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1801  General Category / Events / Re: Ride Sat. 3/14? on: March 14, 2009, 08:10:16 PM
Glad to hear you ran into no headaches with your fork seals Peter, now their mystery is all gone huh?
1802  General Category / General Discussion / Re: April Ride on: March 14, 2009, 10:10:01 AM
I've posted a few found at bostonbiker.com in the events section, I've tried to stay within the general category and away from the fundraising type events.
1803  General Category / General Discussion / Re: April Ride on: March 13, 2009, 08:24:08 PM
Maybe we could ride to an event?  A swap meet or show or something?  I'll have a look around to see what's going on.
1804  General Category / Events / Re: NE Motorcycle Beer Night -Thurs 12th MARCH 2009 - Olde Irish Ale House Dedham on: March 11, 2009, 08:45:09 PM
I'll plan on it, I'm always thirsty too.  Thanks Andy!
1805  Motorcycle Stuff / Other Bikes / Re: My K3 is back on the road! on: March 10, 2009, 09:20:56 AM
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You just have to understand that Andy's bikes like him better than mine likes me. You'll have to see if yours says "make my day" or "right away sir"

I think that's because Andy's bikes are actual bikes, they get ridden.  My K3 (and I suppose yours previously) is a mere collection of stationary parts bolted together to simplify storage.  I don't think I'll change my view of my bike until I've tanked up a few times.  An object in motion tends to...blah blah blah
1806  Motorcycle Stuff / Other Bikes / Re: My K3 is back on the road! on: March 09, 2009, 08:18:12 PM
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you are able to prime yours by just putting oil in a valve intake port, without having to remove the pump. So maybe that'll work for him. The only trouble with trying that first is if the pump doesn't prime, you'll have a lot of oil sitting on top of the pump that'll have to be drained before the pump can be removed cleanly.

I had wondered about this after reading a few posts on the SOHC/4 board.  If you pour oil into the intake side, which is where the oilpump feeds the head (right?) some oil will travel down the oil feeds to the pump, the rest of the oil will drain to the bottom of the engine and sit surrounding the bottom of the pump (right?)  That wouldn't be too different from an engine that had accumulated oil from the oiltank over time, would it? 
1807  Motorcycle Stuff / Other Bikes / Re: My K3 is back on the road! on: March 09, 2009, 09:41:05 AM
Sounds like a nice day's work Ben, very encouraging.  Can't wait to see it!
1808  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Anyone recommend a place to get tires mounted? on: March 06, 2009, 08:02:30 PM
I'd have replied too Ben, if I thought I could add anything new.  Good luck, glad to hear you had a good time in the Lone Star.
1809  Motorcycle Stuff / Other Bikes / Re: new guzzi...? on: March 03, 2009, 08:44:46 PM
That's quite a list.  My is K3's list is probably just as long...   
1810  Selling and Buying / Wanted\Buyers Delight / Re: stator cover on: March 02, 2009, 10:26:12 PM
At times like this just remember to repeat to yourself, "I thought I was wrong once..." and all will be well.
1811  Motorcycle Stuff / Other Bikes / Re: new guzzi...? on: March 02, 2009, 10:23:46 PM
Thanks Ben, how's your K3 going?
1812  Motorcycle Stuff / Other Bikes / Re: new guzzi...? on: March 01, 2009, 05:14:57 PM
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If you do it that way Alan, can you get them adjusted properly on the first try. Seems like you'd be squeezing the bearings to do so as well. If I was to try to do it that way, I would seat the races with the cups, but without the bearings first, then remove the cups and insert the bearings. Is that what you're suggesting? Maybe Phil will chime in with his expertise here?

I'm in tapered roller mode these days given the amount of times my front end has been off and back on again this year.  If the headstock bores are clean and burr free, seating new races isn't difficult, just chill the races in the freezer (or outside...) and slip them in.  Clean, lubricated, burr free bores will accept the races with just the pressure from the tapered roller bearings produced by hand tightening the top nut slowly, without damaging anything.
so....
1813  Motorcycle Stuff / Other Bikes / Re: new guzzi...? on: February 28, 2009, 09:04:14 PM
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I am sure they are talking about installing the races not removing them.

I misread Ben's post, mistaking the stem's lower race for what he was talking about...

The new races should go in smoothly without need of a press, just seat them in the head tube and tighten the steering stem slowly to seat them in their bores, right?

anyway.........
1814  Motorcycle Stuff / Other Bikes / Re: new guzzi...? on: February 28, 2009, 03:21:55 PM
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especially putting a mallet, uh sledge hammer to the races on Andy's head tube

Hasn't anyone else tried grinding a slot into that lower race, and popping it with a screwdriver?  You'll never do it any other way ever again.
1815  General Category / General Discussion / Re: free repair manuals on: February 27, 2009, 09:34:28 PM
very cool link, I wonder if there's a limit on the counter onefree downloads.... I'll post back if I encounter one.
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