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08-01-2018 06:41 PM
Drew M.
Originally Posted by roadpouring View Post
Not sarcasm. Sorry if it sounded that way.
No worries. No apology needed. I thought it was funny. Im sure that says more about me than it does you.

Originally Posted by OleDirtyDoc View Post
Sarcasm on VN750.com? NEVER (he says sarcastically

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08-01-2018 09:43 AM
Originally Posted by OleDirtyDoc View Post
Sarcasm on VN750.com? NEVER (he says sarcastically

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08-01-2018 08:58 AM
OleDirtyDoc Sarcasm on VN750.com? NEVER (he says sarcastically

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08-01-2018 12:42 AM
roadpouring Not sarcasm. Sorry if it sounded that way.
07-31-2018 05:52 PM
Drew M.
Originally Posted by roadpouring View Post
So... you designed, built and successfully used a miniature sleeve puller.

Well done, Drew!
haha! My spidey sense is picking up sarcasm! Or maybe thats just me....or this forum. either way, I laughed. But yes, that is what I did.

I can't take full credit though. I stole the idea from another thread. Figured explaining it again might help someone in the near future. Not everyone here grew up in an automotive shop, like I did. So I am guessing there are a fair number of members that maybe don't know what a sleeve puller is.

Luckily there is no black eye. I thought I gave myself a bloody nose when it first happened. My nose and face were a little sore that night, but that's it.
07-31-2018 12:15 PM
Thorn Hahaha, glad you got it sorted! Hope the black eye fades soon.
07-30-2018 08:41 PM
roadpouring So... you designed, built and successfully used a miniature sleeve puller.

Well done, Drew!
07-30-2018 07:48 PM
Drew M.

I got the inlet replaced and everything back on the bike. Replacing the inlets was by far the easiest part. I tried Thorn's idea first. It did stop the nipple from collapsing, but the brass was so soft it was falling apart from the vice-grips. Plus the inlet was in there tight! So I couldn't move it around anyway. So I tried the other method. The inlet came out very easy....like a hot knife through butter, my father would say. No drilling needed. The brass is so soft you can thread it with a 1/4"-20 tap by hand. You only need 2 or 3 threads. You do need to hold the carbs so the inlet is upside down when you do it or you will get shavings all in the floats. Then you take a nut and thread it all the way up a 1/4"-20 bolt, slide a fender washer on after that. Then stick the bolt through a large deep well socket. thread the bolt in to the brass and then start un-threading the nut. It pulls the inlet right out!

Now getting the new inlets in was a small pain. I put them on ice for a few hours. Then right before I started working with them I hit them with some compressed air. You know the kind you blow off your keyboard with? Well when you turn it upside down, you get cold liquid air. Be careful. I burned my fingertip a little and it was numb for a while! Anyway, that kept them very cold long enough for me to hit them with a big hammer.

Getting the carbs back in was easy too. The massively huge pain in my a** was getting that airbox back in. I was positive to wouldn't go in. I was about ready call Spock a lying liar who lies! However, I am here to say, Spock is not a liar and it can be done! I strongly suggest having 2 people! And just like Spock said, hooking everything else back up was super easy. Even getting the carb hoses back on was easy. I did punch myself in the face trying to get the duct back in to the left air filter.... i don't suggest doing that!
07-25-2018 12:55 PM
Drew M.
Originally Posted by Thorn View Post
Learned a trick recently while trying to remove brake bleeder valves that might help here ... stick in a drill bit the same size as the hole, then use vice grips on the outside of the nipple to pull it out. The bit works to keep the nipple from collapsing and breaking off. Possibly safer than trying to drill it out if you can get it to move.
That's actually a really good tip. Thanks Thorn! I have been doing some research on here. There is just so much info here that going through it all takes forever. One of the threads I found included comments from our good friend Wolfie. He gave a link to a Harley how-to site that showed how they pulled the old fitting out. It does involve drilling, but not all the way down. I still have all of the brass part of the original fitting. So I could follow the Harley instructions. However, I think I am going to see if I can get it to come out with Thorn's tip first. (Doc, you are not allowed to comment on that last sentence! )

I did get the airbox and carbs out yesterday. Spock, I don't know how you got the airbox out in 15 minutes!? It took me that long just to find all the electrical connections I needed to unplug. Then another 30+ to get the damn thermostat off. That's mainly because everything is corroded/oxidized and the hoses were stuck. Then another 20 screwing with the airbox. I was beginning to think you made it up. So then I said F*ck it, and I yanked the sh*t out of it and it finally came out....in one piece. I have no idea how I am going to get it to go back in though? The carb ducts are a huge pain. I have read a few things on here about how to go about it, but none seem fun.

On the bright side, after the airbox was gone, the carbs came out in about 5 minutes.
07-23-2018 06:24 PM
roadpouring Personally, I wouldn't power drill at all, unless I could set it up in a milling machine and end-mill it out. Hand drills tend to do more than you intended.

An 'easy-out' is an option, if there is nothing left of the nipple protruding.

One would need to be cautious not to drive the easy-out in to the hole too hard and expand the aluminum hole.

I prefer the flat square tapered type easy-outs. They're not hardened as much as the spiral or scalloped square ones, which tend to snap off easily. Plus, the square ones can be twisted in both directions, unlike the spiral ones.
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