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Got my Connie out from under the covers a few weeks ago, changed all the brake fluids, final drive, and oil/filter, getting the big ol' gal ready for summer. The Victory is still covered up, but there is 6qts of oil and a filter waiting...

 

I took the Connie out for a few rides, a couple of times to work too and the display on the dash wouldn't stop complaining about the TPM Sensors having low batteries.... :(  I called down to Olympia to Paulsons and they don't rebuild the TPM sensors, they replace them at $220/ea...  Grand total nearly $700 with the cost of dismount and mount, reprogramming for the new sensors and of course Governor Inslees cut.  700 large on a bike that is maybe worth $5G?  There had to be other options, so I started googling...

 

It turns out that these sensors are not potted, so they can be removed, taken apart, and new batteries soldered in.  

 

So this week, the bike came apart, wheels off, tires spooned off, and sensor batteries changed.  

 

This isnt too bad of a job except for getting those darn tires off.  The front is a 120/70 - 17" and I figured it was going to be the hard one to break loose.  I used a couple of harbor freight wood working clamps to break the bead, and then with a bit of sweat, used the tire irons and worked the tire off of the rim.  The back 190/50 - 17 fought me the whole time...  Being a lot lower profile and wider, I couldn't use the wood working clamps to break the bead. :(  I ended up using a long 2X4 as a lever and a short piece of 4X4 to push on the sidewall of the tire.  I laid the tire/wheel down flat next to my truck, put the longer 2X4 into the slots of the wheels, pushing down on the 4X4 and popped the bead off.  Getting the first bit of bead pried off the rim was a total PITA but then it all came loose and I changed the sensor battery.  Going back together was a pain, I scratched up the rims even with rim protectors.  

 

I think I'll be more proactive next time.  I saw one person who changed the batteries right before a tire change.  They took a sawzall to the tire, cut a window in it, and changed the battery before taking the whole mess to the shop for a new tire install.  That seems like a much better idea..  The first batteries lasted ten years, maybe I'll change them out again in five or six years.  

 

With less than ten dollars in batteries and quite a bit of sweat and a few bruises, the batteries are changed.   Well worth not paying $700, and this is a system I've grown fond of.  I once had flat tire on the front of my old VT750 ACE, it took less than two minutes after running over a rabbit carcass to become an emergency stop situation.

 

Next up - Rostra Cruise Control Install on the pretty lady!

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4 hours ago, rubystargoats said:

I have a tire machine... makes it really easy.....

You do???

 

I know where you live... :D

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Yup and if you are still working in Aub it is pretty close.

 

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I do indeed...  Unfortunately I'm finished...

 

But I may wear that rear out before our big trip in September. :)

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Now for the Rostra cruise control installation...  :)  

 

I got frustrated working on a VHF DMR Repeater this morning and decided to start this project..  Sure wish I had Ben's garage capabilities right about now.  Brackets are not fun to make in my garage. 

 

I started out this morning by removing all the plastic and approximating where the servo was going to live. 

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Got some work done on the servo bracket today, it looks like it'll work ok

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Nice work Russ. I remember considering an aftermarket cruise unit for my FZ1 but I ended up just using a throttlemeister setup to relieve the cramp. I don't have any bikes anymore but I do miss my XR the most. 

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4 hours ago, Woodenhead said:

 I do miss my XR the most. 

I miss my KLR too - a lot!

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Got quite a bit accomplished today.  Ran the cable under the battery box and back up the other side.  Bent the throttle end cable bracket to fit, trimmed some extra off the end, and put some vinyl tubing on it to protect the main wiring loom.  I installed the bracket on the 10mm bolt that is used to hold the wiring loom, I'll tie the wiring loom to the bracket.  I used the flag nut on the cable instead of the snap nut.  It's smaller and holds the cable quite well.  I also used four beads on the bead chain so that it would slack better when the throttle was manually being used.  I trimmed the foam rubber that goes around the overflow tank a little to keep it out of the way of the CC cable and chains.  
 

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Nice!!!!

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Last picture post...

Finished up the wiring today, completed the self diags successfully, and took it for a ride.  

It surged a bit at 50mph in OD.  At 60 it seemed OK.  I'll put a few more miles on it and make sure.

Lifted the front off the ground in two gears, the throttle seems to work as well as ever.  

When I engage the front brake with the CC off, it turns on.  Seems a little odd.  It doesnt engage or anything, it just turns on.  

Set, coast, engage, and resume all work as they should and if you push the off button, the light goes off.  

I'm using the Rostra 250-3592 switch and I used the front brake switch instead of the rear.  the CC does not turn on when you hit the rear brakes.

I'll have to look at the schematics and see if I can see a wiring mistake.  
 

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12 hours ago, Woodenhead said:

Awesome. You’ll be able to toss the cramp buster now 😃

Thats a fact...  It's got a throttle meister on there too.  I need to do some work on that, I'll pull it off when I do. 

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Rode to work last night, Used the cruise all the way home, kept speed at 71mph within 1mph, even coming up south hill on 512.  

 

I'm happy with it.  

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We can always bend up brackets in my press. I may even have some sparky aluminum we could use. 

 

Dave

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28 minutes ago, Big Russ said:

Rode to work last night, Used the cruise all the way home, kept speed at 71mph within 1mph, even coming up south hill on 512.  

 

I'm happy with it.  

I was going to call shens on that, but I remembered you work nights. No way can you keep 71 on that hill any other time :D

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26 minutes ago, skyking said:

I was going to call shens on that, but I remembered you work nights. No way can you keep 71 on that hill any other time :D

Not nearly as much traffic at midnight but still quite a bit.

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