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#41 Unread post by blues2cruise » Fri Apr 14, 2006 1:56 am

By the way, how's the baby?
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#42 Unread post by NorthernPete » Fri Apr 14, 2006 3:09 pm

Bulgy battery is going to the dump at some point... as for the dead one for my 400, its on the charger. But I bought another one anyways, just in case. And got the bike fired up. yay... Its supposed to be around 11 tommorrow and not raining, so maybe Ill take it around the block, Im not going on any thing longer until I get some new spark plugs though. I had to push it back home last year once because of bad plugs, and the ones in there now aint the nicest looking. As for the baby, doing great, a little fussy at night, but nothing I cant handle.... I "aquired" a few pairs of ear plugs from work, so after hes changed and fed and been rocked and is still upset, I can let hiom cry a bit without feeling too badly *chuckles* (Im mean arnt I?) but from what Ive been told, its fine to let them cry a little.

currently getting rained on.... but its melting more of that snow!
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#43 Unread post by NorthernPete » Thu Apr 20, 2006 6:45 pm

bought my new chain today... aftermarket from the shop... 45 bucks,,, cant go wrong, sure beats 112 they quoted me... just waiting for the sprokets now....
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#44 Unread post by NorthernPete » Sat Apr 22, 2006 3:27 pm

Well, went cage shopping this past week, the dakota is nice, but putting a baby seat into the back seat sucks. we couldnt use the new 3 in one stroller/baby car seat thing that we bought and had to go with an older car seat that still didnt leave much room for my wife in the front seat... think knees on the dash board.

So I shopped around a bit, and was thinking about a jeep liberty and was almost going to get it when a friend of mine suggested I check out the Pontiac Torrent. which I did, lets say that for 5 grand less, I got a bigger truck then I was going to get with the liberty. nioce ride, AWD, snazzy lookin vehicle. anyways, I pick it up monday, Ill take some pics and show yall the new cage that I dont plan on using til it snows *L
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Shiney new cage..

#45 Unread post by NorthernPete » Mon Apr 24, 2006 7:39 pm

Well, with the baby, I couldnt justify keeping my pick up, so I bought a *gasp* SUV!

before you start though, its a Pontiac Torrent AWD, gets better fuel milage and im saving in my payments and my insurance each month, plus my wife has leg room and the baby is in the good seat...heres some pics of my new toy.

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before and after!

#46 Unread post by NorthernPete » Mon Apr 24, 2006 7:54 pm

Just browsong the photobucket account..and found my bike project...Ill post my before and after pics..even though its not quite after yet..I want to stroke my ego..

before!
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After-ish (carbs? meh, dont need those!)
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AFTER!

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#47 Unread post by NorthernPete » Sat Apr 29, 2006 12:11 pm

anyone else notice that when you order parts...they never all come in at the same time...

I ordered front and rear sprokets and a new chain for the seca, I got the chain the same day, a week and half later today I get the drive sproket, and still waiting on the rear sproket...*grumbles* also still dont have my brake rod that I have had on order for 2 months.... I told them too get off their collective bottoms and figure out where exactly it is, how long it will be to get and to get it here ASAP. I think Ill make them give me a discount for it.

stupid parts......

On my Maxim front, I got the rear wheel off a couple weeks ago, the rear brakes were seized, but it was just a bit of rust build up on the little rod that moves the brakes... grinder fixed that up all nice... I suppose I should change out my rear wheel bearings as well. But Im stuck until I order some new rubber, and since I dont want to do that until Im sure the bike runs, Im stuck until I get my carbs back. I will call up and find out about that today.

Ahhh, I forsee alot of cursing soon...the electrical is a rats nest.
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#48 Unread post by NorthernPete » Mon May 01, 2006 6:45 pm

Hmmm, I hate ordering parts....

I go in today and say "Hello, I ordered my brake rod about 2 months ago, its on back order you keep saying, could you tell me where it is? Also, I need my rear sproket still, could you check if its in?"

Parts guy "Ya, Ill phone them....*ring ring* ya, calling about part number XXXXX... oh, really.....ok..... discontinued?.....since when?,,,,, ahhh....*click* both parts are discontinued, You'll have to check your scrap yard for the brake rod, and we will get an after market sproket for you, which costs 50 bucks less (I wish they would have checked that the first time, I didnt know they were on commission *L)"

so Im stuck for a week with no riding again.... :frusty:

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#49 Unread post by NorthernPete » Tue May 02, 2006 9:31 pm

Theres 1 mosquito in here driving me nuts.....

I ordered my parts... maybe next week get the bike running, probably not... they take forever.
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#50 Unread post by Scoutmedic » Thu May 04, 2006 10:36 pm

Just read through from beginning to end. The bike's looking great! Can't wait to see the completely finished product.

And quit shoo'ing those mosquito's this way! :laughing:

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#51 Unread post by NorthernPete » Fri May 05, 2006 5:16 pm

its....snowing.....again.... :frusty:

Oh well, its not sticking around at least... Ill be workin on the bike this week end, gets that new chain and sprokets installed, the carbs are at the shop getting dipped and pressure tested. so hopefully, that should fix my plug fouling problem.

Im also getting my Maxim's carbs cleaned as well. good stuff....

I am also thinking maybe later this summer about repainting the gas tank on the Seca, Im thinking Flat black would look better then the sparkly stuff on there now, I thought it was only black and silver fleck, but its all sorts of colours and not quite what I had thought it would be. Still, maybe I just need to get used to it a bit more.

On another note, I am planning on scrubbing the seca' engine down, getting rid of the greasy ugly stuff and hopefully getting a bit of shine. It sure would be nice. would a hard bristlke scrub brush with degreasing soap work?
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Wrenching of the Day!

#52 Unread post by NorthernPete » Sat May 06, 2006 8:43 pm

Well, today when I got home from work, I felt the urge! the urge to do something on the bike!

As you may know if you've read the rest of my blog, I was mechanically inept before buying this bike, and still am not a mechanical wiz, but I am geting comfortable. SO I said, you have sprokets and a new chain, why not put them on!

So thats what I set out to do. First thing, get the cover off the Drive sprocket. a little elbow grease, off it comes...YUCK! oily greasy mess...and leaves...for some reason.... why are there leaves in here??!!

Get rid of those....

next thing, loosen off rear wheel, wrench wrench, hammer hammer, loose! off comes master link of old jingly chain. off comes chain!

Part 3- take off circlip on front sprocket, and off slides old bent drive sprocket. on goes new one and back on goes circlip! ohhh..shiney!

now unbend tabs that hold on rear sprocket nuts, undo nuts (Hint, that you probably allready know, a pipe on the ratchet gives you happy leverage! easy to take off nuts!) nuts off, old sprocket off, new sproket on, reassemble, back on goes wheel..... really shiney and nice lookin now!

next step, put on new non jingly chain... put over sprocket.........ummmm... Errrmmmm....... WTF! chain doesnt fit!!!

*curse curse swear swear*

chain is too small! wont fit into the teeth.......

Call Yammy dealer, sorry, closed til monday.....oh well, Monday Ill go in and yell at them, but for today, I shall bask in my mechanical victory!

Manly man doing manly things, I feel a sense of satisfaction!

Ill take some pics of the shiney bit tommorrow.
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#53 Unread post by Scoutmedic » Sun May 07, 2006 4:41 pm

:rockon: you cursin' & swearin' grease monkey! :laughing:

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#54 Unread post by NorthernPete » Sun May 07, 2006 4:47 pm

:laughing: I wouldnt calll myself a grease monkey yet. But Id rather do it myself then pay someone the big bucks to do it for me....

Its definately not as hard as I thought it would be, its just a matter of getting over the fear of not being able to do it. And it makes me feel really good too know I have done the work myself.

I shall have some pics as soon as I find the camera...... its dis-capeared!
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#55 Unread post by NorthernPete » Sun May 07, 2006 7:31 pm

Work of the day!

Recover from slight hang over - Check!

Pull off front turn signals that were from a Maxim and replace with nice black stock Seca Turn Signals, nice..... Plus now I have soem Maxim Turn Signals for my Signal-less Maxim. W00t...recycling rocks!

try to straighten out headlight, sorta kinda accomplished.

clean out more grime and muckity muck from under drive sprocket cover.

prime and paint a plastic side cover for the maxim.

put away tools!

All done!
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#56 Unread post by NorthernPete » Mon May 08, 2006 1:13 pm

heres some pics...

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Thats my shiney new rear sprocket.....mmmm...shiney!

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My bike sans fuel tank, carbs and chain....sigh....

Heres the old signals that were on the bike, followed by the new ones, I like the black look better.

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New! (ish)

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Tasty!

also, in the whole (sorta) bike pic, if you look underneath, you can see a small pile of crap that fell out from behind the drive sprocket cover.....gooey!

Im planning on doing some buffing and shining of the engine today..its filthy.
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#57 Unread post by BigChickenStrips » Mon May 08, 2006 2:09 pm

looks like you are doing some good work on that bike. i would love to "build" a bike but i fear i have not the money nor skill to do it so i guess i'll just keep buying bikes that professionals (read as: Kawasaki) built. keep up the great work.

and dont forget to get some riding time in...
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#58 Unread post by Scoutmedic » Mon May 08, 2006 4:10 pm

Starting to come together. I agree about the signals. I prefer the second set. :D

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#59 Unread post by NorthernPete » Tue May 16, 2006 8:46 pm

Anyone know a cliff I can throw this thing off of? As long as its within pushing distance as every time I try to fix something it turns into a "oh, that has to be fixed too" project....I just realized that my front sproket is missing something, either a circlip or some bolts, I cant tell ATM cause its dark out, Ill tell you tommorrow....
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#60 Unread post by NorthernPete » Wed May 17, 2006 12:31 pm

OK, wellll, I feel better now, its only 7 bucks for the parts..... ordered and should be in friday (maybe) and MAYBE thatll be the fix...I hope....

Grinding chain noises suck...
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