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post #1 of 5 Old 03-13-2009, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone doing any? I'm racking up miles fast on the WeeStrom and will need to do plugs, and AF soon. Would love to meet others with Stroms, and share ideas. Thx, Don
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post #2 of 5 Old 03-13-2009, 06:49 PM
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Thumbs up If you tackle the job alone ...

... you will probably do fine. The manual is very good in this area.

Two things to look out for:

The little black plastic buttons are easy to break. If you want to do better than I did, press down on the center of a button with a slender wooden dowel or piece of plastic. Then you can lift out the fastener with a fingernail and a thumbnail.

If you use up almost all your gas, the tank will be relatively light. Hardly any gas leaks out, even if there is lots in the tank. Remember that the tank has an electrical connector to make the gas gauge work.

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I do not think the air filter really needs to be replaced. It seems to be top quality. Mine survived a workout with a sturdy brush to dislodge about 60 British Columbia hornets, and has been reused with no trouble. I find no trace of dust in the compartment on the clean side of the reused filter. Of course I may be asking for trouble at the 75000 mile mark, but I will deal with that problem in a couple of years.

Two tools that you will need sooner or later if you do your own work: one 12mm Allen key to unscrew the front axle, and one 32mm socket to undo the nut that holds on the front sprocket. Harbor Freight is where I got mine. While you are at HF, get a tire-plugging kit (on sale during March). I just needed to take out a nail and put in a plug yesterday. A previous tire, plugged in Newfoundland, got me safely to Toronto Ontario, so I think plugs are safe and reliable.

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...and one 32mm socket to undo the nut that holds on the front sprocket. ...
Huh! I just ordered a bunch of tools (12mm hex, etc.) and the fiche seemed to indicate this was "45: NUT 20MM" Did I get it wrong? Had to leave on business before actually pulling the sprocket cover and checking (needed 8mm socket to get sprocket cover off).

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LordSmoke,

The nut requires a 32mm socket.

Harbor Freight sells a set of half-inch sockets, the largest of which is the required 32mm. It might be cheaper to buy one socket (which HF does not apparently sell alone), but I found it expedient to get the set, at a time when it was on sale. I have since used another socket in the set, so I reckon I was right to get them all.

Maybe the shaft is 20mm in diameter. Search on "Sprocket socket" and you will find tales of hard work to remove stuck nuts, along with advice from much more talented wrench-turners than I am. If your nut is stuck tight, you may benefit from the wisdom you'll find there.

Not on topic, but I went from a 15-tooth front sprocket to a 16-tooth on my Wee-Strom, and I like the taller gearing. Next time I change sprockets, I will get even more teeth up front or fewer out back, because even taller gearing would suit me better. I don't yank out a lotta stumps, ya see. 16/47 lets me accelerate uphill in sixth with 170-pound me and a 260-pound passenger and 30 pounds of gear.

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Thanks, KF. Shaft vs. socket size does make sense. I don't mind ordering one-off sockets and such from Sears. I like the Craftsman products and don't mind paying a bit of premium. It will be some time before I get the time and courage to change the chain/sprockets.

I also ordered the 16t front Suzuki sprocket. I waivered, and was going to order 15 and 16 so I could swap back and forth, but decided if I didn't like the 16 I could just order the 15 and pushed the "check out " button with only the 16 on the list. We'll see.

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