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post #3291 of 3371 Old 03-27-2019, 07:56 PM
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Did my first valve clearance check on my L4 1000. So first time learning how to undress the bike (tank, fascia stuff, drain coolant, remove radiator etc), and first time doing this on a twin. One exhaust valve out of spec and three close, so all well within tolerance now. What helped no end was having my laptop on the bench with access to Urban Monk's fine video on this, plus digital workshop manual - helped reassure me that was putting cams back in correctly...... All back together and fired up fine, and no need to check now for long time yet.

Only bummer was the tank fell off the workhorse it was sitting on and got some unsightly scratches as a result.....a bummer....but rationalise that the bike now shows tangible signs of being used.....you know, badge of honour stuff......sort of....
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Did my first valve clearance check on my L4 1000. So first time learning how to undress the bike (tank, fascia stuff, drain coolant, remove radiator etc), and first time doing this on a twin. One exhaust valve out of spec and three close, so all well within tolerance now. What helped no end was having my laptop on the bench with access to Urban Monk's fine video on this, plus digital workshop manual - helped reassure me that was putting cams back in correctly...... All back together and fired up fine, and no need to check now for long time yet.

Only bummer was the tank fell off the workhorse it was sitting on and got some unsightly scratches as a result.....a bummer....but rationalise that the bike now shows tangible signs of being used.....you know, badge of honour stuff......sort of....
Congrants on the undertaking! Mind if i ask, how many miles was on it when you did your first check?
I've never done a valve adjustment with shims. But, I'm going to learn on my 2015!
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I replaced my Vee2 headlight bulb. 17,600 miles on the original H7 low beam bulb. I was a little surprised to see it burn out so soon.

At the autoparts store there were at least 4 different halogen options for a replacement H7. Each one claiming to be a little bit brighter and a little bit whiter. And each one costing $3-$4 more than the previous one. I thought whiter would be nice to more closely match my white LED DRL's... But then I turned the packages over and was shocked to see the rated life for each of the options. The cheapest least fancy was rated for 270 hours, the next was 150 hours, and the 2 most expensive and fancy options were rated at 85 hours. Ouch! 85 hours wouldn't last a single riding season...

So 2 things discovered: 17,600 miles is probably not bad for the H7 bulb and I guess I'm stuck with that slightly yellowish headlight color...for now...
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Has 35,000K on the clock. Don't know its service history before 32,000 so don't know if this was its first shim adjustment or not. It takes several hours to do, but not that hard. Take lotsa pics as you go, including of the cams positions when you take the cam cover off, to help make sure they go back in exactly the same. And put your fuel tank on the floor.......not on a workhorse.....
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Cleaned the 3-piece oem luggage on for my '14 Vstrom1000 using Meguiars Vinyl/Plastic Cleaner & Conditioner. They all now look as new.
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Put my stock mirrors back on. The Tuono knock offs were junk. They made my bars buzz and they were blurry, not to mention one wouldn't stay in place. This is the second time I've tried them. Also added a stiffer tube to my Tutoro chain oiler to try to get it working.

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Cleaned the 3-piece oem luggage on for my '14 Vstrom1000 using Meguiars Vinyl/Plastic Cleaner & Conditioner. They all now look as new.
I don't know if that's the same one I've got (mine is labeled vinyl and rubber cleaner/conditioner), but found it doesn't hold up well in the weather on exterior surfaces. Works beautifully on rubber floor mats since it doesn't leave a high gloss or oily finish. For most everything else except tires I like 303.

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I don't know if that's the same one I've got (mine is labeled vinyl and rubber cleaner/conditioner), but found it doesn't hold up well in the weather on exterior surfaces. Works beautifully on rubber floor mats since it doesn't leave a high gloss or oily finish. For most everything else except tires I like 303.
I've been really impressed by the cleaning power of 1Z (einzett) plastic deep cleaner, then a protective application of the 303...
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Installed 2 rear tires. One Anakee3 on one rim and Mitas E07 on the second one. Now I'm ready for the road and for the off road.
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Homemade soft bag guard

I engineered and manufactured this DIY saddlebag guard for the right side of my Wee. 1 1/2" wide by 1/8" thick aluminum bar, a vise, drill, hacksaw, and a file. I was going to remove it and reinstall when I would ride with the bags but I think it looks good enough to leave on the bike.
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