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mickey t 12th August 2019 00:04

First startup
 
Hey all I just buttoned everything up on my 71 xlch...kicking it over w nothing but a xouple pops...I also had oil spit out my vent tube..is that just extra oil that's in there?I would imagine it would take a bit to kick over it ran when I bought it but just had it sit for a couple months while I did some work on it...nothing major in the motor or trans...new tank fender stuff like that..any tips on what to look for while trying to kick her over again ?https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...c33c3296dd.jpg

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IronMick 12th August 2019 00:25

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Originally Posted by mickey t (Post 5769492)
...I also had oil spit out my vent tube..is that just extra oil that's in there?...

Yes, most likely :)

doodah man 12th August 2019 04:53

while it was sitting for a couple of months, did you keep the battery on a tender or get a new battery? if it's the old battery it could just be dead or not enough juice to light it off.

mickey t 12th August 2019 12:55

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Originally Posted by doodah man (Post 5769574)
while it was sitting for a couple of months, did you keep the battery on a tender or get a new battery? if it's the old battery it could just be dead or not enough juice to light it off.

Well it wasn't on a constant tender...what I did was charge it to full charge..remoced it then charged to full charge again before I tried to kick it....if it shows full charge could it still ne weak to kick it over?

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GA_Ironhead 12th August 2019 14:38

Wet sumped... All part of their charm.

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IronMick 12th August 2019 14:41

To be good, a battery must satisfy all three conditions...
  • it must take a charge
  • it must hold the charge over time
  • it must hold the charge under load

So
  1. give it a full charge,
  2. disconnect the charger and let it sit for 24 hours,
  3. attach a voltmeter, watch the voltmeter while cranking the engine with the starter button. The reading should not drop below 10 or 11 [people have different opinions here] volts.

If you have a kick only go to Princess Auto or Harbor Freight and buy a battery load tester. They are not overly expensive. Every IronHead owner should have one. Saves those stupid trips out to get it load tested.

Iron Mike 12th August 2019 15:14

Every Ironhead owner with a battery.

mickey t 12th August 2019 16:26

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Originally Posted by IronMick (Post 5769621)
To be good, a battery must satisfy all three conditions...
  • it must take a charge
  • it must hold the charge over time
  • it must hold the charge under load

So
  1. give it a full charge,
  2. disconnect the charger and let it sit for 24 hours,
  3. attach a voltmeter, watch the voltmeter while cranking the engine with the starter button. The reading should not drop below 10 or 11 [people have different opinions here] volts.

If you have a kick only go to Princess Auto or Harbor Freight and buy a battery load tester. They are not overly expensive. Every IronHead owner should have one. Saves those stupid trips out to get it load tested.

Now that you explained it like that I should probably go buy a new battery....I will do the test like you explained though

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mickey t 12th August 2019 16:28

I do not I e that after I do a full charge n I wait a couple days I hook up the charger again n it shows low w the red light...then after a bit it'll turn green for the full charge

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mickey t 12th August 2019 16:33

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Originally Posted by doodah man (Post 5769574)
while it was sitting for a couple of months, did you keep the battery on a tender or get a new battery? if it's the old battery it could just be dead or not enough juice to light it off.

Good point

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ryder rick 12th August 2019 18:23

Put a pan under the vent to catch the oil it will puke, this is normal after extended storage.

It will turn over slow because of the oil that has collected in the cases. It will crank slow also because of the accumulated oil.
Jump it off a car so you don't damage the battery from extended cranking. I use some spray carb cleaner to help it start.
It will stall and not want to idle untill it runs long enough to clear the oil from the cases. Do not add oil to the tank until it has run for a while as it will need the room for the oil that has collected in the motor.

They don't call me Ironhead Rick just because I'm hard headed

GA_Ironhead 12th August 2019 20:17

Make sure that the fuel is fresh.

mickey t 12th August 2019 20:49

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Originally Posted by ryder rick (Post 5769703)
Put a pan under the vent to catch the oil it will puke, this is normal after extended storage.

It will turn over slow because of the oil that has collected in the cases. It will crank slow also because of the accumulated oil.
Jump it off a car so you don't damage the battery from extended cranking. I use some spray carb cleaner to help it start.
It will stall and not want to idle untill it runs long enough to clear the oil from the cases. Do not add oil to the tank until it has run for a while as it will need the room for the oil that has collected in the motor.

They don't call me Ironhead Rick just because I'm hard headed

Will do thank you

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mickey t 12th August 2019 20:50

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Originally Posted by GA_Ironhead (Post 5769721)
Make sure that the fuel is fresh.

Yes I went n got fresh premium to put in there...put a new tank on there so its got nothing but fresh gas

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rokytnji 13th August 2019 03:02

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Originally Posted by mickey t (Post 5769724)
Yes I went n got fresh premium to put in there...put a new tank on there so its got nothing but fresh gas

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Now time to go buy beers. Round up some bodies. Find a slope.
Squirt gas in da carb throat. Old mustard bottle works for me.

Roll that sucka down hill making sure petcock is on, jump start with bodies, and see what happens next.

I'd worry about the kicker later.

mickey t 13th August 2019 04:07

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Originally Posted by rokytnji (Post 5769789)
Now time to go buy beers. Round up some bodies. Find a slope.

Squirt gas in da carb throat. Old mustard bottle works for me.



Roll that sucka down hill making sure petcock is on, jump start with bodies, and see what happens next.



I'd worry about the kicker later.

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RAIDER0372 13th August 2019 04:34

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RIDE HARD.
GOD SPEED.

mickey t 13th August 2019 16:07

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Originally Posted by doodah man (Post 5769574)
while it was sitting for a couple of months, did you keep the battery on a tender or get a new battery? if it's the old battery it could just be dead or not enough juice to light it off.

Hey brother...I believe it was you who steered me in the direction if tje Mikuni vm38...did you say that the idle screw n mix were opposite of S&S?

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doodah man 13th August 2019 17:32

The mix screw is backwards from most other carbs, it controls air instead of fuel. So turning it in, closes off air making it richer, and out for leaner/more air.

mickey t 13th August 2019 18:10

Quote:

Originally Posted by doodah man (Post 5769914)
The mix screw is backwards from most other carbs, it controls air instead of fuel. So turning it in, closes off air making it richer, and out for leaner/more air.

Ok thank you

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GA_Ironhead 13th August 2019 19:58

Manuals: https://www.mikunioz.com/tuning-tips...v=7516fd43adaa

mickey t 13th August 2019 21:53

Thank you for that...

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