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The Squaw Magnet in Utah - Part 4


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Cracked year fenders - updated  

  1. 1. Cracked year fenders - updated

    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, DID crack after 1000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, DID crack after 3000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, DID crack after 5000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, DID crack after 7500 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, DID crack after 10000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, NO cracks after 1000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, NO cracks after 3000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, NO cracks after 5000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, NO cracks after 7500 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, NO cracks after 10000 miles
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Not the best of days. I got about 100 miles into my ride when I stopped for gas in Green River, UT. About 1/4 mile from the gas station, I hit a small bump and the bike died. No power to anything. Luckily, I was about 10 yards from the I-70 overpass so I pushed the bike into the shade and started looking at it. Took the seat off and checked the battery connections. They looked fine. Checked the ignition switch and it looked OK as well. Took off the dash and pushed my finger down on the EHC and I had power. Finger off, no power. This is similar to the problem I had before I left but that was a loose pin to the ignition wire. This was a loose pin to either the main power or the ignition switch. Damn. I have had no luck working on the EHC without removing the right gas tank and today was no exception. I was able to remove the EHC, check for loose pins and, with great difficulty, get the EHC back in but now I had no power at all. Didn't matter if I pushed my finger on the EHC or not. I decided to use my towing service to get me a tow to my destination for the day, the Apache Motel in Moab where I would try to fix the bike. Still no cell phone service in the area so I had to walk back to the gas station to make the call. About 75 minutes later, the tow truck arrived and took me the final 50 miles to Moab. We stopped at a Carquest on route to the motel so I could pick up a 5 gallon gas can. So, in the parking lot of the motel, I drained the gas, took off the gas tank, removed the EHC and started looking for the problem. What I found was a bent main power pin in the EHC. Either I screwed that up putting the EHC back together in Green River or it has been a problem all along just waiting for the right circumstances to fail. Either way, I bent the pin back in place, put the EHC back together and everything is working fine. No matter how much I pound on the EHC, I can't get the power to fail. Of course, this was the situation when I fixed the loose ignition pin at home before the ride so I'm leary that more vibration and bouncing will cause yet another pin to loosen but I'll just have to cross that bridge when I come to it. Also of concern, while the tower was strapping the bike onto the truck, he noticed that three of the teeth on my rear drive belt were damaged and looked like they were about to shear off. Figures. I put a spare primary belt in the sidecar so I wouldn't have to wait for one should the need arise but not a rear belt. Maybe when I get to colo.gw's place in a couple of days, I'll order one from J&P and have them overnight it to my next destination. That way, if the rear belt goes, I won't have to lose a day waiting for a replacement. Assuming the bike cooperates, I head for Mesa Verde National Park tomorrow, about 150 miles from Moab. Never did get to see either Arches or Canyonlands today. I'm typing this at an internet cafe' while my clothes are in the washer at the laundromat around the corner. Hope things go better tomorrow. Later.

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