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Author Topic: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?  (Read 131585 times)

barenekd

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #2940 on: May 17, 2013, 09:13:18 PM »
Be sure to break the bead all the way around before you start with the irons. I usually do it by sticking the heel of my shoe on the tire adjacent to the rim and standing on it, Work your way around, both sides. Don't forget the soapy water next time. makes tings a lot easier. And put a dusting of talcum powder inside the tire before you put the tube in. It will keep the tube from being abraded by rubbing inside the tire.
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #2941 on: May 17, 2013, 10:02:59 PM »
Thanks for the tips!  They'll come in handy when I do the rear next week.

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #2942 on: May 18, 2013, 12:44:21 AM »
Soap is also important when installing new tires because it is easy to tear the rubber around the bead of the tire with the spoons if you don't.

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #2943 on: May 18, 2013, 03:25:24 PM »
soap of marseilles and a bottle of talcum...
after all, it is your baby.  ;)
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #2944 on: May 18, 2013, 07:03:57 PM »
Gave it her first oil change and service, then took her for a quick spin! 380 miles on now...and lovin every minute. I discovered only a very tiny amount of metal shavings during the change and refilled her with mobil 1 v-twin 20-50, per many of the suggestions on here. I went with that brand because my local store doesn't carry motul brand.
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #2945 on: May 20, 2013, 07:21:35 PM »
replaced drive chain, checked condition of rear drum brake, readjusted rear brake and went for a 20 min. ride...everything seems to be operational...
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #2946 on: May 21, 2013, 12:04:45 AM »
Ran the Odo up to 135 miles; Got the Plate/Registration/Title at MVD; Aligned,drilled, cleaned and touched up holes in Plate Mount, and installed Plate with strip of foam tape at base to prevent chafing; Opened and re-inspected Tool/Electrics/Air/Battery boxes and locks. Adjusted/tightened as needed and installed set of 20amp replacement fuses; Jerked and re-installed poorly set Cover Pin grommets on Tool Box. Lubricated pins and grommets with silicone grease for easier removal of cover; Checked Tool inventory against list in OM; Removed the Side-Stand switch and sealed the frame-side connector (comment re this located in another thread); Performed a complete bike wipe-down and bug removal from head lamp (yes, there are bugs in New Mexico). Another great day!
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #2947 on: May 24, 2013, 11:07:56 PM »
Repacked the joint at the silencer.

As some of you know, about a year ago I replaced the stock torpedo silencer on my G5 with a Harley Sportster silencer.
These are built for a 1 3/4 inch exhaust pipe and it fit rather loosely on the stock RE exhaust pipe.
To fill in the gap I had cut a strip of aluminum from a beer can and wrapped it around the pipe where the silencer clamps. 
At the time, it seemed to work but recently when the heat shield melted the heel on my shoe I started thinking something might be leaking.
My bike also started backfiring when I shifted down and let the engine do some braking.

Anyway, today I held my hand in the area of the silencer clamp and it was blasted by pulses of exhaust gas so I took it apart.

The aluminum "packing" was totally gone leaving a few small beads of once melted aluminum in the joint.  (Aluminum melts at around 1100 degrees F).

Measuring the inside of the Harley silencer I found it at 1.750 inches in diameter.  Measuring the RE exhaust pipe at the exit I got a value of 1.653 (42mm).  That would leave a gap of .096 or .048 per side.
I don't have anything that thick but I do have some steel "plumbers tape" that measured .032 thick so I cut a length that wraps once around the exhaust pipe.  I figure the split end of the silencer should flex enough to collapse and eliminate the .016" gap.

For those who don't know, plumbers tape is a soft steel strip about 3/4" wide. It has holes punched thru it for bolts to pass thru and it is used to support pipes.  It is inexpensive and most Hardware stores carry it.

After some gentle tapping with a hammer and screwdriver I managed to drive the tape into the gap between the exhaust pipe and the split end of the silencer.

After tightening up the clamp I started the bike and the joint seems to be sealed.  I'm not feeling any "puffing" in the area.

I think the steel tape will last for quite a while.  If it doesn't, I'll let you know. :)

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #2948 on: May 25, 2013, 08:51:31 AM »
Great fix.
It reminds me of a book I read ages ago.  ;) ;)
Xing fingers it will hold. Any picture somewhere of the sportster exhaust?
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #2949 on: May 25, 2013, 05:31:01 PM »
The picture below shows the Sportster silencer.
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #2950 on: May 25, 2013, 06:58:10 PM »
Repacked the joint at the silencer.

EMGO catalogs' a universal muffler shim set.  The 2nd largest in the pack worked a treat for my conversion to Harley muffler.
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #2951 on: May 26, 2013, 05:40:28 PM »
Arizoni: cool  8)
Nice saddlebags too.
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #2952 on: May 26, 2013, 07:51:09 PM »
Replaced front fender with an old school Bullet 500 fender. Made 3 new hoop struts and it fit perfectly. The original teal C5 fender just about fit over the 3.5x19 K70 but the left lower strut had to be bent to go around the disc brake and this was aesthetically a bit of an irritant for the past year.  The 500 fender fits perfectly as do the struts.  Only problem is that I now have a Teal C5 "partial" Chrome!  ;D
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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #2953 on: May 26, 2013, 08:14:54 PM »
Replaced front fender with an old school Bullet 500 fender. Made 3 new hoop struts and it fit perfectly. The original teal C5 fender just about fit over the 3.5x19 K70 but the left lower strut had to be bent to go around the disc brake and this was aesthetically a bit of an irritant for the past year.  The 500 fender fits perfectly as do the struts.  Only problem is that I now have a Teal C5 "partial" Chrome!  ;D


That 3.5" front tire makes all the difference with these bikes. It changes the whole look of the bike. I love it. And I really like the chrome fender. Good choice!

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Re: What did you do to your Royal Enfield today?
« Reply #2954 on: May 26, 2013, 09:05:55 PM »
Attempted to correct the wobble on my 2011 C5
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