Saturday, January 10, 2015

Happy New Year!

2015 and still working on this. Gave up and cut the nut off, then picked up a new one at the hardware store.  Temp has been around 0, so I'm waiting for Temps in the double digits before working on this again.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Rusty Bolt

Still dealing with trying to break the nut free!  I think I'll get a portable torch and apply some heat. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Exhaust manifold bolt/nut

Finished with the electrical, other than the TSS switch, I'm leaving that disconnected for now.  Next step is to bolt up the exhaust.  But one of the manifold nuts is rusted to the stud,  so I removed the stud and will let it soak in oil for a few days to see if it will loosen up. I'll give the clutch a try next.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Priority project-pellet furnace

I'm tired of the high propane prices do I'm installing a pellet furnace. Back in a few days.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Yet more electrical issues, kind of...

It's been almost a month since I posted, but I have been working on this.   But with the serious lack of snow and the holidays, it has't been a priority.

Once I had the motor bolted in and torqued down, I connected the coolant hoses and the electrical.  With the electrical hooked up I decided to do a quick pull test to verify my connections.  Well, guess what?  That's right, no spark!  I double-checked the connections, made sure my tether was connected, key on and on/off button up.  So, I grabbed my voltmeter and started testing all electronics from the stator up.  All components tested fine, now what?!

Quite a long story made short,  I found more than a few references to disconnecting the yellow wire harness from the stator and testing for spark then.  Supposedly this bypasses ALL handle bar controls.  I did this, still no spark.  Then I remembered! I had a problem with the TSS (Throttle Safety Switch) and had disconnected it before the original motor went.  So, despite what I read about the yellow wire harness bypassing everything on the handle bar, I disconnected the TSS.  SPARK!!  So much for the internet forums. I am ashamed of how long I went before doing this.  That just goes to prove, don't believe everything you read.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

I dub thee Frankenmotor

Oil Pump issue behind me, connected, bled and so on.  Torqued all the motor mounts.  Started to connect some of the electrical, and, well, turns out the efi cylinder head I bought off of eBay appears to be from a 2001? EFI.  There is a temp switch in the head instead of the temp sensor, why not?  I have so many different parts in to this I do not know what is what any more.  All I know is the head looks identical, so I am swapping sensor/switches and calling it good.  I had asked around on some sled forums, most said it should work, a few said to check the "squish".  Ugh.  I will check the compression before I start it, and if it is within tolerances I am going with it!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Slight delay due to oil pump.

Another bit of information, turns out that most of the EFIs use a different oil pump than the carbs.   Since my carb motor came with an oil pump on it, I assumed I could use it.  Just to be sure I decided to remove the motor (I can now do this in less than 20 minutes) to check it out.  Lucky for me I had kept my pump from my original motor. Like a dummy I removed the pump from the motor so I could check internal workings.  Not lucky for me is that the two pumps look identical, so much so when things were moved on my work bench I could not tell which was which!  If there is a next time I will tag EVERYTHING.  Anyway, since they look so much a like, external and internal, I am just putting one on, and hope for the best.