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It's Alive!

Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by acadian, Mar 26, 2019.

  1. acadian

    acadian VIP MEMBER

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    D day finally arrived after I got the last bits sorted, prepped the bike as best as I could and she started on the 3rd or 4th kick.

    Running in the cam - this was the most nerve wracking 25 minutes of my life, but the oil pressure never dropped below 35psi.

    No leaks, didn't need the fire extinguisher, and nothing blew up on me! Only issue encountered was that the timing side plug ran too lean... but that was quickly traced to the needle position being lower than the primary side. Still have to test ride her, cant wait!!!

     
  2. baz

    baz VIP MEMBER

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    Well done
    It's a great feeling when you fire one up for the first time
    Hard to explain the feeling to somebody who doesn't do stuff like this
     
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  3. jbruney

    jbruney

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    Sounds like it was built by Singer and just as smooth. Gonna be a great one.
    BTW..I like where you put the horn. I need to follow along on your lead because my mounting looks crap.
     
  4. 850commando

    850commando

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    I'm still looking... so where did you put the horn, just didn't catch it in the video, congrats on the startup.
     
  5. acadian

    acadian VIP MEMBER

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    Facing downwards under the seat, behind the battery compartment
     
  6. colin davie

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    Very nice ,
    one question , i have Norvil belt primary , how much play should there be at rest ? .yours is bouncing around ,
    regards Colin
     
  7. acadian

    acadian VIP MEMBER

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    Depends who you ask, but too tight is not good for the mainshaft. I set mine loose enough just so it doesn't hit the cases, with the Maney kit this come out to about 30mm free play when cold. That said, the clutch hub never got close to running temps during this run period, so the apparent slop is cold slack
     
  8. 850commando

    850commando

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    missed it, i got mesmorized by the left exhaust pipe oscillation. good spot for the horn. with the oil tank up there too, not a lot of real-estate to park any of the critical items, fuse box, relay stack, shindengen R/R and signal flasher
     
  9. DogT

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    Sweet sound.
     
  10. Lineslinger

    Lineslinger VIP MEMBER

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    The most nerve wracking time of your life was seating a camshaft?
    Dude, you need to get out more.
     
  11. grandpaul

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    Very nice.

    I've heard you should JUST be able to twist the belt 90 degrees at mid-span for proper tension.
     
  12. Craig

    Craig VIP MEMBER

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    That same as Ducati belts ....
     
  13. frankdamp

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    Is the belt primary drive left without an outer case? I'd be concerned about stuff (feet, fingers and trousers) getting caught when the engine is running.
     
  14. jbruney

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    My Goldwing uses gear belts on the OHC drives. First time I watched them run w/o the covers I was certain they were too loose, but then noticed spring tensioners. Visually the belts look loose running under load even at proper tension. Run them tight and they shall wear rapidly ruining the day. Follow installation instructions. Just my $.02.
     
  15. Craig

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    Yup .....
     

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