Pretty in Pink, dunno why
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Redondo Beach
I've never gotten any recall notices on mine.
I believe that if you take the bike in for the exhaust bolt recall, all they are going to do is put the bolts in really tight. You can do that yourself, obviously, as you did.
Check the tightness of bolts periodically and you'll be OK. The thing, like all thumpers, vibrates a lot. Blue Loctite is your best friend (but I'm sure you already know that).
The rubber rot issue seems to have been fixed, at least on the turn signals, as an in-line change. Mine was built in November of 2007 and the signals have been fine. The clutch lever boot is rotted, as are the well nuts on the windscreen. Not critical.
The harness issue - look for a wire that goes over a bracket near the starter solenoid (under that plastic cover that secures with a big philips head screw) and slip a bit of rubber tube over it. Also look for areas that may have chafed under the tank and either wrap them with tap or put some tube around them. I haven't had an issue under the tank yet, but I keep looking for it. I did take some zip ties and secure the harness a bit better. That may have helped. Dunno for sure.
Next time you have the tank off, take those rubber pucks off and glue them on with your favorite wonder glue. That makes the tank re-installation easier and keeps them from falling off and rolling under the work bench. Ask me how I know...
They re-routed the carb vent, but it can still get blocked. After a couple of dirt naps, mine got some gas in the vent tube. After getting out of the desert and back on the highway, the gas which had collected in the tube all ran together and blocked the tube. I had to run home with a very sick feeling bike for almost 150 miles because I was too dense to figure it out. Do the T-Mod.
The PCV (Mercedes valve) mod is a good one, too. It may help with oil consumption.
The petcock vacuum diaphragm can poop out after time. Getting rid of the vacuum function on the petcock is not a bad idea.
In Thailand, where the bike is built, grease must be a precious commodity, because they don't put much more that 1/2 teaspoon in the whole dang bike. Pull the swing arm and the shock pivot and grease liberally as soon as possible. When you pull the swing arm, loosen up the rear engine mount bolt - this will allow the swingarm to be R&R much more easily. Don't forget to retighten that engine mount bolt. I did mine (I also installed zerks so that I can lube it easily) and the main swing arm bolt was starting to rust at 2000 miles. That's here in SoCal, where I've never been anywhere near any water...
Last edited by Tom Schmitz; 02-28-2009 at 08:48 PM.