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by melville
Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Post 1970 Airheads
Topic: 1984 R80 valve noise. I know ...I know....it's been said
Replies: 7
Views: 108

Re: 1984 R80 valve noise. I know ...I know....it's been said

I'm with Airbear and came to Airheads after 20+ years of driving old VWs. Both my regular cages nowadays have hydro lifters and it's almost reassuring and familiar when they don't pump up. Then I realize what I driving and I'll take a panicked look at the oil pressure gauge. The interesting bit to m...
by melville
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:52 am
Forum: Post 1970 Airheads
Topic: Can a /6 starter relay replace the dreaded /5 Relay?
Replies: 4
Views: 115

Re: Can a /6 starter relay replace the dreaded /5 Relay?

The starter lockout was a dubious protection anyway. Matt Parkhouse, in an old issue of ON, showed how to use just a regular 30A relay that can be bought at any auto parts store rather than the special $100+ BMW relay. This was published just as I was dealing with a dead relay myself. I set up my /6...
by melville
Thu Jun 01, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Post 1970 Airheads
Topic: Michelin Activ Size
Replies: 4
Views: 173

Re: Michelin Activ Size

Mine are showing just the inch sizes, not the metric.

The numbers and letters are load and speed rating IIRC. H is 130 mph, so academic for Airhead purposes. V is 150+ mph.
by melville
Mon May 01, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Post 1970 Airheads
Topic: New to BMW
Replies: 35
Views: 1024

Re: New to BMW

Oh Hell Yes!

Well done for $200. Welcome to the board!
by melville
Sun Apr 30, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Post 1970 Airheads
Topic: Woo Hoo! A Big Project!
Replies: 368
Views: 61656

Re: Woo Hoo! A Big Project!

Another winter is done, and it's finally stopped raining. I spent the afternoon in the shed finishing my winter maintenance. I reinstalled the battery fresh off the tender to start. The VW Bus dip relay I'd wired in had perished, so I replaced that and redid the terminals at that end of the harness ...
by melville
Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Post 1970 Airheads
Topic: Your opinions please
Replies: 29
Views: 878

Re: Your opinions please

Here's the homebrew clutch centering tool I made a few years ago:

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=148&p=38610&hilit=clutch#p38610
by melville
Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Post 1970 Airheads
Topic: Handlebar clutch switch as a brake switch?
Replies: 8
Views: 332

Re: Handlebar clutch switch as a brake switch?

Yes, I believe the drum brake bikes (R60/6 and maybe /7) were set up that way.
by melville
Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: MOTORCYCLING
Topic: BMW NEWEST - R NINE T CAFE RACER
Replies: 10
Views: 382

Re: BMW NEWEST - R NINE T CAFE RACER

ZM, which new HD motor has solid lifters? Even the motors with hydraulic lifters had adjustable length push rods. Milwaukee 8 Hydro lifters, but no way to adjust valves individually: http://www.cycleworld.com/harley-davidson-motorcycles-new-milwaukee-eight-big-twin-engine#page-3 Both intakes and bo...
by melville
Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: Post 1970 Airheads
Topic: Unable to remove the rear wheel.
Replies: 31
Views: 1485

Re: Unable to remove the rear wheel.

I have a disc rear axle that I can send your friend, but the trans-Pacific shipping may take longer than he'd like. Let me know.
by melville
Thu Nov 24, 2016 8:21 am
Forum: Post 1970 Airheads
Topic: Split oil filter
Replies: 9
Views: 364

Re: Split oil filter

The straight filters are available on the InterWebs from Max and Hucky, but they aren't in a BMW box anymore. Still a Mann/Mahle filter. If I have to order other parts, I'll get a filter also. But if I don't, I'll get a split filter from the local (car, as the nearest bike dealer is 200 miles away) ...