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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 07-29-2019, 05:49 PM   #21
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Default Re: 1994 Fireblade Hack

A short piece of vacuum or fuel hose split along its length may do as a stop gap for the tank rubbers.

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Dave, you're going to advise someone to run their tyres at 'low to mid 20' psi range?

That's way, way down from what the manufacturer says (36/42), and verging on running a flat. I'd say it's a great way to increase fuel consumption, get weird wallowy handling, lose speed, and maybe even get a tyre delaminate in the long term.

It's a good thing you know everything about bikes, eh.

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36/42 is WAY too high unless the bike is seriously loaded down. It might be reasonable for touring 2 up, but solo without a bunch of shit on the bike you'll never get any heat into the tires.

I wouldn't quite run low to mid 20s on a leadrebike, more likely high 20s when riding for fun, but nowhere near 36/42.

A steering damper dampens steering oscillations. If it starts to leak, it may become a steering dampener. There's no such thing as a dampner.

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Seems like most people run about 30 pounds, I'm 160 pounds without gear.
I have taken off about 30 pounds of fairing, brackets, etc. I'm not sure if that is enough weight to affect tire pressures.

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Greased and dialed the head bearings, just a little drag. The last guy who touched it must have thought the top nut had something to do with the bearing preload. I just about broke my back getting that thing off. The preload nut was finger tight and the grease was dry. Would have made an interesting first ride.

Another issue I came across is the rear brake caliper. There seems to be a hug amount of play. As far as I can find there are no missing parts and nothing is too worn. The caliper plate, caliper, and pads are seem to be wandering and embedding themselves into everything around it. The top pin seems to fit very poorly, tons of slop. Like missing a bronze sleeve type of slop....

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The caliper floats on the mounting bracket, in and out in the sliding pin (front) with rubber boot and the rubber bushing on the (rear) fixed bolt (sorry not sure on tech terms here). If the rubber boot on the sliding pin gets torn and the grease gets out, the sliding pin will run metal on metal where the soft cast alloy hole will expand. It could also just get worn with very high miles.

If the front hole in the mounting plate is wollered out, the mounting plate may be junk. Unless you're really good at drilling off centre holes and fitting brass bushes in them.

If the hole still looks round, could be that replacing the rubber boots will do it.

The boots usually tear due to people using ordinary grease on the sliding pins. You need to use rubber safe grease, ordinary grease will absorb in the rubber making it swell, then tear.

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36/42 is WAY too high unless the bike is seriously loaded down. It might be reasonable for touring 2 up, but solo without a bunch of shit on the bike you'll never get any heat into the tires.

I wouldn't quite run low to mid 20s on a leadrebike, more likely high 20s when riding for fun, but nowhere near 36/42.
I used to run 32/36 for regular road riding on the last blade I had, rode just fine. If it dipped 5psi lower I could tell in a bad way, any less than that I couldn't tell (as I found out with a slow puncture in the rear). Still 10psi more than Dave recommends.

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The hole is definitely wollered out. Looks pretty round. The pin measures 9mm, the hole is just over 10mm. I could probably drill it out and press a bronze bush in there. Mcmaster has them for just under $2.00.

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It isn't meant to be a tight fit as the rubber takes up play. But it is meant to be round. Get yourself a set of rubbers, and see if that solves it. If not, go crazy with bushings.

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Figured out the brakes. The boots weren't seated. Bled the rear brakes. The fronts probably need a rebuild, the fluid was milky, I ran out of fluid before it cleared up.

Adjusted and cleaned the chain, need a new one of those too. Just past the "replace chain" line.

Grips, jets, and spark plugs showed up today. Should have some time Friday.

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