Got some "unknown" maintenance taken care of


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JohnUSA
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Got some "unknown" maintenance taken care of

Post by JohnUSA » Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:47 pm



Got this Trike a few weeks ago. No records at all came with it. Getting some of the low hanging fruit out of the way.

Did an oil change about a week or so ago, and some parts started rolling in last week:

Clutch handle bushing
Make sure that tiny little return port in the clutch reservoir was clear
Petcock rebuild
Sub and cruise filter
Air filter
Fuel filter

Hoping to remove the front tire tonight, and inspect service life left on brake pads.

To do list:
Coolant
Fork springs
New front tire

Should be good to go in the next couple weeks, and then I'll enjoy the rest of summer and fall. Not a winter rider.



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bluthundr31
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Re: Got some "unknown" maintenance taken care of

Post by bluthundr31 » Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:15 pm

Since you have no "records" of prior service, , you should probably assume that the timing belts are original, , ,THAT should probably be your next project. 24 yr old belts are a disaster waiting to happen. The engine is an "interference" type, so if a belt slips badly, or breaks, you'll have pistons slamming into valves with a big likelihood of a blown engine. The Gates T275 belts work fine, and probably are still under $20. The "project" is about a "3" on a scale of 1 to 10 so it's well worth having to take off the tupperware, and putting it back. There is an excellent DIY thread on this site specifically geared to the timing belt issue for the 1500's.

BTW, , ,were you able to get the oil change done with the type of oil that is "friction modifiers" free. Your clutch will not be "happy" with oil that has friction modifiers in it.

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Re: Got some "unknown" maintenance taken care of

Post by JohnUSA » Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:09 pm

Sound advice. All the tupperware is off, forks will be off, can't get any better clearance. I just ordered the belts.

I used Rotella T4, no modifiers.

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Re: Got some "unknown" maintenance taken care of

Post by thebruce » Mon Aug 05, 2019 10:45 pm

Was going to +1 the belts, but you are obviously on board. Don't know if a 4* trigger would be an improvement on a '95.

Since you are most of the way there, a set of steering head bearings are cheap. I wish I had ordered some... I will be waiting on them now. Apparently one needs a special tool that you can make from a harbour freight socket...

I didn't notice the notch in the steering when my bike was on the ground, but with the front end up it is blatantly obvious. Don't know what it will do for a trike, though.
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Re: Got some "unknown" maintenance taken care of

Post by JohnUSA » Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:37 am

I have a brand new raked triple tree, along with new bearings, to install.

Fork internals arrived today. Still waiting for the springs.

I bit the bullet and purchased the special tool to remove that pronged nut. Also purchased the special tool to remove the fork cap without it zinging off into my skull... :lol:

I have the Wing up off the ground, and the current bearings seem rock solid. The new triple tree already has the bearing installed, so out comes the old bearings.

What is 4* trigger?

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Re: Got some "unknown" maintenance taken care of

Post by DenverWinger » Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:43 am

JohnUSA wrote:
Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:37 am
What is 4* trigger?
Ignition trigger wheel with the teeth cut at 4 degree extra timing advance. Probably not of any benefit unless you ride primarily at high altitude, 1 degree extra advance per 1000 ft altitude seems to help many engines.
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Re: Got some "unknown" maintenance taken care of

Post by JohnUSA » Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:02 pm

Ok, the belts have been replaced. Everything back together, refilled with new coolant. Pretty quick when nothing is in the way!
For bonus points, spun the engine over...no smackettyy-smacketty...yeah!
New spark plugs in.
Brake pads about a dime thick, so new pads on order.

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Re: Got some "unknown" maintenance taken care of

Post by bluthundr31 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:29 am

Nice progress JohnUSA, ,you'll be making the Mt Rainier run before you know it!!!

Keep us up to date

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Re: Got some "unknown" maintenance taken care of

Post by tsandvik » Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:59 am

Shoot, got the belts in before I noticed the thread. I always recommend that if replacing old or unknown age belts, if it is within your budget to replace the tensioners. I was amazed at how bad mine really were when I took them out. Another part that you do not want failing.

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Re: Got some "unknown" maintenance taken care of

Post by JohnUSA » Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:58 pm

Got the new triple tree in. Can't wait to get this thing on the road.

It seemed like I felt a little "click" when I rotated one side front wheel bearing. Ordered up a new set.

The tensioners seemed to be fine. Spun smoothly, no noise. Too late anyway...it's buttoned up! :)

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Re: Got some "unknown" maintenance taken care of

Post by JohnUSA » Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:10 pm

Forks rebuilt--finally.

Getting new front tire tomorrow morning.

She's coming along!



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