After my last post concerning the countdown to the first round I realized, as per internet forum knowledge, that I had safety wired some if not most of my bolts in the wrong direction. With this setback I had to spend a couple of hours wiring them the correct way. So what is the correct orientation you ask? Well in the perfect world where amateur racer’s bolts and nuts don’t come flying off you have to drill and wire all of them in the clockwise fashion. Think righty tighty lefty loosey.
I also wired up my oil filter and coolant drain plug assuring that these indeed won’t be flying off anytime soon. Also spent the day flushing said coolant and adding in water wetter with distilled water. This is important as the regular coolant contains glycol in it which isn’t legal for road racing. A few flush of the system, a full circulating of water to drain out the remainder and finally adding in the pink stuff.
Note* use a bucket and dispose of coolant safely.
This stuff was quite sticky to the fingers. I will use gloves next time. You can see Chris’s brake setup and brake guard in the shadow.
I made sure to start the bike with the radiator full of the new coolant mixture then gave it a few revs. This will allow the mixture to circulate through the whole system before you need to add anymore. Be careful when you shut off the bike as with the radiator cap off the hot mixture will come squirting out. Top off and cap it. Add some in the reservoir and watch it closely to make sure it doesn’t empty out.
Dave over at Signature Designz came through in the clutch with our sponsor decal set. Very professional and a great guy to work with! If ever I or my team need something done concerning decals he is the guy we will turn to!
They came out a lot better than I was expecting and to be honest it looks really good against the matte finish of my Armour Bodies lower. Now all to do is just to do a full once over of the entire bike(s) to make sure everything is in order to pass tech and of course to race. After this process it’s the loathsome process of packing all the gear and equipment we’re going to need for the whole weekend.
With leaving for the first round commencing on Thursday around 6PM it is indeed ALMOST THAT TIME.