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  1. Took the bike out for another ride yesterday and it did fine. I just left the fuel selector valve on Reserve; haven’t looked into why ON position isn’t working yet. Cleaned it up for the first time after riding yesterday as well. Cleans up halfway descent.
  2. Merry Christmas all. We had a very welcomed warm day today so took advantage and went for an afternoon ride with the wife and kids. The wife took our trusty Sportsman 500 while I took the Prairie for its maiden voyage. Let’s say I still have some bugs to work out, but it did survive the ride. For some reason the fuel selector switch doesn’t work in the ON position. It ran for a few minutes than shut off. It runs fine on Reserve. Tank is full. It also developed an oil leak from the front output shaft on the gear drive housing. Other than that it seemed to run fine.
  3. It’s alive! Fired it up after work and let it idle for a little bit. It’s pretty cold out so idle is off some. I think it’s going to warm back up this weekend, so I’ll try to get it out of the garage and ride it around some to see how it does. Still need to adjust left hand brake for rear also.
  4. Of course battery is dead from the bike sitting for the past 6 months so tried starting it tonight with the pull cord. Started on the 2nd pull with choke on. However it didn’t really want to stay running. I’ll try again this weekend after I get some more gas in it (hardly any in it, fuel set on reserve) and battery is charged. I’m sure the carb is going to need some adjustment. I’m hoping it just hasn’t gotten much gas cycled through it to stay running yet.
  5. spent some time in the garage this weekend. I ended up completely disassembling the entire rear brake; pulled the brake pads off, removed the brake lever and pulled the cam out. The cam was all rusty and nasty. I steel wooled the shit out of it and got it nice and clean and smooth. Put a very generous amount of grease all over it and slid it back into place. Put it all back together and boy is it rolling smoothly and brake working nice now. I just need to adjust the parking brake as it has too much slack and the lever doesn't engage the brake. The foot brake pedal works good though. It's now back down on all four wheels. I believe all that's left to do is top off the oil and some fresh gas and should be ready to fire up. Stay tuned.
  6. Ok, kind of what I thought but can honestly say I’ve never really messed with drum brakes before so wasn’t 100% sure. Will lube it all up this weekend and hopefully get it put back together.
  7. drum just needed to soak I guess. I sprayed it down real well lastnight with lube and tonight it slid right off. The pads look like they have plenty of pad left. Now I don’t know what needs to be done to free the brake up. Does the cam turn pushing the pads out against the drum? Do I just need to lube up the cam and try to work it back and forth? I don’t really see anything else that would move. As you can see from the pics, I messed up a few places of the backing plate. I’m wondering if that matters?
  8. Just the pic, it’s not cracked.....yet. Whoops I’ve already smacked on it a bit with 3lb sledge. I also tried heating around the axle a little bit. I tried using a small pry bar to pry around the edges. The edge of the backing plate is looking a little rough now though from prying against it. Hope I didn’t ruin it. Parts diagram list a big O ring that is supposed to go between the drum and the backing plate. If there was one on this bike, it is long gone as I don’t see any remains of one.
  9. Slowly getting back to action. Took another look at brake assembly and watched a couple YouTube videos on the subject. I can not get the brake drum off. What am I missing? Should it be able to spin around on the axle, or does it only go on in a certain position. I can’t get behind it well enough to get a good hit on it with a bar or anything. What’s the trick?
  10. had a little time to work last night. Was able to get the drum all apart. Castlenut was locktited on all threads. Heated it with handheld propane torch and slowly worked it off. Had one stubborn screw of course on bottom side of the drum cover that wouldn't come out and head stripped out; had to use vise grips on it. Nothing is ever easy. Ran out of time to actually do anything once the drum was apart, but it's a start. Feeling like total crap again so who knows when I'll get back out there to do anything else. Stay tuned.
  11. Cotter pin for sure came out complete. The cotter pin and castle nut look brand new, so I don’t know what to think. I’ll give er another go tomorrow night and see what happens.
  12. was out of commission over the holiday sick so didn't get much time wrenching the past week. I did manage to get seals replaced and swing arm mounted back on lastnight. I attempted to mess with rear drum brake to get it freed up and lubed but didn't get very far. The castle nut that is on the outside of the hub; is it left hand thread or something? I could not get it to budge with my 1/2" impact. I even tried my breaker bar w/ a cheater pipe and all it did was slowly turn the entire axle. Wondering if I need to put a wrench on one of the locknuts that is between the drum and hub to keep the axle from spinning. I need to put some fresh oil back in at messing with drain plug and seals and see if the damn thing will run now.
  13. Nope, looks like tomorrow. I tried Partzilla this time around. They had better pricing but damn they are slow to ship.
  14. Right, I may as well open up the rear diff while at it. The u joint didn’t look like that when I first pulled it apart; it seems to have developed surface rust while sitting exposed to the air apparently. It’s in garage, but non heated. I turn on a couple of infared heaters when I go out there to work. I’ll definitely still hit it with some fresh grease before putting it all back together.
  15. Didn’t have much time to work on it tonight; not really anything else I can do until parts arrive. Snapped a few more pictures. U joint inside of swingarm. Side view of gear housing with swingarm removed. Closer view of backside of gear housing.
  16. The wait is on for parts to arrive that I ordered. Man I hate waiting for parts. Any answer to my earlier question on what fluid to use to refill rear gear box?
  17. I kind of wish I would have went ahead and ordered new seal when I ordered the boot since I was already paying shipping. I'll go ahead and pull that cover off of the gear housing tonight and check O ring on backside of it. I see an O ring in parts diagram, maybe I should go ahead and replace it and the seal. The u joint in the swingarm seems good and tight still. Earlier in the thread Frank you had mentioned about my picture of where the swingarm met up with the gear housing looked like it was off adjustment wise; however I don't see anyway of adjusting that.
  18. Yeah the earlier picture with boot still on was from the side view. The one just posted above is from rear view looking forward. I had just pulled the swingarm off. The driveshaft simply slid off the splined shaft pictured. I’ll try to get more pictures tomorrow evening. The plastic ring is listed as oil seal in parts diagram. Like I mentioned above, it wasn’t fully seated around the splined shaft; it was crocked around the shaft. I shoved it back into the opening as far as it would go. I’m just not sure what would keep it from working it’s way back again though.
  19. There is no O ring there. What is pictured is a hard plastic plug like ring. Do I need to take that cover off that has the 4 bolts and look for an O ring?
  20. Ok lastnight I tried to pull the driveshaft boot back to take a look but couldn’t really see anything. I went ahead and dropped the swingarm. It looks to me like the oil seal had just popped out of place. I seated it back around the opening all the way and cleaned everything up. I’m ordering a new boot. The good news is it looks like the swingarm has been off somewhat recently as it was pretty easy to get off, I’m assuming to replace the bearings as they are both in really good shape. Below is backside shot of the gear housing as soon as I removed the swingarm. The plastic ring around the shaft is the oil seal correct? You can kind of see the oil pooled at bottom of the opening. Hopefully that’s all it was. Also, I didn’t pay attention to the swingarm while it was sitting on the jack and it tipped forward. As it sat there it started pucking fluid out. What type of oil is needed for the rear? Guess I’ll go ahead and drain the remaining fluid from rear diff and refill with fresh fluid, although what leaked out looked pretty fresh.
  21. Punched my tag early so now I can get back to work on the bike.
  22. looks like he'd go in the freezer as good as any other. I tried to snap a pic of the buck I've been watching as he strolled across my driveway in front of me the other morning on my way to work but I was too slow getting phone up and with him moving it turned out blurry. Here is his little brother that’s also been hanging around my backyard. That’s about 50 yards behind my house.
  23. where are you located Frank? I'm in Southern Indiana and still seeing several during the day. I've got a nice one picked out that keeps strolling across my back yard in the mornings between 2 fields. The bastard destroyed 2 of my cypress trees that mark our rear property line. My two labs have chased after him a couple of times, I'm going to be pissed if they run him off. They're about to get locked in their kennels until the season is over hahaha.
  24. thanks Frank and Spartacus. I'll try to get in there one evening this week and see what's going on with it. Deer season (firearm) comes in this weekend so probably going to have limited time to mess with the bike the next few weeks haha. Lesson learned on this thing...... be very cautious when looking at a bike that is freshly washed off and sitting in grass area so as not able to see oil spots under it. I especially like how previous owner mentioned the "fresh oil change". I'm now 0-2 with bad luck purchasing used bikes.
  25. After 24 hrs the drain plug is holding tight with no oil leaking. I think I’m good there. However it appears I also have a leak at the back of the gear housing boot to rear drive axle. I can see oil dripping out of the rubber boot. What are my next steps to fix leak there? The boot is torn in a few spots so it for sure needs replaced for starters. It looks like the whole rear end/swingarm will have to come off to get to that; is that correct? I’m not having much better luck with this bike than I did with the turd of a bike that I just got rid of ugh.

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