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post #1 of 17 Old 10-03-2019, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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Question Starting a rusty '04 weeStrom DL650K

Ok the title of this tread is a bit misleading. The bike is not rusty. All of my past project threads (late model Hondas and Kaw's) had the same naming convention on other forums "Starting a rusty ___". I'm just keeping my brand going. Anyhow, got all those late model bikes running and eventually sold them to buy this OG wee-strom. I did a lot of research and this was the bike I've wanted for a while. Model year didn't really matter but I kind of like having the first weeStrom offering.

The bike comes with one glaring issue to solve. It has a gas leak when running. Looks to be a plastic quick-connector linking two hoses. I assume its the fuel delivery line from the gas tank to the throttle body. Recommended fix? Do I bother replacing it with a new OEM connector?

Another question to you folks is this. The bike has 55k miles on it. I'm going to pop all these panels and the gas tank off. What maintenance (preventative or otherwise) would you recommend I do while I'm in there? FYI - I have no service records and I'd like to wait on a valve check until the dead of winter. But short of that, thoughts?

Thanks everyone for your consideration and help. I'll get some pics up here when I get a chance.

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post #2 of 17 Old 10-03-2019, 08:07 PM
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There has been much written up about the little hose that connects the two injectors. The google box at the top of the page is a good place to start the search. At 55 K oil and an air filter check while you have the tank off. I just turned 100K miles on an 04 Wee. it's been great for the last 77K miles with little done in the way of serious maint.
As far as starting with the Rust bike, there is a Mot Guzzi referred to as the Tetanus...the ultimate rust bike.
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If you're sure it's the connector I'd replace it, probably with OEM, though any connector of the proper size and fuel injection rated would work. Sometimes it's the fuel line or fuel line clamps, might drip or dribble onto other parts too.

Like Notacop said there's a bunch of threads on "gas leak".

Here's just one:

https://www.stromtrooper.com/general...-gas-leak.html

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There has been much written up about the little hose that connects the two injectors. The google box at the top of the page is a good place to start the search. At 55 K oil and an air filter check while you have the tank off. I just turned 100K miles on an 04 Wee. it's been great for the last 77K miles with little done in the way of serious maint.
As far as starting with the Rust bike, there is a Mot Guzzi referred to as the Tetanus...the ultimate rust bike.
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Yeah I'll check that hose as I see it's been a problem for many folks but my bikes problem doesn't appear to be that hose. I think it's the quick connect from the tank TO the throttle bodies. I'll find out in a day or two and take a picture for all.

That rusty bike IS awe inspiring.
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That hose connection has been written up too. seems there are replacements.
I've had my tank off a few times with no problems. Maybe I'm lucky?
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When pushing together the connector, there are 2 clip prongs. Sometimes only 1 will snap in place and cause a leak. Check that both are enguaged.
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What maintenance (preventative or otherwise) would you recommend I do while I'm in there?
What a question! That really depends on how long you have owned the bike and what you have done, as well as what your inclinations are. For a new, used bike, a complete fluid change/flush, (oil, coolant, brakes, forks) is mandatory. I'd toss in change the filters too. From there I'd go to cleaning the caliper pistons and inspecting the pads. Depending on mileage and age, spark plugs, adjust cables, check battery and electrical connections (grounds) for corrosion and/or signs of overheating. Your '04 is 15 years old, so inspection of all rubber components (read hoses) is due, and some might have to be replaced. I would be inclined to change the thermostat, too. One of the guys on another website is quite vocal about how compulsive he is (as a mechanic) and he would go over your bike from stem to stern, checking torques, and everything on the bike. I know he would loosen the fork pinch bolts, retorque them, loosen the front axle and bounce, tighten the pinch bolts, check the steering head, and work his way back on the bike. Clean and lube the chain, adjust chain tension. Check tires, air pressure, etc. Depending on the age of the battery, or if you can determine that, I might put in a new one - having a dead battery on the road is inconvenient at best, and downright expensive if done in a small town in the back of beyond. I routinely change batteries in my cars and bikes after 5 years of service if they have not already failed, and sooner if I'm going on a trip. Our car battery died a few years back in a small town in eastern Ohio and a replacement at the local NAPA store cost me twice ($150) what I would have paid back home from my local Battery purveyor. And it took about two and a half ours out of our one day trip dealing with finding someone w/ jumper cables and that NAPA store.
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Here's my leak. Looks like it is on the throttle body assembly. What am I looking at?
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Here's my leak. Looks like it is on the throttle body assembly. What am I looking at?
Ok, so instead of working I'm feverishly trying to figure out how to fix my new toy . I posted a pick above and I NOW believe the leak is the connection to the forward-most fuel injector (if I have identified that orange object correctly). I'll search the site for info on this connection but if someone could confirm that I have it right I'd appreciate it.

Starting to miss my carbs already. HAHA


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Yeah I'll check that hose as I see it's been a problem for many folks but my bikes problem doesn't appear to be that hose. I think it's the quick connect from the tank TO the throttle bodies. I'll find out in a day or two and take a picture for all.
I'm totally wrong. I just don't know what I'm looking at. I mis-ID'd the location of the drip. It's clearly dripping off of the forward most fuel injector and therefore could be coming from anywhere above it on the assembly. I believe it's going to be the 'notorious' hose and clamps that join the fuel delivery pipes (as you all have mentioned!)
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