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  1. Ah darn it , to have the 87's live closer by would have been sweet. Quite a generous offer, thanks all the same. Would have been worth a whole lotta coffee..
  2. One more cut this way. Winterized the ol' 87 way too early .. Oct 28th this morning Nov 5th
  3. Good point... The clamp connector ends were almost if not totally touching. I replaced the boot with a spare from another parts bike as the over tightened clamp disfigured the bottom of the rubber. All 4 clamps and boots seated squarely today.
  4. The ol' prime 87 hasn't been too healthy past couple of weeks. Progressive power loss 2 up to the point were it's undriveable. It's not been a good year for the 87' twins. (seems they both had a touch of the virus) Just about ready to put them up on the block. Spending far too many days over the years keeping them healthy. Well, the passion continues for now. So, once over the carbs and found a loose clamp on #1 rubber boot joint. The boot may have slipped off the far side, hard to get a visual in there. Reseated boot and clamp, replaced 4 plugs and fuel filter. (it was time) Full d
  5. Well, the torque in ftlb's is stamped on the plug right? + 1/4 turn to spec..
  6. If it comes down to piecing parts, I've used PartShark a few years ago, satisfied with correct parts delivered. I was told to use oem parts, seals on top of that list. Our 87' came with a spare set of generic seals, they were a couple mils thinner than oem's, never did use them. https://www.partshark.com/oemparts/a/yam/5107f839f870022108d6577f/front-fork
  7. One of our favourite runs, steeped in history. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Champlain
  8. No feathers to ruffle over this way Phill, any suggestions or questions, fireaway, I'll try my best. And there are amazing tech's on this board that will pretty well help with any issues on these old rockets. Finally decent incoming weather over the next couple of weeks. All being equal minus the CV19, probably would have been on our way to Lake Champlain area or lost somewhere down there. Our federal gov't and U.S. just announced border closures at least till June 21st. Guess well settle for a few marathon day trips closer to home.
  9. Fired up the 87' this morning , idled somewhat better again than last week. At the point were I'm going to siphon heavy ratio seafoam/gas, replace with straight gas and run it thru. The idle will hold around 1000 rpm without choke when warm. Carb sync in the works this week.
  10. Hey Poppa Phil, beautiful country over your way. We've enjoyed touring ME a few times over the years crossing at Houlton/Woodstock. I should be the last one here to give you further advice as I'm at the tail end of dealing with my 87' issues that brothers are leading me thru. I have some thoughts but wouldn't chance leading you in the wrong direction. There is a wealth of information in these threads hope you might find helpful. As Patch mentioned, you might get better exposure resolving your idling/running issues by starting a thread on the subject. I'd be interested to hear the outcome.
  11. Well, well, more progress as the stars begin to align. Removed No.2 pilot air jets and pilot screws. The pilot screw 'tips', springs, O rings and washers looked good. Cleaned all ports and surfaces for 3 full cycles with Gunk carb cleaner and chased with compressed air lightly. Of note, carb #2 pilot screw came out with 2 of the tiny washers. I assume the extra stuck on from the assembly line? Drained bowls. Turned pilot screws from 4 to 2.5 turns. Left the additional amount of Seafoam in fuel tank at this point. Today, bike starts normal and rpm's run away with choke on but eventua
  12. Appreciate the help ! I'll review and follow thru on steps advised as time allows.
  13. Swapped spark plugs, no noticeable difference.. Patch, should I top up gas tank with untreated fuel to lean out Seafoam? Time to get some serious carb cleaner before proceeding further with cleaning. The only online source found for C.B. was Performance Lubricants in Whitby, about an hour run. Did you find CB in a retail automotive outlet? The pucster had a few suggestions. I have a good rapport with our GM dealer maybe drop in there this week see what they recommend. Also hit up Napa and Carquest this week as they might have a heavy duty carb cleaner. The 2 aerosol cleaners I've bee
  14. Studying the manual, it occured to me there's a couple of obvious steps I may have overlooked. Carb schematic 5-2, should the pilot screws (10) and /or Pilot air jet #2 (5) be removed to clean it's ports ? If they can be removed, are there precautions to take?
  15. Mornin' all. Bike fired up ok, very slight improvement again day 2. First 10 seconds rpm up and down chasing rpms with choke lever to maintain 1000 rpm idle, only then can feather choke down to maintain irregular idle around 1000-1500 rpm. Choke is slightly on to prevent stall. Throttle response is minimal. Turned pilot screws out 4 full turns. Set idle screw to approx 1000 rpm. At this point, it will idle, but rough, around 1000 rpm, without choke, and can use throttle to rev engine, however the revs lag behind throttle response. Engine was at full temp and idling slightly rough at 1000
  16. Past 24 hrs : Was going to start an apprentice carb thread but after searching and researching forum carb threads, came across this gem https://www.venturerider.org/forum/showthread.php?141445-87-VR-carb-problem&highlight=jets . All I can say is Wow!.... Hope to understand half of what I've just read and might just get thru this carb thing. I'll continue here with my layman questions. Not ready to tap out just yet. So, yesterday I removed sliders again and doused all visible ports and surfaces carefully with Gunk carb cleaner. I'm not sure about the purge jet port with the tiny O ring, a
  17. Completed original task resealing stator case and wires. Ran into a few glitches after reassembly. Class EI error code. Resolved by resoldering all main connector pins. (thanks for write-up Freebird) There were no visual cracks or loose solder joints to the eye. Compressor manual and auto functions now operational to both front and rear. . ------------------------------------------------------------------ Last year I removed speedo/odometer from this project 87' to replace a defect unit on the prime day use 87'. (stripped nylon gear in the housing) Fortunately I have a complete
  18. Appreciate all the prompt responses. Path of least resistance calls for the full can of Seafoam. If that doesn't work, and it will, time to roll up the sleeves and follow through with posted suggestions. Will update. Used the last few ounces of Seafoam for this application. Heard the provincial gov't is opening all hardware stores to indoor shopping this Saturday. That's a sign of some progress. Heading over to C.T. Sunday and stock up on the Foam. Brantford to Peterborough is at best a 2.5 hour run. That would have been cool to connect. I could use the help, and surely be asking f
  19. Checking the last post in the thread, this project has been on the shelf since Jan 2017. Picked up the pieces about 5 weeks ago. (thanks Covid isolation) Resolved all but one issue as follows after bike was reassembled. It ran fine pre-project, that was 3 years ago. Today, turn ignition on, fuel pump sounds normal, CPU cycles thru self check no errors, neutral light ok, apply choke and it fires up like a champ. At this point it won't idle properly, when choke is slowly removed it will eventually stall. Restarts ok with choke and rpms runaway, when choke is feathered back slowly, it will idl
  20. A few issues with the ol 87' earlier this season finally ironed out. Good riding past couple of weeks. Nice lookin 'VR' cap ...
  21. Finally got the ol' scoot out of the garage for a few day tours, today being the furthest from home. She's been plagued with issues this summer, mostly minor, but enough to keep it in lockdown. Some of the issues started when the odometer-speedo stopped working. The nylon gear behind the speedo dial was stripped and the end of the speedo cable insert snapped off. Fortunately the spare part 87' had a good working speedo cluster and cable replacement. Then the fork seals started leaking, had fresh spares to replace. 3 weeks ago had an intermittent clutch issue with various symptoms, that was a h
  22. the female connector in last image looks very corroded which might not be the cause of signal issue, but wouldn't hurt to give it a good cleaning on the off chance.
  23. 'Merry Christmas' is alive and well around these parts this year more than many past years. We kinda like it. You might be onto something there Bobny.
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