Look great John, if only I could get my project to move forward again! too much work and now a house move will mean nothing until next spring. Keep the pictures coming, all these projects keep my on my toes...
Too many projects... '86 RD500, '84 RD350 Hybrid, '75 H1 Kawasaki and a '79 Triumph T140D Oh and a BMW S1000XR to thrash...
After dragging the LC out of bed for a going over, I thought it was about time to fire up the LC2 rebuild again. It has been a while, too long !
Picked up a new set of indicators last year so they were the first things to get fitted . Also picked up a set of Norbo's pattern bolts which look spot on.
Then It was time for the pipes. I know I am not the first who has fitted a set of Dave's pipes (or any set of spannies for that matter) but I absolutely love these.
Another bit of good news is we have a working ignition at last. I sent the Ignitech off to Mutts before Christmas and he worked his magic on it, solving the puzzle and sent it back ready to plug n play. Cheers Dave, you are a star.
A few more days like today and we will be ready for a fire up in no time
Fitted a set of Renthal ultra low bars as I think they have better ergonomics than the std bars.
I will also need to source a pair of top fork caps for the F2 forks.
Looks like the winter dampness has lifted the paint from the master cylinder body. Looks like another strip and paint. Must have a slight fluid weep from the cap even though a new rubber seal/bellows thing is fitted.
And then onto the switchgear
Only managed one side before finishing up for the day. Throttle side later.
I went to fit the throttle side switch gear and immediately hit a snag.
When I fitted the throttle tube to the cable and then slotted the tube into the switch, the only way it would fit properly is with the throttle cable being pulled wide open. I have fitted a new pattern cable, one of Norbo's top Jap made ones and it fits perfectly at the carbs and oil pump but seems short at the twistgrip. I checked everything over including inside the junction block and all looks fine. I even fitted my old original cable but it is still the same.
Opening up the switch is looks like the alloy throttle stop is engaging with the plastic butt on the throttle tube in this preset position. See picture.
So, fitting F2 switches onto a 31k LC2 I think the issue is one of the following:-
I have the wrong cable for this switch and throttle tube. Is LC2 cable different to F2?
I have the wrong throttle tube. Same question?
The switch is from another bike and not an F2 (came in original box of parts so unsure of origin).
I picked up a set of LC2 switches from Eddie a while back so next thing is to try that. It looks a different set up inside the switch so fingers crossed.
Cheers guys. That looks like the very thing I need. I fitted the LC2 switchgear to try it out and everything fitted OK. The joys of building from a collection of mismatched unknown parts. I will pick up the correct tube eventually but for the moment and to speed things along I will just run with the early switchgear. John
As I am using the LC2 switchgear and the later coffin type front master cylinder, I noticed I no longer have a connection for the front brake light switch. The wiring for the planned set up with F2 switch is contained within the switch wiring and the earlier type has separate switch/wiring setup with the rectangular type m/cyl. (same as LC)
Time to get crimping! I picked up some 4.8mm flag connectors with insulating covers from Fleabay and already had bullet connectors, cable and sleeving from my earlier endeavours.
First i fitted the insulating covers then crimped the flag connectors. This was a little tricky as I dont have the proper flag type crimper but the one I have did the outside then used needle nosed pliers for the crimp on the inside.
I later gave the ends a little bit of solder just to make sure the connection was sound. Next it was get the sleeving on and fit the bullet connectors
Then it was job done
Just waiting on a decent day again to get the bike outside and finish things off. Basically all that is left to do is balance the carbs, fit the rear chain and tighten the gearbox sprocket, fit the headlight and bodywork and it is MOT time. So close now.