Post from last week,on another thread:
I thought about making my own too but opted for a set of Ape's I should be getting tommorrow. I cant believe how poorly the stock acct's are made.
I bought my bike with 800 miles on it and the tapping noise. Tryed the gambo trick with no luck. Took the acct apart and rewound the spring 4 times. After alot of swearing I got it back together only to have the retainer pop off just before reinstalling it on the bike. No I didnt strech the retainer,yes it was in the groove,and yes the open end was between the slots. After alot more swearing, got it rewound and back together. Checked the action on the plunger,when it is all the way out it puts alot of stress on the retainer. enough to bend it slightly (this is at 4 turns on the spring). decided it was safe to put back on the bike figuring that the plunger would not be fully extended when installed. Took it for a ride,noise is gone and it runs better then ever, timing must have been off before. However after seeing how unreliable these are and frustrating to work on I think the manual cct is the way to go.
For a $113.00 Dollars its one more thing (could be a big thing) I dont have to worry about anymore.
hoping this may be helpful to someone.installed my new Ape MCCT's.
Takes about 20 mins each to install and adjust,easy and straight forward. Bike sounds and runs better then ever.
HAD ONE PROBLEM WITH INSTALL. The mcct's are longer then stock acct's. this is no problem with the front cylinder left side. However,the rear cylinder right side is a problem. THe Mcct is about 3/4 of an inch to long for the coolant expansion tank.My solution was to heat the area of the expansion tank slightly with a torch and work this area with the rounded end of a wrench till I had enough clearance.
Worked great,the expansion tank is thick plastic and I heated it many times and worked slowly. You cant see this area of the tank and alls good.
one more thing, My bikes a 2005,the web sites say that the mcct's are for ?/2003 cant remember the beginning year.But I think that all years would have the same problem I had. BTW,the mcct's are ape KT1100 part number.
Hope this helps someone.
Steve from Pittsburgh
modified knifemaker driver boards
chrome levers, Shaved saddle
Ape manual CCT's, nylon saddle bags
engine mount covers, plexIII windshield
crash bar w/floor boards, air hawk pad
ear mod, rad cover/,w/ss mesh
chrome cable and wire covers
chrome anti-freeze cover
RR relocation,MF battery,drilled out