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  1. Silent

    Need San Fran area info for tires ASAP

    Avoid San Jose Yamaha. Since they have been taken over by new owners, the service leaves a lot to be desired.
  2. Silent

    DIY valve clearance check/adjust

    If you do have to pull a cam to change one of the valve shims, make sure you use the correct timing marks when you put the cams back in. Might even want to tripple check before putting the cam caps back on. Missing here can be a motor removal and about $900 in parts/head repairs. Don't ask me...
  3. Silent

    Bike Storage in San Jose CA area - urgent

    I'm about 3 miles from the airport. There's space under the carport in the back with my scoots.
  4. Silent

    Epic fail. - Need to pull the head -

    Head came back on Friday, and I spent the better part of Saturday putting the motor back together and hanging it in the frame. Tough job solo, but doable. I finished off the install on Sunday and took a 25 mile romp on the slab as a test ride. Seemed to be running a bit rich. Reset the throttle...
  5. Silent

    Epic fail. - Need to pull the head -

    Damage looks to be 2 bent valves and cracked valve guides. Not to difficult to repair, shouldn't cost to much.
  6. Silent

    Epic fail. - Need to pull the head -

    The engine isn't nuked. Just 2 bent valves. The seats are probably not even damaged because of how they were bent. I'll know more tomorrow. I dropped the head off for an inspection and repair since I don't have the tools to do that one myself. I was helping out a friend that's shop was...
  7. Silent

    Hide and seek with the glove box rubber plug

    Glad to hear you recovered the grommet. Once you get use to it, you can pull the side panels off in about 5 minutes each. Only about 10 bolts/screws and 1 electrical connector. It is intimidating at first, but after the first time you have the side panel on the bench you realize it ain't no big...
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    Seeking opinions/experiences of top box use with panniers

    This actually very works well. I ran fully loaded, pillion seat included, at 145 before getting a wobble. I backed down to a sustained 135 without issues. Of course this was on a closed course with a professional rider
  9. Silent

    Epic fail. - Need to pull the head -

    Thanks Don. It was all the same day tho. Pulled the valve cover about 7am to check the cam timing, and pulled the head off about 5pm the same day to find the definitive damage to the valves. Amazing what 12 beers and a saws-all can do
  10. Silent

    Epic fail. - Need to pull the head -

    After 50k miles, the bike was making a lot of internal racket from the timing chain. So I had both the chain and the tensioner replaced. The chain had stretched a bit, but I think most of the noise was a weak tensioner.
  11. Silent

    Epic fail. - Need to pull the head -

    With knocking like that I'm sure it would have blown up long before I got out of the driveway Don. Bright side, only $210 in parts, not counting the head work. All the gaskets, and a lot of replacements for miss matched hardware that people have felt fit to hide all over my bike.
  12. Silent

    Epic fail. - Need to pull the head -

    Actually, for the record. I was fixing what the mechanic screwed up when he changed my timing chain. He missed by 1 tooth on the exhaust cam. From this point forward, monkeys can stay the hell away from my bike, I'll do it myself so I can screw things up proper!
  13. Silent

    Epic fail. - Need to pull the head -

    Well, I got the engine out of the bike, took a LOT longer than an hour lol. Complete motorectomy Royal pain doing that solo I might add. I pulled the head, and after stripping 3 12mm sockets, 2 of which were 6 point, I wound up drilling one of the heads off of one of the bolts. Thing fought...
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    Epic fail. - Need to pull the head -

    The bike ran "ok", just not "right" prior to starting this endeavor. I had the idle screw cranked to the hard stop and still only idling at 900. From my research, I went in to check the timing, and sure as snot, the exhaust cam was off by a tooth. The cams are properly timed now, and the bike...
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    Epic fail. - Need to pull the head -

    Can you pull the head on the gen 2 without dropping the motor? I screwed up putting intake cam in, used the wrong alignment marks, and I'm prity sure I bent a valve doing it.
  16. Silent

    Air flow sensor test

    The new sensor came in and was installed. The bike is still having issues. I even swapped out the ECU again, and still no love. I'm starting to think it might be time to sell
  17. Silent

    Gen 2 ECU

    The pre-recall 07 ECU wasn't so coolio either Don
  18. Silent

    Gen 2 ECU

    Going with Denver_FJR's ECU since it's the same year as mine. I think that's the safest route since I don't know what "minor" changed were made between the 07 and 09. Thanks
  19. Silent

    Gen 2 ECU

    I honestly don't know. I'm thinking it might work ok since it's still the same generation. Only way to know would be to plug it in and try it. According to the chart there's a change to the ABS braking system in '08. Don't know if that's controlled by the ECU or not.
  20. Silent

    Gen 2 ECU

    I'd rather not buy from eBay. You never know what you're really getting.
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