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    Good to know. Thank you.

    Good to know. Thank you.
  2. Thanks. My biggest worry right now is base gasket...

    Thanks. My biggest worry right now is base gasket thickness. Did you make one, or just use one from a kit?
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    outside silver color is install to top slot and...

    outside silver color is
    install to top slot and
    black is install to second slot.and make on topI'm working in a borrowed space so I won't be able to get in there and measure for probably a week or...
  4. Congratulations on finishing your swap! I'm just...

    Congratulations on finishing your swap! I'm just starting the same process and it seems like most of the folks who've done it aren't active users here anymore. Do you mind if I hit you up when I...
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    These are the ones that came off the piston. I'm...

    These are the ones that came off the piston.
    I'm holding them slightly off from one another so you can compare them, but their ID and OD are the same.
    62546
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    650 piston rings

    Since I already have my 550 engine out of the bike and torn down to swap out elements of my transmission, I am of course attempting to also drop on a 650 top end. Why just fix something when you have...
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    A little blast of MAP gas and a 6mm bolt/nut, and...

    A little blast of MAP gas and a 6mm bolt/nut, and the thing popped right off.
    Thank you for your wisdom.


    https://photos.app.goo.gl/Ew1NrbW4p6UhUrRh8

    I tried to include a photo of it cracked,...
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    I also suspect I have them all, but I'll give all...

    I also suspect I have them all, but I'll give all the spaces a once-over.
    I have high hopes for using a bolt with that pry point. And more heat.
    It would not be surprising if the dowel is corroded....
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    I tried getting a bar in that pry point, but I...

    I tried getting a bar in that pry point, but I have the engine in a stand and it's hard to get a good angle. I love the idea of cranking up with a bolt/nut or tap. It's the same idea as my air wedges...
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    Thank you. I did try blasting it with a torch,...

    Thank you. I did try blasting it with a torch, but only really on the top (actually bottom) part. And then I put my torch down and tried to whack on it. Maybe I need a second pair of hands to jam a...
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    splitting my 550 case

    I have a GS550t that's had a rough life. Second gear has been slipping for a while (I just go straight from first to third), and I'm finally trying to deal with it. I've been following the teardown...
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    Hit me up when you're back in town, Groove Daddy....

    Hit me up when you're back in town, Groove Daddy.

    My most pressing need for a work space is over now, but I do yearn for an enclosed working area from time to time. And I can certainly endure some...
  13. Poll: I'm glad it looks like this will happen when the...

    I'm glad it looks like this will happen when the world starts back up again.
    Maybe I'll try out some of these mapped rides during my quarantine/spring break/cancelled jobs, although I guess I'll...
  14. Poll: I'm putting the dates on my calendar. SxSW often...

    I'm putting the dates on my calendar.
    SxSW often brings a pile of work my way, so my attendance will depend on whether or not someone is paying me to shoot video of drunk tech folks on Rainey Street...
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    I don't know that sounds pretty scary. Maybe I'll...

    I don't know that sounds pretty scary. Maybe I'll give it a swing. I do go out to events once in a while.

    I hadn't thought of looking at maker spaces and stuff. It looks like we have a few and one...
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    I apologize if it feels like I've been...

    I apologize if it feels like I've been disrespectful to y'all. It feels to me like I got a bunch of good suggestions and then several posts chastising me for not doing maintenance that was already...
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    I've read the newbie mistakes. I've been reading...

    I've read the newbie mistakes. I've been reading the forum pretty actively for a couple of years. And I totally understand the fundamental aspects of your advice, we just have different operating...
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    I don't feel disrespected. I'm trying the...

    I don't feel disrespected. I'm trying the possible ideas for the root cause that the brethren suggested, and once I see how that pans out I'll dive into the routine maintenance. Didn't mean to be...
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    One and a half.

    One and a half.
  20. Poll: Bookmarked. I was just out your way a few...

    Bookmarked.

    I was just out your way a few hours ago. It's lovely country out there.
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    I did! And I responded, but only about going on...

    I did! And I responded, but only about going on the ride. Dripping Springs is a little bit of a haul, but not so bad. I was out there this afternoon, actually.
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    FYI I'm at a half turn on my fuel screws right...

    FYI I'm at a half turn on my fuel screws right now and it's still driving the same, although it's idling slightly lower.
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    Yeah. Is there another way to know?

    Yeah. Is there another way to know?
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    Wrenching Friends in Central Texas

    This isn't a ride, but it's a gathering idea? If I'm off-base with posting it here let me know.

    I'm relatively new to bikes and didn't learn about anything mechanical growing up, so everything I...
  25. Poll: I know I'm basically a stranger here, but if I'm...

    I know I'm basically a stranger here, but if I'm not working I'd love to come ride.
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