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Foto / Chuck, Thanks for the information.Are those 3 part numbers what I need? MG Cycle or Harpers?Where does one order new hoses or is that something I can make up.I notice the fuel hoses are needing replacement also.Is it possible to remove the transmission without pulling the engine?Right, I will hold that job for a winter project.
I traveled to the island and picked up the old girl, she is a little rough with rust spots on the bright ware fittings but no more than you would expect from a bike living near salt water, a compression test showed 170 psi on both sides and looking in the inspection hole showed a steel flywheel with the ring gear teeth as part of the wheel. Never having ridden a Convert before, in high ratio it seems to do a lot of reving without much action but before you know it you are sailing along at 60 MPH and the engine is just purring along. I traveled down the island from Lantzville to Duke Point to catch the ferry back to Tswassen so I didn't have to face the madness of North Vancouver traffic on an unfamiliar bike. The area of New Westminster where I live is quite hilly, I will certainly be using low ratio around here.In gear at a traffic light it requires firm footing or a touch of brake to stop edging forward, I hope that is normal.The hoses obviously haven't been changed recently and after sitting for two hours on the ferry there was a little puddle (about 3") under the gearbox, I guess that means some seal is weeping, that will have to wait a while.
If you are gonna keep the bike, start looking for a seal/gasket kit for a Convert. Also get yourself a dial indicator. Look at ordering an upgraded alternator and replace as many light as possible with leds. The charging system has a hard time keeping up on the Convert. Keep one eye open for newer Convert parts bikes to cannabalize. Enjoy.
you don't really need a dial indicator unless your pulling the TC off the flywheel. All the o-ring replacements are downstream from the torq converter.
I've never seen a complete seal kit available for the Convert - engine and rear drive, yes, but not the transmission. Yeah, it's been years since I messed with one. SO long ago, I think Greg Field sold me a kit from Moto Intl. It might have been a kit they put together after ordering parts independently, IDK.
Ive seen that come up a few times about the charging system on these. Did the convert's use a different system then the other Guzzi's of the era?
4. BE VERY MINDFUL OF YOUR FLYWHEEL. There is mucho documentation of them shearing @ the mounting flange to the crankshaft, mine failed at 70 mph and 17k miles. But I met a rider at last weekend's Nat'l rally who had 35k on his, metal flywheel, and he was sure it was original. If you pull it apart to reinforce/swap it out, there are several options, and maybe then you should probably do the tranny o-rings.5. Dave Richardson claims in Guzziology that every Convert he's seen has failed the ATF drive pump around 20K miles. I think he blames it on improper heat-treating of the female drive portion, but in (2) of mine, BOTH failed at right around that 20k mile mark, and it was the 6mm (6.3?) male hex-drive piece that rounded off. You merely have to pull the front timing cover off to access the ATF pump. One time, I replaced the drive hex but did not replace the large o-ring that seals the ATF pump assembly to the timing cover. This o-ring leaked and caused drive slippage. I was ALMOST ready to pull the tranny, but thought I'd do this one first, and that was the problem. 6. If, at a stop, you DON'T need to use the brake or both feet to hold it in place, suspect slippage. Or if it doesn't respond smartly or quickly (sluggish is OK) when you roll the throttle on from a stop, it's slipping. You'll know it.7. Some people have advised against shifting while in motion, and I am leery of this, but I still do it under ~35 mph. Mostly just leave it in High, unless under-50 mph hilly terrain. YMMV.8. Your bars do not look stock, but if set up to you liking, it IS a Magic Carpet down the highway! Around town, too. You'll get an appreciation as to how much workload goes into (continually) shifting a 5-sp.
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