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I was trying to get my rear drive repainted, as it's had flaky paint since before I ever had the bike... but the local painter guy doesn't seem to want to tackle it. He thinks I should powder coat it, but that means a full disassemble as you can't powder coat without ruining the seals, etc... Not sure what to do on this front?
timing cover just looks like a leaking camtiming or oilpressure sensor. Hard to see in this neglected state
Hey WildGuzziI just thought I'd share in my troubles. ;D I've torn the V11 LeMans apart, it looks like it's exploded in my garage. ;-T
If I had everything broken that far down, I'd go with the powder coat.Good luck with the project, Joe.
You'd tear down the rear drive just for paint? Not me.. ;D "If it ain't broke, don't fix it.." He's already fixing some stuff that wasn't broke. ~; :BEER:
I'll probably paint it, but I don't have the right arrangement... hmmm, heater and a cardboard box? I have almost zero experience painting.
Bring it down, too. I'll show you how to do this stuff. It's going to cost ya. I prefer an IPA.. ;D
International Police Association? ;)Thanks Chuck, I'll need all the help I can get... I will continue to tear into the bike, and find things to break. ;DOh and Stormtruck, thanks for the offer! The Eldo or the Norge would be interesting... but I hope my bike will be good to go before it gets "warm" outside. :DAlso, you calling this a restoration... only makes the task seem more daunting. ::)
I know you noticed that the Eldo was in the list of photos of bikes you WEREN'T riding to CV. :D ;D
Any work I do is to keep the hulks on the road.
Brake rotor bolts are typically installed with red loctite. They'll come out like nice and easy if you use a small oxy-acetylene torch and focus the flame right into the well on the bolt for a few seconds. Works on the cheeze-soft hex head bolts used on the LeMans IV anyway. I destroyed several of them before trying the torch for about 5 seconds.Tobit.
Alrighty, now! A project! Woo hoo.. Should be a good thread.
Admire your fortitude.. can i bring my Lemans over for a freshen up? I BTDT on the broken bolts etc..with many bikes, not my Lemans yet cause I don;t think it needs all that.. the timing gasket does weep a bit but the oil level never drops between changes.
Driveshaft free, that is one expensive piece of greasy Guzzi gear. Hopefully the u-joints are a-ok, anyone here have advice on testing this? They appears to be smooth, no grinding, and I can't feel slop by hand...
In Mn we have Gopher bearing, they'd probably be about $30-40. maybe you have a Hoosier bearing there?your the MAN for doing that project!
Joe, Pit Posse, (now owned by Summit Racing), sells a wheel bearing removal tool. About 60 bucks IIRC. As long as you have a clear path from both ends, that tool will make getting those bearings out a piece of cake. You place a slotted insert into the bearing center, then drive a wedge into the slot. Then you hit the rod with the wedge on the other end and the bearing falls out with a couple of wacks. It's really a good tool to have for such things.http://pitposse.com/whbereset.htmlJohn Henry
:+1 Chuck, that's the one! I think I bought it on your reccomendation. :DI think I should hit the swingarm with a torch for this. Problem is, that'll ruin the paint... oh well... it's already $*%($ed ;)... I do remember a "put your cookies and swingarm in the oven for 30 minutes" kind of trick too to remove the bearings. I don't think it's a good idea to put it into our cooking over though... :o
That puller ought to get it out without a problem. Bearings, by design, are only a light press fit. Woo hee! Those are pricey bearings. Sealed on both sides.. I'm surprised one failed.
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