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14926Re: [T TBS R] Terrible MPG

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    Sep 7, 2013
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      Had a flash back,  the biggest problem I had with removing the center spark plug was seal of the valve cover gasket.  The seal was snug against the outer wall of the socket.  I wound up applying a little silicone spray to the socket avoiding getting into the socket drive area.
      From: James Tennier <tennier@...>
      To: "triumphthunderbirdsportriders@yahoogroups.com" <triumphthunderbirdsportriders@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Friday, September 6, 2013 12:44 PM
      Subject: Re: [T TBS R] Terrible MPG
      The middle spark? You mean you want to change that one too?
      It's been a while but I recall using the Triumph tube like plug wrench with a ratchet and socket from the toolbox to get to it. (Might have been a box wrench in the mix too, as well as a wobbly in too. I used a set of E-3s and was quite happy with them once I found the correct plug number via email from their customer service. THE CAVEAT:  ALWAYS APPLY NEVER SEEZE TO THE THREADS AND REMEMBER YOU ARE SCREWING STEEL INTO AN ALUMINUM HEAD/ THREADS. USE CAUTION! Heads are expensive to pull, and repair-replace... Less torque is plenty.

      From: nicholas.thibault <nicholas.thibault@...>
      To: triumphthunderbirdsportriders@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 10:49 AM
      Subject: Re: [T TBS R] Terrible MPG
      I understand your point in regard to MPG calculations taking time, but I drive the same route every day. Traffic is the same, and previously I had good consistency on the MPG. OFF Topic but, any one know a good way go get to the middle spark plug given the frame blocks it?? --- In triumphthunderbirdsportriders@yahoogroups.com, James Tennier <tennier@...> wrote: > > IMO, figuring "mpg" is a long(er) term process. On a thousand mile trip I would note the (mileage since last file as I reset the trip meter) at each fill on the pumps paper receipt. Once home I'd check gallons into miles for each receipt. When new I did not remember to write milage down as I got used to the bike. > That said, the performance was "lacking imo." I did all kinds of "improvements and picked up 20hp, a lot of noise and settled into about 40-42 mpg. > The airbox to 3 carb inlet is no bigger than one carb inlet. That tells us there have got to be "pumping losses" as air is "sucked through" the single opening. From that, draw your own conclusions, but believe me when I say there are consequences to every change one makes. Time and money= performance and heat. my 03 needed a new fan controller as did others (I've read) when only a couple years old. Have you considered changing entire cooling system contents over to Evans Waterless Coolant? Just a thought. (check Leno's Garage youtube bit several months back or Google their site. Stuff works well in my Sprint... Just sayin.  > Bottom line =  Consequences of beginning to alter from stock are numerous and must, in turn, be dealt with.  Good Luck. > > > ________________________________ > From: TONY BOOTHMAN <boothman@...> > To: "triumphthunderbirdsportriders@yahoogroups.com" <triumphthunderbirdsportriders@yahoogroups.com> > Sent: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 7:40 AM > Subject: Re: [T TBS R] Terrible MPG > > > >   > I would be very interested in replies as I have a K&N and also heel the heat of the motor and my coolant is full. > > From: nicholas.thibault <nicholas.thibault@...> > To: triumphthunderbirdsportriders@yahoogroups.com > Sent: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 9:59:02 AM > Subject: [T TBS R] Terrible MPG > >  
      > So, recently I switched out the stock air filter for a K&N filter. As a result, I have started really paying attention to my MPG in hopes of seeing an improvement. > > I originally averaged around 35-40 dependent heavily on my right hand. The last two days I have been getting 29 and 30, with no drastic change in the performance of the motorcycle. The weather has been a good deal hotter the last few days, and I have noticed a bit more heat from the bike. But, it isn't overheating and my coolant temperature light hasn't been coming on. There is also plenty of coolant in the bike. > > Any thoughts? > > Nick >
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