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    Thanks! Progress is one of my favorite things to...

    Thanks!
    Progress is one of my favorite things to make.
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    If anyone reading this in the future is jonesing...

    If anyone reading this in the future is jonesing for an update: I got all the pieces in and did the rebuild as specified and it seems totally fine now.
    Also threw an alligator clip on the oil...
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    Ha, yes, please. The clip that holds it in place...

    Ha, yes, please. The clip that holds it in place broke about a week ago. I've been meaning to stick an alligator clip or something on the wire until I figure out a more permanent solution.
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    Does that mean the pushrod spring is too weak?

    Does that mean the pushrod spring is too weak?
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    Sorry, I'm dumb, I can get a reference. My 750 is...

    Sorry, I'm dumb, I can get a reference. My 750 is sitting two feet away from this bike.
    Here's that tensioner if I rev and drop it. It barely twitches. Is that what it should be doing?...
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    Thank you both. I pulled it off today and went...

    Thank you both.
    I pulled it off today and went through the rebuild document, though I don't have new seals or anything, so I didn't pull it totally apart. I familiarized myself with the bits and...
  7. Also - how do you store eight bikes in Boston?

    Also - how do you store eight bikes in Boston?
  8. I just did a full rebuild on my 550t and I...

    I just did a full rebuild on my 550t and I remember there being a few things that threw me off on reassembly.
    Those holes were one. There's also something near there that I think is a vestigial...
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    spinning my cam chain tensioner

    I just hopped on my 550/673 and it was making a crazy noise on fast deceleration. I poked around for a minute and it turns out it's the tensioner spinning up and down. My first thought was that it...
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    All four the same is great, and 120 is dandy....

    All four the same is great, and 120 is dandy.
    What do you mean by check valves? You may know I thing I don't (there's a lot I don't), but I've only ever checked compression by screwing the tool into...
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    Definitely check your valve clearances. It's...

    Definitely check your valve clearances. It's pretty easy to do, and can save you from damage. If they're running tight (they should tighten up with use) they'll restrict airflow, yeah. Compression is...
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    Have you tried spraying them with carb cleaner or...

    Have you tried spraying them with carb cleaner or something while the engine is running to see if there are air leaks?
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    FWIW, I'm running UNIs on my 550 (PK-82 is the...

    FWIW, I'm running UNIs on my 550 (PK-82 is the model number, I think), and it wasn't a huge pain to tune for. It needed rejetting for sure. I re-re-jetted relatively recently after putting a 650 top...
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    Good to know. Thank you.

    Good to know. Thank you.
  15. 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...
  17. 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...
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