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post #15741 of 16333 (permalink) Old 06-16-2018, 03:13 PM
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It is amazing how much of a difference that can make.
When I did mine, it was a totally different feeling clutch and front brake.
I have the hydraulic clutch on mine and it was slightly notchy and did not release smoothly. When doing low speed maneuvers in the "friction zone" I was having some issues, but after cleaning and lubing it (bushing was fine, so not replaced) it is butter smooth and I have so much better control.

I also brought my bike out for a ride yesterday to check the windshield height since cutting it down, and it is much better. The wind just hits the top of my helmet, and I can actually feel airflow in the helmet vents now.
I do notice a little more wind noise in the helmet, but that is to be expected. Head buffeting is pretty much unchanged, so overall I am happy. Hopefully it does not make me too cold in the winter.
Yes a little TLC goes a LONG WAY!


My bushing in the clutch lever has probably been needing replacement since I got the Bike in 07
The fasteners are STUCK together and I ain`t took the time to Unstuck the screw/nut...
I`ll ride today,
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After 3 years of owning my bike, I finally changed the oil myself. Only took two trips to the parts store to do it, and I needed hubby's help only with loosening the drain plug and the filter. But the rest I did myself! All the money I saved will now go to buying a new battery, since mine has died twice this year. Taking my seat off is too much of a PITA to mess around with an unreliable battery, but I will be adding extensions at the same time, so next time, I won't have to take the seat off. Also checked the air cleaner. Seems like it's in pretty decent shape. Might buy a replacement along with the battery, though, as long as it's not too expensive.

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After 3 years of owning my bike, I finally changed the oil myself. Only took two trips to the parts store to do it, and I needed hubby's help only with loosening the drain plug and the filter. But the rest I did myself! All the money I saved will now go to buying a new battery, since mine has died twice this year. Taking my seat off is too much of a PITA to mess around with an unreliable battery, but I will be adding extensions at the same time, so next time, I won't have to take the seat off. Also checked the air cleaner. Seems like it's in pretty decent shape. Might buy a replacement along with the battery, though, as long as it's not too expensive.


Good for you. I never understood why people paid some one to do such a simple job.


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The first year, I did it along with a a safety inspection to make sure everything was okay with the new bike. The next year, I freaked myself out and kept thinking, what if I screw it up? The next year, I needed new tires, so had it all done on the same visit (boy, was that an expensive trip). Now finally this year, I decided it was happening. $30 and a few hours of my time. It only took that long because we were trying to figure out if we could use the lift (nope), and went to get a new drain plug and gasket, because they apparently used a crush washer last year and I was nervous that it might leak if I didn't have a new gasket. Also bought an oil filter wrench for the next time, even though channel locks worked okay this time. Then my battery died, so I had to deal with that. But definitely have a sense of pride that I did it myself!

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The bike performed flawlessly, turned in a respectable 60.7 mpg, and got its fair share of attention, considering it's a 35 year old machine. The chrome tank is a bit unusual, after all. I think Dad would've approved.

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Yesterday all day, I was thinking >I`ll ride tomorrow...
Then when I woke to rain coming down, I decided not to ride to church from the looks of radar...
Then all day the sun shined???

Oh well, Happy fathers day anyway,
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post #15747 of 16333 (permalink) Old 06-17-2018, 07:24 PM
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After 3 years of owning my bike, I finally changed the oil myself. Only took two trips to the parts store to do it, and I needed hubby's help only with loosening the drain plug and the filter. But the rest I did myself! All the money I saved will now go to buying a new battery, since mine has died twice this year. Taking my seat off is too much of a PITA to mess around with an unreliable battery, but I will be adding extensions at the same time, so next time, I won't have to take the seat off. Also checked the air cleaner. Seems like it's in pretty decent shape. Might buy a replacement along with the battery, though, as long as it's not too expensive.
If you have a Yuasa YTX14-BS battery this one will work for about $40 shipped to your door.https://www.batterysharks.com/Yuasa-...2-12-200-d.htm. Here are the specifications . Model Terminal Volts AH CCA Polarity Length Width Height Weight (Lbs)
STX14-BS D 12 12 200 +/- 5.94 3.43 5.79 9.43

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I replaced the final drive,rear tire and brake shoes on my 82 Honda GL500I today, First issue I have had with this bike, rear drive blew a bearing($80 item), found a used unit on E-Bay for $39 shipped,still have no mechanical issues on the ACE Shadow after three years of owning it.

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Also bought an oil filter wrench for the next time, even though channel locks worked okay this time.

But definitely have a sense of pride that I did it myself!
When you install a filter, the only tool required is your hand. You always have that with you. Congrads. Yes, take a bow.

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Nice to hear of your learning experience. Good to learn where the parts are on your bike.
Every bit of info we can get gives us a little more confidence when something goes "haywire".

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