Spring maintenance underway
Got a late start with lots of rain and cold and only a small heater for my garage so I kept putting things off and off and off and finally got her up on the lift to do some of the things I had planned for this seasons riding.
Accomplished so far.
Oil and filter changed
New battery installed
New Quantum fuel pump and re-did the nylon flexible internal fuel lines.
Added down LED lights to the under side of the wings.
Installed new ( to me ) Remus exhaust system to go with John's stage 6 chip
Bled the brake system
Yet to do
Change the dash lights to LED. Have white and red. Will try red first.
Change FD oil and inspect the magnet
Button her back up.
I decided to not pull the tank and change the air filter as it was done last season and only did a few thousand miles. That left me with an installed tank to replace the fuel pump. Being 18 years old, I am updating systems as I can while I can as I hope to have it for a few more years and miles with the possibility of some longer trips. I siphoned out as much fuel as I could and made a catch funnel for the residual as I removed the lock ring and drained it into a spare can to use as cleaning fuel never to see the inside of a tank or engine again. IT is possible but messy to repair/replace the fuel pump or internal lines without removing the tank so I did that this time. Bought a new Quantum fuel pump to replace the original. I had a larger loop on the nylon lines than I really wanted and lost one of the screw clamps that came with them so I used some Oetiker clamps on the end of one line. I cut those off and removed the line to adjust. It was still plenty flexible after a couple years and I had no trouble removing it and replacing it with the new pump. I cut the end I left long as can be seen in the spare piece I carry just in case as that is enough to do the total job so I could make the loop tighter inside the tank. I installed a new rubber gasket from Euro MotoElectric as the old one was getting a little hard. Added some fuel back in and did a test run. All good there.
I found some bright quad LED clusters at the local auto store on sale so I decided to get them and place them under the wings to enhance my night time visual signature. There has been some recent talk of " courtesy lights" under the wings, some fancy like shadow BMW logo but I didn't get that fancy yet. I made a light plate that uses the existing screws of the tip over bumper cover so I didn't have to cut, weld and grind on the bumper itself so I just drilled a few more holes and attached them to the plate using the existing wiring to the light I mounted there. Not the prettiest but it is functional.
Bought a used Remus exhaust and got that installed. I have John G's stage 6 chip already and so far, I like the way it sounds. Hopefully it will allow a smidgen more power to be squeezed out of the old girl. New copper gaskets were a pain to get all to stay on top of the headers as I raised it into place. Took about 6 tries but finally I succeeded.
New PC680 after the original installed the day I bought the bike 6 years ago. Still had no trouble cranking the bike but 6 years is enough. It will become a bench battery for the rest of its useful life.
Almost ready for the weather to be perfect for about a week and then get really hot all of a sudden here in Atlanta.
Sugar Hill, GA
2001 K1200LTI Champagne (current ride) Lazy Susan
1998 R1100RT Never should have sold it
1974 Yamaha TX 750 Twin. Omni Phase Balanced
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