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im not stupid ( honest)

Postby squirrel » Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:43 pm



read wingadmins excellent guide on how to replace choke cable .loved the string idea. i reckoned a 15 min job . 13.30 hrs start undo/string/pull/do up/done. not a bit of it cable stuck so off comes air filter no joy .i even removed the black filter box (getting annoyed now working on side of road starting to rain)

don't know about your 1100s but to remove tank l need to remove seat and fairing lowers also to remove seat need to remove topbox+ pannier lids .i know all 1100s are similar but i think mine was built just to annoy me .

chapter 2
got new cable routed .did i mention when pulling out the black filter box housing i also pulled the hose off the engine side (so thats where that hose goes to) start putting back together but having a mare with tank bolts that won't fit back in (stop /think) oh yes 12mm bolts fit front of tank 10mm fit rear told you it was built just to annoy me ( its now raining)


chapter 3
anyway all back together collect tools sitting innocently by rear wheel is my air filter/ bracket/black filter box . a word of advice you CANNOT fit the black filter box back in without removing the tank . time finished 1700 hrs .i love my wing Question do you think i should change my timing belt
thanks for reading i await your sage advice



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Re: im not stupid ( honest)

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Sep 13, 2013 1:27 pm

First - you don't need to remove the fairing lowers to remove the tank. You can get to the front bolts by going through the front vent louvers with a socket extension. I put a piece of shop towel on the socket before starting, to wedge the bolt head in there good, and prevent from dropping it into the nether regions.

Second - if your belts haven't been changed all that recently, or you don't KNOW when they were last changed - they yes. However, I wouldn't recommend doing it at the side of the road, in the rain. :)

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Re: im not stupid ( honest)

Postby maestro319 » Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:36 pm

Arrrgggghhh!!! I would be a raving lunatic by then. BUT,...that's the way all my projects go, bike, car, hous, etc. So I hear ya.

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Re: im not stupid ( honest)

Postby squirrel » Fri Sep 13, 2013 7:06 pm

you see thats why your site is the only one i use. you have done all this before and simple things like using a shop towel really work so thank you to wingadmin because without your sound advice and the advice of all others on this site it would not be running now

.even though i'm not to good with a spanner i have a go and when it goes pear shaped i know someone will know how to put me back on track ( but replacing a choke cable how hard can it be) :)

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Re: im not stupid ( honest)

Postby Oldbear » Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:57 pm

I have an attachment for my sockets that has a magnet in it - I use it to start the hard to reach spots and then remove it - It can get in the way sometimes.
My wife is the greatest - she won't let me sell my bike - I'm less grumpy when I ride...

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Re: im not stupid ( honest)

Postby littlebeaver » Sat Sep 14, 2013 10:21 am

And it's funny too... especially your story...It's kinda therapy for others to get to read that someone is having a hard time too,, It's good to know that I'm not the only one that turns a 5 minute project into a all day affair... :shock: :lol: No you are not stupid...Not even a little.. :D

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Re: im not stupid ( honest)

Postby patbrandon1 » Sun Sep 15, 2013 8:29 pm

squirrel, I feel like I'm a little daft sometimes too. But what bothers me more than me taking too long to get a simple job done, is when it all goes smoothly with no glitches. I wonder what it was that I missed to make it go so smooth. But sometimes it just goes smoothly, and maybe a little bit because I've prepared well.

But ever since I've joined this site, I take pictures. Wingadmin has inspired me with his great how to's with photos. Even when I changed the rear brakes on my car the other day, every step of it, I took a quick pic. (My camera has a little holder that hooks to my belt like my phone.) So when I put things back together now, I can just look at the pics in reverse order, and forget less now.

And it isn't totally an age thing for me either. When I was 12, I had a Bultaco 250 Matador. Great bike. But I was doing some transmission work, and after I had it all back together, I realized that I had missed a small clip, and had to tear it down all over. Some days peanuts, some days shells.

Thanks for your story, it was very entertaining.

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Re: im not stupid ( honest)

Postby moffat » Thu Sep 26, 2013 2:45 pm

What on earth is a shop towel?

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Re: im not stupid ( honest)

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Sep 26, 2013 5:15 pm

I think a shop towel is a red cotton towel about 12" x 12" square and it comes in packs of 50 or so I think... There are other paper towel type shop towels too and I think those come in a blue color and they are strong sturdy paper towels just perfect for around the shop....I think that's what they are referring to might be wrong... :D

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Re: im not stupid ( honest)

Postby Oldbear » Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:55 pm

Shop towel: The towels my wife says are no good for the house then wind up in my shop.
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Re: im not stupid ( honest)

Postby Wilcoy02 » Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:40 pm

Once you get those front bolts off to remove the false tank--Throw those bolts away---Mine have been off for 20 + years, they are not needed to hold that tank down.
I have also thrown away those two bolts that hold the seat down-- Where is that seat going to go when you are riding???

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Re: im not stupid ( honest)

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Sep 27, 2013 12:58 am

I got rid of the front two bolts on the false tank too but I keep the one's on the seat, I made a slot in the bracket so I just loosen the bolts and lift the seat up and out without removing the bolts.. It was my solution to those two bolts, I kept dropping them when trying to reinstall them......I did this a while ago and it is just perfect still... The seat comes off really quickly and goes back on quickly too..Just saying.. :lol:

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Re: im not stupid ( honest)

Postby suvcw04 » Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:32 am

OldBear and WingAdmin, if you don't have a magnet or a shop rag, you can put a blob of THICK grease in the socket to latch onto a nut or bolt. Messy, but you get the job done with fewer cuss words.

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Re: im not stupid ( honest)

Postby cbx4evr » Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:18 am

squirrel wrote: Question do you think i should change my timing belt
thanks for reading i await your sage advice


I would say, YES. But I wouldn't be doing it on the side of the road in the rain.
"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: im not stupid ( honest)

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Sep 27, 2013 11:09 am

Nooooo :lol: these are the towels of which I speak.http://www.thetoweldepot.com/shop-towels.html :lol:

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Re: im not stupid ( honest)

Postby REBEL » Sat Sep 28, 2013 2:14 pm

suvcw04 wrote:OldBear and WingAdmin, if you don't have a magnet or a shop rag, you can put a blob of THICK grease in the socket to latch onto a nut or bolt. Messy, but you get the job done with fewer cuss words.

If you don't have a small magnet, I have a cheap way of getting at least 2, old cell phone cases with the magnets in the cover flap. Carefully cut the material open and pull them out. If you don't have a old case around, check at a thrift store or flea market or yard sale most of the time you can get one for around a dollar. The magnet will fit inside almost size socket and will hold the bolt/nut in place until you get it in or out.

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Re: im not stupid ( honest)

Postby Oldbear » Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:50 pm

REBEL wrote:
suvcw04 wrote:OldBear and WingAdmin, if you don't have a magnet or a shop rag, you can put a blob of THICK grease in the socket to latch onto a nut or bolt. Messy, but you get the job done with fewer cuss words.

If you don't have a small magnet, I have a cheap way of getting at least 2, old cell phone cases with the magnets in the cover flap. Carefully cut the material open and pull them out. If you don't have a old case around, check at a thrift store or flea market or yard sale most of the time you can get one for around a dollar. The magnet will fit inside almost size socket and will hold the bolt/nut in place until you get it in or out.


Great idea.


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