Spring preparation Part 2: Engine bay

Posted: 28/02/2015 in Repair archives
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To continue where I have left off in part 1. I have gone ahead and changed the brake fluid in the rear brakes. Doing brake fluid change is a lot easier if you have a spare set of hands to help on one side since master cylinder is on different side than the caliper.
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This bike will be for solo riding only, no passenger like on KLE, so I have removed the rear foot pegs. I have left the peg hangars in place as they are a good tie down point for luggage.
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Than I have decided to change a spark plug. But trying to get it out with my socket proved impossible. I needed a serious extension to get it undone.
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It was tight and rusted, probably still the OEM one from years back.
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I have seen a few occasions where people have lost their shifter levers. So I have drilled a 1,5 mm hole through the bolt head and safety wire it to the lever itself so it can not get lose and fall off.
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Next on the list was to tidy up the engine bay and get rid of all the non-essential crap in there. I have checked the engine over and saw that previous owner has removed SAS from the bike, which is great, less work for me. But the EPC was still there. You can find info on both system on the links provided.

So this is what you take off the bike. Note that the 90 degree pipe and the little filter have to go back on the bike. The EPC unit and the hoses on the right go to the shelf.
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I have tucked the small filter in behind the rear brake fluid cup. Fits nicely out of the way.
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Before…
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…after. It looks a lot cleaner now, still need to sort out all the disconnected wires and tie them somewhere safe.
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Than I have tackled those really old coolant pipes. I have ordered a set of orange pipes to replace the old black ones.
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I started removing and replacing those hoses one by one. It was quite hard to get some of those hoses off because of all the grime inside on the fittings.
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I have replaced all the hoses but one, which didn’t have a jubilee clip but some soft of permanently clamped metal strap and I didn’t want to mess with it.
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That is it for part 2. Stay tuned for part 3 where I hopefully finish the bike and take it for a spin.

Stay safe!

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