My Murray Monterey Build

junglepig

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The speedo is very close. And though the speed is in mph, I'm pretty sure my odometer is registering km, not miles. They sell a model with a different face plate that reads kph, so I'm guess they are the same mechanically, and just have different dial images.
Also, I reversed the mount bracket for it so it now sits between the tank and the handlebars instead of hanging out front like in the photo above.
I like it much better in the new position.

And today my Woodruff keys came in, so I finally have my crank gear properly installed. The key was significantly wider than my keyway. I started out trying to hand file it, but finally resorted to my dremel tool and a fast grinding wheel to get it to size. Maybe that's why the factory left it out. I should've measured the keyway to see if it is narrower than spec. Doesn't really matter though.

I also got some micro drill bits in the mail today that I hope will help me fine tune the NT carb once I'm broken in and running a normal oil/fuel ratio.

No dearth of stuff to piddle with.:D
 
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Arty

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Glad you finally got to ride it. Your reaction on your first ride was much like mine - - just tooo much fun. - Hard to wipe the silly grin off your face.
The best advice to anyone not already involved with these things is - if you see one, just close your eyes and walk away. Quickly - just walk away. - They are addictive.
 

Tyler6357

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Nice build!! I would recommend going to the auto parts store and purchasing a nice rubber spark plug boot for about $6, those cheap plastic ones that come with the kit are known to fail.
 

junglepig

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Nice build!! I would recommend going to the auto parts store and purchasing a nice rubber spark plug boot for about $6, those cheap plastic ones that come with the kit are known to fail.
I pulled the boot off my plug the other day, and the clip terminal stayed clipped to the threaded terminal on the plug. Inside the boot is a bare solid wire that looks like aluminum. So, only the friction fit of the boot on the plug insulator holds the bare wire against the terminal fitting. Yeah, I think this arrangement should be changed, lol. It hasn't caused trouble yet, but it seems likely that at some point due to vibration and age a gap will develop and start arcing from the wire to the little unattached terminal cap in the boot and will burn up. I'm speculating. Is that how these fail?

EDIT: I should note that the boot on mine feels like pretty decent rubber rather than plastic, but the lack of a soldered or crimped connection to the plug terminal piece is a concern.
 

Tyler6357

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I pulled the boot off my plug the other day, and the clip terminal stayed clipped to the threaded terminal on the plug. Inside the boot is a bare solid wire that looks like aluminum. So, only the friction fit of the boot on the plug insulator holds the bare wire against the terminal fitting. Yeah, I think this arrangement should be changed, lol. It hasn't caused trouble yet, but it seems likely that at some point due to vibration and age a gap will develop and start arcing from the wire to the little unattached terminal cap in the boot and will burn up. I'm speculating. Is that how these fail?

EDIT: I should note that the boot on mine feels like pretty decent rubber rather than plastic, but the lack of a soldered or crimped connection to the plug terminal piece is a concern.
On my first build that is exactly what happened to me, the vibration caused it to start arcing which melted the plastic from the boot down my spark plug and over the head. Get one that doesn't require you to remove the spark plug cap to use it. It cost be about $6 for a nice all rubber one.
 
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