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Old 02-17-2007, 10:54 AM
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Rebuild Questions

Hey everyone, it's been a while since I was on but spring is right around the corner and its time to put some serious effort into getting my superhawk working properly, but not without some help.

First off, I keep my bike in a heated storage unit neer my house and went to start it up for the past couple of days with no success. I have not done a Carb Sync or checked my idle screws yet but I just had it in for a major tune-up in September. I have tried looking for the Thread that shows you how to properly do a carb sync but no luck.

I am also interested in removing my rear wheel so i can get a new tire put on and replace my Chain Adjusters but I am not quite sure of the procedures in replacing the wheel so that it is balanced and straight.

I cannot download the Technical Manual since I am stuck on a Ship protecting the coast of NORFOLK! Should be back in on tuesday, though. Thanks for all the help!

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Old 02-17-2007, 11:12 AM
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If your bike ran when you parked it it's not the carbs being out of sync. it may be bad gas or a low battery sometimes they turn over but won't start.

I would not replace my chain adjusters unless there is something wrong with them? When you have you're new tire mounted they should spin balance it for you. You're chain adj. have marks on them for adj. line both sides up the same and I take measurements from both sides to make sure everything is the same. hope this helps. Neil
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Old 02-17-2007, 11:50 AM
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Speaking of chain adjusters is there an upgrade for this. Will start using the motonpro aliment tool this year. But ones i have seen on other bikes are better imho.
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Old 02-17-2007, 03:22 PM
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take your wheel off the bike and have it balanced at a shop. If you put the tire on yourself make sure the red dots on the tire line up with the valvestem.
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Old 02-17-2007, 05:35 PM
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Originally Posted by joshn569 View Post
make sure the red dots on the tire line up with the valvestem.
As someone who mounts and balances their own tires (did a rear on my VFR today as a matter of fact), the valve stem is not necessarily the heavy spot on the rim. Ask if they will check the bare rim before mounting the new tire. Superbling came with chrome rims and the balance point wasn't even near the stem. The vfr wheel was at the spoke closest to the stem.

Speaking of the viffer, no chain/wheel alignment issues with a SSS! (slight jab) So on the superhawk, I start with the adjuster backed all the way out and tightened them the same number of turns. Wouldn't pass at NASA but works for me.
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Old 02-17-2007, 08:49 PM
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I've found that the factory wheel weights tend to balance the rim and valvestem and that most modern premium tires will not effect that balance if the sidewall dot is mounted at the valvestem.
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Old 02-18-2007, 08:03 AM
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E_S- If your bike sat for more than a couple days, the alcohol in the gas will have begun to separate and drop to the lowest point. When I tried to start my bike at one point, it wouldn't start on the first battery charge, and required more turning over on the second charge before it finally fired up... Of course, there is also the possibility of old bad gas.

Also, just trust yourself when aligning the rear wheel. As they (in this case 'Bling) say, "Close enough for government work." Always loved that saying.
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Dude I work for the goverment. when its mine its by what I think is right not work. No bikes harmed on the UW Madison campus in making of the improved Superhawk.
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Get the repair manual.... those things are worth thier wieght in gold! I balance my own dirt bike tires, but on my street bike i'd rather pay a couple bux for a shop to do it just my 2 cents
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