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bluegnu

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    Sherco 2.5 '04

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    Hampshire, UK
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  1. Thanks for the encouragement and guidance. I've not had time or courage to tackle taking it apart yet... For the most part she's running well and the slow action throttle makes a hell of a difference. What is strange is starting from cold with choke is often first quick, but restarting when hot can be a bugger and take many kicks with throttle open! I also found the intermittent fan was down to a loose connection between the thermostat (now bypassed) Maybe tackle the cylinder this weekend, cautious about causing more harm than good.
  2. Slow action throttle

    From the album Sherco 2.5 2004

    Such an easy job to swap over to the slow action throttle and has instantly made the bike much more manageable and controllable. With the standard throttle I felt like I was hanging on for dear life and it was beyond touchy, felt like you had to turn it with your finger tips. Now I can lift the front wheel comfortably and have a lot more control.
  3. Magnetic lanyard kill-switch

    From the album Sherco 2.5 2004

    Another 2 minute job.
  4. I'm still unsure about some engine tapping/rattle. Starting it is a lot better since replacing the stator, also a lot less unpredictable on the throttle I think (unless I'm just getting used to it) I'd like to get the cylinder off to see what condition the piston is in - but if I get in there, wondering if I should replace piston rings as a matter of course. Or, if the piston is looking badly worn, am I better off just saving for the piston kit? I imagine if there's not too much play in the piston I might get away with a top end bearing and rings. How frequently do these things need doing, on a bike of this age, depending how hard it's been ridden? In the meantime, going to swap for a Slow Action throttle because it is far too sensitive...
  5. Short gear lever

    From the album Sherco 2.5 2004

    I swapped the original lever with a shorter one because I was having trouble reaching it. Also can now take the flywheel cover off without removing the lever first.
  6. IMG-1842v2.jpg

    From the album Sherco 2.5 2004

  7. Does the engine sound noisy - a bit of rattle?
  8. IMG-1722.JPG

    From the album Sherco 2.5 2004

  9. Draining the oil

    From the album Sherco 2.5 2004

    Oil still turning a milky emulsion - hoping a newer casing and water pump will prevent coolant leaking
  10. New clutch case

    From the album Sherco 2.5 2004

  11. Stator before/after

    From the album Sherco 2.5 2004

  12. Radiator off

    From the album Sherco 2.5 2004

    Radiator out to replace with newer one and hoses, will also replace stator plate, flywheel, clutch cover, water pump and thermostat.
  13. As luck would have it, I came by a very clean looking stator plate and a few other parts (clutch housing inc. pump and a pristine radiator inc. hoses).
  14. Thanks for all your input chaps. I cleaned up the stator and housing, aligned the mark on the back plate with the right edge of the mounting and off she went!! You can't see from my picture but the mark is just to the right of the mounting nut, about 5mm from the edge. It took some kicking the first time, but I suspect I'd flooded the engine again. On the whole, she runs a lot more smoothly and the exhaust is no longer melting hot. Mix screw is around the 3.5/3.75 turns with idle somewhere around 3. But with the new reeds and correct timing the pull is immense, although a bit scary and jumpy - had me clinging on for life a couple of times : | I was hoping to try retarding the stator in order to make starting the bike easier and give a bit less bite. Next job though is a new thermostat, because the fan is only running for a few seconds when really hot and keeps stopping. Parts ordered for the weekend
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    From the album Sherco 2.5 2004