The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
Gear Up! is a 2-DVD set, 6 hours! Which bike is right for me? How do I prepare the bike? What stuff do I need - riding gear, clothing, camping gear, first aid kit, tires, maps and GPS? What don't I need? How do I pack it all in? Lots of opinions from over 150 travellers! "This DVD will save you a fortune!"See the trailer here!
So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
"It has me all fired up to go out on my own adventure!" See the trailer here!
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I have an '03 XT which I've stripped to rebuild as my next travel bike.. I have the engine out but the exhaust flanges have corroded in and snapped off the rest of the headers as I removed them.
They are properly corroded in and the extreme heat has left then in a sorry state...
Any ideas how to get them out? I don't want heat them up too much as I fear warping the whole alloy head..I've tried using cutting discs on a dremmel, grinders, drifts... but no joy and it's starting to look messy
Short of setting the head up on a mill and I'm stuck for ideas.. any help gratefully received.
Failing that.. does anyone know of a 4PT head with or without valves and camshaft going for sale? Am I right in thinking any head from 2KF is a match??
Seized items; Wurth make an excellent product, Rost-off. Apply and leave to soak.
Then; mass and shock are your next good friends. Mass because there is no shock when striking a light item.
Back-up the item containing seized part using appropriate mass like lead weight, sand or similar to avoid damage, and strike seized part with pin punch or similar.
Weight of hammer, size/shape of punch, level of enthusiasm of striker subject to experience.
The idea is to break the bond between the two surfaces.
Loosens almost anything.
Heat, depending on materials, should be last resort.
Thanks for the advice. It is the very ends of the pipes that have corroded off and left the thick tapered flange ends in the exhaust holes in the head.
I can get to a milling machine but it's a long time since I used one... so my next issue is setting up the head at the correct angle to remove the steel but not touch the alloy.. tricky because of the taper I suspect..
Should it come to buying a replacement head does any head from 2KF model onwards fit? It looks like it from all the ones I've seen online. Seems there is an extra stud atone end of the camchain cavity...?! Am I right with this??
Thanks again for the assistance.. I'll keep plugging away
Location: XXX<-Portugal->Azores->Santa Maria (island)
Well, you do know how how that sh*t goes when the engine is hot right!?
In my professional opinion welding anything that close to the inside of the engine you'll get spatter or even some rust inside the engine whether you like it or not. So unless you got a few cm outside the engine don't weld anything in there!
I had the same trouble as you and after struggling with the remnants of the headers and exhaust studs for ages I gave up and gave the head to a mechanic at work. He struggled with the headers but got them out eventually using heat and brute force. He couldn't do anything about the studs though and I had to drill them out and re tap myself. None of this helps you of course, except to say it can be done! so hang in there and good luck!
If it were me I would either
a) plug the ports & use a die grinder or dremell & grind almost through the pipe/flange at one point from the inside. Then colapse the pipe/flange & remove it.
or b) if you have access to a arc or mig welder, plug the ports & grind the inside of the pipe/flange until shiny/clean bare metal is showing. Then weld a bead around the inside of the pipe/flange & allow to cool. When the weld cools & contracts it will also contract(shrink) the pipe/flange allowing it to be removed. The risk here is if your weld penetrates through the pipe/flange, it might make it harder to remove, so it really depends how thin or rusted the pipes/flanges are & how good at welding you are.
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