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 Post subject: Hello from Lithuania
 Post Posted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 2:45 pm 
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Hello there from Lithuania (Baltics). Any members from neighborhood?
I am a 31 y/o guy who absolutely loves anything that has a combustion engine. :)
Just got my license in August. Bought my first bike after a week - a 1999 Hornet 600. It has several issues, but as i have some previous background in Honda Civic mechanics / repairs / overhauls, i believe i will be fine with your help. :)
Had few rides. I have to say I love this bike. I ended the season early this year. Will be finding some time to spend in the garage after spending some time with my family. Then, i believe, you will be discovering new topics with lots of questions from me in the Mechanical & Electrical forum. :)

To DO list:
General mechanical check up
General electrical check up
Clean job
Paint job
Seat re-doing
Spark plugs
Cable lubing
Bar grips replacement
Tires replacement
Oil in coolant stuff (i hope i will get away with oil cooler O-rings only)
Regulator / Rectifier replacement

Things already done:
Thermostat replacement
Coolant replacement
Oil / Oil filter replacement
Battery replacement

I hope you will be able to understand my English (not mother-tongue). Sorry for some mistakes in advance. I also hope I will fit in just right to help and be helped recovering my Hornet. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Hello from Lithuania
 Post Posted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 7:09 pm 
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Hello and :wlcm

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 Post subject: Re: Hello from Lithuania
 Post Posted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 8:13 pm 
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Welcome to the nest Xmixerx :)

You might want to add to the list....

Fork oil
Rear shock (upgrade)

Regards oil in coolant check this

P.s. Your English is very good :clap

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 Post subject: Re: Hello from Lithuania
 Post Posted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:22 pm 
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Hi Xmixerx - welcome to the nest. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Hello from Lithuania
 Post Posted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 6:35 am 
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Thank you for a nice welcome, guys. :) An thanks for the link. I've read this thread several times already. :)

Actually the rear shock is an aftermarket one. I am not really sure, but it looks far from an OEM one. Regarding front forks i am afraid that i ill not be able to lift and support the bike while taking them out. I believe i will leave this job for a bike shop together with a change of tires in the early spring.

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 Post subject: Re: Hello from Lithuania
 Post Posted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 9:57 am 
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Welcome to the nest mate :D


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 Post subject: Re: Hello from Lithuania
 Post Posted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 12:25 pm 
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hi and welcome in :)

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 Post subject: Re: Hello from Lithuania
 Post Posted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 6:28 pm 
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Xmixerx wrote:
Thank you for a nice welcome, guys. :) An thanks for the link. I've read this thread several times already. :)

Actually the rear shock is an aftermarket one. I am not really sure, but it looks far from an OEM one. Regarding front forks i am afraid that i ill not be able to lift and support the bike while taking them out. I believe i will leave this job for a bike shop together with a change of tires in the early spring.


Use the money you'd give a 'garage' and purchase yourself an ABBA stand you won't regret it...

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I recently purchased the front lift arms (bottom of picture) but before I had the 'arms' I simply used the Abba stand and a trolley jack to lift the front end, jacking from under the down pipes (using a suitable piece of wood to spread the load and protect the pipes) then once up lowered and rested the crash bungs on a pair of axle stands. Jacking it up from the pipes is not ideal but provided you take reasonable precautions and don't leave resting on the pipes for too long, they're plenty strong enough.

Or if you don't have a trolley jack.... whilst the bike is on the Abba it's not too difficult to physically lift the front by the forks (or push down on the seat) then place suitable props under the crash bungs. If you don't have axle stands you could probably knock up a wooden frame/stand to prop under the crash bungs.


The beauty of the Abba stand is it's practically impossible to drop the bike.

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 Post subject: Re: Hello from Lithuania
 Post Posted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 7:02 pm 
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Biggabit, thanks for the long description. I have already read a lot of good reviews on abba stand. I came to a conclusion that it is a bit to expensive for me at this stage. It would be around 180 EUR which coresponds to 155 GBP shipped to my country. And that is only the stand alone. In adition, I have spent way more above the budget for the bike apparel. I do realy hope that i will be able to solve the "oil in coolant stuff" getting away with only o-rings of the oil cooler replacement. :) If no, any aditional money will do a good job in replacing a head gasket. :) I have ordered a rear bike stand that supports the swing arm:
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and i have a couple of these:
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So i hope i will be fine untill i get to the front forks. And even then i have an idea of using strong belts and lifting up the front with other end of belts attached to the ceiling. We will see how it goes. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Hello from Lithuania
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You're welcome :)

Keep us all updated on how you get on with that oil issue with plenty of pictures !

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 Post subject: Re: Hello from Lithuania
 Post Posted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 7:06 pm 
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Ok. So officially my hornet is ready for a new season which stars (legaly) on first of March. I will have to wait till better weather though. :) Jobs done:
Oil cooler overhauled
Thermostat replaced
Coolant replaced
Exhaust and pair valve gaskets changed
Exhaust headers polished
Seat reupholsterd and fixed to be removed easily
All 4 blinkers replaced
Back wires rewired
Electrical system checked
Regulator rectifier replaced
Battery replaced
Brake fluid replaced
Oil / filter replaced
Custom breather filter replaced
Air filter replaced
Rear rim straightened
Rims repainted
Tyres replaced
Chain cleaned, lubed and adjusted
Chain tight spots removed (rear sprocket recentered)
Valve clearances checked
Spark plugs checked
Main petrol hose replaced
Bar grips replaced
Foot bracket welded
Rear sprocket rubber cushions fixed
Every cable adjusted to perfection
Plastic parts welded
Full body paintjob done
Deep cleaning performed

I would say I have learned a lot in this winter, spent a lot of money and had some good time. :)
I realy hope my hornet will do good in the upcoming season after all this treatment. :)
Got some pics, so will share them if you like later when i'll get a chance to turn on the pc.
I am realy grateful to this comunity for all the answers I was able to find here. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Hello from Lithuania
 Post Posted: Thu May 18, 2017 12:06 pm 
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Hi and welcome to the group.

where are you in Lithuania?

i used to visit a lot with my ex gf as was from Šiauliai but i plan to go back some day on the bike.

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