The first thing doesn't have a picture - handlebars. Are the stock ones 1" diameter? These ape hangers measure 7/8" OD; the p-clamps are tightened all the way and the bars rock frontwards and back pretty easily, and the switches and handles spin... So I need a 1" bar? Yes?
Underneath all of gooey wrapping - five wires to the back fender, two of which butt jointed into the tail light and three of them dead-end.
I'm not going to say anything nice about the black-tape electrician that was here last.
A three-position switch; original is four, yes? Also, list of dead-end female spade fittings: double red, two double whites, double brown/blue & single green/red. Looks like I've got some schematic-studying to do...
Not unrelatedly - I'm having a weird time with the battery. I put my Battery Tender on the battery when it's installed, and it will be in 'charge' status (red light) for days at a time; I take it out and charge it on the bench, and it's in 'charged/maintenance' status (green light) within an hour. Any idea what that's about?
On the right-hand side air boot.
Air leak? Maybe/definitely?
Got these off and, for sure, the slides are definitely stuck. So the carbs are off and ready for cleaning. First thing (I'm curious how this many things broke on this bike), one of the mounting studs is gone.
Question about carb setup - I've heard (here and elsewhere) not to bother with the choke, and even just to remove the whole setup. Any thoughts on that? Do most people just run with the choke slides removed altogether? I remember hearing something about the tendency of the choke slides to fall down into the chamber at wider-open throttle?
And here's the last thing - ugly weld...?
What is this supposed to look like? An open channel with a bolt that can slide back and forth and is tightened upward through the channel in the tank? Any chance someone just got lazy and welded [edit: brazed] a normal bolt here - and that I can carefully grind the slag off and get it back to original without much ado?
Anyway, this is where we are now. Next step is getting at the brakes....