Those Hidden Parts!!!
Posted February 07, 2002 - 01:20 AM
1) Just finished my valve shim job...started her up and noticed it was warbling more than before, oh well, maybe thats what valve shimming does...but didnt convince myself. Next day I spy a BIG rubber washer that belonged...god knows where. Do I really need it, I ask my self? Of course I know the answer but I havent the slightest idea where it came from so i conveniently forgot about it for the moment. Not riding yet but fiddling with the carb...I notice the top of the engine is covered in a sheen of oil...strange... I finally put two and two together. Inspecting the manual reveals that the washer is none other than one from the head cover. 5 minutes later its back on and I'm a happy camper.
2) Ages ago I 'found' a little rubber washer a few days after fiddling with my carb. Took me about 2 months to figure out where it came from...I did the Taffy APJ mod from having had it disconnected for a while. It starts p&&/&"ing gas out the gasket. Hmmm.....oh yeeeeeaaaahhhhhhh.. now where have I put that washer.....
And my favorite about an 'extra' part.
I spent about 5 minutes one time trying to get the spark plug cap back on the spark plug. Pushing and shoving and wailing and moaning about it....until I realised there was no way in hell it was going on with my spark plug wrench end still stuck down the shaft. One of those moments when you sure are glad there are no flies on the wall !!
Whats YOUR story !!
[ February 07, 2002: Message edited by: The Missile ]
Posted February 07, 2002 - 06:40 AM
Posted February 07, 2002 - 07:14 AM
I was so proud to have gotten the job finished in time to go riding that weekend that I never found out where the shim came from or more importantly went. We loaded up that Saturday morning to go riding and the thoughts of an exploded gearbox started running through my head.
Well, I rode that bike for another two years without that shim!!! I still have it as a reminder to be more thorough when I work on my bikes. That may explain why I am so anal nowadays!!
I sold that bike to a friend of mine from high school and he rode it for another year before he seized it and then threw it away!!
Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good!!!!
Posted February 07, 2002 - 11:31 AM
When I did my YZ timing I 'timed' the INTAKE CAM.