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Discussion in 'The Pub' started by kiffsta, Nov 3, 2013.
Introducing, The Gut Gator
Haven't been out in the garage for over a week. Jacked my neck up sleeping somehow and just now feeling like I'd be able to do any work that involves turning the head sideways (i.e. reaching air/fuel screw.) "bench" tachometer did arrive during this time so I'll be able to set the idle properly on all the things now. Hoping with proper idle RPM the crf150r will be easier to dial in. Rear tube ripped so I won't be able to give her a proper test ride even if I think I get jetting dialed in.
Futzing with the crf150r...still. another neighbor texts and asks if I can help him pick up and fix up a $100 "old
ninja that's "been sitting for 2 years." I must be a glutton for punishment.
$100 ninja got vetoed by neighbors wife, whew!
Finally did the smart thing and pull/documented all of the jets and needle on the carb.
slow jet: +23 from stock
I think I found the issue, or at least part of it!
I have to stop working exhausted. slow jet was the starter jet which only comes in a 68. pilot and slow jet are within a somewhat reasonable range, though for the life of me I can't get the idle mix dialed in. The closest I can get is a settled idle, sometimes. blip the throttle and it'll hang for a brief second, or just keep running like a pissed off gopher. I don't get it. I know the air/fuel screw o-ring was installed wrong previously but I have a hard time believing they dialed that out with the pilot only being +4, or am I crazy? I'd much rather chase a new pilot/slow/leak jet then spend another month of evenings/weekends trying to get it to run right.
Watching cricket / building carbs
As you do.... nothing unusual to see there
Swapped fuel pump on the neighbors SV650, cleaned the injectors, purs like a kitten. of course I didn't have the fuel pressure regulator retainer installed properly the first time, so as soon as the pump fired I heard it hit the bottom of the tank. 10/10 glad I didn't fill the tank! Still siphoned off about a half gallon before pulling the pump. Once that was resolved, 4 turns of the key (didn't hear prime on 3rd, tried again just to be sure) and she fired off. Didn't stay running but another push of the magic button and she sat there purring. Wish it was ensured and on tires made in the last 10 years so I could give'r a rip but current owner isn't going to foot the bill for fresh rubber
Tinkering with the Buell. Man this thing is a turd! Needle valve/airbox gasket replacement haven't made it any happier, and I'm all out of carb cleaner to check for intake leaks. 1 1/2-3 turns out and she doesn't seem to care? Ugh. Guess I'll clean it again. No doubt she pulled some funky crap off the bottom of the tank after adding fresh fuel, but I have a hard time believing the main would clog before the pilot.
Not my bike but I have Gary May's (of CBX1000 club) CBX1000 on my bench at work. Doing a conversion back to stock front and rear ends, it has had some CBR/CBF1000 rear end fitted and the front end looks like it's off a blackbird. Got the rear end assembled and fitted. Working on the front now. Swapping triples and pressing out the stem (remember being able to do that? Older bikes are awesome for servicability) to fit to another lower, now waiting on a steering head bearing set to arrive. Good fun.
Half-a-harley isn't going to beat me! Read a ton of forum posts about the Buell and nothing really clicked at the time. Decided to futs with it on my lunch break and fired it off with the air box cover off. Slide tries to open but bounces excessively and sputters. Cover the intake up and I can get it to rev out. Half a brain cell fired and I decide to shim the needle. Runs a ton better, and will rev happy without covering the intake. I think this is telling me there's a tiny airleak somewhere, but i'm all out of start-ya-bastard and the other fun chemicals.
Wait until you have to pull the engine out of that thing. The bloody thing weighs a ton! I think most CBX1000 aficionados/mechanics actually pull the bike off the engine. Still, that engine is a thing of beauty.
Coolant drain plug on the FZR400 .... to that!
Aren't all drain plugs at the lowest point in the system?
The point is ... it has a specific drain plug
I havnt exactly worked on a multitude of different bikes but its usually having to pull off a hose and have coolant piss out everywhere
Well it wasnt the bike... but I did get out in the garage in 37 Degree heat this afternoon (at 4.30 too) and methodically pulled apart the trim panels on the drivers side of the Range Rover so I could fit an iDrive EVC Throttle controller...
What a great bit of kit.... simple to install (plug and play) once you have access to the FBW throttle pedal.
Asn does it make a difference... I initially set it to Ult 2 (goes as high as 9) which is the sporty setting and it is instant response to the throttle... no dead zone etc.
I have since put it back to adapt... that way it will adapt to my driving once I am in it all the time... a few more things to do to it in the next week or 2.
Oh... The Triumph goes in for its first service next week... plus the quick shifter will be fitted along with the rear luggage rack.
Buell still isn't running right. Decided to swap the plug.
Jacked with the Buell a bit today. Gave the throttle a twist, she spit and spattered, then shot a small fireball out of the intake coupler. sprayed some carb cleaner at it while idling and idle didn't change. get it up to 2k or so RPM and hit it with the carb cleaner and RPM drops. I was about to lose my mind chasing this one down! Owner is ordering parts tonight and has the 'vid. No swapping the other 2 that still need love until she's over that crap.
I finally got a Ciggy lighter powered Garmin mount for my BMW Nav 6 i used to run on my K1300S and put it on the GSXR750. I put a ram mount ball off the original brake fluid reservior bolt hole. Heaps of power chord over which i zip tied in a circle and hide behind the navigator. Great spot, doesnt block the view of any instruments. Answer calls and change songs with your gloves on!!