A simple addition of driving lights gave me an excuse to catch up on some overdue maintenance such as a radiator flush, however removing and reinstalling the tank several times to do so caused me to break a fuel fitting which required replacing said fittings. Which in turn gave me an opportunity to have my mechanic check the valves and replace the fork oil while I waited for parts to arrive.
I spent all of last Friday morning poking, prodding, cutting and slowly picking away at the plastic fuel fittings from the metal flange.
|Removing plastic from the metal flange|
Once the first one was out I attempted to very carefully remove the second fitting with a 19mm socket. I knew deep down what I was in for and as I ever so slowly turned the socket counter-clockwise it became easier and easier to turn, then suddenly it was too easy to turn... sure enough the second fitting broke and I was back to poking, prodding, cutting and slowly picking away at the plastic again.
|2nd fitting broke|
At least I knew what I was doing this time so the chore went a little faster.
All cleaned up and ready to install the new fittings. I skipped down to the post office to pick up my treasures.
Assembly went smoothly, I put the tank back on without the fear of breaking the fittings and got the battery in and bodywork back on.
Now to wait for darkness to test my lights. I rolled her outside, pointed her up the street and hit the switch.
WOW, those are bright! Let's see... if I aim this one down a little bit and this one to the left just a tad.
|Headlights low beam|
|Headlights low beam with ADVMonster lights|
Nope, still bright. Oh well, we'll see how many drivers I can blind during my commute.
Drivers seem to be used to LED lights as only one vehicle flashed their lights at me all week, a pretentious BMW driver with projector beam headlights at that. Really?!?
The lights did vibrate loose so I had to add lock washers to the mounting clamps and blue Loctite threadlock to all the mounting bolts and to where the light housing separates.
|Thanks for the photo Mattsnook|
Let's see... liner off, grips high, lights off or liner on, grips low, lights off or liner off, grips off, lights on or liner off, grips low, lights on.
Or buy a Tiger Explorer 1200 with a 950W generator......
I suspect I'll be driving the car much more this winter than previous years, my commute is now just over 10 miles longer and the microclimates between home and work can differ significantly.
Happy Autumnal Equinox everyone!!!