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FZS600 Fazer / Re: Changing a Tyre yourself ?
« on: 25 May 2018, 02:52:09 PM »

While there are Youtube videos showing how to change tyres yourself with minimal tools, I’ve found it to be a struggle. A tyre changer like this does make it a lot easier, though you’ll probably want to bolt it to the ground for stability.
Inflating the tyre will require an airline, the flow rate needs to be sufficient to cope with the leakage when the bead isn’t seated, so you’ll need to take it to a garage forecourt if you don’t have a compressor.
The FZS600 wheels are narrow enough for static balancing to achieve a good result, it’s something I’ve always done myself as the fitter I used to use didn’t have a balancer that could cope with m/c wheels.

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General / Re: Photobucket is back?
« on: 23 May 2018, 02:40:11 PM »

Too little, too late.
I can’t see any point in reverting to them at $24 a year when there are plenty of hosting sites that’ll do the job gratis.

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FZS600 Fazer / Re: Sproket Wobble
« on: 18 May 2018, 04:21:22 PM »

If by "collars" you mean the spacers, then a loose fit is normal.
They're just spacers, not bearings.
If the flat faces are not parallel then that could have a similar effect to a badly seated bearing, i.e the sprocket carrier not perpendicular to the axle.

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FZS600 Fazer / Re: Sproket Wobble
« on: 18 May 2018, 02:11:46 PM »
If there is axial runout on the carrier that sounds as if there may be something that caused the bearing not to seat fully when it was replaced.
Is it possible that the seating surface got dinged or a bit of debris found its way in during assembly?

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FZS600 Fazer / Re: lumpy at low revs
« on: 09 May 2018, 10:48:30 PM »
If you're still running with the original plug caps, it's probably worth replacing them. NGK SD05 are the ones to go for.

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Well, if it's on the internet it must be true.   :rollin

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FZS600 Fazer / Re: Downpipes
« on: 30 April 2018, 07:07:08 PM »

You can get two part clamps like these https://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/KAWASAKI-GPZ1000RX-EXHAUST-HEADER-CLAMPS-1986-GPZ-ENGINE/183117698437?hash=item2aa2aa5585:g:yqgAAOSwcjhaon0M but would have to check pipe diameter and stud spacing to get the right size


I did investigate that possibility a few years ago, but the GPZ1000/900/500 all have much fatter pipes so the clamps won’t suit the FZS600.

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General / Re: what did you do with your fazer today ?
« on: 26 April 2018, 04:14:11 PM »
First ride in 10 days or so… poor old thing needs some work doing (2nd gear issue rearing its ugly head again), but it got through the MOT with a few minor advisories.

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For Sale & Wanted / Re: Wanted: In urgent need of cooling pipes
« on: 23 April 2018, 09:04:35 PM »
I have never seen coolant pipes corrode before the downpipes gave up the ghost
Me neither, but if coolant isn’t changed regularly the inhibitors get used up and then corrosion sets in. The usual sign is the carb heater circuit gets blocked, but if the bike’s only ridden in warmer temperatures that could go unnoticed.

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FZS600 Fazer / Re: Ignition timing
« on: 15 April 2018, 12:02:55 AM »

Yes, you're correct, each plug fires every 360º. So one of the two plugs in each pair will be firing on an exhaust stroke.
The hot gas in that cylinder is ionised and at low pressure so conducts easily. It effectively grounds that end of the coil making the big voltage available at the other end (where you need it).

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General / Re: fazer under attack !!!!!!!
« on: 14 April 2018, 06:12:13 PM »
The trouble with poisoning them is they creep off somewhere inaccessible to die and then stink the place out.
A trap would be my choice.

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FZS600 Fazer / Re: Oil from breather
« on: 12 April 2018, 07:23:04 PM »

Not the sort of thing I’d expect to notice… mainly because I don’t look in the airbox while the engine’s running. Are you missing the pipe from the breather to airbox?
Otherwise: overfilling with oil or massive blow-by past the pistons will cause excessive oil mist from the breather.

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FZS600 Fazer / Re: Parking Light
« on: 12 April 2018, 07:16:45 PM »

I think most of us have done it once and then take more care when switching off. :)
If I’m reading the diagram correctly, you might bypass that section of the main switch by joining the Blue/Red and Blue wires.
Alternatively, you could add a relay to isolate the tail & parking light when the ignition circuit isn’t live.

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FZS600 Fazer / Re: Strange Vibration
« on: 11 April 2018, 07:07:42 PM »
If you still have the original plug caps the bike might benefit from replacing them with NGK SD05 ones. The originals are renowned for causing misfires, the NGKs are straight rather than with a 90º bend at the top but they fit and are more reliable.

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FZS600 Fazer / Re: Centre Stand
« on: 02 April 2018, 12:47:16 PM »
I have never found putting it on the centre stand completely smooth and effortlessly. I have the correct technique, my stand is good but I just don't think the stand is perfectly designed or in the optimum position, look at some of the massive gold wing type bikes and how easy they look (at least to me) to put on the centre stand.   

I’m the same, though I think it’s partly down to being very light… 14 stone gives a lot more leverage than 9 does.
The rear shock preload and dogbones are a factor too. If the bike sits lower that means it has to be raised more when heaving it onto the stand.

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General / Re: Gender discrimination
« on: 26 March 2018, 02:25:21 PM »

Good point, job equivalence can be difficult to measure.
The recent row at the BBC where Carrie Gracie resigned as China Editor because she wasn’t being paid the same as the US/Canada Editor is a good example. Doubtless she could do Jon Sopel’s job with more success than he could do hers since he’s not a Mandarin speaker, but that’s not really the point.
Far more important is the value of the job, and I’d say news from the US and Canada is a good bit more worthwhile than that from China and the salary should reflect that. It should also reflect experience and take no regard as to whether the candidate has internal or external genitalia.
The BBC hasn’t appointed a replacement for Ms Gracie’s former post, China has merely been added to the Asia/Pacific Editor’s brief.

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FZS600 / Re: clutch replacement
« on: 18 March 2018, 09:29:55 AM »

“Refit the pressure plate - it may only go on in one position - and fit the new springs. Do up the bolts to the specified torque setting.”
Visordown got lucky if that’s what they did. In fact, the pressure plate will go on in 6 positions, 4 of which are wrong and can break the base of the spring wells when the screws are tightened.
When fitting the pressure plate check for free play of the friction plates with one hand while holding the pressure plate in. If the friction plates feel loose you’ve got the pressure plate on wrong, take it off, rotate 60º and try again until the friction plates are pressed together when you press on the pressure plate.

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FZS600 Fazer / Re: Carburetor Spring
« on: 12 March 2018, 06:18:27 PM »

I’m just guessing that the TPS was bolted down such that it was applying sideways pressure on the shaft, i.e that its axis was slightly off to one side rather than concentric with the shaft. There should be enough free play available between the screws and the slots in the TPS (when they’re loose) to be able to get the TPS centred.
Another cause for the problem might be that the TPS is pressing on the end of the shaft, but it’s hard to see how that could happen unless there’s a lot of dirt in there or the TPS is non-standard.

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FZS600 Fazer / Re: Carburetor Spring
« on: 12 March 2018, 03:23:55 PM »

Ah! I’d forgotten the TPS was also a factor.
It should be possible to tighten the screws up firmly, you don’t want it drifting out of calibration.
Just make sure it’s centred and you should be OK.

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FZS600 Fazer / Re: Carburetor Spring
« on: 12 March 2018, 02:14:30 PM »

How much force does it take to rotate the butterflies?
The springs are quite stiff so it should feel uncomfortable pushing the pulley with your thumb. If it opens with little resistance check the two springs are not broken and the inner ends are fixed to the pulley and outer ends fixed to the bodies of carb 2&3.
On the other hand, if there’s massive resistance to rotation that the springs can’t overcome then it sounds as if the shaft either has got corrosion jamming the pivots… or the entire assembly has been dropped and things are no longer straight.

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General / Re: Oil Filter Wrench
« on: 10 March 2018, 11:32:55 AM »
No extra tools are needed, just place a sharp screwdriver at the edge of the filter and tap it round with a hammer.
In a couple of seconds it’s rotated far enough to undo it the rest of the way by hand. :)

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General / Re: Today's "What Gets My Goat"
« on: 28 February 2018, 08:56:55 AM »
Yeah, bloody scientists… who needs facts when you’ve got opinions?  :rolleyes

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Introduction / Re: New here
« on: 27 February 2018, 05:16:18 PM »

Which parts did you decide you need?
I can’t think of any tips other than finding somewhere warm to work… bashing your knuckles is bad enough at the best of times, but there’s something even more excruciating about it when you’re cold. :'(

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General / Re: Today's "What Gets My Goat"
« on: 22 February 2018, 09:08:30 PM »
Is the winter Olympics women only this year because every time i turn on the tv there are all women hosts and reporters and I only ever see women's events, its almost like the BBC on a guilt trip.
Nah. They're just cheaper to employ. :lol

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FZS600 Fazer / Re: Headlight - electrical questions
« on: 22 February 2018, 11:30:21 AM »
On one occasion after doing the mod an MOT inspector asked if the bike was an import because there was a slight kick up to the right in dipped headlight beam but no one else has commented.
You can trim the tabs of the H4 bulb by a couple of millimetres to allow the bulb to rotate clockwise a fraction.

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