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Old 09-04-2016, 10:18 AM
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DiverRay DiverRay is offline
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Now in Boise, ID
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As the heads on all the bikes are the same, start with the one that needs the least work and use it. I'm down the coast about 800 miles, so shipping isn't too bad if I have parts you need. I KNOW I have a low hour head, but it's still on the spare engine and may take me six weeks to get to it.
For the teardown, look at T.C. thread on Godzilla. He's taking his time and getting to all the "problem spots" of the 37 year old bike.
Bearings for the engine are HARD to find, and DO cost some money. I have a few left here, but will need them for my engine before I can let any left over sizes go.(I have partial sets of the rod and crank bearing "kits" from Yamaha, boxes with one set of each size made.) The other option is check and see of anyone still makes "custom" bearings. There used to be shops that would put new babbit on your old bearings, to the thickness you specified. Some old hotrod guys up there would know if any are still around.
I bought some super bright LED's and put them into the GIVI trunk on the BMW. I bought mine from, google search gives you all the companies that sell them, and you can also find out what resistor value you need for how many LED's on a string. I still have about 50 of the red LED's left, I think. They are small, 3mm diameter, but put out a LOT of light per LED. I have a total of 16 on the box. Let me know if you want any help with them, as I AM an electronics engineer and do know a little about this stuff.
Ray Matteis
XS1100 E '78 (winter project)
XS1100 SF
1977 450SL Retirement winter vehicle
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