Thanks for everyones reply. At this stage Mrs Dog and I are looking at the lemming run across the Nullarbor, depends on finances and how she goes with her rhuematoid arthiritis once we're on the trip. I don't think that we will have the funds to complete the trike coversion before the westerly run but I'm aiming for later next year doing the swap over.
As for the universal joint, I've got a couple of ideas floating around in the brain so we'll see what happens over the next few months.
Brett, the clutch swap out is heavily written about on the forum and you can find the details in the Hall of Wisdom. Reader's Digest version:
- Read the workshop manually very, very closely and there will still be things you miss.
Couple of tips when doing it:
- Before you remove the upper gearbox bolt from the frame, put some chocks under the motor. Makes it easier to drop the frame back over the box than lift motor and drop frame. This isn't mentioned in the manual
- Read the electrical section of the manual, it will tell you how to remove the gear shift indicator properly. Not like my effort where on removing it, it fell apart on me and now doesn't work. Getting replaced ATM. I originally thought this could've been my problem with the lack of start but not now.
- When re-assembling the reversing unit siwth assembly, watch out for the little grey sensors inside it, they are fragile and break easy. When you put the cam type assembly inside, use caution.Yes, you guessed it. This looks like it could be my problem at the moment of the bike not starting, the computer thinks it's already in reverse and won't turn the starter motor over. Getting replaced ATM.
- You don't have to remove the fuel injection rail as it says on the book.
- Allow at least 3 days to do the job and that's with all the tools needed. I spent a lot of time fabricating clutch plate pullers, centering tubes and guides just to get to the next stage. Also handy if you have friends or family with mobile hoists and heavy duty jacks.
- It's easier to have the centre stand / side stand arrangment removed from the bottom of the box.
I know I could've taken the bike to a dealer or mechanic to get the job done, but I'd rather get to know my big girl like this and do the work myself. I'd recommend Munich Motorcycles in Perth to get your spare parts, I saved at least $250 on getting the parts form the west coast of the country including the overnight freight costs, than going to one of the east coast dealers.