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Great job Ryen" ,,😎     Hey.  i"v been to Elizebeth City , N/C.     ,and cape Hatteras ,  you near ?

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1 hour ago, blackhat250 said:

Great job Ryen" ,,😎     Hey.  i"v been to Elizebeth City , N/C.     ,and cape Hatteras ,  you near ?

 

  I live on the coast about an hour north of Myrtle Beach South Carolina. We are about 4.5 hours south of Cape Hatteras on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We are about 10 minutes from the beach in Carolina Beach and a large stone throws distance from Cape Fear River. We had some flooding during the last hurricane but our current house survived it all with hardly no damage. Others west in Brunswick county did not fair as well with major flooding and total losses. 😞cape hatteras.jpg

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Coming along. New rear bearings, sprocket and rubber. Polished the rear tail setup and the RH shock assembly. Shocks are in great shape. Going to start on the front tubes and wheel next. Engine has 4 new studs, needs 5 more before I can reassemble and paint the case.

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Now it's the front's turn. Forks coming apart soon and wheel will be done like the rear.A3NQdz1.jpg
 

The speedo assembly is apart and liberated of 35 year-old waxy grease. Polished the thrust washers and has a coat of frame paint curing. Brake caliper will probably be next.

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Vintage 1982 fork juice. Some sludge in the RH tube, but just a tiny amount. Seal looks good but they'll both get replaced anyway.

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The 4 studs from NL are in and correct. The studs between 1-2 and 3-4 are new and the front ones have the plastic sheath for rust protection. #4 outer look fine since they've been in oil all their lives. I could not find the other 2 with the plastic so I just ordered the rear ones to justify the shipping costs. 5 more studs to order and it'll be ready to torque the head down.

 

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Everything is in OE spec except for 2 of the wrist pins, just a tiny amount of play in the rod. Nothing I'm concerned about. Got it all set and ended up bending a ring on #4. The lower combustion ring shifted and stuck out when I bumped the cylinder down. Everything looked fine on my side, the other side not so great. Waiting on a new ring set for it now. So sick of these little hold-ups!!

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Yeah... it's all the way in, at an angle. I can actually see into the hole threads on the other side here. Someone must have used a rattle gun, with no F's given on it, because the head sheared off when I used a wimpy 1/2" ratchet on it. I used the TIG to weld a large bung on the end and locking pliers just rips the weld into shreds. 😡  WHYYYYY..  Another used XJ550 front wheel is on the way. I'll mess with this one later for a spare. If I try to drill it out now I'll get annoyed and end up ruining the rim.

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