A little on hold right now, always the frustrating time while waiting for parts. While racking the shifter to check the polarity on the "OD" LED, the 4" tie rod just decided to break at the transmission spline side. Sigh.
A bummer because she is RUNNING. Not super well or anything, but pretty damn good for a bike that had not been started in 7 or 8 years. Garaged her entire life, thank God, but still.
I was even able to leave her at a rough high idle and walk away for awhile, today.
Anyhow. Off to ACE hardware to see about replacing the tie rod, after searching everywhere for a new one, and finding only 35 year old shifter assemblies on eBay, I thought I could fabricate one out of a 6mm metric rod, a connector nut, and some lock nuts.
Too cool for school, cut down the rod with the dremel, hook the two pieces with the connector . . . and the SOCKET on the damn tie rod end is corroded, bent, and will not accept ANY bolt. Also there is no "swivel" to the end, frozen and rusted in place from brake fluid dropped over the years, I guess.
Well, still a good idea, and for $2.10 at ACE versus $30 for an antique shifter assembly, I had to try it. Now on to plan B.
Also, after turning the bike around (so the pipes faced OUTSIDE) as I nursed her back to running, I noticed that the right side bracket for the Jammer is badly bent, about 3/4" out of whack. I never noticed it when the "Good" side of the fairing was facing out, but you can see how bad it is from a previous photo. The bracket nearly touches the fake air cleaner cover on the right side, resulting in a nice "twist" to the jammer when it's bolted up.
Torn between have a professional straighten it the right way, or doing it the old "Billy Bob" way myself.
Budget says call Billy lol!
You all have a good week now, hyuh?