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OH......The brand of the helicopter is not even used by our military ..(AFAIK)
Hay but if you spend time in helicopters in the "zone"s you will get shot dwn .
But, unless it is a missile,RPG or something big, the small cal stuff usually just us a makes a forced landing..sometimes not in too friendly of places BTDT.
We all prolly got shot dwn in Nam as a matter of course.
I usually ran the rescue missions, the Name of the ship explains it .
"Mystical Wrench "
The Hot LZ insertions were always of course the worse.
 

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Ok, if you have to.................LOL
If you do then I will ..
but a lot of folks here will get all pissy and think we are bragging.
However, i think it is a "RITE" to riding these things for so long?
For sure a 100 hp on tap makes touring a LOT more fun and no mountain pass slows ya dwn !
Passing a 1/2 mile of cars in a snap is makes one feel sort of good too?
Well, I did the screaming eagle cam plate upgrade. New inner cam bearings, adjustable pushrods, hydraulic tensioners, high flow oil pump. Put on an oil pressure gauge, to make sure the plate did what its supposed to. Also fixed a broken exhaust bracket i discovered taking the front pipe off. Wondered what that noise was......
 

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OH......The brand of the helicopter is not even used by our military ..(AFAIK)
Hay but if you spend time in helicopters in the "zone"s you will get shot dwn .
But, unless it is a missile,RPG or something big, the small cal stuff usually just us a makes a forced landing..sometimes not in too friendly of places BTDT.
We all prolly got shot dwn in Nam as a matter of course.
I usually ran the rescue missions, the Name of the ship explains it .
"Mystical Wrench "
The Hot LZ insertions were always of course the worse.
SADF. And they were something less than Air Mobile. A lot less. They didn't even look very hard for downed aircraft north of the strip. Later when I went back as a DoD contractor there was usually an air ride in, but getting out often involved making the trek back south to a real airport.

Not many rockets around there in the late 70's, the few SA2's were all up around Luanda. Lots of towed 23mm and some mounted on tracks. A few towed 37's and 76's, those were usually around the larger towns where the roads would support the trucks better. There really wasn't much need for them, the Cuban MiG's had air superiority everywhere that mattered. Not because the Cubans were all that good in the air, just because the SA's wouldn't risk loosing aircraft that they could not replace because of the embargo.
 

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I do not know too much about Other country's Militaries, mercenaries and other support contractors.
Glad it turned out for you OK, I guess?
The closest I came to being a mercenary -was
After Nam, I was standing somewhere -(unemployment line)
Two guys walked up to me in suits They looked like G men, smelled like G men
And
.I was still pretty pissed at our govt by then.
(the abuse we received after coming home)
They had the sunglasses on and all.
My fur was all prickly.
They smelled bad.
They picked me out of this crowd, mind you, this was way B4 computers and tracking devices, somehow knew i was there, knew it was me, walked right up said to me,
"You want to go to South America as an Advisor for or on Huey helicopters?"
I said no.
Quite fourth right my mouth said that without my mind even thinking.
A reflex almost.!
NO!
My own words almost surprised me
Their next words were "it paid quite well."
I really needed the money.
I had come back from the last so-called conflict a few years ago and had not been all that thrilled with it, the reception, as how it had turned out on this side of the pond for us.
It was worse than the war!
Still filled with anger, wanderlust, a little lost, plus broke.
I was a likely candidate I do suppose?
All taken back and quite surprised by this I announced "No"
Not even a thought about it !
Not an even a maybe
.'Not a "tell me more." Just a reflexed answer
NO!
They tried one more pry and said it paid quite well.
I said no.
The whole conversation proly did not last a minute.
End of the interview, and conversation . . They disappeared into the crowd.
Until this day I have thought that was the weirdest thing.
Govt head hunters..
 
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Switched from V&H 2-2 pipe to D&D fatcat 2-1 really helped get the power out of my 95" zippers muscle kit
 

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Therm, troqed & other vets. You guys aught to start a thread on service stories your willing to share. There's an incredible amount of respect and fascination from folks like myself who'd love to hear anything you'd share. A hundred years from now people will be reading things you've archived here. My neighbor was a Nam vet. My uncle went on the honor flight with him... at the monument in D.C. people were thanking him for his service.. he told my uncle "that's the first time anyone ever thanked me..." HUGE THANKS to all our vets!!
 

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Therm, troqed & other vets. You guys aught to start a thread on service stories your willing to share. There's an incredible amount of respect and fascination from folks like myself who'd love to hear anything you'd share. A hundred years from now people will be reading things you've archived here. My neighbor was a Nam vet. My uncle went on the honor flight with him... at the monument in D.C. people were thanking him for his service.. he told my uncle "that's the first time anyone ever thanked me..." HUGE THANKS to all our vets!!
I work hard trying to forget that stupidity.
 

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IDK....I have not ever talked about it too much, the first 40 years or so, maybe longer, we Viet Vets found out real quick to keep our service to our country secret, as it would be used *against us.
The first time i was welcomed back from the experience was over 40 years later and I did not understand and had no clue what to say.
It was an almost weird situation.
My Father said to go dwn to the American Legion and join up as it will help get me a job. Well...not so much as the Legion did not let us join cause the war was a conflict and not allowable under bylaws or some shet.!!
The WW2 guys did not like us either as they fell in line with the Walter Cronkite's narratives.
Vietnam was not real, with no real objective, and we were all pussies.
To them, we lost the war.
We did, with the help of *Hanoi Jane and Walter DS Cronkite, and no backbone from nixon, and all their ilk.
Perhaps most of us would not talk too much about it anyway, as human nature tries to remember the good times rather than the bad times.
This might have worked in my favor as a society did not accept us too well cause we were all thought to be all baby rapers and uncontrolled killers.
Well, this is what the news media propagated anyways.
Seriously.
After slamming my head into the wall trying for so long to make a living, and get a real job, I finally ventured out on my own and have been self-employed most of my life.
It turns out that even with an Honorable Discharge The Government had a code on the DD214 that said "unhireable!".They wanted to get rid of us and their mistakes I guess?
For instance, *Bowing was hiring in Seattle. I got a couple of friends on the list with me. One had zero for military service and the other had served stateside in the airfarce. They both got interviews and were hired. I did not even get a call.
Nothing! And I had an aircraft background from the military!
This stuff made me very outraged, independent, and hate people ...Back then I (we) had no clue the tide we were up against.
But in the end, as I said, the whole of the experience has made me very independent..a little custic around the edges...
It made me intolerant of BS, and speak way too directly and to the point for most people. Forever offending those with emotional feelings worn on their cuffs.
So I have been told.,..... many many times LOL
For a very long long time, the war back here was way worse than over there.
* jane fonda
 

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Anybody who was alive during the Viet Nam War should try to visit the Memorial in Washington DC.
There is a portable wall that is trucked around the country. It was at the county seat for a week. Terrible experience watching elderly people kneeling and crying. I found my best friends name I cried too. My brother was in the Army and a couple friends in the Navy. It was a happy day when they came home to stay. My draft number was 14, but they wouldn't take me, because I had braces on my teeth for more than 2 years. So sorry you guys weren't treated right when you came home. I traveled with a different crowd and were happy to see our loved ones come home.
 

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Discussion Starter · #134 · (Edited)
Perhaps we have learned to not to agree with the people that sell the bullets and make the wars, but we perhaps have learned to treat the soldiers better?
The VA has got somewhat better , not a lot.
Back in the 70s they threw me out of the hosp!
I did not know what was wrong and they said If was not bleeding to get out!
They escorted me to the steps.
This was the Seattle VA.
Well, it turns out agent Orange and some"other" conditions do not always make ya bleed, ....at first.
Since then I have had some 20-plus operations on my throat just so I can talk!
Agent Orange causes all sorts of NaSTy stuff.
The VA always wants to be the last to fix shet.
I think this experience makes me part of the "cant go anywhere, crowd?" LOL
 

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Switched from V&H 2-2 pipe to D&D fatcat 2-1 really helped get the power out of my 95" zippers muscle kit
One of worse things I did. I hate that fat cat. I got holes in jeans and scars on my calve. My model sweeps up high.
I like 2-1 for working on bike. Gives you access to axle on one side. I like not screwing with heat shields. But I will neve buy a fat cat like that again. To expensive to throw in bush,

Not sure if it exists, but be nice to fine on where you can get clamps easy.
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My Father said to go dwn to the American Legion and join up as it will help get me a job. Well...not so much as the Legion did not let us join cause the war was a conflict and not allowable under bylaws or some shet.!!
Anybody who was alive during the Viet Nam War should try to visit the Memorial in Washington DC.
I saw travelling wall in 1999. What was errie was the people who came to see. One old woman, give me shivers. Mother?
learned to treat the soldiers better?
I like to think we have. I believe we regret it now. We as in the country, I was to young. What changed between then and now with the media? They are more liberal now. I wouldn't say they support the military. But I think people are supportive of troops
 

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Centered the rear wheel so I could sleep at night.
That's some lofty goals you have there.
from the thread

Are you still going to do this now that the 18" mod is off?
I can't seem to follow all you are saying but I see something about it being .200" off center.
That's what I moved mine, to the right, by.
Not sure if you have the same set-up as my '90 but it was necessary to hog out (.200") the brake caliper mounting bracket where it sits against the inside of the swingarm. Cut down the rt. side spacer by .200".
Machine new left side spacer .200" longer.
My left side spacer set-up is 2 pc. I only lengthened the longer one.
Do not mix up which one goes where (don't ask me how I know).
Add .200" pulley spacer.
If you are trying to figure out exactly how much to move it to have it exactly centered, I am of no help. Mine looked wrong and now it looks right. So now I can live with it.

Edit: OK, I read your post again and I think everything you say is right but you omitted cutting down the rt. side spacer.
I found a machinist to mill my caliper mounting bracket and make new longer left side spacer. He said it was tricky to get the bracket clamped down properly for milling.
 

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Baker makes transmission with the drive on the right side .(AFAIK)
This might make getting things centered more EZ?
 

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Lots of times the belt gets in the way of centering?
Truly you cant care where it is in the swing arm, but getting it and the front tire lined up perfectly as possible
 

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Not about power-,
But about usability, comfort, and ergonomics.
1, - Installing the street glide tin on my Evo gives me more storage inside the fairing, rain gear stays there.

2, -, -The Fatboy pegs have made it really Ez to drop the exhaust and cam cover when necessary.
3,-, -Movin the mounting points to outside the frame along with the rear master cylinder has made this a better fixable platform to work on.
4,-- the rebuilt swing are along with a stabilizing link has made this just the most stable tracking unit I have ever ridden,
even better than my Honda Goldwing!

What have you done?
I might want to steal more ideas....LOL.
Best modification I did to my 74 Superglide was divorce my wife!!
 
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