I just wanted to say thank you to Jim (gaz), he has been so helpful with everything that. I texted him Friday night and he ended up calling me and talking with me and giving me some super helpful tips to get my cams dialed in better. I think when I had my degree wheel on the stator side it wasn't centered or something. I had asked Jim if he thought my piston to valve clearances seemed right as they were really tight and thats when he called and told me to throw the degree wheel over to the timing side and gave me some pointers to get it spaced out better than I had before. When I had it on the stator side i think the degree wheel might have not been centered on the bolt or something as I would get the same amount on TDC on the degree wheel when turning the motor over to the piston stop on each side. But then I put it to TDC off the timing rotor and I was off by like 2* at TDC on the timing rotor.
Got it on the timing side and things wen't much smoother and was able to get the minimum piston to valve clearances stated in the race manual at 110 on the intake and 108 on the exhaust.
Walking into the house after going out to get some bbq with my little man he walked straight to the bike lift and picked up a t handle. Hopefully he likes spending time in the garage once it gets a little warmer. He goes, but dad theres no motor in there...
After finishing up getting the cams degree'd in I was able to get the engine covers back on and in the bike. When putting in the spark plugs, I even torqued them to spec since I had the torque wrench handy. Think that was the first time I've ever torqued spark plugs in my life
Then I was able to get the motor up in the bike Saturday night. It went pretty easy using the lift method I used to get it out. Wasn't too bad at all by myself with the flat pan to help keep it stable.
When I used to roll the bike on the lift before I had to use a few boards to get it up on the lift as the ramp isn't super long. When I pushed it back on the lift this time I had plenty of clearance with the oil pan and from what I've seen people say the oil pan hangs lower than the sidewinder so maybe I can get the bike in my trailer now to without extra ramps lol
I got some other misc little things done like some sensors plugged back in. Should get my exhaust back tonight so I can get that on then the radiator. Might send my injectors to a local guy to get cleaned quick as he's only 5 min away if he can knock them out quick. Might be running by the weekend but I don't think it'll be ready to race this weekend like I had hoped. I'm just too slow of a worker.
That thing is going to move the fuck out, of that I am certain. :)
Lol hopefully it goes a bit quicker than last year, or at least stays the same. Nice to just tinker on something in the garage that doesn't make sawdust
Still lurking round here... love this thread dude! A lil jealous you got GAz headwork but super happy for ya. Had a popular local drag guy around Indy do mine or id send it to Jim in a sec! Bike becomes a monster with cam dialed in, port, valve job and slight head mill + gasket. Im not stretched yet and at 140#'s in gear - its hold on for dear life!
Been trying to soak up the cam timing talk n learn some stuff myself! Dying to weigh mine as well! Good work happening in this thread!
Thank you. I wish I was your weight, thats gotta be a monster at that weight! Cam timing is something I think I only sightly understand, someday maybe I'll learn more, but for now, I'll set my stuff to what Jim says lol. Feel like any knowledge I used to have on some stuff has been replaced by kid books, I have more kids books/songs memorized than I ever thought I could lol.