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Tempest766
Posted on Thursday, November 11, 2021 - 09:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

The ole girl has about had it. She leaks oil around the rear cylinder and fouls the fan shortly after its changed, she never has had good/reliable engine behaviour, and she's always been a bitch to work on. At this point she's a cool weather hooligan...at least until the next irreplacable or hard to get at part fails.

Managed to get out for about an hour of cool weather twisties this afternoon (without a working fan) and it took some doing to get reacquainted with a bike that falls into turns and keeps falling if you aren't careful: the pitfalls of two wheeled wind therapy on an FJR1300, which needs to muscled into turns (relatively speaking).

I'll keep her battery charged and continue to treat her as the hooligan bitch that she is, but she's been ridden hard and put away wet...and when she finally groans that enough is enough, then look for the "part out" sale.

The era of the Buell has come and gone...

let the fan-boy hate begin...LOL
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Zane
Posted on Friday, November 12, 2021 - 01:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

You'll not find a bigger fan of the Ulysses that I am of my XT. I'm also a fan of reality. At some point every bike reaches the point of no return. It's just sad that yours is there already.

No hate coming your way from me.
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Ourdee
Posted on Saturday, November 13, 2021 - 12:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Loved cold weather on the XT!
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Cvc
Posted on Sunday, November 14, 2021 - 08:48 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Might bring more $ parted out rather than whole but when you are exhausted with her there are some of us that would love to resurrect and restore these bikes. Please let me know if you are at that point.
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Pushr0d
Posted on Monday, November 15, 2021 - 09:07 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I'd suggest you look at the rear PCV valve and grommet. The grommet is notorious for aging and letting oil escape the rocker box. The oil then runs down, and all over the back of the engine, into the fan and coats the transmission.
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Ftd
Posted on Monday, November 15, 2021 - 06:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I removed the fan on my 06 Uly around a year ago. I hooked up a LED light to the fan wires so I would not get an error light. Works great, one less thing to worry about. I would do it again in a second. Give it a shot.
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Pushr0d
Posted on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 10:59 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

For cryin' out loud!

The replacement fan (on Amazon) is $50 or so, plus a bit of fiddling to fit it in the original mount. That engine is a tad more expensive.

Instead of wasting money on a LED, why didn't you put some black tape over the Check Engine Light - because that's not important, either.
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Smorris
Posted on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 09:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

and pushing the pvc into the gromment is free
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Tempest766
Posted on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 10:28 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

and pushing the pvc into the gromment is free

Not really...considering what you have to do to get to it in the first place, especially if you've got exhaust headers and engine mount bolts that are frozen/rusted in place. again, goes back to non-optimal design when considering maintenance.
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Pushr0d
Posted on Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 08:49 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Using more force than is probably a good idea, I found I could get the rear PCV out of the rocker box without moving the engine. Then - carefully avoiding letting any crap into the opening - remove the old grommet.

I needed to do a good bit of cleaning around the PCV before I started, as the escaping oil had collected a good amount of sand. I used Gunk Engine Degreaser - 'not a sponsor'.

Using great care and more than a little force, re-install the PCV.

It doesn't appear possible to do the same with the front PCV without moving the engine.
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