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Everything posted by redxxrdr

  1. Mine is clunky when cold. A warm up before riding really helps. Blackhawkxx asks a valid question. My 87 Magna, with hydraulic clutch started to do the same thing. Warranty could never find anything except to bleed the clutch. I finally replaced the slave cylinder, that had a small leak, and all was Honda smooth.
  2. I have no and answer. I went from my first oil (dino) after break in to the same weight in Mobile 1. Outside temps in the 60's. Indicated water temps went from 176 to 178 degrees and stayed. It has never dropped back to 176, and has always stayed at 178 with proper cool air cooling. I have rotated through Mobil 1, hotel t6, and royal purple with no change. The issue should be thermostat related, but I didn't change coolant for thousands of miles . Strange. But I don't worry about 2 degrees , compared to my perceived quality of synthetic oil.
  3. It's important to remember that the thermostats job is not to limit the max heat of the. Coolant. It's job is to get the coolant to the correct operating temperature as fast as possible. Correct temperature reduces wear, increases fuel economy, reduces emmision, etc. But during the summer heat, the engine is at temperature quickly, and rising higher, if the cooling system can't keep up. Where the thermostat helps is when the outside temperatures are are low. The thermostat bypasses the radiator, allowing the engine to warm quicker.
  4. My bike operates at 176 to 180 degrees . it has since new. Temps went up about 2 degrees when I switched from dino oil to synthetic. But still below 180, on days that are cool enough for the thermostat to regulate. If air temp is too high for the cooling system, then you will be running hotter, thermostat or no. Coolant change with Honda coolant won't hurt, and may help. Stay away from DEX. Evans waterless will prevent over boiling, but heat has to leave the bike, no matter what coolant. Many, many years ago , there was a post showing a waterpump that had been destroyed by silicate based coolant. Phillip? I have had car flow rates tested at a shop years ago. It was done with a in line flow meter. I don't know if there is a flow meter for bikes.
  5. I would say it was the car Philip. 😀 But my first was a 550 R. Couldn't pick up a girl. Got wrecked. Pulled out 56 willys pickup. Couldn't beat them off with a stick. Redneck country. Damn nice brother you have there. Where's a picture of the pickup? 😀
  6. I have been living that dream too. Kirsten has a 1993 Lebaron, needs all front end replaced. Chris just returned from afganistan. He has never owned a car. Both are looking. I get up some morning with only a bike to ride. I have spent many a long night rebuilding a childs, or my own car to get to school. I even put a ring gear on backwards once. Old VW and porsche would let you do that. Drove a 356 to school for a week with one forward gear.
  7. If avaiable, try a couple of tanks of non ethanol gas and check mileage. My 01. Gets much better mileage (2-3 mpg) on good old gas. As posted by others, my vacuum lines were cracking, and caused some problems too.
  8. The finish, and visible metallurgy is much better than normal Harbor Freight, painted or chromed. Plus the socket style holder, even in plastic, holds much better than the stamped metal Craftsman holders. I usually lose my speciality tools before needing them again.. In my internet searching, I also found a set that looked like it was rifled on the inside. A Wal-Mart product, for $13.00. But checkout on my phone defeated me. The great news is that I got this done, and I have another tool for my box.😀
  9. A good mechanic knows when to punt. I currently have a 1961 beetle convertible and a 1965 type 2 truck. Neither drivable at this time. Retirement projects. The old ones require some special tools. But the modern water Cooled VW have parts that seem to be designed to fail. My initial post was to get knowledge of alternate processes to remove the screw. We have a great knowledge base here. In the day, I have carried a VW engine in to a machinist to get a broken exhaust stud removed.
  10. Yes Mangled the head a bit, but it worked well. I have replacement bolts from eBay.
  11. Harbor freight nut removal tool. Worked good. Almost made the bolt head into a reverse torx. But it workrd
  12. Acetone and ATF is a good penetrator. I use it on old VW and far all tractors all the time. These bolts have heads that are smaller than the bolts themselves. I didn't use high heat, or any until they started to strip. This poor little bike has spent the last four yeArs stored in the Georgia rain and humidity. She has some young bucks chasing her. If I don't resolve it soon. They can have st it.
  13. Small butane torch. Splayed on head, then 15 minutes or so on threaded section of caliper. I know heat on head won't transfer well. Threaded area on caliper is deep, and hard to get to. My princess torch is too big. I ordered 4 used bolts from eBay. At least one of them shows the same distress. So it must be a standard for ninja. The good news is that I can drill the bolt if necessary. The bad news is that it has to be done with a hand drill. Easy to screw up. Nikki just split from boyfriend, so I have become Inportant again. 😗. Chain was banjo spring tight. Brakes worn and had the replacement problem. She washed it while at my house. Now it shuts down. Aftermarket fuel cap, guess I'll be pulling tank. Etc etc etc.
  14. God daughter wanted help changing brakes on Ninja 650. Caliper mounting bolts over torqued and red lock tite. One bolt head rounding off with 6 point socket. I often see wrenches with cam or multiple pin heads shown on TV. Has anyone used these things with success? Heat has not helped. If no better ideas, reverse bits and patience.
  15. I don't remember which port I used. I do remember that you must have a check valve installed in the vaccum line between the port and a accumulator canister. I ended up with a large canister to get the cruise to work right. I started with a ball cock float, and it was too small. I built one of pvc pipe. It was about the size of a 32 oz sport drink. A safety question? Your installation does use the ball chain? If not. Please install it. People who didn't experienced some exciting run away. Also, on my 01, the vacuum lines started cracking after ten years or so. I googled and replaced them with silicon lines.
  16. Ahhh A whole bike. Not ready for another one yet.😁 I have Nikki's Ninja on my trailer right now. Trying to get it running again. Kirsten still riding the SV. But thanks. It sure is pretty. Do you remember the name of the company that could Rebuild them?
  17. John Where did you find the NC one listed? I spoke to Joe during Racer XX, but he's didn't think he had one. Thanks, Craig
  18. 2001 up XX cluster. The fuel / odo side is fading. I pulled it down, and that lcd does not look to be replaceable. Thanks, Craig
  19. redxxrdr

    Oil additive ?

    I have seen a number of seafoam videos for crank case and top end cleaning. But my 4.3 's don't have top end rattle,and I don't have the nerve to try it on high mileage, but good running engines. The engines that I have torn down that had synthetic are really clean compared to the old ones that used dino oil
  20. redxxrdr

    Oil additive ?

    During the Dino oil days, I used one of the additives, slick 50 I think, in my Magna. Almost instant clutch slip. Dumped and went through two standard dino oil changes before slippage stopped. With many choices of synthetic oil available, why play games. The best advice is to check your levels before each ride.
  21. This I know. And was doing at the time. I had also performed, and posted about performing planned maintenance on the fuel and ignition, just a few months ago. It was amazing how much crap came out of that tumbler The key that broke was a locksmith made extra. But the one that I used most often. The OEM turns the ignition easier than the one that broke. Wear or poor duplicate? Who knows? I'm just lucky that it broke close to home.
  22. I did the same thing with my 1961 VW convertible during my south Florida days. Plus steering and shifter lock Top and interior parts are too hard to find on almost 60 year old cars.
  23. Yes it is. But my instrument cluster is fading. I took it down , big lcd chip. Soldered in. Looking for a new cluster
  24. Mike You are correct. Any trip of distance , I carry two keys. I haven't ridden in months, and got out of practice. Kirsten took off from work and brought me one of my OEM keys. Once home, a set of Kline close cutters grabbed and removed the broken part easily. Thanks for the ideas This is the second time that the bike has let me down in 18 years. First was a 3 in slit in my rear tire. Now this. POS Honda.
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