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02-23-2016 06:25 AM
planalp I don't bother keeping any valve shims around (besides ones I've removed) because I know if I need any after teardown and order them from Rocky Mountain, they'll be on my porch 2 days later with no outrageous shipping costs.



02-23-2016 05:41 AM
JesterGrin_1 Rotella ok tell me why the Rotella oil made today is really any better than any other oil? Since I am in South TEXAS I like to run 20W-50.

I am going to have to change out the clutch springs soon and check the valve clearances and felt at this time I would change the oil to Mobil 1 full synthetic 15W-50.

On a side note not to many years ago I would use Rotella due to the higher ratios of anti wear properties. But like everything else the EPA finally got to them as well. So I tend to run Brad Penn Oil on older flat tappet engines. But mainly when they are flat tappet mechanical with increased valve spring pressures along with what one could call dramatically increased cam ramps.
02-23-2016 01:12 AM
CheapBassTurd No problem, Jester.

We're an information sharing site. Indeed share the companies with the best service!!
Plug away. We're always blowin' Mike's horn, endorsing Tom's 685 kit, and have probably
sold more Rotella than truckers use annually.

The reason for this message on the thread was that I saw on Amazon that they also
sell m/c tires, and many of them. The statement that caught my eye was "Amazon.com
uses Bike Bandit warehouses and shipping companies for tires and some parts." Yet Amazon was 2 dollars Cheaper than BB. Go figure.

You'll notice that Rocky Mountain is popular here, probably for very good reasons.

My tire story gets weirder. I clicked the Fed Ex link to see if my tire was somewhere in
Arizona, or just coming off the container ship. The tracking details showed BB contacting
a warehouse here in Indiana, the tire was shipped out and is now in South Bend 20 minutes
from here at the Fed Ex hub by the airport. Delivery is expected before noon. If this plays
out, the time from ordering it, to answering the door will be 25 hrs !!! I'm already making room in the garage for surgery. Tunes, coffee, tools, new farkles, AHHHHHHH............

Doing a goofy side project too. Testing the bike with a closed loop coolant flow.
Disconnecting the radiator for some temperature testing.
02-22-2016 08:33 PM
JesterGrin_1 Good To hear. I hope you receive the items without a problem.

Sorry if I rambled about Rocky Mountain but in my experience to not have a problem with any company when shipping items and to receive them quick is like trying to find chicken lips lol.
02-22-2016 06:11 PM
CheapBassTurd I just ordered up the 705 too.

I used Bike Bandit. Went to Rocky Mtn, and M/C Superstore. All were
priced within a few bux of each other. Similar shipping, etc. Heard very good
customer service stories about Bandit and Rocky's.

Order received at noon, next email they sent today, it already shipped !!!
02-22-2016 12:53 AM
JesterGrin_1
Quote:
Originally Posted by CheapBassTurd View Post
Great Q about the wiring location when there's a whole engine block to exit from.

A rock piece that goes into the cover is likely to get "pulled through" by the chain no
matter the sprocket tooth count. Stoopid, or smart if you charge 80 bucks an hour to
repair anomalies like this. Or, the ignition wire bundle wrapping around the steering
head next to the stops. Pinch point.

Dunno why Mike slipped my mind. I taught him everything he knows (cough). LOL

While playing at Amazon.com it hadda listing/ ad for a 17t countershaft sprocket for
KLR fitment, but there was a 16 in the part number. Sure enuff, a 16 showed up.
Nice. I already have two. Kept it for a Christmas gift for brother in law ('07) cuz
he's street only. I emailed Amazon in December yet the website still has the 16t
listed as a 17.

Yet another tire thread coming next........Blasting the crap outta the tax check.
Naturally, it's on farkles and mama's rustic decor. Blowin' it on our hobbies.

CheaperThanYourBoss
I will be watching on the tires. I just got a set of Shinko 705's but have as of yet to spoon them on. I messed up the other day and was clumsy and fell doing yard work and hit a rock and bruised one of my ribs pretty good.

But I will add that I got them from Rocky Mountain ATV & MC for a good price and even better than that was I placed the order on the 17th and they were here on the 19th with free shipping. I am positive I mentioned this before but I was flabbergasted at the service.
02-21-2016 08:48 PM
CheapBassTurd Great Q about the wiring location when there's a whole engine block to exit from.

A rock piece that goes into the cover is likely to get "pulled through" by the chain no
matter the sprocket tooth count. Stoopid, or smart if you charge 80 bucks an hour to
repair anomalies like this. Or, the ignition wire bundle wrapping around the steering
head next to the stops. Pinch point.

Dunno why Mike slipped my mind. I taught him everything he knows (cough). LOL

While playing at Amazon.com it hadda listing/ ad for a 17t countershaft sprocket for
KLR fitment, but there was a 16 in the part number. Sure enuff, a 16 showed up.
Nice. I already have two. Kept it for a Christmas gift for brother in law ('07) cuz
he's street only. I emailed Amazon in December yet the website still has the 16t
listed as a 17.

Yet another tire thread coming next........Blasting the crap outta the tax check.
Naturally, it's on farkles and mama's rustic decor. Blowin' it on our hobbies.

CheaperThanYourBoss
02-21-2016 04:29 PM
planalp
Quote:
Originally Posted by pdwestman View Post
CBT,
Why do so many engines have their wires in harms way like this???
Damned good question. I've never liked the arrangement of those wires right next to the sprocket.



02-21-2016 02:42 PM
pdwestman
Quote:
Originally Posted by CheapBassTurd View Post
Jester,
I forgot Mike and am literally ordering it after posting this. I have the man's
doohickey kit and risers too so I'm no stranger to the man and he was great
on the phone. Never even thought of trying the Eagle website. Silly me.
(Also, it was 30 bux + 7 shipping)
Damocles,
I have two chains, both long enough at stock length. The 42t gives up a
little slack too. Chains aren't new but not worn much. Clearance requires
some dremel trimming of the plastic cover. The three wires don't get touched
but it's close up there. (from research, not experience)

Just the next step in aging but too soon for a sidecar. LOL
CBT,
If I was going to install a 17 tooth front sprocket, I would pull the wires Out of their stock location.
Lengthen the green Neutral wire and run the wires 'Straight-Up' from the grommet, outside of the plastic sprocket cover. Just cut that little protrusion off of the top front of the sprocket cover. And then route wires across to the main engine case bolt and tab.

It wouldn't take but a small gravel stone to jam the wires between engine cover and a 17T sprocket.

Why do so many engines have their wires in harms way like this???
02-21-2016 02:09 PM
JesterGrin_1 Glad to hear as I almost did not mention Eagle Mike's as at first I felt that you have been around long enough to know about his products. I believe he also has instructions for the installation of the 17 Tooth front sprocket. As a side note I also opted for the Eagle Mfg. Prevailing Torque Countershaft Nut.

As for the questions since I was also looking at going with a 17 tooth front sprocket. Yes the factory chain will work with the 17 tooth front sprocket. And yes one will have to do some clearance work to the front chain guard to gain room for the larger sprocket.

At this time I opted for the 16 Tooth front sprocket mainly due to cost. As it was only $8.00 at Rocky Mountain ATV & MC. As my 96 KLR needed lots of other things and probably still does lol. But I like the OP I will probably not be doing any crazy stuff in the future so the mainly street gearing will suit my riding style just fine as well and maybe knowing the gearing will not allow me to do crazy stuff will keep me out of trouble. Maybe
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