Discussion in '6th Generation 2002-2013' started by A.M, Apr 11, 2018.
Get a man, have him make you a Sammich.
Now that's something I really don't do much for myself (others I do, but not just for me).
For example, today for lunch I had a couple plain potato skins. LOL
Well, I did find a guy... but he just helped me take apart one end of the tubes by cracking the caps open since I wasn't successful.
I took them home and had much fun! And wish I would have had him do the bolts in the bottom.
I'm sure I would have been successful with doing my own seals and bushings.
Just couldn't and didn't want to attempt any further removing those ends myself as to not risk damaging the tubes altogether.
Once inside it was sooooo cool to see!
I'm the type of person that is very hands-on. Someone can tell me all they want how to do something, but I have to get in there and have a go myself and see the inner workings and then it all makes more sense to me what I'm doing and how things really work.
This may be old blah for some of you, but exciting stuff for me! I feel like a little kid opening things for the first time and seeing things I've never seen before and all that gets me revved up!
All I need is a second moto to really strip down (one I don't have to rely on running) and a workbench and I'd be tinkering especially all winter.
I have not expected this to be so interesting and addicting. I've always loved the minor things I've done, and what I'm doing now isn't really major, but it's new and I'm loving it.
A man to make us a sandwich would make for a darn good time! LOL
I have some pics later, but for now I'll post the video from last night because I gots to go.
Oh, and between working days and weekends and having nights to do this and waiting on parts to trickle ins and school functions a couple of nights and a couple of nights where I was ill and slept last week and waiting on taking in forks until place opened on Tuesday...this has seemed like it's taken forever.
But when I think of it, not too much. I know I'm taking twice the time at least taking things apart, thinking of them, reading on them, cleaning them, studying the FSM, documenting with notes and photos, etc., so that has been a slow down. I'm not really sure how I've managed doing this much with all my other responsibilities alone.
BUT... this weekend if I'm not crushed by moto, on Sunday, it may fire up. If it fires up, I ride. If moto doesn't shake apart or die, it might just mean I've been successful...
More later about the weekend, but for now...
Seizing Some Success
Wow, props to you AM! Most riders would not even think about taking their bike that far apart. I know I wouldn't.
I'd say You Da Man! But you being woman fall into a much smaller category of awesomeness. Or something.
Rock on and ride safe!
Well done, did use a torque wrench? I would go over all your key nuts & bolts, just in case. We all have missed things, no offense!
I was wondering the same thing... especially on the fork clamps. Plenty of others to be concerned about........
Thank you! None taken at all! I appreciate the suggestions and all the reminders to take to take care of these little big things.
I did use a torque wrench, but I sat in my garage for probably a total of 2 hours this morning here and there... thinking of the very thing you brought up. What in the heck have I forgotten to do? And did I secure everything that needed to be secured for the test ride since I would be riding it naked?
I would not forget the two bolts on my rear wheel that I could not get torqued. By the end of that night I was very very tired and weak and maybe that played a part in me not being able to. But I got those done when the Moto came off the center stand.
Other than that I just had this nagging feeling all day that I have forgotten something. But I had made a list of the things that needed torqued and I had done them all.
What I'm concerned about is what wasn't on my list. What surprises am I going to come up with soon. I had no extra bolts laying around out of any of my baggies so that was a success.
But did I forget to write down something that needed to be torqued? Did I over torque? How accurate is it even? I've never tested it. Did I pinch any wires while putting things back together? Am I going to have an oil leak from anywhere?
Something will more than likely turn up. But I'm hoping it will not be anything big.
At least I didn't forget to put the heat shrink on wires before I went to solder LOL
Well done A.M, I too am impressed with your grit. Tell the truth, it feels great to have done so much on your own to keep your moto on the road, yes?
Yes, it feels amazing and extremely satisfying and surreal to go from this...
To this for the first time alone...
But though I physically did it alone, I had much help and encouragement from my friends and that's where much success lies...
After having amazing fun with fork oil...no sarcasm at all, it was AMAZING to see for the first time...I was so tired and just went to beds.
Forks awaiting their reinstall but out of the naughty corner!
Here's the weekend recap...
I got right to it after work. I was in the garage until the wee hours of the morning, meticulously reinstalling stuffs.
Once I had the front assembled, I was ready to take out the super safe moto stand.
I wondered how the heck to do this being by myself? I know..ultra safe way!! ...I thought to lay on the tail and kick the blocks out. Well, laying on the tail did lift it enough off the blocks but my foot wouldn't reach. So I grabbed a bar, put it on the ground between my foot and the blocks. Laid over on the back again and have the bar a swift kick. Out went the blocks, gentle down went the moto. YES!!
Finished up messins and double checking. FSM FTW on my computer now on top of a super safe computer stand.
I'd have to say my work space of wood and upside down flower pots as well as a designer dining room chair would make Ichiban Moto proud.
I messed with the only thing left in the naughty corner. The quality time I've spent on this piece has been wonderful. I think we bonded... Teeheehee
I started freezing and realized I should check the time. It was dark and cold out with the garage still open. Called it a night knowing Saturday would be a super big day, but so happy moto was lookin like a moto again!
Video recap. Think this was me just rambling. So much stuffs. So much activities. So much lates nights. I forgets.
What are your thoughts on my super accurate and safe measuring techniques?
After sleeping a few hours, I woke early to re-read and study parts of the FSM and watch a few more videos. After fueling up with morning soda, I got right to it.
First thing was prizes in the mailbox! Thank you mello dude for sending little big pieces of you! One thing from the box would be used right away!
I strongly believe I had all my fingers after the day's work because of these guide pins... thank you mello dude!
Opening the new stator was so cool!
I've never seen a brand new one before and it was super quick and easy to install into the *finally* clean cover that came out of the naughty corner in the morning!
Already dirtied though by sealant in the grommets...
After getting the stator mounted and running the new R/R connector wires through the Honda abyss, it was time to solder.
I prepped my ultra sophisticated soldering station compliments of Coleman and designer dishware and the sea.
I felt like a frickin mad scientist trying to bring Frankenstein to life!! I tinned the tip, did a practice solder and heat shrink, tools were working well so it was time for the real deal!!
I was so frickin nervous. I think I checked 80 times to make sure I had heat shrink on the wires. I messaged a friend several times to ask questions and he reassured me I'd do well. It's amazing how much a word or silly comment can give me the oooomph needed to do something. Positive peer pressure I say! So I tried to put it out of my mind the importance of what I was about to solder to calm my nerves.
I love the illusion of what is connected in the above photo. Wasn't noticed until later in the night! Anyhoo...
It looked like a smashing success!! I huffed much flux and solder fumes and felt glorious!! All that was missing was the stormy night with raging lightning to accompany my cackles!
Well, what's done was done.
And it was going to work or not.
I continued through the steps, added tubing to wires and electrical taped it up, prepped the mating surfaces of the crank case, added the guide pins from mello dude, on went the gasket and the cover...
Did I have all my fingers?! YESSSS!
And no torn up gasket either!!
I'll never do this job without guide pins. Ever. I had no problems removing the cover with my bare hands. Didn't need any mallet or anything. But no way would I ever reinstall that cover without pins. Thank you again, mello dude! You sooooo abide!
Finished up by pulling guide pins out and replacing with the cover bolts, pulling the tube of wires through to the right side...and pumping myself up to be ready for the morning because I was tired and needed bed. And my back was killing me!! R/R, oil, start day was nigh...
That stator install put a smile on my face that no one could have wiped off...
The video... take note of my one-of-a-kind soldering station. It was electrifying!!
If it's your torque wrench, just remember to reset it to "0" torque ... if you leave it set, then it will ruin the calibration of the tool.
Great job! Congrats!
Looks like we have similar stand setup ... lol!
Nah, I left it out of the cover and at 500 in-lb-mm and threw it back on the top shelf after it fell and chipped my concrete.
It's the best that way so it will be ready when I install the wheels again. Who is dumb enough to zero out their torque wrench when it's just gonna be used again? Talk about a waste of time.
Thanks, I see you have the ultimate safety in mind there. Can't beat being too safe! Ichiban Moto proud!
Damn. I didn't think of it that way ... learn something new every day ....
And yes, I have the ultimate in moto safety going on in my 'fully air conditioned' shop.
A week ago today, moto was finished... !!!!
I was up first thing in the morning to sit in garage with muh big gulp of water, some soda, a beef stick, and think about the last steps of the day:
R/R, oil, battery, voltage test, key
I've been dreading and anticipating this day so much because it was the day of reckoning and me doing oil which, sounds silly but, still makes me anxious each time it's done. The only saving grace I have is knowing I handled my oil slick well and I don't panic, so I try to tell myself I'll be fine.
Anyhoo, took my time since I estimated I wouldn't need long to do these jobs and I knew I wouldn't do oil until 3:00. Okay, so right to it.
First fitted the super cute, happy looking mounting plate mello dude sent and custom makes for the Roadstercycle R/R. Comes nicely packaged with easy to follow directions.
Next was fitting the R/R on. I didn't loosen up the radiator bits because I could fit my hands and tools in there okay. Starting to look AMAZING!!
The old connector was cleaned and greased and taped up really well over the loom and end tightly and several times.
The R/R connector that goes directly into the unit was plugged in and the leads were ran under the gas tank area to the left side awaiting the battery.
The stator wire connector was then plugged in...!! Woohoo!! Only missing the battery now.
But not yet... oil time at 3:00. I waited this long because it would have been long enough the Permatex to cure on stator cover and grommet. Didn't want to be too impatient and add fluids last night right away and potentially screw anything up.
So 3:00 came. My hands were shaking so much, but it had to be done. New crush washer, drain pain bolt in, torque 22 lb ft. Worse part: fresh oil on oring, OEM oil filter on, hand tightened. Breathe. Fill it up. This waa more nerve wracking than knowing how important the wires were that I was soldering yesterday. Someday I'll get over the nervousness of new oil change. But for today it was done!
I left the funnel dangling with a cup tapes underneath so I could add more oil if needed once I ran engine and checked for leaks.
Next came a very nervous part... dun dun dun... the last step:
Hook him up!
I tested the battery. All checked well. I was so full of nerves I was forgetting basic crap like positive or negative first? Where do I set my multimeter to check this shizz? I was so freaking out. Sounds dramatic I know, but this first time shizz has me so excited and nervous at the same time. I didn't expect to be so feeling that way.
Anyhoo, dropped the battery in, hooked up the first leads. On goes the negative. Make sure the connections are tight. And I look up and I see:
The rest is history that day. At around the same time moto died, moto came alive again with the turn of the key!
I was so frickin excited and feeling like a mad Frankenstein scientist! So freaked out and excited and silly and thinking how the hell did I do this? I know how, but really how did I do this and it worked!
And look how ramped up!! Normal? Woohoo!!
And even the temp sensor that I had to repair in two places worked!! One repair was so close to the connector that if it didn't work I couldn't repair it anymore without ordering wire because there was not enough left to make more fixes.
Well, needless to say, it was a day of sweet sweet sweetest of victories! And moto shined once again!
But not without my friends' helps and guidances and and you peeps here chiming in with ideas when you could. Spanks you all for a job well done! If you were here, I would definitely slap your arse and hand you a cold beverage!!
Now, any job like this again will be routine. I'm confident I could also tackle most anything on the moto now given I make the time to read, resarch, ask for help, and consult the Factory Service Manual along the way.
So was much celebrating to be had!! Before the test ride, I ran moto to running temp, looked for signs of oil leaks, added just a smidgen more oil, made sure loose parts were secured for naked test ride, called my friend over, and wheeled moto out to the drive to feel the sun for the first time in a couple weeks!!
The victoriouses of the day!!
Moto and rider!
Well deserved drink for moto!
(I left the tank pretty the day I rode, anticipating the fact that if I had problems then I didn't wanna have to deal with a full tank of gas upon fixin time)
Celebratory drink for us!
Successful short test ride!
Next weekend would bring longer test ride after all bits and pieces and panels were tucked away...
For today was just short.
Mes Amis Je T'aime
Phenom job AM.. (First time? Wow!) You Rock!
btw - where did you get the Bosch multimeter? Also, thx for the R/R plate photos...
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