What did you do with your Seca II today?

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Bigfeet51
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Mon Feb 20, 2017 3:27 pm

Decided to start her up today and I honestly thought it wouldn't start.
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Mon Feb 20, 2017 3:52 pm

^^ I like the silver paint job you've done on it, that looks pretty good! I assume it started okay?
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Tag7768
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Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:26 pm

put her all back together. rebuilt carbs, new engine new hoses. and.. no start. trouble shooting time. hope it's something simple. strange thing when I put the front break on the neutral light goes out. thoughts?

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Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:21 pm

TonyKZ1 wrote:
Mon Feb 20, 2017 3:52 pm
^^ I like the silver paint job you've done on it, that looks pretty good! I assume it started okay?
A little hesitation but it turned out well.

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Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:30 pm

Not today, but Sunday it was 59F here in Michigan! ...in February! I was just going to start Ruby up, let her run for a bit, and put in the Stabil I forgot in October, but hearing her run out in the warm sunshine started an itch I couldn't ignore. I grabbed my jacket and helmet, and went out and put about 50 miles on. Oh man, it felt so good! ...and weird... It was weird because literally at the same moment I was buzzing around on my motorcycle in my spring jacket, my Dad, aunt, and uncle were riding snowmobiles just about 150 miles North of me! I forgot my GoPro, so no pictures (still not used to the fact that I have one), but I did come back with a big grin on my face! I hear it's supposed to be 63F tomorrow! Too bad I'm booked solid all day!
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Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:08 pm

I installed a new Michelin Pilot Activ 130/70-18 rear tire this morning. I usually replace both of them at the same time, but the front tire still has some tread left on it and I'm trying to conserve funds, so I'll run it for another month or two and then replace it too.
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Tue Feb 28, 2017 2:39 pm

My chain was getting the red dust of death on it and the tensioners were about at the limit so I went ahead and replaced the chain. I had heard of some people using the $15 chain breaker tool from harbor freight to put a rivet link on so I went ahead and tried it. It takes a little bit of modification on the tool, but it totally works. I took it out for a spin and checked the measurements on the chain again. Nothing budged a hair so I'm good to go :thumbsup:

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The 'modification' is real easy. First to press the plates on, unscrew the rod from the top and the piece from the bottom. This leaves plenty of space to push the plate on one side at a time without touching the rivets. Then to do the rivet, leave the bottom piece out and stick the extra rod in the bottom pointing down. This gives a firm backing for the rivet to push on. Put the rod back in the top and adjust that down so it's barely sticking out. Just like that you've got a 15 dollar rivet tool.
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Just N Time
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Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:09 pm

Well I'm still in the resurrection mode at this point but a few pieces and parts came in today. New intake manifold boots, a new starter relay, and some purdy Domino grips. Technically I only squished the grips a few times cause I'm hunting for handlebars but they were nice! I also salvaged some Bandit 1200 gauges from a dark hole that I'm pretty hopeful about. We shall see...
It's getting there...

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Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:17 pm

Saturday among other things, I flushed and replaced the brake fluid front & rear in my Seca II. After freeing both back bleeders, as they were stuck pretty good and then unclogging them, I started pushing the new fluid through the system using the brake pedal. It was brownish and pretty nasty looking. The front brake was a little easier but still had the brownish fluid in it. Not sure if this was 20yr old brake fluid but it's possible I guess. Anyhow, the brakes work much better now.
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xjardin
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Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:20 pm

TonyKZ1 wrote:
Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:17 pm
Saturday among other things, I flushed and replaced the brake fluid front & rear in my Seca II. After freeing both back bleeders, as they were stuck pretty good and then unclogging them, I started pushing the new fluid through the system using the brake pedal. It was brownish and pretty nasty looking. The front brake was a little easier but still had the brownish fluid in it. Not sure if this was 20yr old brake fluid but it's possible I guess. Anyhow, the brakes work much better now.
Are those the original lines? That color would make me think the lines are failing.
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