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    Have a Yam XV radial! ...

    Have a Yam XV radial!

    https://thekneeslider.com/russell-suttons-14-cylinder-xv-radial-engine-project-moving-forward-nicely/
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    Rightly so! They don't conform to the parts they...

    Rightly so! They don't conform to the parts they attempt to seal. I wouldn't run them if they were free and will not install them on customer bikes. One set on a customer bike was so poorly machined...
  3. They are the same as 39mm Sporty trees. You can...

    They are the same as 39mm Sporty trees. You can swap Sporty forks with contemporary big twin 39mm narrow glides though the Sporty springs will be a bit light. I always use big twin springs on big...
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    If the regulator fried the cable by the regulator...

    If the regulator fried the cable by the regulator case being grounded to it, the regulator case had to be hot (likely bad regulator) but if it were hot it should have shorted to ground through the...
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    Perform mods, ride bike, read plugs (the internet...

    Perform mods, ride bike, read plugs (the internet has a shitload of pictorial plug charts from the manufacturers) then note results!

    Every bike is a bit different and riders live at different...
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    Magnificent design and machining skills. If they...

    Magnificent design and machining skills. If they weren't expensive to machine we'd see more V8s in motorcycles. They've every performance advantage and vibrate little.

    This Aussie engineer...
  7. Still cheaper than a new one for a superior...

    Still cheaper than a new one for a superior finished CUSTOM result assembled by a professional.

    I always figure on a complete rod/crankpin kit or more when going that far. There's a saying, "build...
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    Basic vehicle wiring is like "dry plumbing" and...

    Basic vehicle wiring is like "dry plumbing" and playing connect the dots. As a tech you already do much more demanding, physically precise work. Best way is get some scrap harness (like from a scrap...
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    Other than coastal bikes and flood damage I've...

    Other than coastal bikes and flood damage I've never seen a closed HD timing chest corroded but have seen a couple of Triumphs (reason unknown, mine didn't do that). I do like my USB borescope though...
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    A mild cam, exhaust, and carb tune will suit. The...

    A mild cam, exhaust, and carb tune will suit. The stock crossover pipes are excellent (DO NOT run drag pipes, they strangle the engine!. Car guys have used crossover pipes forever because they work.)...
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    Other than the cam bearing (convenient to do...

    Other than the cam bearing (convenient to do since everyone swaps camshafts to de-EPA the engine) and cases not being stout enough for high horsepower they are quite reliable. I flogged my '88 FXR...
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    Turning off the knurling is a nice vintage effect.

    Turning off the knurling is a nice vintage effect.
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    Good if so. The ones I checked always contacted...

    Good if so. The ones I checked always contacted the cam.

    Next broke one comes in the shop I'll see if the weights halt movement before the points cam bottom surface overlaps where the...
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    If selling the bike and buying something more...

    If selling the bike and buying something more aesthetically suitable isn't practical, have at it.

    I suggest riding it with a solid strut in place of the shock for a bit so you know what you're...
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    If that pin is missing that's not good since it's...

    If that pin is missing that's not good since it's a limit stop. The milled slot in the points cam both clears the pin and permits it to precisely limit max points cam travel in both advance and...
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    Damn lucky that didn't happen at speed!

    Damn lucky that didn't happen at speed!
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    Depends on how much I wanted to ride, but I'd get...

    Depends on how much I wanted to ride, but I'd get a Dyna/Andrews/Accel coil eventually. You can always keep a cheap one for troubleshooting/backup.

    I never cried myself to sleep over having...
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    A four speed is a four speed. I get the nearest...

    A four speed is a four speed. I get the nearest applicable books for whatever I'm working on and the old ones are easy to download free.

    If you have to buy non-Baker, non-HD gears don't expect...
  19. A few parts during the learning curve beats a...

    A few parts during the learning curve beats a lifetime of dealer and independent assrape!

    He who does no work makes no mistakes. Press on.
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    Perform a compression test. Every mechanic...

    Perform a compression test. Every mechanic should have at least one compression tester. Anything harsh enough to gall a skirt tends to affect compression.

    The cheap USB scopes which work with...
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    If the points are switching current correctly...

    If the points are switching current correctly then I'd swap coil, wires and I always use new plugs just in case one or both old ones have issues under load.

    Wires age and so do coils. I'd do...
  22. Correct. "New" means machined to whatever bore...

    Correct. "New" means machined to whatever bore tolerance (perfection is impossible) is specified by the specific manufacturers prints for that part.

    Say a new cylinder from Fucknuts Jug Company...
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    You can instantly add grounds for testing using...

    You can instantly add grounds for testing using car jumper cables.
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    Coil internal resistance doesn't mean anything...

    Coil internal resistance doesn't mean anything more than a resistance reading i.e. continuity through the windings. That doesn't address high voltage behavior.

    Your known conditions include...
  25. That means the jugs won't have been honed to fit...

    That means the jugs won't have been honed to fit each piston per Wiseco specs unless the pistons you own are oversize and the jugs start off stock bore then are bored and honed to match by a...
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