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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-06-2016, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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Murphy's Law

As many of you know, I picked up my '86 last Fall and ended up pulling the engine to replace the stator with a TPE rewind. Since it was going to be offline over the winter, I ended up doing a bunch of other things like:
Damper bushings
MOSFET regulator
Brake repairs (caliper rebuild, new pads, new lines, new master cylinder)
TOC manual cam chain tensioners
Carburetor tear down and rebuild
New tires
Starter rebuild
New iridium plugs and 8mm wires with new NGK boots
Etc. etc.

The point being, what started out as a very inexpensive bike to get running quickly spiraled into about $1500-2000 of parts and quite a few late night hours in the garage. Last weekend I finally got it started up, and was able to ride it Monday and Tuesday.

On the way home last night, it developed a faint rattle that quickly developed into a full blown knock over the last mile as I got to the house. I don't know what it is yet, but maybe a spun bearing? Not sure, but I'm guessing the engine's about to come out (again).

Ugh... Sorry for the rant/vent session. Just a bit frustrated here.

Now I have to decide how to proceed on diagnosing this thing.

1986 VN750 27k miles
1999 EN500 32k
1983 GL650i in pieces. Someday it will ride again.

Last edited by calebj; 04-06-2016 at 11:31 AM.
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