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The Squaw Magnet in Colorado


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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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After I posted yesterday and picked up my laundry, I went to start the bike and it was dead again. Removed the dash, jiggled the EHC and it fired up. Rode the four blocks back to the motel and, since it was getting dark, left things alone until this morning. Had power to everything but the ignition module. Great, looks like I have two loose pins, one to the ignition switch and one to the ignition module. No amount of jiggling I did would allow both loose pins to make contact simultaneously. So, once again, it was drain the gas, remove the tank, and work on the EHC. I was finally able to get a pretty good connection to the ignition switch, but the connection to the ignition module was very flaky. Even with 3 zip ties holding the EHC down, I couldn't get it to stay reliably connected. I ended up breaking up a twig from a local tree into 4 pieces. 2 I jammed under the zip ties to push down on the EHC even harder and the other 2 I jammed between the EHC and its holder to keep the EHC as far forward as possible. This resulted in as steady a connection as I could get so I put the bike back together and decided to try and ride to Cortez, CO as I was told there were better motorcycle repair services available there. About 5 miles out of Moab, the bike did cut out once momentarily but I was able to make the 110 mile ride without further incident. Stopped for lunch in Cortez and looked at a phone book while I was waiting for my food and discovered that Cortez was little better than Moab in the way of repair shops. My original plan had been to ride another 12 miles to Mesa Verde National Park but, with the bike being so iffy, I decided to ride another 47 miles to Durango as the phone book showed both a Harley and a Custom shop located there. Made it to Durango without a problem, checked into a Super 8 and called the custom shop, Was reassured when the owner knew that the 99 Chief has an early rev of the Thunderheart EHC. His experience with them led him to believe that the early revs were a piece of shit. I also discovered that the owner used to have a shop in Tracy, CA about 35 miles from where I live. I plan to ride over in the morning and do some more work on the bike there so that, if anything goes wrong or the job requires tools I don't have in the sidecar, I can let him work on it. Assuming the bike's good to go after that, I plan to ride the San Juan Skyway, one of the prettiest roads in the country, from Durango to Ouray where I will stay at a KOA. colo.gw, I'll take a look at the J&P web site tonight and, if I can come up with a part number, I'll PM you. Thanks for the offer. The Super 8 has high speed wireless access so I should be able to do some serious surfing. That's all for now. I'm just going to finish my cigar before going out to dinner and reflect on feeling good that I was able to make it this far. Tomorrow's another day.

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