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03-31-2017 07:23 PM
GoMotor Ok. Where can I get one of those Chilliwack wrenches? Will it fit the wobble pin nut on my shimmy shaft? So far, the only thing I have found that fits that wobble pin nut is a thirteen point south Texas monkey wrench with a reamed barrel and a bent handle.

Being unwilling to carry bent needle nose pliers just for that choke fitting in my road kit, my solution to the easily broken plastic fitting on the choke cable was to replace the whole cable mechanism with the Cable-Less Choke Conversion Kit from Stead Engineering: Cable-Less Choke Conversion Kit [CCCK]

I removed the pull knob and extended the shaft about five inches with a piece of 3/16" flexible Tygon fuel line partly stiffened with a metal rod for easy access. Now I can just bend the flexible line and rotate the carburetor.
03-29-2017 12:43 PM
Damocles
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Have either of you built a "Chilliwack Wrench" for either the OEM or Stead part?
No Chilliwack so far (Did Normk invent/develop that tool?).

A riding partner had a "custom" 12 mm right-angled open-end wrench built; didn't work out too well. I bought a 12 mm crowfoot in anticipation of the application, but . . . not too satisfactory in practice. I have bent-nose pliers in the toolbox, in case I need 'em.

Mostly, I just struggle with conventional tools, striving for access, carb on or off the bike (easier to connect the cable BEFORE the carb is mounted in the hoses, I've found).
03-29-2017 11:58 AM
DeanRHolden
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Originally Posted by DPelletier View Post
It'll work fine and you won't need to worry about breaking it ever again. ;-)

Dave
I'm sure I can find other things to break...
03-29-2017 11:44 AM
DPelletier
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Originally Posted by DeanRHolden View Post
Well, I hope it works since I ordered one yesterday
It'll work fine and you won't need to worry about breaking it ever again. ;-)

Dave
03-29-2017 11:43 AM
DPelletier
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Originally Posted by pdwestman View Post
Well now, isn't that just totally silly for a company to build a tiny little part for a Metric carburetor on a Metric bike which comes with a Metric tool kit which will require an SAE wrench to use!

Of course we can't hardly use the bikes own twelve mm wrench on the OEM part very well in its location anyways!
I use a 12mm 'crowfoot' on a 3/8th" extension in the shop. Don't know what I'd do on the road or trail.
Have either of you built a "Chilliwack Wrench" for either the OEM or Stead part?
LOL; "Chilliwack Wrench"! .....no, I just used my bent needlenose pliers.

Cheers,
Dave
03-29-2017 11:24 AM
DeanRHolden Well, I hope it works since I ordered one yesterday
03-29-2017 10:36 AM
pdwestman
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Originally Posted by Damocles View Post
Can't speak for Dave, Paul, but . . . I meant: I think the HEX of the Stead Engineering is 1/2", in contrast to the Kawasaki OEM plastic cap's 12 mm dimension.

Also, the thread is TAPERED; don't know what the pitch might be, but . . . the actual diameter of the thread varies, from tip to shank. I'd think a, "12 mm od X 1.0 mm thread pitch" you mention to be constant in diameter; the choke cable connector caps have insteadtapered threads of varying diameter, IIRC.

(May show up in the image I posted above; can't look at it while I'm typing! )

Just took a peek--can't tell! While I recall tapered threads, that notion my be only a figment of my reckless imagination, or a function of a flawed memory. The thread diameter may be constant through the complete run.
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Originally Posted by DPelletier View Post
yep; i was speaking of the hex/wrench required, not the threads.

Dave
Well now, isn't that just totally silly for a company to build a tiny little part for a Metric carburetor on a Metric bike which comes with a Metric tool kit which will require an SAE wrench to use!

Of course we can't hardly use the bikes own twelve mm wrench on the OEM part very well in its location anyways!
I use a 12mm 'crowfoot' on a 3/8th" extension in the shop. Don't know what I'd do on the road or trail.
Have either of you built a "Chilliwack Wrench" for either the OEM or Stead part?
03-28-2017 10:43 PM
DPelletier yep; i was speaking of the hex/wrench required, not the threads.

Dave
03-28-2017 10:03 PM
Damocles Can't speak for Dave, Paul, but . . . I meant: I think the HEX of the Stead Engineering is 1/2", in contrast to the Kawasaki OEM plastic cap's 12 mm dimension.

Also, the thread is TAPERED; don't know what the pitch might be, but . . . the actual diameter of the thread varies, from tip to shank. I'd think a, "12 mm od X 1.0 mm thread pitch" you mention to be constant in diameter; the choke cable connector caps have insteadtapered threads of varying diameter, IIRC.

(May show up in the image I posted above; can't look at it while I'm typing! )

Just took a peek--can't tell! While I recall tapered threads, that notion my be only a figment of my reckless imagination, or a function of a flawed memory. The thread diameter may be constant through the complete run.
03-28-2017 08:50 PM
pdwestman
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Originally Posted by DPelletier View Post
Yes the stead eng. nut is larger OD than the stock one. Personally I see no good reason to replace the weak and often damaged plastic stock unit with another one just like it. YMMV

Dave
Dave,
I don't see anyway possible for the Stead Engineering, Aluminum 'choke' nut to be a Larger OD than the 12mm od X 1.00mm thread pitch of the OEM Keihin plastic part!
Unless you mean the hex nut size? Which would be a PITA!
The Pro Circuit KX450F 'hot start' aluminum nut #HSCO4250, which I do stock, is a 12mm wrench size.

The KEIHIN OEM plastic choke nut prevents accidental thread damage to the $600.00 USD carburetor.
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