After the restoration: 2400 Mile Service

Wednesday, Apr 5 2001

Time for 2400 mile service

Time for 2400 mile service

Time for 2400 mile service

Well, I’m about 140 miles short of 2400, but I just got back from a short ride and figure I’ll change the oil now that the engine is nice and warm. An oil change is the primary task for this service, anyway.

drain plug

drain plug

drain plug
used oil

used oil

used oil
BMW 10w/40 oil

BMW 10w/40 oil

BMW 10w/40 oil

There was a little fuzz on the magnetic drain plug and the oil was quite dark. I replaced it with BMW 10w/40. This is the first after restoration time I ran over 1000 miles between oil changes. I’ll compare this to the next oil change.

Transmission oil check

Transmission oil check

Transmission oil check

The brake and clutch linkages were just checked and oiled last week — something I do whenever I wash the bike. I checked the level of oil in the transmission. No change: it comes right up to the bottom thread.

TDC

TDC

TDC
Rocker arm end play

Rocker arm end play

Rocker arm end play

Only one more thing to do — check the end play on my problematic rocker arm assembly (right exhaust). The engine was brought to TDC and I pulled the valve cover off the right side. You can see the gap/end play. I backed off the head bolts, used a clamp to set the end play, and re-torqued the head bolts. Experience says this will hold for another 300-500 miles. After setting the end play I waited until the bike cooled some more and then checked and set the valves on that side.

The bike is still harder to start when warm or on warm days than when cold. The coil has been replaced. After discussing this with some of the local experts we figure that the mixture might be too rich. I’ll get the bike good and hot then check/set the carburation next week.