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Re: Virginian's Meanderings
« Reply #400 on: October 26, 2019, 03:48:39 PM »
First item of order was to knock the stink off of it so I hit it hard with the pressure washer using a de-greaser.
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Throw it up on the lift and let's find out how bad...
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I pulled the panels off and it seems some critter was was storing winter's food in there.
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It's 100% bone stock so that's a good point to start from.
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Bad gas and totally varnished.
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Looks like some mouse was mealing on some of the wires, luckily no core of the wires have been compromised, just the outer shroud.
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Re: Virginian's Meanderings
« Reply #401 on: October 26, 2019, 03:51:25 PM »
Air filter is not too bad.
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Pic doesn't tell the story but the oil is coal black.
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I pulled the gas tank and there were more surprises underneath.
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The spark plug is tired.
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Fuel filter is shot.
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Coolant is shot.
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Re: Virginian's Meanderings
« Reply #402 on: October 26, 2019, 03:55:34 PM »
So it appears I have my work cut out for me on this project. On the surface and in no particular order I need to do or replace the following:

- Oil change
- Fuel Filter
- Coolant flush
- New spark plug
- New jets and rebuild carburetor or new carb
- Seafoam the dickens outta the gas tank or replace
- Replace all fuel lines
- Air element
- Replace fuel pump
- Replace both brake levers
- And some miscellaneous crush washers, gaskets, and tidbits.
 
Here's a good pic of the carburetor.
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I flushed the coolant and take a look at this, it came out green.
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Then turned tan? What the heck?
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And remained separated? Thoughts anyone?
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Changed the oil. Gotta love the ease of maintenance of an old GY6 Honda motor!
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The oil screen was not congested and cleaned up for reinstall.
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Finally took a peek at the CVT. Wow, it was dirty. I cleaned it up and will dig into that when I get the motor straitened out first.
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Parts are on order so I buttoned her up and set her to the side till I get some supplies. Actually she's cleaning up nicely imo!
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Re: Virginian's Meanderings
« Reply #403 on: October 26, 2019, 03:57:22 PM »
Now I have never really wrenched on a GY6 so this will be a leaning experience for me.

I took the carburetor off and dissembled it. The jets were all clogged and for kicks and grins I cleaned them up and slapped it back together. I shot some starter fluid on the intake and she fired right up. Woohoo! First time in 3 years. But! Running rough as a cob and barely at 25% of it's red zone.

So there ya have it. That's what's happening at Casa de Redneck this week. Thanks for looking in on my meanderings!

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Re: Virginian's Meanderings
« Reply #404 on: October 26, 2019, 04:12:03 PM »
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« Reply #405 on: October 26, 2019, 05:53:31 PM »
IT'S ALIVE!!!!!
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Re: Virginian's Meanderings
« Reply #406 on: October 26, 2019, 07:02:04 PM »
But it runs!

Indeed it does!  ;)

IT'S ALIVE!!!!!

I have much to update on this build, but pizza and wings first tonight!
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Re: Virginian's Meanderings
« Reply #407 on: October 28, 2019, 11:30:54 AM »
My parts that are on order for the Ruckus will be here in part tomorrow and the rest on Friday. So let's get to it!

So I went grocery shopping for the my scoot.
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So based on a friends recommendation I've removed the gas tank and loaded it up with Coke and a handful of nuts and bolts. Sealed her up and shook the daylights out of it. Well... with the vented gas cap Coke shot up right through it from the carbonation and shot up my nose and hosed my face. Bwhahaha  :redface:
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I'm not sure if the low fuel switch is working but I'll have a go and see what I can do when I do final assembly.
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I took an angle grinder and attached a wire cone brush and spiffed up the tank knocking off most the corrosion. It came out pretty good actually, I'm not sue if I'm going to paint it or not?
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Re: Virginian's Meanderings
« Reply #408 on: October 28, 2019, 11:35:24 AM »
Next up the kick starter isn't returning when you kick it. From what I've read they all are pretty much not so good. So I disassembled it and cleaned up all moving parts and re-greased it. It works like a champ now!

Before.
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After.
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I will mention 2 tools that are just awesome if you do a lot of wrenching. The Milwakee impact driver is amazing on tearing down a bike in minutes. The DeWalt 'gyro' screwdriver rocks for anything light duty and has torque adjustment. What I mean by gyro is the more you tilt it one direction or the the other the faster it engages. Both tools have LED lighting when in operation which helps.
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All of the turn signal tabs are tweaked or bent a little from being dumped. I use a crescent wrench firmed up tight and just tweak them back gently.
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Pro tip: If you're worried about your finish, powdercoat or paint save your old work gloves and cut off a piece to use with the wrench. Works every time. ;)
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One of the bent signal tabs has started to rust a tad from I assume when the powdercoating was compromised. I have used ACF-50 for years, it stops rust in its tracks. It sprays on and foams up then saturates the area coating it. I believe this stuff is aircraft quality.
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While I'm waiting on parts I disconnect every wiring harness and give it a a good dose of Dielectric grease. All bolts on final assembly will get blue Locktite.
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A small protip: If you wrench on Japanese bikes please do yourself a favor and purchase a JIS (Japanese Industry Standard), this is the correct screwdriver to mate properly with your bikes screws. Yes! They do make that big of a difference. About $12 on Amazon here. A #2 will handle most of your needs and the "impacta" variant have a metal cap on the handle when you need to strike a screw with a hammer.
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And there she sits ready for a some parts love. With a little luck I can wrap up this project by the early part of next week.
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Thanks for stopping by and reading!

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Re: Virginian's Meanderings
« Reply #409 on: October 28, 2019, 11:39:37 AM »
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Re: Virginian's Meanderings
« Reply #410 on: October 28, 2019, 11:42:46 AM »
Time for a Ruckus among us update!

The postal gods are smiling upon me.
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First I treated the areas on the frame that are also the engine mounts for rust.
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I ordered the proper caps to seal them up from the elements.
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Next replaced the sparkplug.
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Replaced a missing bolt for the rear fender.
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Re: Virginian's Meanderings
« Reply #411 on: October 28, 2019, 11:45:46 AM »
Next up to replace the jacked up levers.
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The parking brake was tweaked as well so I ordered one as it was cheap.
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The new carburetor installed along with the fuel filter, Fuel pump, fuel lines and one way valve.
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The carnage...
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Re: Virginian's Meanderings
« Reply #412 on: October 28, 2019, 11:47:56 AM »
So after a a couple of Coke treatments to the gas tank here's a view into the gas tank. Clean as a pin!!!
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Taped up the areas I didn't want paint.
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My fabbed  paint booth drying process. ;)
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Re: Virginian's Meanderings
« Reply #413 on: October 28, 2019, 11:52:20 AM »
I had no idea the Ruckus was water cooled until I bought this scoot.  8)
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Okay, I final assembled the Ruckus and heres a quick 14 second video of the first start up. It fired right up and please note that the rattling you hear is the Ruckus vibrating on the metal lift on the center stand. Woohoo, purrs like a kitten!  :bigok:

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Re: Virginian's Meanderings
« Reply #414 on: October 28, 2019, 02:32:48 PM »
Great work as always.   It sounds like my Honda lawn mower when it is running.    ;D

I have never seen coolant do exactly that.   The only thing close was when I had a diesel injector seal fail and there was diesel fuel in the coolant.   That was fairly obvious due to the smell.   

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« Reply #415 on: October 28, 2019, 02:58:25 PM »
Great work as always.   It sounds like my Honda lawn mower when it is running.    ;D

I have never seen coolant do exactly that.   The only thing close was when I had a diesel injector seal fail and there was diesel fuel in the coolant.   That was fairly obvious due to the smell.

Lee,

A good friend of mine who is a very good tech said the following: "sometimes coolant will separate/coagulate if its not regularly warmed up to temperature, also coolants don't always mix."

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Re: Virginian's Meanderings
« Reply #416 on: October 28, 2019, 04:34:28 PM »

  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Thanks for sharing, awesome job!   (as expected  ;))

OH, and thank God I'm not a Coke drinker.     :crazy:
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Re: Virginian's Meanderings
« Reply #417 on: October 29, 2019, 07:13:15 AM »
I'm sorry, but I literally LOL'd at the Coke!  :lol:

That being said, if I ever bought a neglected bike that needed to be brought back to life, I'd definitely make the trip to VA to have you do it. You are really meticulous, and I would have no trouble trusting something you've wrenched on.  :clap:

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Re: Virginian's Meanderings
« Reply #418 on: October 29, 2019, 10:01:02 AM »

  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Thanks for sharing, awesome job!   (as expected  ;))

OH, and thank God I'm not a Coke drinker.     :crazy:

Right! Thank you Sam.

I'm sorry, but I literally LOL'd at the Coke!  :lol:

That being said, if I ever bought a neglected bike that needed to be brought back to life, I'd definitely make the trip to VA to have you do it. You are really meticulous, and I would have no trouble trusting something you've wrenched on.  :clap:

You should have heard the cussing as that fiasco was going on. lol Thank you Bryan.
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« Reply #419 on: October 29, 2019, 10:05:09 AM »
I rode it for 5 miles and she ran dang good as it's trying to digest any spooge I didn't manage to get on cleansing of the entire fuel system. My question is to the aficionados of the Ruckus is this; on flat ground she will do 30 mph (indicated), on even the slightest upgrade she drops to indicated 25. On a slight downhill she will hit 35 mph in a hurry. Does this sound about right and is there a restriction plate in the new carb that is capping out its performance?

After I put 5 miles on her I checked the coolant. Yikes! That was fresh coolant!
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Another recommendation from an ADV peep; after a wild goose chase to find citric acid I found it Wally World. I mixed up a batch and flushed the radiator.
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After starting it again with the citric acid and letting it warm up for 5 minutes it started to look murky again.
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I'll spiff up the battery box with a coat of wax and remove the University of MD parking stickers.
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If I get time I'll post a ride video of how she rolls now. So that's it for Virginan's meanderings.

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« Reply #420 on: October 29, 2019, 10:08:28 AM »
Out getting a fresh tank of gas and hopefully a short video of it performing.
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« Reply #421 on: October 29, 2019, 10:12:39 AM »
Okay here's some raw footage (2 minutes +) and my GoPro was cutting in and out. (I hate the damn GoPro) but you get the idea of how's she's running. Remind me never to purchase a Gopro ever again...
https://vimeo.com/369040112

On a side note the citrus acid in the distilled water really did a nice job of flushing and cleaning up the radiator. Just be sure to flush it shortly after using baking soda and distilled water to neutralize the acid. It took 7 flushes in this case to really get it clean.


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« Reply #422 on: October 29, 2019, 10:25:25 AM »
After about 15 miles I was seeing no change in the reservoir for the coolant so I was thinking the thermostat was defective. (purple coolant)
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After a 25 mile run she finally broke loose and is working properly.
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I flushed the radiator 7 times, no real gunk coming out, just murky looking water. I've put in fresh coolant and buttoned that up. The last thing to do is change the final drive fluid but I need a syringe to suck out the old and I don't have one at this time. I'll take this scoot up to my nephew's and drop it off, I want him to put 100 or 200 miles on her and we'll (with him) do another oil change and change the final drive oil at that time. This ones done and the gray ghost needs to get back on the lift to reassemble.

So here's the story of my nephew and this kind of ties into the "Why millennial's don't buy motorcycles" thread. Skeeter, my nephew is 19 and has no driver's licence, he doesn't want to get one because it opens the door to more responsibility. He and most of his friends view the world through this lens... So they bounce through life mooching rides or just not going anywhere. He has shown an interest in scooters over the years as his weird uncle keep rolling up on one.

After several discussion with him I discussed a 49cc scoot, no license needed, no insurance needed, just a VA walking ID (every state is different). He seemed to gravitate to this concept, so I'm financing this scoot and will keep it mechanically sound. We have agreed on a payment plan and spoke in depth about the repercussions if you don't pay. Simply put, miss a payment I will call and you have xxx amount of time to make good, if that doesn't happen I'm on my way to repossess the scoot and it will be sold and all proceeds go to hip Nat'l Back of Uncle Eric.

So this is my attempt to get this young man to stand on one leg at least and we shall see how this plays out. Tomorrow I drive up to drop it off with some minimal gear to get him started. With a little luck it will take hold and motivate him to a better quality of life being mobile.   

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« Reply #423 on: October 30, 2019, 12:28:34 PM »
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« Reply #424 on: October 30, 2019, 04:17:30 PM »

Best Uncle Ever!  :smiley_thumb:
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« Reply #425 on: October 30, 2019, 04:58:59 PM »
So if the nephew fails to follow through, dibs on first refusal.
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« Reply #426 on: October 30, 2019, 05:20:10 PM »
So if the nephew fails to follow through, dibs on first refusal.

Sure! :)
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« Reply #427 on: October 31, 2019, 09:14:18 AM »
Happy Halloween
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The Gray Ghost is back on the lift and I'm waiting on one bolt I dropped and hit my foot never to be seen again as it shot across the garage. I spent an hour tearing up the garage looking for it. Gah!
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It's located top dead center of the leg shield.
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« Reply #428 on: November 01, 2019, 03:15:56 PM »
And Skeeter is tagged and legal. Vaya con dios~
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Packing up tonight to head to Vegas and meeting some of my riding friends coming out from SoCal. Woot Woot!
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