Saturday, February 4, 2017

Wrenching on the Mighty ST

Keeping busy this winter with some maintenance and upgrades on the old "Battle Wagon".

The valves are still in specification at 82,500 miles. Never been adjusted.

While things are apart, I'm working on mitigating the "heat" issue the ST is notorious for. I've been following the comprehensive article that Don Ferrario wrote.

Finished up the air box area tonight; sealed off all those huge gaps the hot air from the radiator flows through.

Before -


After -


This is turning out to be an enjoyable project. The Reflectix insulation material and corresponding tape is actually a pleasure to work with. Admittedly, I was a bit apprehensive at first, as this is somewhat of an odd mod for an old gearhead like myself, but I think it will make a vast improvement - it makes sense.

Had the throttle body assembly off the bike; cleaned and lubed everything. While they were off, it was a convenient time to inspect the water tube and thermostat assembly which resides under them.

Replaced the valve cover gaskets as they were weeping; leaving an oil residue build up on the cylinder heads.

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