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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-12-2007, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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Two questions - one electrical, one coolant pipe

I'm in the process of putting Orleans' engine back in the frame, and realized I'd forgotten to solder the pickup coil wires on the harness (bought a used wiring harness on eBay and the seller had cannibalized that set of wires). Soldered 'em well enough, but I can't seem to figure out how to get the male ends out of the connector to put shrink tubing on. Soooo, I used a lot of electrical tape. Is that ok, or is there some magical property to shrink tubing that it should be on those wires? (also, if someone could tell me how to get the male ends out, that'd be cool....)

Secondly, I reassembled the engine, got the right hand crankcase cover on, it's all "Right Stuffed" and everything (did that Friday). Then realized (clearly, I'm having sequencing issues...) that I hadn't put the coolant pipe back in place. Clymer's suggests that it can be put in even after the cover is on the bike, but for the life of me, I don't know how. The two ends are also different - anyone know which one goes up to the cylinders, and which one goes down to the crankcase?

<sigh> The Reconstruction of Orleans is just not gonna be easy...

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Wish I could help ya here, Cindy, but it was probably over 1000 post's ago that you'd already done more with the Vulcan than I have!! LOL

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I prefer heat shrink because electrical tape glue tends to loosen when it get hot in my experience. It also leaves a residue when it is removed. Electrical tape to me is good enough. Heat shrink leaves a impression of quality. Just my opinion.
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I prefer heat shrink because electrical tape glue tends to loosen when it get hot in my experience. It also leaves a residue when it is removed. Electrical tape to me is good enough. Heat shrink leaves a impression of quality. Just my opinion.
Once I started using shrink tubing, I kinda preferred it, too, for all the reasons you stated. Any tips on pulling the leads out of the connector housing??

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There is a silicon stretch tape you can use. It bonds to itself without adhesive and is suppose to make a water tight seal. Withstands temps to 500 degrees. You can find it in the plumbing section at home depot. I've used it to wrap electrical connections and to fix a leaking water joint.

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Thanks! I'll see if I can find that tape - definitely sounds better than all the stuff I slapped on the solder points last night.

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I'll take a look tonight. That was the first thing I had to deal with when I bought my bike . That right side case was leaking, so to replace that I also had to remove and install that pipe. I'll let you know.
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I'll take a look tonight. That was the first thing I had to deal with when I bought my bike . That right side case was leaking, so to replace that I also had to remove and install that pipe. I'll let you know.
Thanks, Jason. So far a rubber mallet hasn't done the trick...

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I just took a look at the motor i toasted on the way to carlisle, and on the pipe, the flared end of the pipe runs into the sidecover. So far as I can see, that's the only difference in them, but you're right, it's probably a significant one!

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As for the pipe, it does look like it'd be a bit tricky to do with everything together.
This is the one with two o-rings on each end?

Have ya tried putting the o-rings in one hole, and at the other end put the o-rings on the pipe. Then apply some silicone lube and try to work things back together?


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