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Offline gpineau

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Re: Bringing a Connie back to life
« Reply #15 on: December 21, 2017, 02:59:05 pm »
Hey, thanks a bunch.  I found the part in the service manual but it gave no specifics on where it goes or what it does. I will need to pull the fairing again to get it back to where it belongs.

Cant wait to go for my first ride. Friends tell me I am going to love it.  But today it's freezing the garage and it snowed 3 inches so it will need to wait till next week.
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Re: Bringing a Connie back to life
« Reply #16 on: December 21, 2017, 03:26:43 pm »
Before connecting anything to those leads, check them, the Aux leads are white w/Blk stripe (+ pos), and Black w/Yel stripe (- ground), iirc

as for that rubber duct doo hicky' it mounts on the lower main frame stay, turned 90* from how it's photographed ( vertical)

also, your battery looks to be pretty small, compared to the normal one used and spec'd... I'm thinking it is a sub capacity in comparison by size, most normal ones fill that box pretty fully, side to side, and front to back...
I would cut some styrofoam blocks, and insert them on the sides, and front/rear, to keep the battery centralized, and away from harm..

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Re: Bringing a Connie back to life
« Reply #17 on: December 21, 2017, 08:22:21 pm »
Styrofoam blocks...great idea.  I will do that.

as for that piece I know where it goes now but I am wondering ...should there be one on the right side as well?
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Re: Bringing a Connie back to life
« Reply #18 on: December 21, 2017, 10:02:11 pm »
Styrofoam blocks...great idea.  I will do that.

as for that piece I know where it goes now but I am wondering ...should there be one on the right side as well?
Yes.

Their function is to divert most of the hot air from the radiator out the fairing, so the hot air it doesn't end up on your shins. Nothing more, and they are reasonably effective at doing that.

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Re: Bringing a Connie back to life
« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2018, 11:36:05 am »
FINALLY. I ordered the baffle on ebay before Christmas. It got here yesterday afternoon. I think they sent it pony express.  Perfect fit and now the bike is all together. Checked the tires and air in the shock then took off for my very first ride.

SUCKS at slow speed. Wants to die pulling away from stop signs.  BUT after quarter throttle....hold onto your hat. what a powerful machine.  It screams when you get away from the city streets and traffic.

When I cleaned the carbs two weeks ago they were pristine. All jets clear.  What else could cause stutter below quarter throttle? Anyone?
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Re: Bringing a Connie back to life
« Reply #20 on: January 04, 2018, 12:06:28 pm »
Also noticed the gas and temperature gauges are not registering anything.  Could there be a common fuse for the gauges?
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Re: Bringing a Connie back to life
« Reply #21 on: January 05, 2018, 06:42:05 am »
When you had the carbs out did you install or make sure there are over flow tubes installed on those carbs.
 If not you need to read up on Hydro Lock please.

As far as why your having a  bogging issue  I do not  know.  Carbs are  too complicated for me to elaborate on. Others can chime in that know way more than me.

One thing I do know: Do not get any carb cleaner anywhere near  ANY of the rubber parts  in those carbs especially the diaphragms.   
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Re: Bringing a Connie back to life
« Reply #22 on: January 05, 2018, 04:44:16 pm »
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SUCKS at slow speed. Wants to die pulling away from stop signs.  BUT after quarter throttle....hold onto your hat. what a powerful machine.  It screams when you get away from the city streets and traffic.

When I cleaned the carbs two weeks ago they were pristine. All jets clear.  What else could cause stutter below quarter throttle? Anyone?


when you cleaned the carbs.... did you dump all the old fuel from the tank, flush the tank and insure there was not gack / spooge / and crusty stuff, or water in it, and then re fill using fresh fuel from a reliably clean or new gascan?

if not, your "pristine" carbs are now back to where they were prior to the labor expended on cleaning them...
I've lost count of how many sets of carbs I've cleaned and setup, and told the owner to "completely clean that tank, dump, flush, repeat", only to have them admit after the bike is started and running, for like a day, before it all of a sudden turned sour,  they simply didn't prevent the occurrence from happening.  And when they blame the service provided, it kinda makes a man a bit angry, when the cause was lack of following directions.

also, check all of those vacume lines, and rubber cap plugs blocking the unused ports on carbs, make sure they are all intact, and not leaking.

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Re: Bringing a Connie back to life
« Reply #23 on: January 05, 2018, 07:27:17 pm »
I started with a clean, empty tank. I removed the petcock and checked the screen. It was all clean when I put it back together.  I also installed another inline fuel filter. I emptied the gas can and went to a local station that carried ethanol-free gas.  So at this point I don't think it is a fuel cleanliness issue.  I am leaning toward a fuel level problem.  Is it possible I set the floats too low. Would that cause these symptoms?

Carb guys? Is the slow speed jets get fed from a higher level than the high speed jets?
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Re: Bringing a Connie back to life
« Reply #24 on: January 06, 2018, 08:45:53 pm »
I had the same problem. It may have an ignition issue. pull the spark plug connectors and unscrew them, check the wire for green corrosion. If you find it then nip 1/4 inch of wire of to get some fresh stuff. also check the resistance of the connectors, I think they are 5k ohms. Unless I missed you saying that it has coil over plug ( stick coil) conversion. Then forget I wrote this.

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Re: Bringing a Connie back to life
« Reply #25 on: January 11, 2018, 11:12:20 am »
I will look  into the ignition after the weather warms up. I have been fighting a bad chest cold for over a week now and i cant bring myself to go out in  the cold garage to do anything.  If I get this fuel issue solved I think I will have a very nice bike.

All that is missing is the rear view mirrors, the drivers right side foot peg and the saddle bags.  I recently found a 1996 model that looks to be in perfect condition with newly rebuild carbs. The owner said it has developed a knock in the engine and will sell it to me for $350.00.   I'm thinking that is well worth the price. Just the value of the saddle bags and mirrors i need will equal the price he is asking.  What do you think?
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