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Twins / Front fork counter bore
« on: 07 November, 2017, 11:09:05 »

Hi all.
Having just read all the threads about the fork sliders, I called a couple of guys I know and the upshot is that none of us know what the term "counter bore" actually means.

Its something maybe that has never been of any concern to me because all I've ever done is dismantle forks and put em back the same way.

So, being a bear of very small brain, would someone, or two, care to enlighten us?? With simple words of course.

Your advice much appreciated.

Mike 8) 8) 

The Star and Garter / Re: Ethanol. What it does and how to fight it
« on: 04 November, 2017, 13:52:46 »

When I read this earlier I was almost astounded at my lack of knowledge. Things like "stale petrol" yeah so it happens. Now I understand why and what steps can be taken to counteract the effect to some degree. Etc

In my humble opinion its worth a read, but it is a long piece.

Mike 8) 8)

The Star and Garter / Re: Fuel Tanks (again)
« on: 04 November, 2017, 11:09:53 »
 Hi Roy:)

That is an extremely interesting read.

Might I suggest that you open a new topic just to give that a lot more prominence.  It could help a lot of people.

Thanks again

Mike 8) 8)

Twins / Re: A65L Crankshaft welded sludge trap access
« on: 02 November, 2017, 19:28:35 »

Yep if it becomes necessary then I agree Brazing would be better than welding.

Mike 8)

Twins / Re: A65L Crankshaft welded sludge trap access
« on: 02 November, 2017, 16:17:18 »

yep definitely a bodge job. cant see any other reason. some clown welded the locknut on the oil drive worm on my A50 prob they had tried to turn the nut the wrong way. Tuff really but that's life with something that's changed hands a zillion times.

Mike 8) 8) 8) 8) 8

Twins / Re: A65L Crankshaft welded sludge trap access
« on: 02 November, 2017, 11:54:32 »

I discussed this with a local machinist today complete with piktur etc. Prob not a cheap job.

My thoughts for what its worth and what I would most likely do, and if this is frowned upon I understand.

Figuring that you're unlikely to need to do this again.

I would drill the weld, clean it completely and then weld it up again. Even suggesting this goes a bit against the grain but it would sort any faults inside the hole as well. Duff threads etc,

Finally please don't anybody threaten to lynch  for this suggestion.

Mike 8) 8) 8)

The Star and Garter / Re: Fuel Tanks (again)
« on: 02 November, 2017, 11:45:03 »

Mine cost about that as well. Appeared to be from a biggish company. The liner is falling apart. As I said I was more than pleased at the time. So we'll see.

I will keep you all in the loop.

Mike 8) 8)

Twins / Re: A65L Crankshaft welded sludge trap access
« on: 01 November, 2017, 19:17:53 »

Do you know anyone with about a 3' pillar drill. You would then only have to align the crank. Where are you.

Mike 8)

Twins / Re: A65 drive sprocket
« on: 31 October, 2017, 19:18:38 »

Going for the 28T option.


The Star and Garter / Re: Fuel Tanks (again)
« on: 31 October, 2017, 19:15:55 »

I have visited the localish guy spoken of recently and he swears by this product. He is a professional fuel tank reliner. So I left my tank with him to have the job done properly.?????

I have a second tank that looks as if it came out of the ark which I shall have a go at myself later.

The job is going to come out at about 150. A lot of money but should be worth it.

Take care

Mike 8) 8)

Twins / Re: buyer beware!
« on: 30 October, 2017, 16:33:54 »
 :) :)

Sure you didn't mean defective :)

mike :o :o

Twins / Re: buyer beware!
« on: 30 October, 2017, 08:34:11 »
I just looked this guy up.

Apparently he's been an Ebay member since 2012 but his history lists no sold items.

I bought an old M20 in 2015 from another guy doing equally stupid advert prices also from Birmingham and also Egyptian imports.

So it could well be a scam or he is simply overpricing everything. I guess it will take someone living near Brum to take a look. Sorry I'm too far away.

The guy I bought from whilst based in Brum actually stored at a lock-up near Warwick.

But it sounds suspiciously like "brothers in arms"

Mike 8) 8)

Twins / A65 drive sprocket
« on: 29 October, 2017, 20:15:06 »

I'm considering putting a 29 tooth primary drive sprocket on an A65 that I'm building. All my current info is for 28 teeth.

So whilst I understand the gearing affect. will be a problem with the primary chain. I can only find A65 info for an 80link chain

 (which I imagine will be too tight) or an 82 link.

So if I use the 82 will I have enough adjustment. Your advice please.

Incidently the reason for this is quite simple----I already have a 29T sprocket.

Don't know what it came off???????

Mike ;D ;D

Twins / Re: buyer beware!
« on: 29 October, 2017, 15:38:33 »
 :) Probably dreamers but there are folks who have a romantic notion of regaining their youth who don't know any different. Actually I think I know about the romantic notion but fortunatly I do know different.(I think)
Take care

Mike ::) ::)

Twins / Re: A65 swingarm bush removal
« on: 29 October, 2017, 15:33:19 »
Hi  :)
What I do is this.

First burn/melt out the inner and try to get all the rubber bits out as well.

Now weld a lump of steel into the very end of the outer/stuck part. Heat it and with a long drift up against your welded steel from the opposite end---beat it out. Sometimes the welded bit will break off---so weld in another. The weld heat also helps.

It can still be a "B" but it works.

Mike 8) 8)

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