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My First Suzuki 13th March 2019 11:49 AM

Spring clean
 
The old Suzy was looking decidedly scruffy & unloved after spending the winter in the garage. It was covered in coal dust, dog hairs, etc. & it was badly in need of a freshen-up as the riding season is almost upon us
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Numerous attempts to bring it to life were unsuccessful so it was time to get the spanners out & find out what was wrong. The plugs were rotten after the failed starting attempts so they were cleaned & gapped ready for action. The plug from the left cylinder was much dirtier than the plug from the right cylinder - more about that later
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The ignition system is old school, wouldn't have it any other way. I found that there were a few issues with one set of points. The threads on one of the adjusting screws had given up the ghost resulting in the points having partly closed. A bit of daw-faking sorted it out but I'll be giving Crooks Suzuki a buzz to see if they've got replacement screws
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The engine fired up immediately after the bit of maintenance but I could tell that it wasn't running smoothly. A check of the carb settings showed that the mixture screw on the left carb was screwed out a full turn more than it should have been (can't remember doing that :doh:) The correct setting is 1 1/4 turns out. After sorting that out it ran like a Helvetian chronometer
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The front brake is about as much use as a handbrake on a canoe, a single disc set-up with tiny brake pads. It was never any good & I've learned to live with it in the ten years that I've owned this bike. I removed the caliper, stripped, cleaned & reassembled everything. The pads were in perfect condition & the piston was free & in good condition also. I put it back together & I bled out the old brake fluid. The brake is still bordering on useless but I'm used to it by now. I might fit a braided brake hose to it this year in honour of it's 40th. birthday in the hope that it would improve stopping power. We'll see
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When the mechanicals had been sorted I just gave it a quick squirt around the estate to see if all was OK & then I adjusted the slow running to get it ticking over the way that I like it. It needed a major clean before I put it back in the shed & it looks a bit more respectable now. I might throw it into the Paddy's Day Parade at Carrigaline on Sunday if I bother to get out of bed that day. Anyway as I said earlier the spin season is almost upon us so the work was necessary. My application form for the Youghal Vintage Run arrived in the post this morning so that will be my first 'official' vintage run of the year. Can't wait :bikerie:
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renniks 13th March 2019 12:19 PM

Re: Spring clean
 
I'd say the stock rubber brake lines were due replacing a couple of decades ago! Nice new braided line would be worth fitting

My First Suzuki 13th March 2019 12:25 PM

Re: Spring clean
 
[quote=renniks;3566833]I'd say the stock rubber brake lines were due replacing a couple of decades ago! Nice new braided line would be worth fitting[/quote]

I'm gonna get one for it soon :thumbsup2:

Jack stowage 13th March 2019 01:04 PM

Re: Spring clean
 
[quote=My First Suzuki;3566834]I'm gonna get one for it soon :thumbsup2:[/quote]

I hate seeing braided lines on an old bike...thats just me ...:smileee:

My First Suzuki 13th March 2019 01:13 PM

Re: Spring clean
 
[quote=Jack stowage;3566835]I hate seeing braided lines on an old bike...thats just me ...:smileee:[/quote]

Me too. I've seen some advertised that look like the original & I'd be going for one of those :thumbsup2:

renniks 13th March 2019 01:32 PM

Re: Spring clean
 
Just get them in solid black - sorted

Rainman 13th March 2019 01:45 PM

Re: Spring clean
 
Nice bit of work there Fred, I always throw a sup of fuel stabilizer in the tank before Christmas as well, learned my lesson with six gummed up carbs on the CBX :rolleyes2:, when is the Youghal Vintage Run on ?

My First Suzuki 13th March 2019 01:58 PM

Re: Spring clean
 
[quote=Rainman;3566840]Nice bit of work there Fred, I always throw a sup of fuel stabilizer in the tank before Christmas as well, learned my lesson with six gummed up carbs on the CBX :rolleyes2:, when is the Youghal Vintage Run on ?[/quote]

Sat. 13th. April, Niall. 11am at Farrell's Bar, Summerfield - the usual place :thumbsup2:

My First Suzuki 13th March 2019 02:00 PM

Re: Spring clean
 
[quote=renniks;3566839]Just get them in solid black - sorted[/quote]

HEL do them in several colours including black & Lee Honda can supply them :thumbsup2:

shanec 13th March 2019 02:31 PM

Re: Spring clean
 
why not a braided black line? Does not have to stainless looks and keeps ti looking vintage? HEL do em and look ok but obviously not OEM.
Would prefer a slightly off looking hose than a full off myself anyway. Whatever about anything else on a bike brakes are the one thing you can't do without

PJ 13th March 2019 03:10 PM

Re: Spring clean
 
Looks good Fred, you can't beat old school mechanics sometime.
It's great when you can actually physically seem something that is not right or broken.

My First Suzuki 13th March 2019 11:37 PM

Re: Spring clean
 
[quote=PJ;3566853]Looks good Fred, you can't beat old school mechanics sometime.
It's great when you can actually physically seem something that is not right or broken.[/quote]

That's the beauty of old bikes (& even older mechanics :lbhbh:) Gav :thumbsup2:

My First Suzuki 13th March 2019 11:38 PM

Re: Spring clean
 
[quote=shanec;3566850][B]why not a braided black line? [/B]Does not have to stainless looks and keeps ti looking vintage?[B] HEL do em[/B] and look ok but obviously not OEM.
Would prefer a slightly off looking hose than a full off myself anyway. Whatever about anything else on a bike brakes are the one thing you can't do without[/quote]

That's exactly what I'm getting :thumbsup2:

shanec 14th March 2019 09:43 AM

Re: Spring clean
 
[quote=My First Suzuki;3566907]That's exactly what I'm getting :thumbsup2:[/quote]

Mighty, ordered a set for the zxr at the show in the rds, but in bright green for a bright green sporty bike.
Bright green might stand out a bit on yours but the black finish looked subtle
I was impressed by the quality (to look at anyway)
Lovely looking masheen btw :thumbsup2::thumbsup2:

My First Suzuki 14th March 2019 01:08 PM

Re: Spring clean
 
[quote=shanec;3566928]Mighty, ordered a set for the zxr at the show in the rds, but in bright green for a bright green sporty bike.
Bright green might stand out a bit on yours but the black finish looked subtle
I was impressed by the quality (to look at anyway)
Lovely looking masheen btw :thumbsup2::thumbsup2:[/quote]

I'm going for the black as it would be more suitable for a 1979 bike & the original is black anyway. The green will look just fine on your Kwak too :thumbsup2:

bonzoid 14th March 2019 07:40 PM

Re: Spring clean
 
Tis looking well, Fred. :thumbsup2:


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