yea twisties! ya may as well start in front larry cause i know you'd end up there anyway. slow down on the straights so they can catch up.Saturday is meeting day for my, but Sunday, taking a group to Missouri Hick BBQ in Cuba by way of the back roads. Can you say twisties?
yep and if it gets too dirty it will mess with your tune(air fuel ratio) i clean and re oil every three hole change.Cleaned and oiled the K&N air filter on the HD Heavy Breather. Put too much oil on the first time. Cleaned it again and re-oiled it, just not paying enough attention I guess.
good work kyle! if everyone kept up their maintenance like you do new bike sales would suffer greatly.Well, finished up the service and cleaned up. Swapped both sets of brake pads, the front was ready, the rear could have gone longer but I decided to just do them now while I was dirty and had the bike up.
Gotta say, I hate working with grease. It's the second worst/messy thing there is right after anti-seize. At least it's easier to clean up than the anti-seize.
I decided not to put new spark plugs in, so I didn't do the bore scope.
Just road it around goblock in the neighborhood, everything checks out. Primary chain is slapping just a little, but it's not loose enough to click one more notch up on the adjuster, so just leaving it for now.
When I was shopping, they had a couple of the LS2's on the shelf, but none were big enough for my big fat head. So, they said there were more coming, but didn't know what sizes and models would be in the order. A week or so later, I get there and we're talking about the helmets. They had one that was just too small and I was about to give up when the lady honcho of the dealership came over (she knows me) and asked what was going on. Turns out a truck just arrived that AM and she went back and pulled a new Valiant II off the dock in my size. SOLD! My dealership treats me very well.I hear ya! The stealerships around here, somehow get all the Supper Models to work for HD Motorclothes! Those ladies are hard to say no to!
When i found this helmet at Chaparral Motorsports, just a few months after i got the Ultra, (the bike came with a HJC that creates mega hot spots of my forehead) I slid this one on my grape and looked no further! It was the "display model" and the only one in my size. So they gave me a discount on it, for being the floor model... Happy Day! The sales people told me this was the newest one out by LS2 at the time. (That was 3 years ago now). I keep peeking at the newer helmets, but honestly have not found anything near as comfortable, with all the features of this one... I will be bummed if they stop carrying this model. Being 100% confident in flipping it from 3/4 to full while accelerating up an on ramp or, opening up from full to 3/4 at any speed. Now that i got rid of that stupid wired mic and speaker thing (PIA)!!! So glad my son talked me into going with the Cardo!
That reminds me, I got some Jack Stack BBQ beans in the fridge....i had a nice solo ride this morning. 73 leaving 91 coming back, wind ssw at 35.. 194 miles of high cruising down to choteau, ok on a really nice summer morning in october. beautiful severe clear summer morning, almost no traffic. cruising 80-85 cept for towns yielded 35 mpg afr is spot on. a little head wind factors in. i had lunch at the amish house in choteau. i havn't eaten their on saturday before but it won't be the last time. saturday is fried chicken and bbq pork ribs. man they cook up the ribs and take all the meat off. you serve yourself from a big ole steam table tray full of the meat. and the best grean beans&bacon ever and good baked beans too. i didn;t even eat mashed taters and gravy. just loads of bbq pork rib meat and baked and grean beans&bacon. of course i finished with blackberry cobler with a bunch of soft serve ice cream on top. yum and yum! i ate in the big dining room which was nearly filled with cherokee folks and their families. only two white boys and me. i guess i could say i had lunch with a delegation of folks from the cherokee tribe. then i blasted off toward home for my return ride through the cherokee nation. a great ride, lunch and a great time was had by tommy! god i love this country, the cherokee people and the amish.
Oh, I realized I didn't clean the air filter last night. So I went to clean it but a slight back story first...
My K&N filters were stained grey from the amount of engine oil they had gotten prior to the external breather conversion. So I decided to replace them. Despite being washable/re-useable, I like to keep two (one in use, one as a spare). Part of the reason is "just in case", the other part is so that when it's time, I can just swap the dirty for a clean and then take my time cleaning and oiling the dirty one (takes basically overnight for them to dry after cleaning).
Anyway, I noticed the new ones I ordered, they no longer have the K&N logo embossed on that metal top plate. The part number is the same (HD 0800), but the stamped number inside the top plate increased by 1 (08226-1 was the old, the new is 08226-2). I was kind of concerned by their not stamping their logo on it... it's not like I care if the logo is there or not, it's more that it used to be there and now it's not and a change like dropping a logo can often mean a drop in quality (like sub-contracting part of the work or changing to a new sub-contractor).
Well so anyway, I start pulling the air cleaner cover off and the bolt gets half way then just spins free without backing out. Crap. Used a flathead to put some outward pressure while turning and finally got it out after 20 minutes.
This air filter has less than 5,000 miles on it. I definitely did not over-tighten the cover screw, and I only used just a single drop of blue thread lock on it, there's absolutely no reason for this. If you need a new air filter, maybe stay clear of K&N for a little while, I think they might be having some issues. Hoping this is just a fluke though, a 1 in 100,000 failure. But, this is another reason why, despite being re-usable, I like to keep a second filter on hand as a spare.
Also, the new one that I hadn't previously opened, was half crushed. The box showed no signs of damage or having been smashed, so the filter was crushed before it went in the box. It was misshapen (not round). I re-rounded it and straighten the pleats as best I could. There were also a lot of fly-away and hanging fibers on it. You can't really see it in the picture, the crushed side of the one on the left was at the bottom right.
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I don't have a welding machine or anything to solder that kind of metal. The problem is... it looks like the nut is welded to the back plate, but there's no weld bead, looks almost like when they seal the vacuum seal bags? Except it's metal instead of plastic. I dunno, maybe it was glued?Kyle, you might be able to soldier that nut back in place. Also, a tip. Save the locktite for somewhere it's really needed. Just put some rtv silicone on that screw and snug it down. The rtv will stop the screw from vibrating loose and the screw will come out without twisting the nut off the backing plate.