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Work work work

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:29 pm



I haven't been around much this here weekend - I've been working on my wife's Pacific Coast. After a full day's work, I finally unburied the engine in Holly's Pacific Coast, pulled the valve covers off and replaced the leaky cam plugs. Half the work is getting the engine heat shields on and off, to be able to GET to the valve covers in the first place. Got the cam plugs in, valve covers RTV'd, heat shields back in place, carburetors back on and hooked up, air box in place. It's also now sporting a nice new set of Hagon rear shocks, lowering the back end 1.6 inches. Next up: front forks. Then we start on electrical.

PC800 down to the valve covers
PC800 down to the valve covers


Hagon shocks
Hagon shocks



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Re: Work work work

Postby redial » Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:39 am

The pressure must be mounting with Spring just about to spring! Keep up the good work, we are all cheering for you.
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Re: Work work work

Postby Mag » Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:30 am

Definitely goes in "spirts".....lotsa progress, and then none at all. Temp here is up to low/mid 50s.....blue sky yesterday.....I think I am "itching", lol. Keep going!

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Re: Work work work

Postby Pam » Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:41 am

They sure don't make it easy to service with all the plastic. Also the bike doesn't look like much without all the plastic. Looks like you have it under control thought. 10 inches of snow last night so I don't see any riding in the near future :(

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Re: Work work work

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:52 am

Well I got knocked down with the flu for almost two weeks, so very little (i.e. zero) work got done on the bikes. So I'm a little behind.

I've got some custom work to do on the handlebars yet as well, and that's going to be time-consuming. Plus new shocks, springs, rear wheel bearings & dampers, fork seals, and a small electrical mod for my bike.

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Re: Work work work

Postby twostrokes48 » Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:26 am

Obviously you don't go by the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" rule...Cuz if you did, you would not have so much work to do. But, PM is good when you can do it all yourself. Keep it up, you have them both back on the road real soon.

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Re: Work work work

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:53 am

Well, the work I'm doing on my wife's bike is a combination of fixing (cam plugs, steering head bearings) and resizing to fit her (handlebars, shocks, springs). My bike needs a bit of fixing (fork seals, rear wheel bearings, wheel dampers), and upgrading (springs, shocks, heated clothing).

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Re: Work work work

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 11, 2013 1:59 pm

I thought I'd post another picture from yesterday's progress. I did a carb sync, replaced the front springs with some custom-tuned Works springs, cleaned and refilled the forks, and replaced the front steering bearings. The steering bearings and forks are almost identical to my GL1500 - same fasteners, bearings, everything!

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Re: Work work work

Postby Mag » Mon Mar 11, 2013 7:01 pm

Wow, not much left on that bike, and you left the backrest on....guess in case you want to be comfy ;)

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Re: Work work work

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 11, 2013 7:04 pm

Mag wrote:Wow, not much left on that bike, and you left the backrest on....guess in case you want to be comfy ;)


If you had any idea just how difficult, and how much work it was to get that backrest on there, you'd know why it's still on there now. :) :)

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Re: Work work work

Postby twostrokes48 » Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:32 pm

I just have a hard time believing you did all that just to retrieve that damn little washer you dropped down inside the bike.

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Re: Work work work

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:43 pm

twostrokes48 wrote:I just have a hard time believing you did all that just to retrieve that damn little washer you dropped down inside the bike.


:) When I first bought that bike, I dropped a 30 amp fuse down inside the nether regions somewhere. Never found it again. Last night I found it had dropped down into that blue oil pan in the picture. No idea where it came from, but I'm fine with having it back again. :)

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Re: Work work work

Postby Mag » Mon Mar 11, 2013 9:39 pm

So all the lost things come back? Good, I lost a 10m little wrench, and it did not hit the floor. Good news hopefully.

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Re: Work work work

Postby RoadRogue » Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:07 pm

I have alot of the plastic off my 1500 right now waiting for some parts from Cyclemax in the mail. When I bought this bike almost a year ago the little lever to adjust the clock was missing. After 35,000 km overall types of roads including several hundred km of gravel I found that little lever wedged in nearone of the cornering lights. Amazing how it stayed put for so long. 8-)
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Re: Work work work

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:21 pm

What in the World, :shock: now that's what I call stripped down...I think you titled your post accurately.... :D Better you than me...Thank you guys for pushing those dyna beads on me..Wow.. :D so it looks like next riding season or next year at this time, you won't have to do all this stuff again..Just the regular maintainace... :D

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Re: Work work work

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:40 am

RoadRogue wrote:I have alot of the plastic off my 1500 right now waiting for some parts from Cyclemax in the mail. When I bought this bike almost a year ago the little lever to adjust the clock was missing. After 35,000 km overall types of roads including several hundred km of gravel I found that little lever wedged in nearone of the cornering lights. Amazing how it stayed put for so long. 8-)


On my 1100, I dropped one of those special blind nuts that hold the mirrors on the inside of the fairing. It didn't hit the floor, but fell inside the front end of the bike somewhere. I looked for a good half an hour but never found it.

A YEAR later, I was pulling the front end apart, and found it sitting on top of the fork brace. No idea where it came from.

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Re: Work work work

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:45 pm

One of the biggest problems with motorcycles for my wife is having to lean forward due to her short arms.

Because of the way the handlebars work on the PC800, you can't add a riser. The handlebars themselves are extremely unique, with a welded bracket on the base, and they change diameter partway up. There is no way to find a replacement.

So I cut the handlebars halfway up. I then inserted a piece of PVC pipe in each side, and cut it down gradually until my wife felt comfortable with the distance. Next I heated up the PVC with a heat gun to put a bend in each side to finalize the position the way she wanted it.

I then pulled the PVC out, measured the length and bend (32.5 degrees), cut some steel rod to the same size, and put the exact same bend in the steel rods. Here they are back on the bike:

Handlebar extensions
Handlebar extensions


I'll rotate them and get them positioned again, and tack them in place. I'm then going to take them to a welder who knows what he's doing to weld them in place - I'm an atrocious welder. :)

I've ordered custom brake and clutch lines, and throttle cables to fit the new extended handlebars. The last thing to do will be to cut the handlebar cover and fabricate a piece of plastic to fit in between to account for the extended part.

Work progresses...

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Re: Work work work

Postby twostrokes48 » Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:02 pm

Sounds like your having fun...and getting things done too. I just wish I had learned to work with my hands....I always had jobs that was mostly head work. I was always told when I was young, leave it alone, you mess with it you can turn a $50.00 problem into a $500.00 problem real quick. So, I didn't learn how to do much. I now regret that and have for many years. Plus, when I did start to do things, I turned a lot of $50.00 problems into $500.00 problems. But I did learn to do a few things. I made sure I never did that to my sons....They turned a lot of $50.00 problems into $500.00 problems too, but they learned by their mistakes while young and now are much better at things than me....

Hope it all turns out the way she likes it. bar position is very important for comfort. I learned that a long time ago. Makes a bike handle completely different depending on how you have them adjusted. She will be much happier now.

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Re: Work work work

Postby Mag » Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:22 pm

Ya, me too....use your head, not your hands....I am learning with my hands now, and had fun with the Goldwing, and still working on it improving now the "little things". A Chevy pick up or a Jetski is next, we will see based on the room (both are in my yard, so just need to roll in to the garage)

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Re: Work work work

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:28 pm

I love the way you think, using pvc pipe and heating it to get your angle was really a great way of doing it, probably will work fine for custom exhaust piping too.. I'm sure the new custom fit will please her and it will be worth the wait...Pretty good ... :D




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