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April 17th, 2010, 03:09 PM   #1
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Hello All

I just purchased a 2002 FX470e from a friend. He told me the motor was recently rebuilt, suppose to have all the updates...

Taffy recently posted a question about the decline of this site. I certainly hope it's not true. I am going to need the collective wisdom here.

My first story about the 'berg. It is HARD to start (I know tell you something new ) Using the Owner's Doc on this site I just finished adjusting the valves. I took my time and got it done. And it starts better now. I still have a way to go but it was a definite improvement.

So, a BIG Thank you to all who make this site what it is!

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April 17th, 2010, 03:25 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by Shoveler
Taffy recently posted a question about the decline of this site. I certainly hope it's not true. I am going to need the collective wisdom here.
Taffy's our resident doomcaster. He's been predicting the site's demise since some time around 2000. Once you've been around a bit longer, you become desensitized to it, much like teens and computer generated violence.

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My first story about the 'berg. It is HARD to start (I know tell you something new ) Using the Owner's Doc on this site I just finished adjusting the valves. I took my time and got it done. And it starts better now. I still have a way to go but it was a definite improvement.r
Could you give us a better idea of the starting procedure now? We might be able to throw a few more pointers your way if we have an idea of what it takes to start your ride.

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April 17th, 2010, 03:43 PM   #3
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Didn't have much of a starting technique other than kick till my foot was sore...

If I tried to use the choke I couldn't get it to cough. After adjusting the valves I hit the e-start and it turned over but did not fire.

I pulled on the choke, hit the button and it fired. Let it idle (no throttle) for a few seconds, then off with the choke. It ran nice.

Next cold start I will try the manual de-comp lever for a few kicks, then choke and see what happens.

The weather has been lousy here recently and I haven't had much for days off, so I have been reading UHE more than riding...

Thanks for having me
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April 17th, 2010, 04:16 PM   #4
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I've got a 2001 and here's what works for me:

1) Don't use choke
2) Pull decomp lever, WOT and five good kicks
3) Full kick with no throttle. Repeat up to 10 times if no joy.
4)Goto 2

With this process, I usually get to ride in under 20 kicks. The only thing I can think of telling you that may not seem obvious is that a full kick is very important in my case. If I don't use the ball of my foot to kick, my toes hit the footpeg, stopping the kick early, in which case hell will freeze over before my bike starts.

Also, I never use the e-start when it's cold. Even the manufacturer called it a restarter for these years.
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April 17th, 2010, 04:53 PM   #5
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Thanks, I'll give your procedure a try next time....

I have been giving it a full kick, well as full as I can.

If I let the lever all the way to the top I seem to re-engage the auto decomp and can kick through with no compression.

I find if I move up towards to nose of the seat I can get a good kick with the middle of my foot. I find my left foot gets sore from the kick start lever bottoming out and stopping, quickly...
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my son gave me his 2004 fe 450 because he was sick to death of it ( mongrel to start / stalling etc ) .. i cleaned out the carb and air cleaner , reset the valves and replaced the plug .. 2 years on the berg now and i love it !!!
must say tho that i am used to starting left kick bikes .. choke on , no throttle , one kick to turn over and a good second kick and away we go .. choke off after 1 minute , 2 minutes to warm up and off we go .. 2000 k's on , change oil every ride ( delo 400 ) air filter every second ride ( depending ) keep the sparky bits clean n dry and NO COMPLAINTS from me .. ps i never use the e starter .. pps my mates always reckon there is something wrong with the berg because of all the weird noises the motor makes .. MUSIC TO MY EARS ..
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I could have purchased a Honda/Yamaha/Kawi bike, but I like being different and the deal was too good to pass up...

I may go through the carb next, the bike did sit for a while. It was drained of fuel but I can't be sure the card was completely dry before storage.

I normally do kick-started the bike. The whole three times, since I got the bike that I've started it from cold. I didn't have good riding boots on today and thats why I tried the button.

I am still definitely learning this machine.
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