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post #7452 of 7491 (permalink) Old 5-9-2019, 5:52 AM
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Looking clean inside

https://imgur.com/OeydVSV

But why I dont have seals there All these years?
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Now im pumping lever cant get pressure but I hope after few hours I will sigh...
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Now im pumping lever cant get pressure but I hope after few hours I will sigh...
Iv always pumped the brake fluid through from bottom to top. I believe you can also pull the fluid through from top to bottom. Trying to get lever pressure and bleed the system in the regular way after a strip down can be a pain.
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Iv always pumped the brake fluid through from bottom to top. I believe you can also pull the fluid through from top to bottom. Trying to get lever pressure and bleed the system in the regular way after a strip down can be a pain.
I bought syringe and Ill try tomorrow. Last time I add some oil into the caliper and bleeding was fast.
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Home with a fever recovering kid, front pads installed. I could not find hh sintered for the gen one so went with the standard gray type and I'll see how much different they are in a week or two. Rain, rain, rain.....

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I bought syringe and Ill try tomorrow.
Hope you get sorted. I've used an oil can before now, preferably free from oil.
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Hope you get sorted. I've used an oil can before now, preferably free from oil.

Bled the brakes after pumpin some more time. I get those tiny bubbles but in the end I think they are from the hosethat I attack to the nipple.

Same situation no improvements after cleaning.

I wrap up lever and let it overnight, seems a bit better.

Also my brakes squels specially when it rains, TRW Lucas organic. After cleaning with brake cleaner its ok for some time than again. Normal or can be related?

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Also my brakes squels specially when it rains, TRW Lucas organic. After cleaning with brake cleaner its ok for some time than again. Normal or can be related?
Not had any front brake squeal on this bike that I have noticed. Recently fitted pretty basic Kyoto branded pads too. There is a phenomenon doing its rounds on the net with regards to the pros and cons of using copperslip anti seize applied to the back of brake pads. If you use it and it stops the squeal then alls good. ps I didnt have to resort to using it.
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Ok I think I found it. Yeah someone was touching my bike that day, after I noticed km odometer on 0, which I use for fuel consumption. Annnnd he was messing up with the brake distancer...
I got some little more sponginess do to probably little air and old hose which I will replace in a month or two.
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I installed the majority of the light today, only location left is the underbelly. The photos do it no justice.
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I installed the majority of the light today, only location left is the underbelly. The photos do it no justice.
Lookin sweet. Not illegal where you're at I'm guessing? (it is here but I've still got my engine bay lit up blue don't usually run em while riding tho)

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Sold it to someone who will (hopefully) get good use and plenty of saddle time.
The only thing sadder than selling a bike, is seeing one just getting old in a garage.

I did tell the new owner about the site, so hopefully we will see some pics of new adventures.
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Lookin sweet. Not illegal where you're at I'm guessing? (it is here but I've still got my engine bay lit up blue don't usually run em while riding tho)

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You can have lights but they can not flash or change color, I want to keep them set to blue/teal and the system has a mic and can increase the amount of lights that are on based off of the tone (spectum analyzer mode) and I think i can get away with it like that.

i will get a video when the rain goes away.

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Over the past two weeks I have:

Put that new exhaust on

Put in blue dash lights

Dropped it in a low speed corner in an idiot unnecessary freak-out moment (locked up back tire) - Broke handlebar and mirror, and bent clutch lever

Put spare mirror on (barely mismatched :P ) and replaced handlebar

Put new blue shorty levers on

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Measured my sags:
Front and Rear
42mm and 37mm

It looks low as hell, so i'm wondering if the dampener is failing to fully extend.

My helper weighs 90lbs so bottoming out was not possible. Anybody know off-hand what full stroke is?
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Spent quite a bit of money yesterday on a full round of engine rebuild parts for the project EX. All new bottom end bearings, con rod bearings (yes FOG, I ordered the right size(color) by referencing the size stampings), rings, gaskets, valve seals, etc. Went all OEM because I want to do it once and right. Total cost was around $600, which is why nobody does this. A good used engine can cost as little as half as much. But, here in California, the engine number is on the title and follows it from owner to owner, and I wanted the knowledge anyways as I have so many spares I need to build.

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Do I need to put some loctite or similar thread glue on the screws when changing clutch springs?
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I have a buzz/rattle noise exactly between 4,5 till 5,5k rpms. Only in that range. I ll check front fender first but what else can it be?
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no doubt bodywork somewhere
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I have a buzz/rattle noise exactly between 4,5 till 5,5k rpms. Only in that range. I ll check front fender first but what else can it be?
Check your fairing fasteners, especially the ones that screw into the tank.

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Although not yet confirmed, I think my thermostat is stuck open.
I don't know what to think of that, seems a little premature.
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Well could very well just be my imagination, but it sure seems like the bike is running cooler than it should the last few days.
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Turns out I was right, I was wrong. It was Just My Imagination running away with me.
Replaced the thermostat and housing. Old thermostat was not stuck open. Could have still been opening early, I will have to test that later and make another update.

Managed to get a few other tidbits done on the EX while the tank was off though.


In the process of working on the bike I also came across this.


Do not get me started

I will have to wait until morning to deal with that.

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ouch, hurts just lookin at that
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In the process of working on the bike I also came across this.


Do not get me started

How did that happen Is that a big chunk missing or is there a nail/metal jammed in the tire? How old is the tire?
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It's a small finish nail. Only went part way in before bending, the mark behind it is from the side of the nail. My thought is that it probably (hopefully) didn't penetrate all the way, and I can just pull it out and roll on. I put that on hold for a few hours until I'm in a better state of mind to do a plug if need be.

My tires are always relatively new, because of how fast I burn through them. I've had this one for about a year now. Same tire that I plugged about 6 months ago. I think I may be the record holder for the most nails picked up by an EX.

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