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Old 01-06-2012, 06:10 PM
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Default Re: my Black Squirrel ("The Flying Fart")

I'm starting to see that 4 miles is about as far as I can get before something goes wrong with my bike. Wheel kicks sideways. Exhaust shakes loose. Spark plug backs out. A couple of times I even ran out of gas. Sometimes, just trying to break the 4-mile mark on my bike makes me feel like Chuck Yeager trying to break the sound barrier.

If nothing else goes wrong, I usually end up losing power on the high end after I've gone about 3 1/2 miles. I'm slowly zeroing in on the problems: I thought it was struggling for air, so I gave it better flow. Then I replaced the spark plug. Then I noticed the spark plug was being shaken loose from vibes, so I locked it in with a little thread sealant. All of these things helped but the high-end power loss is still there.

Today I noticed the spark plug wire is getting shook loose after a few miles. I know I say this every time I notice a new problem, but maybe this is how to prevent the power loss....

One way to find out: gotta get a new spark plug boot.
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