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  1. #21
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    Man, you make it look so easy! Well done OP

  2. #22
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    Off the stand, new exhaust.
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  3. #23
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    Nicely done. Everything turned out great. Hows the first start

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    Quote Originally Posted by craz1 View Post
    Nicely done. Everything turned out great. Hows the first start
    Thank you.

    Well, after some fiddling, I managed to achieve a nice idle, but am experiencing loud pops when applying any throttle. Number 4 cylinder is running (not running) cold. Since the weather has turned cold, I haven’t dug into the issue. The number 4 plug wire is pretty chewed up, so I plan to replace the coils and wires with a newer pair of Honda MP08s that I have. Haven’t checked to see if the chewed up wire is actually causing a lack of spark or not. I’m using all new plugs. Need to sort it out and then balance the carbs.
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    Its always fun to correct the small problems. I saw you rebuilt the carbs. might want to look at the diaphragm on #4. By the looks of your shop (very well organized and clean) I would expect you to figure it out. Nice work on everything. My last build was a CB550, bike ran good for about 35 miles and started to lose power. Turned out the REG/RECT I put on was only a rectifier and being the Honda has an excited field which was not connected I lost battery pretty quick. Got that corrected and again it started to lose power like running out of gas. Opened the gas cap and it started, found a small piece of felt plugging the vent.

    Good luck with your search.

  6. #26
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    You do nice work. She looks beautiful. I wish that I had the time and space.
    Dale

    "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

    1982 Suzuki GS1100G
    2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 300
    1999 Kawasaki ZRX1100
    1997 Honda 250 Rebel


  7. #27
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    Looks great! I like the dolly/cart idea, I think I will copy it.

    I'm about an hour east of you in Mundy Twp. Would love to meet up this spring and check out the bike!

    Also, what's under the car cover????
    - 1983 GS850L ~ 30,000 miles and going up - Finally ready for a proper road trip!
    - 1981 GS850G ~ 44,000 miles, resto-mod project
    - 1977 GS750B ~ Restoration Project
    - 1977 GS750B ~ Parts

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    Your bike looks great. Good job!

    Be sure to retorque the cylinder head nuts after a few heat cycles. I used Athena gaskets, with a green base gasket, one time, but the head nut torque kept falling off each time I checked. After about the third retorque I noticed the base gasket extruding out between the barrel and the case. Mind you, this was about 10 years ago, so hopefully, the gaskets have been improved since then.

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