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Re: Cafe racer bantam-first topic! Woo!

Unread post by Hooli » Sat Mar 20, 2010 10:57 pm

Looks tidier with all the body work on!
Could be the condenser as well as the coil from how you describe it?
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Unread post by Greenbat » Sat Mar 20, 2010 11:08 pm

Hooli wrote:Looks tidier with all the body work on!
Could be the condenser as well as the coil from how you describe it?


Possibly, though the condenser is brand new. The symptons are similar to when the coil went on the D14. It needs a proper 12V coil anyway to match the rest of the electrics.

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Unread post by Hooli » Sat Mar 20, 2010 11:17 pm

Your probably right then.
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Unread post by Iand » Sun Mar 21, 2010 11:46 am

Looking good greeno, nearly finished?
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Unread post by Greenbat » Sun Mar 21, 2010 12:05 pm

Iand wrote:Looking good greeno, nearly finished?


Hopefully! If I can get it to run properly I should be able to MOT it by next month.

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Unread post by Greenbat » Sun Mar 21, 2010 6:18 pm

Bit over-optimistic on that one.
Just had the new front tyre fitted. When I tried putting it in, the tyre is too wide to go in the fork brace/mudgaurd bracket. Which is annoying enough.
Then I pulled up the rubber fork gaiters. Turns out the external springs have rubbed away the chrome on the new stanchions, and made a right mess. They were also full of water. Picture should be attached. To say I'm pissed off would be an understatement. I don't know if I can clean them up, and I'll have to figure a way of stopping them rubbing. But that could be about £80 for a new set of stanchions, again.

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Unread post by The Mighty Gusset » Sun Mar 21, 2010 6:25 pm

Ouch, that's an expensive game to play !
Is the corrosion anywhere within the slider's movement ?
If not then just clean it off and apply a good coating of ACF-50 (or similar) to the stanchions, springs and the inside of the gaiters.

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Unread post by Greenbat » Sun Mar 21, 2010 6:40 pm

Worst bit (near the bottom) is right where the seal moves. Tried cleaning it, it is pited to fuck. Not sure if I could make it hold for an MOT-with the gaiters on no-one will see, as long as it doesn't start weeping oil there! The seal holders are a bloody silly design, they hold a good half inch of water. Combined with the bottom of the spring rubbing they must have been dont to deliberately promote corrosion.

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Unread post by Greenbat » Sun Mar 21, 2010 7:16 pm

I'm going to try aralditing the pits, it won't hold for long but if I can get it through an MOT and some use I'll be happy. I've also found some small shampoo bottles (the ones hotels give you) that fit nice and tight in the spring, which should stop it rubbing. I think when I do put new stanchions etc in I'll put a ddrain hole in the seal cups too, which should help.

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Unread post by The Mighty Gusset » Sun Mar 21, 2010 7:30 pm

Using Araldite to repair pitted forks is a very old trick young Greenbat !
Don't use the 'Rapid' variety.
You might possibly be better off using one of the liquid metal varieties.
A drain hole sounds like a good idea.
And finally, instead of forking (sic) out £80 on another set of equally crappy stanchions, you should be able to get your old ones hard chromed and ground down to size for about £120, which should be a LOT better.

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