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by rjk40
Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Body, Paint & Rubber Shop
Topic: 860GT alloy gas tank badge/plate preparation
Replies: 1
Views: 435

Re: 860GT alloy gas tank badge/plate preparation

One more time. I have put photos, with brief comments, on the following Flickr website: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157713738916316 As mentioned in my previous posting (with unsuccessful posting of pics, now on the Flicker page above...), the plates arrive unfinished. I chos...
by rjk40
Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Body, Paint & Rubber Shop
Topic: 860GT alloy gas tank badge/plate preparation
Replies: 1
Views: 435

860GT alloy gas tank badge/plate preparation

I purchased two of them from Steve to replace the cracked and faded plastic originals. They are unfinished, and so they will require finish work. I primed them with etching primer: Then I polished the lettering: Then I carefully masked the lettering, and painted the piece with VHT chassis gloss blac...
by rjk40
Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Chassis & Suspension Shop
Topic: How to re-install top fork nut on 1975 860GT?
Replies: 4
Views: 982

Re: How to re-install top fork nut on 1975 860GT?

Thanks to all for the helpful suggestions. I did make sure that the threads in the fork tube were good. I bought new fork top nuts from Steve, and mated them with the fork tubes without preload, to make sure that a good mating of both sets of threads occurred. The suggestion to mark the "click" spot...
by rjk40
Fri Feb 21, 2020 6:22 am
Forum: Chassis & Suspension Shop
Topic: How to re-install top fork nut on 1975 860GT?
Replies: 4
Views: 982

Re: How to re-install top fork nut on 1975 860GT?

Thanks kindly for the tip; that will be very useful, and I appreciate that. Yeah, if by preload, you mean working against the springs to set the nut, I am feeling a lot more resistance with the Worx kit parts in than with the original spring. Maybe I am just too weak. Anyway, your tip about marking ...
by rjk40
Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: Chassis & Suspension Shop
Topic: How to re-install top fork nut on 1975 860GT?
Replies: 4
Views: 982

How to re-install top fork nut on 1975 860GT?

I must be missing a technique. When attempting to re-install the nut at the top of the forks, after rebuilding and installing Steve''s Worx fork kit, I am unable to get the nut started on the threads while pushing against the fork springs, using Steve's recommendation of turning the nut COUNTERCLOCK...
by rjk40
Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: Electrical & Gauges Shop
Topic: 860GT LED headlamp retrofit: attempt 1
Replies: 3
Views: 954

Re: 860GT LED headlamp retrofit: attempt 1

If you read what I put in the original post, you will see that the LED lamp would not even fit into the capture ring, so there is no way that I could possibly answer your question about night riding, since the LED lamp would not fit into the shell.

Got that?
by rjk40
Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Electrical & Gauges Shop
Topic: 860GT LED headlamp retrofit: attempt 1
Replies: 3
Views: 954

Re: 860GT LED headlamp retrofit: attempt 1

This was a bench test, a sensible precursor to a road test.
So, your question of it improving the lighting riding in the dark is not something that I can answer from a bench test.
by rjk40
Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Electrical & Gauges Shop
Topic: 860GT LED headlamp retrofit: attempt 1
Replies: 3
Views: 954

860GT LED headlamp retrofit: attempt 1

In trying to alleviate the load on the somewhat anemic alternator, I purchased an LED lamp from Autobaba, which was supposed to be a replacement for the 6014 unit in my bike; big mistake: the unit would not fit into the capture rings in the headlamp shell. It was slightly too big in diameter. Also, ...
by rjk40
Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Electrical & Gauges Shop
Topic: 1975 860GT LED retrofit
Replies: 0
Views: 844

1975 860GT LED retrofit

Given the somewhat anemic output of the 860GT alternator, I have embarked on a new episode of self-torture, in retrofitting LEDs into the bike to alleviate the stress on the alternator. I had installed the LED dash light kit that Steve and others offered, and all went well with one exception: the tu...
by rjk40
Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Body, Paint & Rubber Shop
Topic: Looking for a technique
Replies: 6
Views: 5908

Re: Looking for a technique

Thanks, 81. I've been toying with the idea of putting a washer on both sides of the mudguard, to give just a teeny bit of distance between the mudguard sheet metal and the wheel carrier. As of now, I cannot think of a reason not to. Thin washers are readily available, and the smallest gap would like...
by rjk40
Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Body, Paint & Rubber Shop
Topic: Looking for a technique
Replies: 6
Views: 5908

Re: Looking for a technique

Hi again, I hit the "submit" button before I was finished with the stud removal post, so here's the rest of the info: All studs came out with no stubbornness or damage, which is good, because the studs, Ducati part # 0684.37.583, are apparently made of the rare element "unobtainium", as I could not ...
by rjk40
Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Body, Paint & Rubber Shop
Topic: Looking for a technique
Replies: 6
Views: 5908

Re: Looking for a technique

Thanks, Steve, I don't trust myself to not let go of the mudguard while it is under tension when remounting it, so I chose to unscrew the studs using the tried, and occasionally successful, method of using two nuts with an external toothed lockwasher between them, and then replace the studs through ...
by rjk40
Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Body, Paint & Rubber Shop
Topic: Looking for a technique
Replies: 6
Views: 5908

Looking for a technique

Hi Gentlemen, I'm in the process of getting the sheet metal on my 1975 860GT painted. As most of you know, removing the front fender ("mudguard") necessitates squeezing the two fender/mudguard mounting tabs/tangs off of the mounting studs (4 on each side) towards each other enough to clear the studs...
by rjk40
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Electrical & Gauges Shop
Topic: New ignition system: need advice!
Replies: 19
Views: 8885

Re: New ignition system: need advice!

Thanks kindly, Rick, for the info and the prompt reply. I like the idea of locating the blinker relay outside the headlamp shell, as it makes replacement so much easier. Gutting the headlamp shell for any reason is not my idea of a good time. On my '75 860GT resto, I had to make a new wiring harness...
by rjk40
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Electrical & Gauges Shop
Topic: New ignition system: need advice!
Replies: 19
Views: 8885

Re: New ignition system: need advice!

Hi Rick,

Is the little can in front of your Sachse ignition module the turn signal relay, that normally sits inside the headlamp housing?

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