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Pinned So what have you done to your bike today?

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by kiffsta, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. Linkin

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    Took the ZXR for a fang through the national park early this morning, it goes great, but got to sort that flat spot out & it needs an aftermarket exhaust. They're a nice nimble bike, the upside down forks are great. Starting scraping my toe sliders through some of the tight corners... got to remember to keep toes up on the pegs.

    Got back & busted out the inox, it was badly needed on the throttle cables, throttle tube and clutch cable, all the pivot points, key barrels and seat latch mechanisms.
     
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    Hmmm well I found what the VTR won't warm up.
    The first pic is the thermostat I bought and the second one is the one that came out.
    I am now wondering if there is an overheating issue and they butchered the thermostat to keep it cool.
    There is no milky oil but I will go get some coolant and see what happens I guess.
    I guess if there is an issue it will be the rear cylinder head.

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    Dropped the old oil and filter out of the blade and put new motorX semi synth and filter in..
     
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    Hmmm not sure what temp the VTR should get to before the fan comes on but she got 1/2 way between mid and the red zone and nothing... I earthed out the connection to the fan and it came on.. but then the engine shut down and wouldnt run any more...no idea why... unless of course there is water in the rear cylinder putting out the fire..:confused:

    I will let it cool down and see if it runs later... grrr
     
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    Pull the plug out and check if it's wet or has a rusty electrode
     
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    Just mowed the lawn so now I am too hot to do any more today... its 42 outside 44 in the garage and 25 inside with the AC on and getting to the end of the Bathurst 12 hr... time to relax I think...lol
     
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    Yep that's why I went riding this morning, too damn hot... Chilling on couch with laptop with aircon watching bathurst :D
     
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    Massively tidied up the workshop today after selling a number of parts. I ran out of space so I had to start hiding stuff under the racking (out of sight, out of mind eh?). I used to store all my parts in two massive plastic boxes. A nightmare too, for finding things. So now I have almost everything in smaller containers with a piece of paper of what's in there for easy keeping. All of it is to go though, so if you want anything NSR250 or CR125 (and maybe some other bikes) let me know.

    I have made a post in the for sale section.

    I also got the NSR off the bike table because what tends to happen is I put it up there and never work on it. So it's on two stands now and I'll be busily trying to finish off the tank to get it on the road. I bought a 03 CR250 as my main project but I think I'll need to new cylinder for it (and head too) so the NSR is back on as the main one!
     
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    Firstly, check your fuses, then spark. Don't forget that senders and switches can be faulty. As for the thermostat, looks like it retracted and then fell out of alignment with the top locator. Thermostats are for cold counties, not needed so much in Australia. But it is always worth chucking a new thermo in a saucepan of water to make sure it does work. All the best.
     
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    Haha... maybe they are not needed in Qld but they do make a difference down here... engines don't warm up to optimal operating temp if there is no thermostat and that tends to wear them out rather quickly... :)
    I suspect the fan switch is my issue now... at least in the fan not coming on... lack of running is more fuel related I think... the fuel filter on the petcock wasnt the best and I am now concerned it might have come apart and blocked up the fuel system... Oh well... something to do next weekend now :)
     
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    Thermostats are needed to keep the engine cool, as the water/coolant circulating too fast does not allow it to lose heat through the radiator.

    The classic example of this was one year at harvest time in the late 1960's the harvester was running very hot (it was a Massey Ferguson 585 with a Chrysler 6 cylinder side valve engine (Dodge Kew type)) and my dad thought the thermostat had stuck so he took it out. The engine ran so hot in boiled before he noticed it. Calls to mechanics all suggested the rad blocked, but even professional cleaning made no difference. Finally my uncle suggested the water was flowing too quickly and he put a 1/2" washer where the thermostat sat and problem solved. That washer was still there and working well when we sold it years later. Too much flow can also be a problem.
     
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    ordered some handguards from alibaba, cause it's going to freeze again and i'm tired of having cold,wet freezing hands.
    You may complain about the heat but i'm sitting in front of my refrigerator to keep warm ;)
     
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    [​IMG] Dont want to bore you with my conspiracy theories but this might be causing the strange weather

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    Cast iron blocks for you :p
    But as you said, a restricter works, too.
    @Andych I thought it was hot in Sydney, too? And if you ask @Jo Verhelst you'll find your winters aren't that cold. But, yes, a thermostat keeps a more consistent temp for better operation.
     
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    Hmmm seems I might have an issue with the Voltage Reg on the Across... went to fire it up today and nothing at all on on the battery... dead as a doornail.. so out came the booster pack... vroom.. starts up immediately but I notice the neutral light is fluctuating / blinking... almost as if it isnt getting enough juice... I will break out the multi meter in the next day or so (it is in the back of the car seeing as work owns it) and look at what the charging rate is when its running...
    It is back on charge now...
     
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    i put a used voltage reg on the 350 honda and same has happenned.ordered carby kit ,exhaust gaskets and side cover grommets today.
     
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    But all the cow music people have gone, so why is all this hot air still hanging around?
     
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    We had half our average february rainfall in 2 days over the weekend. Today it's 41, and hot for the rest of the week, so i think you may have more hot weather coming @Murdo
     

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