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Re: Jolene, Jolene, Jolene...

Post by Festus » Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:43 pm

Thanks Ray, 100% positive the spring went in then the needle thing. Bob watched me put those in. With the rod in, you can push the rod and feel the spring in the bottom.

I’ll check the rest tomorrow, but I’m 100% positive the little spring and needle thing are in.

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Re: Jolene, Jolene, Jolene...

Post by raYzerman » Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:10 am

Excellent news. Then it is most likely the fork cap just needs to be fully screwed on to the damper tube... if the preload is backed right off, on the bottom side it is a little recessed up into the body of it. Before you put the cap back on, adjust the preload until it is at least flush, make sure the 14mm nut is down far enough, when cap is on damper tube should be bottomed onto the damper tube, then snug up the 14mm nut. No need to take the fork off the bike.......
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Re: Jolene, Jolene, Jolene...

Post by Viper_Dad » Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:21 am

raYzerman wrote:
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ViperDad, if I could make a suggestion, and you're not too emotionally attached to Raven, perhaps the blackbird should be set free to nest in another home and keep Jolene "in the family" so to speak. Like the end of a Disney movie (see the Florida connection here?), everybody lives happily ever after.... yeah I know it's more complicated than that......
Oh don't you worry, Festus already dangled that carrot many months ago. Why do you think I'm staying so involved in Jolene's rebirth? ;)
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Re: Jolene, Jolene, Jolene...

Post by Intech » Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:25 am

Ray, we did things exactly as you described. I caught the valve, but I did have to fish the spring out of the oil pan after dumping the oil as I didn't catch it when it came out. I always level the bottom of the cap and I set the nut just off the last of the threads and then tighten the cap to it. I pushed the valve and spring out by cycling the cartridge to flush it. They come right out with the oil.
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Re: Jolene, Jolene, Jolene...

Post by Intech » Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:27 am

Festus wrote:
Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:43 pm
Thanks Ray, 100% positive the spring went in then the needle thing. Bob watched me put those in. With the rod in, you can push the rod and feel the spring in the bottom.

I’ll check the rest tomorrow, but I’m 100% positive the little spring and needle thing are in.
Steve, no need to check anything. It is right. We both felt the spring by pushing on the rod. It is just the nature of that fork I guess.
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Re: Jolene, Jolene, Jolene...

Post by Festus » Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:20 am

I agree, it's put together right, I'm really just more curious on why the manual says a certain number of clicks and my stock, never touched forks have a lot more clicks available. I don't suppose it matters at all. You dial it all the way in, then back off. Doesn't matter if it's 20, 30, or 50 clicks out, your baseline is from all the way closed, and with each 1/10 of a turn of that screw (a click), it's opening that needle valve a certain amount, so I don't think it matters, I'm just curious more than anything. I like to try and understand what makes everything work and how it works just for my own understanding.

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Re: Jolene, Jolene, Jolene...

Post by Hppants » Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:26 am

Well shit - you've got this '13 in tip top condition, aside from the beauty marks on a saddle bag, which I view as rite of passage.

I think the only thing left to do is either:

1. Take Jolene on a REAL test ride (1000 miles and 3 days or longer).

or

2. Sell her to the Viper and let him do it.

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Re: Jolene, Jolene, Jolene...

Post by wheatonFJR » Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:51 am

Hppants wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:26 am
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Remember, they are not museum pieces of art.
I dunno...have you seen those twin 13s?

Some fine gems from Yamaha's design studio.

But you are right...the full beauty of these machines is shown when it is breathing oxygen, drinking fuel, spraying that mixture, combusting with incredible calibrated force, forcing shafts and gears to turn...turning that wheel with however much power is selected by that user...all the while suspensions are compressed and tire rubber is driving, shearing against the road surface in a decreasing radius turn or opening up into a high speed sweeper...
Yamaha's engineering is art in 4 dimensions...
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Re: Jolene, Jolene, Jolene...

Post by Intech » Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:29 am

Festus wrote:
Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:19 pm

Stupid me, I should have asked if Bob needed a second set of hands putting his PAIR plates on. That hit me about 3 hours later. Sorry for not thinking to offer that Bob!
No big deal. Pretty easy job. I didn't even take the tank off. The weather sucked, so enjoyed the tinkering.

And I rewarded myself with some of that Woodford Reserve afterwards! :D
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Re: Jolene, Jolene, Jolene...

Post by Red » Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:33 pm

Intech wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:29 am
No big deal. Pretty easy job. I didn't even take the tank off. The weather sucked, so enjoyed the tinkering.
And I rewarded myself with some of that Woodford Reserve afterwards! :D
Intech,

Off topic, but:
I am trying to imagine Curly (your avatar) with that Woodford Reserve in him,
and I just can not do it. :lol:
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Re: Jolene, Jolene, Jolene...

Post by Festus » Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:00 pm

Came out the house this morning to find snow on my steps and on the top surfaces of my truck. Not the best time to go riding. Put the forks back on in the afternoon once it warmed up, took her for a spin to see how the new forks felt. Feels FANTASTIC. Handled the rougher backroads very well. No hollow feel on the rebound now.

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Post by escapefjrtist » Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:20 pm

Nice pics Festus!

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Re: Jolene, Jolene, Jolene...

Post by Viper_Dad » Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:30 pm

Guess what Jolene is getting next?

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Re: Jolene, Jolene, Jolene...

Post by wheatonFJR » Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:33 pm

Viper_Dad wrote:
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:30 pm
Guess what Jolene is getting next?

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Car tires front and rear?
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Re: Jolene, Jolene, Jolene...

Post by gixxerjasen » Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:39 pm

Hard to say, I'd guess tires but those have a whole lot of life left in them so I can't see why you'd change them.
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Re: Jolene, Jolene, Jolene...

Post by wheatonFJR » Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:41 pm

gixxerjasen wrote:
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:39 pm
Hard to say, I'd guess tires but those have a whole lot of life left in them so I can't see why you'd change them.
oh, oh, I know. he's gonna get some pin striping around the circumference of the wheel...either that or chrome his brake rotors.
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Re: Jolene, Jolene, Jolene...

Post by Festus » Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:04 pm

Jolene is going to the dark side. Car tires front and rear!

The back has plenty of life left, the front, not so much. On the edges, it looks good, in the middle, not so great.

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Post by gixxerjasen » Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:08 pm

I call bullshit. That tire has plenty of Texas miles left in it.
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Re: Jolene, Jolene, Jolene...

Post by wheatonFJR » Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:15 pm

Festus wrote:
Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:04 pm
Jolene is going to the dark side. Car tires front and rear!

The back has plenty of life left, the front, not so much. On the edges, it looks good, in the middle, not so great.
So I was right?
http://www.fjriders.com/forums/viewtopi ... 254#p62254
...that can't be.

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Re: Jolene, Jolene, Jolene...

Post by Viper_Dad » Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:33 pm

The dark side? Not exactly. A certain "future owner" is very particular about his tires so he is having Pirelli Angel GT A-Specs mounted this evening. Let the tire debates begin! (please don't let them begin)
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