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    Getting there.

    Coming together slowly, still a lot to do, should be finished in around another 20 years at this current pace.
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    Another surgery.

    Three or four years ago I had a THR done, unfortunately, it hasn't provided much relief: The iliopsoas bursa swelled up. I had three shots at emptying it with no luck, fluid was more like jelly, so...
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    doubled up post.

    doubled up post.
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    This afternoon I taught myself to mig aluminium. ...

    This afternoon I taught myself to mig aluminium. The key was finding the right volts, wire feed, stick out, speed and watching the heat build up, that had me stumped for a bit, wondered why each...
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    I had another shot at the left side engine cover....

    I had another shot at the left side engine cover. No matter how much I polished it before, the aluminium appeared stained. I've tried a nylon fibre wheel before with no luck, so this time I...
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    Finally finished off the forks today, right side...

    Finally finished off the forks today, right side needed a final polish. These pics show how not to remove fork seals. Some people shouldn't be allowed near bikes, gouging the fork legs like that to...
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    No next one, too old now, not enough time left. ...

    No next one, too old now, not enough time left. It's the building that interests me not the riding, I'll never be able to ride it anyway. I started this project knowing it was to be an end of life...
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    Headlight brackets finished and fitted. ...

    Headlight brackets finished and fitted. Polishing isn't as good as I'd like as I couldn't get the mop in to the tight areas, came up all right though I guess. Eight inch headlight will be replace...
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    Finished of the tank, scrubbed it back with...

    Finished of the tank, scrubbed it back with cutting compound, then super cutting compound, then Silvo, then finished of with wax polish. Silvo is an excellent, very fine final cutting compound...
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    i thought some might be interested in the making...

    i thought some might be interested in the making of a couple of ally headlight brackets. i started with two strips of 3mm ally, 50mm x 230mm. worked out PI for 34mm fork legs and did two 90 degree...
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    Just a back yarder. According to some, I haven't...

    Just a back yarder. According to some, I haven't a clue!
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    Finished painting the tank, front guard and...

    Finished painting the tank, front guard and headlight shell and bracket this morning. Came up pretty good, well, good enough to see you comb your hair, all I need now is some hair. Couple of...
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    A while back I installed a PMA on the XS650,...

    A while back I installed a PMA on the XS650, comprised of a Banshee rotor and an XV250 stator mounted on an aluminium mount I made up for it. The keyway in the rotor is 5mm, whereas the keyway in...
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    It's a hall effect system, works on a magnetic...

    It's a hall effect system, works on a magnetic rotor passing over a hall effect sensor, thus triggering a spark. I get no satisfaction from just buying and bolting, I like designing and making...
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    Ignition systems.

    Cranked up the new mill for its first job today: A single point cam. Tuned down a bit of round stock to 18mm on the lathe, bored an 8mm hole through the centre, milled a couple of flats 180 degrees...
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    Ignition systems.

    Cranked up the new mill for its first job today: A single point cam. Turned down a bit of round stock to 18mm on the lathe, bored an 8mm hole through the centre, milled a couple of flats 180 degrees...
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    Mill stand.

    I bought a mill drill to help in making bits for the bike. Then had to make a stand for it following along the lines of the lathe stand, minus the levelling gear. Finished the stand but the real...
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    Fork legs

    Each fork leg had mounts for a caliper, why I don't know as this model only came with a single disk. Decided it looked ugly so I removed the caliper mount on the left leg and also the lower mudguard...
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    twin points to single.

    More work on the ignition system. Couldn't find any 3mm eye terminals anywhere, so modified some male blade terminals. Grommet in the points housing was spit, so I used some rubber I had lying around...
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    Timing.

    When I converted to a permanent magnet alternator on the bike, rather than buy a kit, I pieced it together using a Virago rotor, a Banshee, stator and a mount I spun up on my lathe. This left no way...
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    Top mounts.

    These are a couple of engine mounts I made, they replace a six piece set that bolts together. Very untidy and very unnecessary. But, typical of the XS design: a sump filter that can't handle the...
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    How to get an XS650motor in the frame.

    In their wisdom the Japanese decided to make the motor such a tight fit in the frame you have to take it out to work on it. This tight fit makes it very difficult to get the motor mounted without...
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    Custom exhaust.

    I welded up a dummy exhaust with correct angles, rotation and lengths, took it to an exhaust shop and spoke to a bloke there about it. Initially I just wanted four bends as I had the intention of...
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    A tale of three stands.

    I'll confess, I'm not into building once, I like to do it a few times, keeps me occupied. When I was putting the motor together I got sick of it wobbling all over the bench, so I built a stand ,just...
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    Painting.

    Frame blasted and painted, along with seat, footpegs, bottom tree and a few other bits and pieces.
    Frame was easts enough, just a bit difficult to get to a few bits due to the terrible design and...
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    The best medicine is to get another do as soon as...

    The best medicine is to get another do as soon as you can. Without a dog to ease the grief, life will feel very lonely.

    I often visit my two dogs ashes in the bookcase, I will never forget them....
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    Well, I'm up there: High BP, diabetes and an ex...

    Well, I'm up there: High BP, diabetes and an ex smoker already suffering from its effects. Had my right lung removed about 3 years ago, then had chemo and radio when it returned, then it returned...
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    Finished off the front hub: I drilled the disk...

    Finished off the front hub: I drilled the disk with some lightning holes, installed new sealed bearings, polished the hub and because the left side cover that covers the disk mount holes was rusted,...
  29. Thread: PMA upgrade

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    PMA upgrade

    Stator for my TX650 arrived this morning. It's a PMA upgrade. Rotor to come for $Au60. So, that's $Au108, plus a little fettling to fit it. Also bought a reg/rec unit for $AU25. A PMA kit is...
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    The health merry go round is real. If you're...

    The health merry go round is real. If you're lucky you'll go through life without issues and won't leave this world until you're good and ready. Unfortunately, there is no good way to depart and...
  31. Thread: Cancer, again.

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    Cancer, again.

    Well, I survived cancer twice: First time around had most of the right lung removed, 18 months later it returned, so had radio and chemo and away it went. Again, 18 months later, two spots, one in...
  32. Thread: New fingers!

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    New fingers!

    Had the index and second finger PIP joints fused and the ring and pinky got new PIP joints two weeks ago. Stitches out yesterday, all 30 of them. Still swollen, but actually used them a little...
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    Stitches out yesterday, all 30 of them. Still...

    Stitches out yesterday, all 30 of them. Still swollen, but actually used them a little today: Marvellous, pain is nothing like it used to be, I can actually bend them a little without grimacing. ...
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    Just put the front hub together using sealed...

    Just put the front hub together using sealed bearings, bead blasted the disk holder and drilled a few holes in the disk. Also put the rear hub together with sealed bearings. The Teles are also...
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    Finally finished the seat off. Re did the front...

    Finally finished the seat off. Re did the front mounts for a neater look and angled the spigot and spigot seat so the seat clears the frame tubes. The rear mounts consist of a rubber grommet mounted...
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    For the seat pan front mount I used a small piece...

    For the seat pan front mount I used a small piece of 3mm plate, welded an 8mm spigot to it and bolted it to the pan. The frame mount was a piece of 22mm tube, welded to a piece of 3mm x 25mm shaped...
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    New seat base

    I beat up the seat base to match the frame rails and also beat up a cowl and welded it to the rear of the seat. Decided I dIdn't like it, so I cut the rear cowl off, lowered the back and cut and...
  38. I think any old bloke, like me, has tuned bikes...

    I think any old bloke, like me, has tuned bikes by ear, using tubes stuck in the inlet, stethoscopes, paddle pop sticks, drill bits, dead cylinder methods and so on, and even convinced themselves...
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    Well, so much for all that work, decided I didn't...

    Well, so much for all that work, decided I didn't like the motor in its silver livery, so I tore it down again, blasted the cases again and painted them black. Re assembled with new gaskets and...
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    Don't have another petrol vehicle, only diesel. ...

    Don't have another petrol vehicle, only diesel. The light is brand new anyway.
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    Light is connected to battery, as per...

    Light is connected to battery, as per instructions. Also tried a remote battery. Trigger connected to no 1, both at plug end and coil.
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    Question on coils and timing lights

    Twin coil motor bike. The coils work fine and provide a good spark, however, with an inductive timing light connected, the coil stops sparking and timing light does not work. Ideas???
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    Nice new manometer.

    Here's a new manometer I've just made. The top and bottom platforms consist of a neoprene gasket sandwiched between two pieces of ply, the inner piece of ply having 35mm holes to locate the two...
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    It is the owners resonsibilty to ensure their...

    It is the owners resonsibilty to ensure their dogs cannot escape. If dogs escape, obviously the owner didn't take precautions in ensuring his yard was escape proof. If you can't do that then you...
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    elderly lady killed in pack attack.

    I just saw on the news, a 91 year old woman was attacked by a pack of three dogs, she died. Her daughter, 71, was also badly bitten by the dogs. Being an ex RAAF dog handler I've seen the damage dogs...
  46. The amount of fluid in a 6mm length of looped...

    The amount of fluid in a 6mm length of looped tube is miniscule, just a tiny change in vacuum will result in the fluid level in the looped tube moving an incredible distance. to negate this you...
  47. Nope, the fluid in a small tube moves up and down...

    Nope, the fluid in a small tube moves up and down too much and frequently gets sucked into the intake. Consider the amount of fluid in a small looped tube with the amount of fluid in those large...
  48. Home made manometer for synchronising carb, video showing how it works.

    This Is a home made manometer cobbled together using two equal lengths of 30mm clear, plastic tube. The two tubes are joined together at the bottom with a short plastic tube thus allowing the fluid...
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    First startup for the TX650

    First startup for the XS650. Bike was bought as a non goer, in terrible condition. It had a large chunk missing from the top crankcase, aluminium was badly oxidised and most everything was rusted....
  50. Thread: Finished trike.

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    Finished trike.

    Here's my finished trike, painted and assembled. Suspension works great, should have added that years ago.
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