littlebeaver » Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:05 am

Well it will be fixed correctly now.. I bet it's frustrating though...

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Re: A good night's work

Postby RoadRogue » Sat Mar 10, 2012 1:33 am

Theres never enough time to learn how to do it right the first time............. lets just scab it together and hope it doesnt set the bike on fire while riding down the road. Deep sigh indeed. Kinda makes me wish that when people do things like this it would cause them pain like freeze brain . So I take it that you havnt tried out those new Avons on the new bike yet, Im looking forward to hearing a report on them. Do they feel the same as they did on the 1100?
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Re: A good night's work

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:29 pm

The new Avons aren't even ON the bike yet! :) They're mounted, the front one is on the bike, the back one is leaning up against the garage wall waiting for me to finish doing enough to the back end that I can reinstall the back wheel. I'm hoping that will happen today.

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Re: A good night's work

Postby Dogsled » Sat Mar 10, 2012 1:41 pm

All my aux wiring is done with stereo speaker wire. The kind with two wires together. 90% of it has been changed but it sure is hard to trace when all the wire looks the same.
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Re: A good night's work

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Mar 11, 2012 12:36 am

Hours of work today...I ripped out ALL of that crappy wiring (basically everything connected to every light in the trunk and bags) and built brand-new harnesses from scratch, using new connectors that I had here. I also replaced all the lights with LEDs, and put a couple 3.3 ohm, 100 watt resistors across the turn signals to keep the flasher/turn signal canceller happy. During testing, the resistors heated up to 200 degrees, so I took some stainless clamps and clamped them to the bike frame, using the frame as a giant heat sink. Testing that way, they heated up only to 140 - much better (and that was after leaving the turn signals on for 10 minutes).

But the BIG news is that my bike finally, after almost three weeks, has two wheels once again! I am heartened by the fact that theoretically, I could go out and ride it right now.

And oh...getting the driveshaft back into the universal joint in the swingarm is a bitch. :)

Tired and sore, back at it tomorrow!

Back on two wheels again
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