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Odds n Ends / Re: What 4-Wheeled Vehicle Do You Drive?
« Last post by rscottlow on Today at 02:19:09 AM »
Cherokees are great. My dad has a 2000 Cherokee Sport with 250,000+ miles on the clock, and itís still going strong. Heís been waffling on getting something newer, but just put a new set of tires on the Jeep, so I think heíll just keep driving it.

More power to you for living with just a bike, but I couldnít do it. The weather in Ohio fluctuates way too much, and obviously having little kids makes motorcycle-only transportation impractical. Hell, I couldnít even bring myself to get rid of the truck when I decided to buy a car.

I agree with you...I really like those cars. I drove a Scion xB for a while, so the FR-S caught my eye when they came out. By that time, we had our first kid on the way, though.

I prefer a RWD car unless, of course, AWD is an option. Iím sure snow in PA is considerably worse than SW Ohio, though.

I always thought Iíd want a Wrangler until I drove one a few months back. I would consider buying one for recreational use, but I absolutely wouldnít want one for a daily driver.

My brother is a Mazda guy, and has owned 3 Miatas, so I understand your passion for that car.

Man, I hate to hear all the negative VW reviews. My Golf R has 72,000 miles on it, and I got it for about $3,000 under market value. Iím keeping on top of the things that tend to go wrong on these cars, so hopefully it serves me well. Iíve already replaced the cam follower, Iím doing a Haldex fluid change on the next nice weekend day, and Iím going to change the timing belt and water pump sometime before the beginning of June when I plan to drive it down to the Tail of the Dragon.

Iíve owned a 1992 S-10 with a 4.3 V6 that I bought when I was 15. It was a great truck, but didnít have 4WD. I drove that until I was 18 and decided I needed a new car to commute to and from college. I bought a 2006 Scion xB off the showroom floor, and drove that almost 200,000 miles. By that time, I decided I needed a truck to support some of my outdoor hobbies, so I sold the xB and bought an Ď04 Ranger with 178,000 miles. It has gotten me this far (232,000 on the clock now), but with two little ones, it was really time to get a car I could put carseats in. Queue the Golf R. I couldnít talk myself into buying something boring. The BMW 335i was atop my list for a while, but I needed a sedan (or 4 dr. hatch as it turns out) and I wanted a stick shift, so finding the right car in my budget proved to be pretty challenging. The Golf R popped up on an autotrader search only a couple hundred miles away, and the rest, as they say, is history.

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Projects / Builds, Racing and Tech / Re: Desert beater project
« Last post by mrgaru on Today at 01:56:14 AM »
Started up for a whole 2 seconds. Guessing bad fuel or intermittent spark from the plugs. At least I know Iím not far off.

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Weather was in the high 60's today with the some sun in SE PA. Gave my bike an oil change with a HIFLO HF133 filter reusing the old gasket. No problems using only two fingers on the ratchet arm to tighten the caps on the studs. Used approximately 1 quart leftover Rotella T Triple and 2 quarts of Rotella T4 and went for a ride to check for leaks.  :)
General GS500 Discussion / Re: Carb sync and maybe valve clearance check?
« Last post by user11235813 on February 20, 2018, 11:20:46 PM »
Also worth doing is follow the cable that comes out the bottom of the signal generator (that's the round bit on the right hand side) it goes to the left hand side of the bike next to the CDI under the cover. Uplug that, (as well as the CDI) and spray some electrical contact cleaner in there and let it dry and plug it back in. A slightly bad contact can mimic fuel starvation issues that come and go.
General GS500 Discussion / Re: Carb sync and maybe valve clearance check?
« Last post by Battman on February 20, 2018, 10:12:28 PM »
Well shaZam!... Thanks for clearing that up i liked the link that mr 72 shared good process. Ill let u know what happens when i do it right
Thanks for all the help
General GS500 Discussion / Re: Carb sync and maybe valve clearance check?
« Last post by The Buddha on February 20, 2018, 09:53:59 PM »
Well i got into the carbs today and i totally forgot that when i cleaned them before i never backed off the pilot jet and it was snug. I backed it out 2 turns we will see if thats any better. As far as the jets go they are all stock as is my exhaust and air filter. Any other adjustments i need to make? I tried to find some info it only specified pilot jet position though. Thanks

Unscrewing the pilot jet will cause it to ... who the hell knows, you put it in there finger tip tight ... not loosen it 2 turns.
You should be setting the air mix screw out 3 turns. Its on the bottom side in the front part - under the manifold.
General GS500 Discussion / Re: Carb sync and maybe valve clearance check?
« Last post by Battman on February 20, 2018, 09:45:25 PM »
Well the carbs are clean just got it all back together and it went from not revving over 5000 rpm at warm up to dying and not running at all.. Time to tear back down and see where i screwed up
General GS500 Discussion / Re: Carb sync and maybe valve clearance check?
« Last post by mr72 on February 20, 2018, 09:38:27 PM »
never backed off the pilot jet and it was snug.

That'll make it hard to get it to idle or run at low revs and 1/4 throttle or less, but it won't affect top end performance much.

On that note, when the shop did my top end rebuild they left one of the carbs like this. The other wasn't adjusted correctly at all, way, way too lean. It still started and ran pretty much fine. Idle was just funky.
General GS500 Discussion / Re: Fuel Issue -- Help??
« Last post by qcbaker on February 20, 2018, 08:25:22 PM »
Maybe the main fuel line is swollen internally or kinked somewhere. If so, that means the carb bowls would fill up much more slowly than normal. So, it would be possible that while riding, you use up the fuel in the bowls (plus whatever small amount of fuel is able to get through the swollen/kinked line) and then you start getting starved for fuel.
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