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Offline So Cal Joe

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Hydrolock ?
« on: March 11, 2019, 06:42:08 pm »
I sold my 09 Connie in 2011. Now looking at going back to a concours but it is a 98 with only 18,000 miles on it. I heard a lot about the hydrolock on these bikes so is there an easy way to find out if this bike has had that problem/ Will replacing the OEM petcock with a new one help to keep it from happening? I like all the good things the bike has to offer but should let the thought of hydrolock stop me from buying it. The seller is asking $2500 for it, it has new front tire and current tags


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Offline DC Concours

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Re: Hydrolock ?
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2019, 08:10:25 pm »
manual petcock is one way of assisting in preventing hydrolocks. just changing your current one for the same won't necessarily help. hydrolocks require 2 events. failed petcock and floats.

most people have their carb bowls fitted with overflow tubes. there is a lot of info about this but first things first...

you can check for a hydrolock by measuring cylinder depths to see if they match. there is write ups /vids on that.

and personally 2500 is too much for that bike. low milage bikes come with their own headaches. I say no more than 1500.

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Re: Hydrolock ?
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2019, 05:19:34 pm »
Steve will show you how.
I made his tool out of a phillips screwdriver and rubber washers. worked great.

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Offline route66tc

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Re: Hydrolock ?
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2019, 07:35:21 am »
Didn't The Wizard (Jerry Gaither) have at least one running bike to sell? 

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Re: Hydrolock ?
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2019, 09:56:52 am »
I read on the cog forum that Mr. Gaither passed.
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Re: Hydrolock ?
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2019, 10:41:54 am »
I read on the cog forum that Mr. Gaither passed.
True , but the family is trying to liquidate his stuff from what I have read!

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Re: Hydrolock ?
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2019, 05:08:15 pm »
True , but the family is trying to liquidate his stuff from what I have read!

please,
Give it a couple weeks....
there are people working on assisting the liquidation and documentation/pricing/lists etc., which they will provide when the proper time has come...

so be patient, and let things pass a bit for right now...

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Offline route66tc

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Re: Hydrolock ?
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2019, 07:26:06 am »
please,
Give it a couple weeks....
there are people working on assisting the liquidation and documentation/pricing/lists etc., which they will provide when the proper time has come...

so be patient, and let things pass a bit for right now...
Hopefully So Cal Joe can wait a bit.  Not trying to stress Jerry's family.  Just trying to line up a sale for them.  I think it goes without saying that we all want the best for those that Jerry left behind.

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Re: Hydrolock ?
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2019, 09:33:42 am »
please,
Give it a couple weeks....
there are people working on assisting the liquidation and documentation/pricing/lists etc., which they will provide when the proper time has come...

so be patient, and let things pass a bit for right now...

 Just put that info out there, I wasn’t suggesting he get on the phone right now and make it happen!

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