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Finally got around to set the gap on the pickup coils. Fairly easy to do if you're considering doing it. Of course, I had problems. Had to take an impact hammer to one screw. Got the cover off, and I see the oring had been leaking. So I went on with the instructions on making the mounts adjustable. Easy stuff. Mine were just a tad over .030, so I put them at the suggested .020. The oring seemed a little brittle, but no one ever has parts in stock so I just tried putting in back on. In the excitement of possibly being able to start the bike again after it's gotten warmed up, I didn't think about checking for an oil leak. Heck, it wasn't dripping before. Just left a spot dirt was sticking to it. Got back from the ride and noticed I had oil on my pants, on my saddle bad, on the left shock, on the left side of the rear tire... pretty much oil down the left side. Went inside to wipe some of it down and let the bike sit for about 10 minutes. That seemed to the be the timeframe it wouldn't restart in. Fired right up.

Time to find an oring. Locally, it was 12.50 plus tax, and would take 7-10 days. Online it was cheaper. One place had it for 10.50, and wanted 11.00 to ship it. Saw one place that had it for 9.89 and decided to call them. Wasn't in the store but they had one in the warehouse down the street. 9.89 and he pauses and says it's just an oring, that'll fit in an envelople. 1.25 for shipping.

Tried gasket sealer in the meantime, and it wouldn't seal. Missed a good week for riding, but got the part last Saturday. Oil leak gone, hard start when hot is gone.

Today I noticed the speedometer isn't working. Came unhooked from the wheel. Inner cable is gone too.

Ever have one of those days, that never seems to end?

Global warming? So what if my kids never see a polar bear. I never saw a dinosaur and I'm ok.
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Finally got around to set the gap on the pickup coils. Fairly easy to do if you're considering doing it. Of course, I had problems. Had to take an impact hammer to one screw. Got the cover off, and I see the oring had been leaking. So I went on with the instructions on making the mounts adjustable. Easy stuff. Mine were just a tad over .030, so I put them at the suggested .020. The oring seemed a little brittle, but no one ever has parts in stock so I just tried putting in back on. In the excitement of possibly being able to start the bike again after it's gotten warmed up, I didn't think about checking for an oil leak. Heck, it wasn't dripping before. Just left a spot dirt was sticking to it. Got back from the ride and noticed I had oil on my pants, on my saddle bad, on the left shock, on the left side of the rear tire... pretty much oil down the left side. Went inside to wipe some of it down and let the bike sit for about 10 minutes. That seemed to the be the timeframe it wouldn't restart in. Fired right up.

Time to find an oring. Locally, it was 12.50 plus tax, and would take 7-10 days. Online it was cheaper. One place had it for 10.50, and wanted 11.00 to ship it. Saw one place that had it for 9.89 and decided to call them. Wasn't in the store but they had one in the warehouse down the street. 9.89 and he pauses and says it's just an oring, that'll fit in an envelople. 1.25 for shipping.

Tried gasket sealer in the meantime, and it wouldn't seal. Missed a good week for riding, but got the part last Saturday. Oil leak gone, hard start when hot is gone.

Today I noticed the speedometer isn't working. Came unhooked from the wheel. Inner cable is gone too.

Ever have one of those days, that never seems to end?
Yes ,Yes I have. I would almost bet that the inner cable is broken,I thought they only came out the top of the housing,could be wrong on that though.




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This is the second cable I've put on it. Seems the motion pro will come out the bottom. Didn't feel it when I checked once I got to work. I'll take another look before I leave. Hopefully it just came loose. But it was on there pretty good before.

All in all, it works out pretty good either way. Can't go visit the inlaws because I have to work on the bike.

Global warming? So what if my kids never see a polar bear. I never saw a dinosaur and I'm ok.
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