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Damn it! I did it again!

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I have a talent for turning 45 minute's worth of work into a two week project. Also for turning a sweet running machine into something that has to be parked for a while.

I'd bought Trackside heated grips a couple of years ago. I had a tough time getting the throttle side to stay in place and so I ended up stuffing the inside of the grip with a little light sand paper and ultimately some glue also. They came loose on my one time last year and so I did the same thing again. Apparently too well.

Today I tackled removing the Trackside heated grips so that I could mount the more effective Oxfords. The left one came off easily but the right was just stuck on there. I tried applying pressure in all sorts of ways but finally managed to crack the kill switch housing so that it easily rotates around the handlebar. Damn it to hell!

Further inspection reveals a hairline crack on that housing that is significant. So now I'm pretty much screwed for the short term. The throttle tube, although scarred a little, appears to be OK. The bike still starts so the guts of the switch aren't whacked.

Just the same, I assume I will need to replace the entire switch assembly, part # 35130-MA1-670, assuming I can even find one. I'll start looking for one in a few minutes. But I'm really steamed right now.

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Don't worry bud, we all do that. I was overhauling the steering head bearings in the KZ440 and I looked at the fork lowers and noticed that they could use a clean up. While I was doing that I noticed that the dust shields were cracked and there was an oily mess under them. Oh well, new fork seals and dust covers, as well as paint for the fork lowers. This should have only taken a day, now with waiting for parts etc. well it will be two weeks this weekend. Oh well (heavy sigh) onward and upward.

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