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You can thank Pope for this thread.

It seems that several new S3 have had a few issues with their bikes. Here are a few things to look for, and how to fix them.

Fuel tank - If your fuel tank SUX air like a moderator when you open it, the air and fuel drain lines have been put on incorrectly. This can cause starting problems and can damage the tank. Remove the tank and make sure the line with the disc valve is on the outside (left side).
When you put the tank back on, move it as far forward as possible, and make sure the seat has the little pads on it to prevent scratching the tank.
If you notice something floating in the tank, it is likely a small piece of rice paper with "QC Passed" or similar written on it. This is normal. If you want another one, let me know, I will send you the one I removed. ;)

Mechanical noise from engine or drive-train. More than likely, your chain needs oil.
Chain tension - a bit loose is better than a bit tight.

Suspension/Ride - If the suspension is too hard or soft, the dealer likely didn't set the bike up correctly. Take it back to them and tell them to do it right - especially if you paid a set up fee.

Throttle slack - If the throttle moves a good bit before the throttle begins to open, take the bike to your dealer, and tell them to adjust it properly - especially if you paid a set up fee.

Headlights - If you cannot see well at night, you headlights are likely not adjusted correctly for best coverage. This only requires loosening the mounts and re-aiming them for better coverage.

Fuel - the bike runs just fine one 89 octane (R+M/2), but feel free to run what you want.

The gear change lights can be set to flash at different RPMs - RTFM.

The speedometer reads high by about 6.5-7%.

The Tachometer reads low at high rpm. The stock rev limit is 9400, but the tach will indicate nearly 10,500 rpm when it kicks in.

If you want to do any of this yourself, search this site for more detailed instructions.

Perhaps others can add more here.
 

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Awesome information....Keep it coming!!
 

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Pope - Actually, a LOT of us have learned this stuff the hard way. ;) You just gave me the idea to post some of it to give new guys a heads up.

I am sure there is a lot more, perhaps a few others will chime in.
 

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good thing they got rid of yeller...

Any other things I should look out for??
 

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Dfib said:
Speed/Reactions - If your bike is slower than a Geo Metro, or you find people vomiting uncontrollably..... Take it back and get one that's not yellow! :devil: :horse:
TOO FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

THX, DEV Very nice work...... :pow:
 

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Here's something I just found out about (on that "other " site :pow:). Not all Sp3s have the miles per gallon readout set to US gallons and miles. Some came here (to the U.S) set for kilometers and imperial gallons. To check/change it , do this:hold down all three buttons with the ignition on, but engine not running. Then you can select km, miles & UK gallons or miles & US gallons. The setting you want is #3, miles per hour and US gallons.

I assume this works. I haven't actually tried it yet, but I will tonight.
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Devious2xs said:
You can thank Pope for this thread.

Fuel tank - If your fuel tank SUX air like a moderator when you open it, the air and fuel drain lines have been put on incorrectly. This can cause starting problems and can damage the tank. Remove the tank and make sure the line with the disc valve is on the outside (left side).
Good posting Devi.

There are two other things that can cause tank vacuum.

1. Failure of the tipover valve on the breather line. I had vacuum problems until I ripped the valve out and threw it away.
2. A kink in the breather line....often occurs when the tank is removed then replaced. My first dealer left mine with a kink in it after my first service. When the vacuum built up, fuel delivery suffered as did performance.
 

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Here's some infor about errors in the owners manual for the 2005 model. (I don't know if they were corrected in the 06/07 model)

Errors in Manual

1) Rear compression adjustment instructions + pic are from the right, when actually the correct screw is on the left and does not look anything like the one in the picture. The one on the right will not move.

2) On the oil change instructions the manual incorrectly says that the oil filter should be tightened to 25Nm. Correct values are: oil plug 25Nm and oil filter 10Nm.

3) There is no hint in the manual about the amount of oil the engine takes. Correct amounts: 3.5l dry, 3.2l wet including filter fill, 3.0l wet without filter.

This information was originally posted on that other forum. I cannot guarantee its accuracy but I do believe it to be correct.
 

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Great post! Especially since I have three of these issues and the bikes goes in for the 500 mile service in a couple of weeks :drink:
 

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My fuel tank sucks harder than Cheaps little sister when I try to open the cap with an empty tank. ;D No performance issues though.

My chain lets me know when it needs lubed and adjusted.

I haven't had the false nuetral between 5th and 6th for about 700 mi (I'm around 1500 on the odometer), but I've been hitting a false nuetral every so often between 3rd and 4th, but it might be a soft toe. :-\

Some other issues since I got Speedy - my grass needs cut, truck needs washed, wife says I'm not spending enough time with her and my ride home from work is now 10 times the distance as the ride there in the morning. 8)
 

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My fuel tank sucks harder than Cheaps little sister when I try to open the cap with an empty tank. ;D No performance issues though.

My chain lets me know when it needs lubed and adjusted.

I haven't had the false nuetral between 5th and 6th for about 700 mi (I'm around 1500 on the odometer), but I've been hitting a false nuetral every so often between 3rd and 4th, but it might be a soft toe. :-\

Some other issues since I got Speedy - my grass needs cut, truck needs washed, wife says I'm not spending enough time with her and my ride home from work is now 10 times the distance as the ride there in the morning. 8)
Anytime the fuel pump has to pull against a vacuum, you are having performance issues. If the pressure at the fuel rail doesn't remain constant, the maping is going to be off. And many pumps do not suck well - it can greatly reduce their life.
 
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