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February 20, 2021, 06:42:50 PMReply #75 on

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Couldn't resist it. Went in to the garage, mainly to do some work on the car, which had had a little visit from a mouse. Peanuts in the air intake and a nice little nest under the battery box, made from pieces of the bonnet sound proofing material. All in the space of 1 week. He/she's been a busy bugger.

Anyway, I've had the brakes in situ on the bike for some time minus the pads. So ended up taking the callipers off (there's no
fluid in the brake system yet as I've replaced the brake lines), fitting the brake pads, with copious amounts of copper grease on the pins and some brake grease on the back of the pads. Then the callipers were refitted & everything tightened up. I won't torque them properly until I put the wheels back on, which are still sitting on the bench, minus the tyres, waiting for lockdown to allow me to take them over to a business 15 miles away for a clean & powder coating.

Still haven't decided whether to stick with the original silver, or go for satin black.
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February 21, 2021, 01:18:07 AMReply #76 on

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Another colour option is the Graphite metallic that they used on the 96-98 models. They pick their locations don't they, I don't think Triumph ever offered branded mousetraps  :icon_lol:
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February 21, 2021, 12:23:38 PMReply #77 on

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Worth looking in to the Graphite metallic, never considered that but will have to see the colour in the flesh.
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Not great lighting but you get the idea

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Yep,  I think the idea is that these need some work as well. ;)
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They've been done but I can't get to the Powder Coater to collect them, I'll let you see how they turned out when I can.
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Something you might want to consider if you haven't already. Changing the valve stems to 90 deg type  ;)
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Have these on my Tiger, so the thought crossed my mind, given how much easier it is to check the tyre pressures.

I've heard stories of them ripping out at high speeds, but as I'm not planning on doing any track days, I don't suppose the small difference in mass between standard ones & angled ones would make any difference.
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I've not heard of that and can't see that there would be a measurable difference compared to straight stems.  :icon_scratch: It all comes down to the quality in the end.
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It was apparently an issue with Blackbirds, presumably because of the high speeds. Honda advised against them although not UK dealers, and the UK's top Blackbird man (Jaws) mentioned on more than one occasion that he was aware of the 90degree ones ripping out although they may have been the rubber ones, not the metal ones found on some Triumphs.

Quality may well be the answer.
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Please Nicola can I go to the powder coaters 30 miles away, I'll only be there for 5 minutes and I won't stop for the usual bacon butty and coffee  :cp

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It's getting close, I can feel it.

The wheels are stripped of their old, hard as nails tyres and bearings, with new bearings on the shelf waiting to go back in and a set of Pirelli Angel ST's in the back of the garage awaiting fitting.

I've got a week off work, not that I've picked a great week weather wise, but as we're begining to open up 'UK PLC' again and we're allowed to travel for non-essential journeys, I'm off to the powder-coaters in the week to get my wheels done.

Still haven't decided whether to go with the original silver, or as close to that as possible, but I think that's probably more likely.

The final decision will be when I turn up at the powder coaters, and sad as this sounds, it will come down to how much more they'll charge me to do the sprocket carrier, which now I've cleaned it up is in remarkably good condition and doesn't really need to be repainted. The wheels are going to cost around £170 and I'm guessing at another £20 to have the new tyres fittted & balanced. So if having the sprocket carrier done is going to cost too much more, I may just leave it & get the wheels done to match the existing colour.

Once the wheels are done and back on the bike, I need to check the fuel hoses & new fuel tap for any potential leaks, put some petrol in the tank & see if it starts. Think I might video it - it'll either be the final video of the bike & garage going up in smpke, or the first time the engine has been started for probably around 6 years.

Time will tell.
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Mine are still sitting waiting for me to go pick them up  :^_^ I'm almost embarrassed to say they want paying £72 for both rims and the carrier  :icon_redface: it was another £15 to get them sent over to them + whatever the fine will be if I get caught on the collection caper  :cp

Fingers crossed and Fire Main pressurised at all times  :grnb , getting tense  :bad
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I forgot you're north of the border, but aren't tou coming out of lockdown quicker than us?

We're allowed non essential journeys, so I'm not breaking any rules dropping them off, especially as it's a local journey, still within the same county.
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