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Re: FFJMOORE 76CB550 Build.
« Reply #25 on: June 09, 2009, 06:25:39 pm »
thats not mine. thats just what i want to do to my cover. I stole the picture.

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Re: FFJMOORE 76CB550 Build.
« Reply #26 on: June 14, 2009, 04:52:28 pm »
still waiting on the stock airbox. I was riding it the other day and the clutch is slipping. I tried to adjust the clutch screw but it didnt seem to do much. I bought a new cable from motion pro but it is maxed out. I have it fully extended and it is barley tight enough to disengage the clutch. What is the correct way to adjust it? Or do i just need to buy new plates?

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Re: FFJMOORE 76CB550 Build.
« Reply #27 on: June 14, 2009, 07:53:42 pm »
Download the manual and re-read the clutch adjustment section.
You will find an adjustment on the clutch cover that will affect the release mechanism.
You may still need stronger springs too.
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Re: FFJMOORE 76CB550 Build.
« Reply #28 on: June 14, 2009, 09:06:52 pm »
I read it. I turned the nut all the way to the left and all the way to the right and really didnt see much difference. So i lined it up the best i can but it still has a little friction when i pull the clutch lever, but i can also burn the clutch when i shift gears. So do i need new springs or clutch disks.

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Re: FFJMOORE 76CB550 Build.
« Reply #29 on: June 14, 2009, 09:26:53 pm »
here is another question for you. Do i need a filter on the tube coming out of the valve cover? Its just open right now.

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Re: FFJMOORE 76CB550 Build.
« Reply #30 on: June 18, 2009, 03:42:29 pm »
Ok, went back to stock air box so i could sort out some problems.
Fixed the overflowing carb and tried to do a carb sync. I think its close but i think my boots are leaking. I sprayed carb cleaner on boot 1 and the idle jumps so i think its time to pull them off and put on new boots. I should have done it today when i pulled the carbs to put on the air box but i forgot that i even had a new set. :o. My clutch is still slipping. Im thinking maybe warped plates. I guess ill buy a set. Now do i get the $50 on ebay or do i get the kevlar plates? Im thinking kevlar because i will eventualy be putting in a 650 cam.

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Re: FFJMOORE 76CB550 Build.
« Reply #31 on: June 18, 2009, 11:31:03 pm »
I just returned from a ride and on my way home I stopped at the bank to get more cash.
When ever I stop I shut the petcock off as my carbs leak a bit of gas out the overflows.
Well, on the ride from the bank to home the bike was running better.
The engine came down to a normal idle properly and didn't get stuck on the fast idle anymore.
That makes a big difference shifting gears and braking.
I thought it was strange that all of a sudden the bike feels so much better, and then it dies.
I forgot to turn the fuel back on after leaving the bank.
Me thinks that the fast idle issue has more to do with the floats than the synching of the carbs.
Just a thought.

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Re: FFJMOORE 76CB550 Build.
« Reply #32 on: June 19, 2009, 09:59:28 am »
What i think is this. When mine was over flowing it was running funny like that. My float needle was not shutting off the fuel so the bowl was allways filled to the max with fuel. I cleand the float needle valve so that they sealed and its doing much better. but i still have to fix the carb boot leak problem. IF you want to know how i fixed the overflow leak problem let me know.

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Re: FFJMOORE 76CB550 Build.
« Reply #33 on: June 19, 2009, 10:37:21 am »
IF you want to know how i fixed the overflow leak problem let me know.

Leading question.
Ya I'd love to know.

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Re: FFJMOORE 76CB550 Build.
« Reply #34 on: July 04, 2009, 11:32:43 pm »
So i got my stock airbox on and its running better but it has some leaks. I sprayed carb cleaner in front of the carbs an it increases the idle. I think it might not be my boots leaking but that the seals on the intakerunners are not sealing and it is leaking from there. Anybody had this problem. Is it possible? I dont want to replace my boots and then still have a problem. I better replace that too huh?
EDIT: i just looked up the part and they are like $3.50. But they are the same part used for tappet o-rings. Is that true?
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Re: FFJMOORE 76CB550 Build.
« Reply #35 on: July 05, 2009, 06:15:19 am »
Yes those are the same o-rings, they do get hard and flattened out....change them for sure. At least clean up and lube the manifold clamp screws so they tighten easily even if you don't change the manifolds. But if they're hard (and probably are) replace those too while they are still available, you'll see a positive difference right away when you mount the carbs.  ;)




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Re: FFJMOORE 76CB550 Build.
« Reply #36 on: July 15, 2009, 08:13:09 pm »
Now that i have the stock airbox in its running pretty good. Still pops a little in carb 1. Once i get the bugs worked out (earmuffs Twotired) ill make the switch back to pods. It is still leaking oil from the head but i have a spare head on the way and after it is ported with the 650 cam in it ill put it on and hopefully cure all leaks. from my reading do not use the atheana gaskets. My clutch slips at high RPMs and suffers from the no neutral when its warm. I was thinking new clutch springs but if im going to do a port job and a cam i think i better put in the kevlar disks while i have it apart. Any thoughts on that? I got my rims back from the powder coater and now i cant decide if i want to PC the hubs or polish them. What do you think?

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Re: FFJMOORE 76CB550 Build.
« Reply #37 on: July 17, 2009, 08:42:36 pm »
Been riding the little bike around town and it does not do well from about 1/2 throttle on up. Especialy at 5000 rpm in 5th gear. So i pulled the plugs a few plugs and found that its running rich now that i have a stock air box, new rubbers and still have the 110 mains in.

Im going to do a plug chop just to confirm. Then i have to decide if i want to change back to my pods or pull the carbs and change the main. Im leaning toward the pods.

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Re: FFJMOORE 76CB550 Build.
« Reply #38 on: July 18, 2009, 02:51:44 am »
Went to do the plug chop with my cheap champion plugs and they take a different size socket. Didnt know that so i was w/o the right tools. So instead i pull my air filter out and rode home w/o the filter. WOW! that bike had som serious get up and go. Im going to run with no filter element for a little then switch back to the Pods and raise the needle 1 clip. I think most of my problems at first were not due to the pods but to the old boots and gaskets that were giving me air leaks. i really want to start in on my cafe seat. I have a seat pan from a King queen seat that im going to glass on a rear cowling. we will se how it works out. i also have a new head that im going to port and add a 650 cam to. we will see how that goes.
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Re: FFJMOORE 76CB550 Build.
« Reply #39 on: July 18, 2009, 03:27:09 am »
if it's any help, on my 650 with pods 110 mains did the trick. good luck on the rest of your project, tis looking good so far.
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Re: FFJMOORE 76CB550 Build.
« Reply #40 on: July 24, 2009, 08:42:17 pm »
Laced up the front tire. Took most of the day but i got it done. It wasnt to bad for my first time. My tires came in so i had the from mounted so i could put it on the bike. Im still fighting with the bearing retainer on my spare rear rim. If i cant get it off im going to take off my rear wheel and try and get that one apart. Pics of the new front tire.


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Re: FFJMOORE 76CB550 Build.
« Reply #41 on: July 28, 2009, 05:54:28 pm »
here is what im shooting for.

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Re: FFJMOORE 76CB550 Build.
« Reply #42 on: August 05, 2009, 10:07:11 pm »
got the rear wheel together. What a PIA getting the bearing retainer off. I drilled the dimples out and it would not budge. What it came down to was i needed more leverage. The the bearings would not come out. My slide hammer would not budge them even with heat. I ended up using the spreader piece from the slide hammer and pounding them with a metal rod and a sledge hammer from the other side. I laced the wheel in like 30 minutes. truing took a little longer. Got the tire mounted and this weekend i hope to get it on the bike.

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Re: FFJMOORE 76CB550 Build.
« Reply #43 on: August 10, 2009, 10:44:19 pm »
got the rear tire done. now im trying to find somebody to bend some pipe for the rear section to put on the cafe seat. i put on a 40 tooth rear sprocket. it takes off a little better but it hits 6000 rpms at 60mph. :-\



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Re: FFJMOORE 76CB550 Build.
« Reply #44 on: August 12, 2009, 05:12:31 pm »
Where did you get the tires?

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Re: FFJMOORE 76CB550 Build.
« Reply #45 on: August 12, 2009, 05:22:31 pm »
denniskirk.com
they have the best prices i could find and good service, fast shipping.

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Re: FFJMOORE 76CB550 Build.
« Reply #46 on: August 12, 2009, 06:12:09 pm »
Thanks...

How does the 130 rear tire fit?  I was under the impression that 120 is about the widest tire you can get on the 550's.  Maybe it's because you have a 16 inch rim instead of the stocker...

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Re: FFJMOORE 76CB550 Build.
« Reply #47 on: August 13, 2009, 07:09:22 pm »
Nice stable of bike there man!  Very awesome
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Re: FFJMOORE 76CB550 Build.
« Reply #48 on: August 13, 2009, 07:26:29 pm »
Yeah and to think i bought my first bike ever last year about this time.

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Re: FFJMOORE 76CB550 Build.
« Reply #49 on: August 14, 2009, 10:12:59 am »
hey ffj... did you ever figure out why the clutch hsg to arm dots didn't line up?

I'm having the same problem. I threw new fiction plates in last weekend. Measured my springs and all, and they were within spec. The only thing I could think of was maybe the lever/arm that pushing the push rod was bent or worn.

Anyhow, I saw that you mentioned it during your build, and was wondering if you had a fix.

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