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    It might be worthwhile to buy a /2 FD

    This is just my opinion but you might be better off looking for and buying a decent used /2 final drive instead of cutting up and re-welding the swing arm to make the later FD work.

    Its more than...
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    I don't think you have to cut or weld anything

    A friend of mine did his R 75/5 into a /2 frame about two years ago and I believe all he did was use a LWB or /6 drive shaft and coupling in the /2 swing arm. He turned the coupling down on a lath so...
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    When was the last brake fluid service done?

    You should flush and bleed those brakes at least every two years and every year if you live in an area with extreme temperature changes or high humidity. Its also good to keep healthy brake pads in...
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    Loosen up the gas cap and see how it does

    Yah never know, I read so much about the clogged vent lines and bad gas caps. I have a co-worker with the same problem on his Triumph Speed Triple, gunked up vent lines. Go figure!
  6. Make sure your points and condenser are good then

    Check the static timing first, Vech at Bench Mark Works is a great source of info on setting the static timing and the Clymer book that I have is pretty good to.

    Check the valve clearance also but...
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    Early R 90S tank

    I think the pre '76 R 90S tank is the same as the /7 only it has the pop up filler cap. Good luck finding a decent one that isn't priced to keep. You could always find a good body shop guy and a...
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    Proper instripes are what make the job look good

    On my /2 restorations I rely on Holt BMW for the tank and fenders, its not cheap and it does take a while but it is perfect. I don't live in S.C. so I can on;y offer advise in getting done with good...
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    Nope it wasn't Bristol Grey

    My friend wanted Bristol Grey but went to the wrong person for the color. I'm a purist but I also appreciate seeing antique and vintage BMW's of a different colors and the High Viz Yellow was in my...
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    The High VIZ yellow is similar to another off color restoration

    I saw a friends very nicely restored (in gray) R 50S a few weeks ago at the RA rally, his supposed Bristol Grey restoration was about 6 tints darker than the correct Bristol Grey that I had matched...
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    I think Dennis has nailed it clean through

    The little tin float either leak and sink or the pin gets stuck in the bottom of the bowl and they flood. They are available and if you plan on keeping the bike for a while buy a spare set as the...
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    A few other things to clean and snug up along with that

    You should be able to dismantle that whole switch, use small tools (screw driver, tweezers and needle nose pliers) and take your time. You can still buy the switch new for about $100 but make sure...
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    Some things to consider

    Is it a matching numbers bike? Frame, engine, ID tag and title.

    Have the slingers and crank been serviced properly and if so when?

    Yer and model?

    Does it have the correct carbs, final drive...
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    Try dropping in a new set of plugs

    Its a good possibility that the plugs are fouled to a point the spark is ineffective but still appear to be good. Try the simple and cheap stuff before you start pulling covers and testing this and...
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    Side stand switch or

    A loose connection somewhere. Check them all but start with the side stand switch and go from there.
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    A fond memory I have

    A long time (a really really long time) ago when I was a long haired teenage lad and honing my restoration techniques I learned never get to close to the spinning chuck of a hand drill. I learned you...
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    Usa a hardened steel Allen wrench socket

    Get a good hardened steel allen wrench socket preferably 1/2" drive, take some valve grinding compound and rub it onto the contact surface's (flat spots) at the end of the wrench. Clean off any that...
  18. White really shows it all!

    I have a couple questions

    How many miles since the new top end?
    Did you clean out all the crank ventilation orifices when you fixed the melted piston?
    What caused the piston to melt down and...
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    Not as bad as it could have been

    It does appear as though you burned a chunk out of your exhaust valve on the left side, not nearly as bad as a slipped or broken timing chain but a little worse than a bad HES. As soon as you get the...
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    Back in the day

    We used the hose off a compression test set up with a fitting and shut off to add some air pressure and see if it held and where it leaked out if it didn't hold. Considering your 0 reading for...
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    Have you turned it through a complete revolution

    Can you turn the motor over smoothly and slowly while you watch the valve action? Watch the rockers, chain and the tops of the valves to see if anything looks odd.

    I would think that if a valve...
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    I am happy I was correct with my "handy with a tool box" comment.

    I do have a suggestion regarding the first order of business though. Before you get deep and distracted with repairs on the RS I would respectfully suggest you install the upgraded timing chain...
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    I hate being correct here.

    Sorry about that Bwanajames, before you get discouraged or start thinking of parting out take a deep breath and then find out the extent of the damage. From the compression number on the left side I...
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    Did you do a compression check?

    "The bike ran strong until it quit, without any catastrophic sounds/feelings, etc. Even if compression were gone on one cylinder, it would still start/run on one (roughly of course, but it would...
  25. Heres a good source to get the injectors serviced

    I had him do some for me and found him reasonably priced, good turnaround time, knowledgeable and he provided a complete report on the before and after condition of the injectors.
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