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handlebar swap screw left over from left handlebar switch

QIbHom

Well travelled
Location
Dulles, VA, USA
I don't think I'm doing this right...

In the middle of swapping the stock handlebars for the touring bars. I've put the left side back together, but the switch assembly (the mirror comes out of it, I may have the name wrong), I could only find a hole for one screw. I have another, longer screw in my left side magnetic tray. This isn't a carb, so I shouldn't have a screw left.

Yes, I need to take pics as I'm disassembling things. Been saying that for over 15 years now.

Could someone please lend me a clue?

Meanwhile, back out to trying to replace stuff on the right side. Been at this about 6 hours so far, including one run to Harbor Freight when I broke an allen wrench.
 

iowa al

Well travelled
Location
Iowa
I‘m 650 miles from my Classic right now, but if I remember right, the switch gear ( turn signal assembly ) has 2 screws, and the clutch assembly has 1. But I can’t really recall for sure.
 

QIbHom

Well travelled
Location
Dulles, VA, USA
I think you are right, iowa al. It appears my dyslexia got to me, and I put some screws in the wrong magnetic tray.

I think I got it all done, but didn't test the clutch and throttle play. To put it bluntly, 10 hours after starting, I'm beat. Can do that tomorrow, before the rain.

While I was at it, I did swap out the mirrors (accidentally ordered the fancy RE mirrors). Also had to move the quadlock thingie.

But my tools are back into the back of my car, trash is inside, old parts are in the stock parts closet.

I do have one screw left over, but during my shower (paradise!), I think I remembered where it goes.

Please pardon my panic. This was a lot to do at my skill level, in the sun, in over 80 weather.
 

iowa al

Well travelled
Location
Iowa
I think you are right, iowa al. It appears my dyslexia got to me, and I put some screws in the wrong magnetic tray.

I think I got it all done, but didn't test the clutch and throttle play. To put it bluntly, 10 hours after starting, I'm beat. Can do that tomorrow, before the rain.

While I was at it, I did swap out the mirrors (accidentally ordered the fancy RE mirrors). Also had to move the quadlock thingie.

But my tools are back into the back of my car, trash is inside, old parts are in the stock parts closet.

I do have one screw left over, but during my shower (paradise!), I think I remembered where it goes.

Please pardon my panic. This was a lot to do at my skill level, in the sun, in over 80 weather.
I’m happy you’re willing to take on these projects, and getting to know your bike. I think you’re doing fine.
 

Neil Samui

Well travelled
Location
Thailand
I don't think I'm doing this right...

In the middle of swapping the stock handlebars for the touring bars. I've put the left side back together, but the switch assembly (the mirror comes out of it, I may have the name wrong), I could only find a hole for one screw. I have another, longer screw in my left side magnetic tray. This isn't a carb, so I shouldn't have a screw left.

Could someone please lend me a clue?
Just went and had a look...there's two in each switch, one long and one short...

17742

17744

17745
 

QIbHom

Well travelled
Location
Dulles, VA, USA
Should say that one of the reasons I enjoy this forum so much is that no one has treated me like a dumb bimbo. There is a good bit of that in the motorcycle world, unfortunately. Y'all are helpful, funny and supportive. I've learned a lot here and hope to be able to contribute.

I'd be thrilled to ride with most of you some time.
 

Stig57

Well travelled
Location
Wigan
I just took mine off and went back to OEM bars and seat as I found the whole setup made me feel on rather than in the bike. It took about 6 hours to fit them and about 2 hours to swap back.
I'll get round to selling the bars seat and screen soon so if anyone in the UK is thinking about it send me a message and we can work out a deal.
 

QIbHom

Well travelled
Location
Dulles, VA, USA
Well, guess I wasn't as slow as I thought.

Had to tweak the clutch a bit, but all seems to be fine.

Unfortunately, I decided to work on the rack yesterday. That...is being a problem. Removed the bolt on the left back, that goes through the top of the shock, so I could remove the handle and get a little more bolt space, and I can't get it back in. Considering putting a thinner bolt on, just so I can limp to the dealer.
 

DaddyJack

Finally made it
On side stand, shock hole will tend to move up in mount hole, and down if on center stand. Left & right by chance. You can wedge up under the tire when on center stand so the holes line up. A little gentle prying to make the holes line up is fine.
It's an interference fit in there, takes a little affirmative coercion to make it move sometimes,
 

QIbHom

Well travelled
Location
Dulles, VA, USA
Got the rack on. I'm not happy with how I have the seat on now, but the springs are rusting, so I plan to ride over to the local chopper shop, and ask if they weld me up a proper mount and put good springs on. Flea is metric, but they don't need metric tools for that.

Also got the tire pressure monitor on. Pics or it didn't happen, right?

Thanks, folks. You give me hints and the confidence to try stuff.flea.jpgtp.jpgseatrack.jpgtpmonitor.jpg
 

smilespergallon

Well travelled
Location
Durham, NC
On those seat springs, the brown rust color makes me thing that having them (or others like them) replated in brass would be really good looking with the brown seat. And a brass patina looks so much better than steel.

Can't wait to see what the shop comes up with for you.
 

DaddyJack

Finally made it
Chopper shop should have a bead blaster, that would remove the rust perfectly. Can't think of something to coat the springs with afterward, though, it would have to have a tiny amount of flex, and still look decent...
Edit to add: A firearm coating called DuraCoat would, and they have hundreds of colors, but it's like 60 bucks for a rattle can. Cheaper if you have an airbrush, but still pricey.
 
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Almar

Well travelled
Location
South Wales
I don’t have the problem of having parts left over.

mine is the opposite……..losing things.

A couple of years ago I was working on a bike, having totally cleared the garage floor to give plenty of room. I used a 10mm spanner, put it down on the floor beside me and never found it again.

i can only suppose that some alien presence, on route to Area 51, had “beamed it up” as they were missing one.😉
 
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