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Jan. 5th, 2005

I got another ticket for parking on campus without a permit, and this time they left a note saying if I park again there they'll tow me.  I love throwing their tickets on the ground, because they don't actually enforce them.  I've gotten dozens of tickets and I don't think I've payed  a single one.  It's kind of a game.  I'll just have to wait awhile before I park again so they'll forget what my truck looks like.  I finally replaced the sparkplug on my bike, as it was fouled again as usual.  I bought some at O'Reilly's and tried to fix the gap in two of them, and they broke.  WTF.  I had to put one in with a really short gap because I was afraid of breaking the damned thing.  I'll have to go to the Harley dealer and get several more.  I wish I could fix this goddamned plug fouling nonsense, but.. that's life.

I clipped my hair yesterday really short again, and I look like some kind of a melonhead.  Like something out of the fifties.  And my facial hair is growing back the blond so I look even more fucked up.  I'm not winning any beauty contests here, contrary to your protests.


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Jan. 5th, 2005 09:29 pm (UTC)
I did that with UMASS for THREE YEARS before I got a ticket. Saved alot of money that way.

Though, just in the last 2 years, they really got their act together and tickets don't get forgotten. They also patrol every day now. Much cheaper just to buy the annual student parking pass now.
Jan. 6th, 2005 09:21 am (UTC)
I used to have a parking pass, but I keep forgetting to get one for this term. I almost always ride my bike to work, since there's no passes required for it and I can park 20 feet from the front door, but every so often I have to take the truck. At least it was university cops and not city cops, who will actually put bench warrants out if you don't pay..
Jan. 6th, 2005 05:38 am (UTC)
What brand plugs are you using? Is it fouling rich or lean? Its prolly an air mixture issue or heat range issue, should be easy to sort out with the help of some Harley message boards.
Jan. 6th, 2005 09:19 am (UTC)
By the look of the plugs it's way too rich. But I'm using the choke only about half of the time the manual suggests, except in wintertime when I'm still only using it about what they suggest for summer use. I dunno about the heat range thing, I can't set these Champion copper plugs for gap; but the HD plugs I think will still foul out eventually, just prolly later than the shitty Champs.

That's not a bad Idea, maybe I should grok something online..
Jan. 6th, 2005 10:38 am (UTC)
Dont let carbs intimidate you, they are pretty simple devices that are infinitely tunable. Since its no a 2 stroke you could prolly cross referance the size and range and get a plat. or at the very least, a NGK.
Jan. 6th, 2005 12:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Cool
HD makes platinum racing plugs, but they charge too much for them, and I'm not keen on how that would affect the temp range vs. cheapo regular plugs. As far as carbs, I'd like to just get a screwdriver and end this nonsense but I've heard bad things about the Motor Company voiding warranties for just looking cock-eyed at your engine or drivetrain.. I'm kind of anticipating my warranty ending so I can screw around with this thing and not worry about getting shafted.
Jan. 6th, 2005 01:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Cool
I hear ya there, we have a newish car still riding the warranty train so I dont wanna fuck with her unless I had a Nissan trained hand. But when that warranty is up, twist dem screws!
Jan. 6th, 2005 05:25 pm (UTC)
From a master tech.
for starters: its carbed,its inaccurate as hell with A/F ratios and on top of that its a harley, I love american made stuff etc. but I have my limits.
does the bike get fully warmed up before shutting it down?longer than 30 minutes is sufficent.
what altitude has it been jetted for?
float level settings?
is the choke being used properly?
check compresion on both cylinders. no more than 10% variance.
and run a leak down check, both valves shut and on TDC.

Platinum plugs will foul a lot easier than a standard copper plug.

just some ideas if you want a letcure on carbs call me. ;)

Jan. 7th, 2005 09:34 am (UTC)
Re: From a master tech.
Warm it up for 30 minutes every morning? I ride to work for about 3 minutes total each way and warm it up for about 30 seconds before I go. Maybe I should let it warm up a little longer? but I can't wait 30 minutes every day, I'm already getting strangely poor gas mileage and I don't wanna burn any more gas than I have to already!

If anything else happens I'll definitely give you a call though..
Jan. 7th, 2005 09:52 pm (UTC)
Re: From a master tech.
thats your fouling problem. the plugs arent getting hot enough to burn off the deposits.why you ask? on a carbed motor when shut it off you kill the spark to stop the engine,not the fuel. the engine slows to a stop,(quickly) but still is sucking in gas for those two revolutions and raw fuel is in the cylinders and on the plugs. on a FI motor you shut both spark and fuel off to kill the motor, theres no raw fuel being pulled into the cylinders or on the plugs no matter how many revolutions its turns with the key off.

hi performance comes at a cost. thats why I got rid of the 68 cougar, the warm up times and the cool down periods after a long run. too much hassle.
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