Wow, long time, no update! I have been around lurking from time to time, but life and other obsessions have gotten in the way. The bike is still sitting in the garage, and I have reached that time of year that I get itchy to start turning wrenches and cutting and grinding again. Over the last week I have gotten reacquainted with my little streetfighter in the garage and now I can't wait to ride her this spring.
I realized that I majorly screwed up my top triple when I drilled it and the bars end up a little crooked. No problem, I have 2 options there. I have another stock triple that I can drill (straight this time), or I can get some custom triples made I am hoping to get a good estimate on a set of triples and be able to buy them with some money the govt owes me (tax return). I also am strongly considering a motogadget mini for my instruments, but it is hard to swallow the price right now. Anyway, I am hoping that I will be posting some decent progress here in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.
-custom seat (in progress)
-finish tail light
-powdercoat last few bits
The motorcycle show over the weekend got me back in the mood, so I started and her for bit tonight. I was really surprised with how easy it started and ran once I warmed it a little. To be fair, it was pretty warm here today, in the 50s, so that isnt too bad. She does blow a good bit of smoke, which has me concerned, mostly about getting through inspection. I think it is just too rich though, so hopefully tweaking the carbs a little will sort that out.
Also, I had forgotten how loud the bike is! I may have made a mistake in cutting down the can as much as I did. Oh well, we'll see how it is riding it. BTW, if anyone wants to help with my inspection worries, drop me a pm.
So, having said all of that, I spent until 2am in the garage last night putting the motor back together. I got some nice, new parts for it:
-new gaskets, copper head, spring steel base
-new APE studs to replace the 2 stock ones
-APE head nuts
-APE cam chain tensioner
-new wiseco rings
-a bunch of stock gaskets and seals
I got her all back together last night. Sorry, no pics of the assembly, but it was a comedy of errors. When I put the cylinders on the case, I got all 4 pistons started into the bores before I realized that I didn't have the cam chain guide inside the cylinders. I had to take them back off and start over. Then I got the cams timed and tightened down before I realized I forgot to put in the other cam chain guide. Had to take the cams off again...
In the end, it all went together pretty smoothly, had to helicoil a couple holes, but no big deal. I hope it sealed up well! Tonight I am planning on getting the motor back in the bike and get the rest of the freshly powdercoated parts on. I will get some pics tonight. So, standby.
they are in fact carillos. The pistons are wiseco's, but they were modified. The dome was milled down some (I assume to lower CR, hopefully making it more streetable).
It took me forever to get a positive ID on the pistons. Wiseco told me twice that they were not wisecos. The guys on dragbike.com told me they were, so I pushed for the Wiseco guy to send the pics to someone who had been there a while. He confirmed what they were, and that they are still available!
I actually went for the maiden voyage today! The bike is awesome, very loud and very fast. Then it crapped out because the alternator I got off ebay isnt charging. So I am back on the hunt for an alternator.
To bad with the alternator. Did you check the internals?
I would guess the carbon brush inside the alternator is worn out, there is a service limit for that. (new for $30 at your local Suzuki dealer)
Or the stator/rotor assembly needs some cleaning with sand paper.
Before you go and buy another alternator I would check on that first.
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