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Ay up folks,
I'm carrying round a load of crap that I don't need. Not this trip anyway. I've got a good set of sprockets (I don't need two sets), a few cables and probably some other stuff as well.
It's all for a 3AJ Tenere but to the best of my knowledge will fit a standard XT600.
If you want it, it's yours. Either arrange to meet or I can leave it somewhere for you.
I'm in Trujillo at the moment, hopefully Sullana tomorrow and Quito by the weekend.
The starter is holding up OK touch wood. I did have a bit of a crisis yesterday though. My rear suspension bottomed out and wouldn´t come back up some 50km outside Loja. I thought the shock had collapsed but on closer inspection, one of the bolts holding my rack on had sheared and the swingarm had wedged against my pannier.
An hour going round the machine shop part of town this morning and I was able to find the parts to fix it. Riobamba tomorrow.
More drama this afternoon in Azogues, splines gone on the drive axle, turns out that I did need two spare front sprockets after all.
Got a bodge in place that should get me to Quito and another job to add to the list.
Full details on the blog.
You're going to love the roads in Ecuador btw but make sure you've got cold weather clothing. It was 3 degrees, rain, fog and wind this morning. Quite a contrast to the desert.
I checked the pics on your blog and see what you are dealing with. Juan probably felt sorry for you. Nice guy. But your countershaft is toast.
How much longer are you traveling? Probably cheaper to split the case and install a new countershaft in Ecuador than back home. The problem is parts.
I think I would probably just use damp rags to reduce heat on the countershaft seal behind a new CS sprocket and weld the CS sprocket onto the countershaft. A bit of a bodge, but it would be cheap and quick and get you down the road. You can always grind the welds off if you need to replace the sprocket or CS seal down the road.
We fitted a spacer behind an (almost) new sprocket so it's sitting on the parts of the splines that aren't worn. I did 250km on it today without any problems (although I'm going very slowly and being careful on the acceleration) and I think it's going to get me to Quito. If not, there's always the options of finding someone with a welder or putting the bike on the back of a truck.
I have a choice of either welding the sprocket to the shaft or replacing the shaft. I think I'm going to replace the shaft in Quito.
Actually, I'm quite looking forwards to splitting the engine. Every time I visit a mechanic, I learn something useful. When splitting the engine, I get to learn about removing the engine, fitting the cylinder head and fitting the barrel. I'm now quite comfortable stripping down the flywheel side of the engine casing after watching a mechanic do so and when I (well, we) fit the kickstart kit in Quito I get to learn how to strip the clutch side down.
You just can't buy this sort of experience back at home, most mechanics I frequent won't even let me in their workshops due to 'elf and safety regs.
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