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by rjk40
Mon Feb 24, 2014 7:30 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission Shop
Topic: stuck cylinder head nuts
Replies: 7
Views: 3575

stuck cylinder head nuts

After many iterations over the past couple of days, I have had no luck with loosening the 16mm head nuts on my 860GT. I have used several applications of fixitright blaster and WD40, I have only gotten one nut to turn slightly, and I believe that the stud turned along with it. I am beginning to beli...
by rjk40
Sun Feb 23, 2014 8:19 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission Shop
Topic: 860GT head nut wrench and torque setting
Replies: 17
Views: 8881

Re: 860GT head nut wrench and torque setting

Thanks kindly to all; I really appreciate the info. Now if I can persuade the nuts to let go after heat gun heating and many apps of easing oil, I will be in great shape. I take your point about the Haynes manual. I got bitten once when a torque spec was listed in foot pounds and should have been in...
by rjk40
Sat Feb 22, 2014 9:47 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission Shop
Topic: 860GT head nut wrench and torque setting
Replies: 17
Views: 8881

860GT head nut wrench and torque setting

1. Are the 4 nuts holding down the head 16mm? Wrenchwise, 5/8" is close, but a bit sloppy. 2. Any tricks on how to lash up a torque wrench on a spanner? There's no way to get a socket in the nut, so if anyone has a "creative" approach to share, I will be most thankful. (According to my old Haynes ma...
by rjk40
Sun Dec 29, 2013 10:53 am
Forum: Wheel, Brake & Tyre Shop
Topic: Buchanan Excel rims, spokes
Replies: 3
Views: 3954

Re: Buchanan Excel rims, spokes

Thanks, jakebrake,

I will put the info to good use.
by rjk40
Sun Dec 22, 2013 11:18 am
Forum: Wheel, Brake & Tyre Shop
Topic: Buchanan Excel rims, spokes
Replies: 3
Views: 3954

Buchanan Excel rims, spokes

Anybody have experience with non-polished vs polished Excel rims and spokes from Buchanan? Price for polishing is quite steep, and although I well appreciate the appearance benefit, I would like to see a visual comparison between polishing and not polishing. Anybody seen the difference? Thanks in ad...
by rjk40
Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:56 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission Shop
Topic: Valve seats vs unleaded gas
Replies: 2
Views: 2607

Re: Valve seats vs unleaded gas

Thanks for the info. as a matter of fact, my bike was in the early recall when they were replacing the guides that wore prematurely. All I had to do was bring in the offending head(s), and the guide was replaced free of charge, with a lap-in.

Regards,
Richard
by rjk40
Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:24 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission Shop
Topic: Valve seats vs unleaded gas
Replies: 2
Views: 2607

Valve seats vs unleaded gas

This will likely date me: when I last was riding my 1975 860GT, I was able to buy leaded gas. Now, decades later, I am curious about whether the valve seats in my non-Desmo 860 engine will handle unleaded gas, or must I use a lead additive, such as Redline or some other. I know that many engines wer...
by rjk40
Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:24 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: New person here
Replies: 1
Views: 1124

New person here

Hi from east central Florida. I am restoring a 1975 Ducati 860GT kick-start that I bought new. Bike is apart, and I am preparing to soda blast the engine and acquire the parts needed to get the bike to stand up. All chrome parts are shot and gone. Bike has only 12,000 easy miles on it, and I regret ...

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