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    An oil cooler arrived today, much better than the...

    An oil cooler arrived today, much better than the crappy other thing I bought, really good quality. Just have to make a mount for it. I've turned up some stainless fittings for the cooler/filter...
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    Well, that was pointless, I entered into...

    Well, that was pointless, I entered into discussions with the ebay seller, first they offered a 30% refund which I refused. Then they offered a 50% refund which I again refused. Then they offered a...
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    Yep.

    Yep.
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    The oil cooler arrived, what a piece of rubbish....

    The oil cooler arrived, what a piece of rubbish. Add said 12mm inlet, it is but it goes down to a 6mm hole. The finish is rough as guts and it's bent. Can't find any others other than ones for pit...
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    Busy day today, scrapped the old engine plates I...

    Busy day today, scrapped the old engine plates I made a while back and made a couple of new ones. I decided to mount the the oil filter housing a bit lower, around an inch, so had to extend the...
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    Oil filter housing machined, have yet to machine...

    Oil filter housing machined, have yet to machine up some stainless, threaded barbs to sit in top of the filter housing, I will also have to remake the engine mounts for cooler installation. The...
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    Polished is better, just couldn't help myself!

    Polished is better, just couldn't help myself!
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    I'm going to fit a cooler and a remote,spin on...

    I'm going to fit a cooler and a remote,spin on filter on the bike, I didn't like the look of the way others had done it: Screwing a fitting into the face of the original oil filter cover, nor did I...
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    Can't make up my mind, black one or ally one?

    Can't make up my mind, black one or ally one?
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    Progress: Rear end done, now all I have to do, is...

    Progress: Rear end done, now all I have to do, is front brake line, mufflers, wiring and spoking, upholstery. Although, I do have an oil cooler and remote filter to do...
  11. Thread: Getting older

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    Yes, over 75 and you have to prove that you are...

    Yes, over 75 and you have to prove that you are capable of driving. Interestingly, the 16-17year old group are responsible for the most crashes. The 70-79group have the second lowest rates of...
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    I think it's worth. Remembering that the govt has...

    I think it's worth. Remembering that the govt has never faced this sort of thing before, expecting the govt to roll out this mass vaccination project without some problems is asking a bit much!
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    Some painting today, painted the rear guard, tail...

    Some painting today, painted the rear guard, tail light, seat cowl and kickstand. It all came out pretty good, I'll stick it all together tomorrow and have a look. Undecided on whether to use the...
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    I've been getting new aids every couple of years...

    I've been getting new aids every couple of years for the last 20 years, don't bother anymore, they're all rubbish, all they do is amplify all the background noises which drive you mad. I just rely...
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    I can't say I'm getting older, I'm already there!...

    I can't say I'm getting older, I'm already there! I have no problems slowing down, my hands don't work well anymore, plus, some part of my body is usually wrapped up in bandages now while my joints...
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    I had my second jab a week or so ago, same as the...

    I had my second jab a week or so ago, same as the first, no side effects. I never have side effects from vaccinations, not even a sore arm. Had jabs for covid, pneumonia, shingles flu and a swag of...
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    Growing old, isn't it fun?

    A new hand! Compliments of psoriatic arthritis which is gradually destroying my joints, I recently had all the PIP joints in my left hand fixed: Pinky and ring finger now have nice new plastic...
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    I had the sutures removed this morning. Had to...

    I had the sutures removed this morning. Had to put work on hold a couple of days ago as I was managing to hit the finger on every single thing in my workshop. The surgeon removed the pin from the...
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    Finished off the tail light this afternoon. Had...

    Finished off the tail light this afternoon. Had to make it in two pieces so I could polish it. Couple of imperfections, pinholes, you can see in the last picture on the left hand side by the bend. ...
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    Such is the form I'm after. I laced the rims with...

    Such is the form I'm after. I laced the rims with a few spokes just to see what it'd look like, quite happy with the form, although, I might lower the seat cowl a bit and paint the side panels....
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    Yet another stand, or at least a modification to...

    Yet another stand, or at least a modification to one. I was finding it a bit of a stretch working on the top of the bike, trees, bars, switches and so on and the bike takes over the hole bench,...
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    Offline for a few days: Had the dip joint fused...

    Offline for a few days: Had the dip joint fused and PIP joint broken and re-pinned and fused again at a more usable angle. Might make working on the bike a bit easier with a bit of luck.
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    I made up a steel tail light bracket a while...

    I made up a steel tail light bracket a while back, but it was awfully heavy, so today I messed around with welding up an aluminium one. I did try bending up a bracket, but it was impossible to get...
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    Ignition switch bracket finished off today. I've...

    Ignition switch bracket finished off today. I've re sited the switch to the front, under the tank by the headstock. I also bought a small horn as the original doesn't work anymore, despite fiddling...
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    What a waste of time that was: Cleaned up the...

    What a waste of time that was: Cleaned up the wheels, polished the spokes and rims and painted the rest, I thought they might look good on this bike, not to be though, they look bloody awful! I won't...
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    How to remove tyres with two stuffed hands:...

    How to remove tyres with two stuffed hands: Squash tyre in vice to break seal, apply F clamp, repeat several times, insert tyre lever, add 2' extension and pull like hell. I also polished one side of...
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    And the rear rim, came out better than I...

    And the rear rim, came out better than I expected. I used an air belt sander to try and even out the area between spoke holes, doesn't look too bad now. It has a couple of damaged bits still evident...
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    Japanese knock offs. Borranis are too expensive.

    Japanese knock offs. Borranis are too expensive.
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    Did some more buffing on the front rim, came up...

    Did some more buffing on the front rim, came up reasonably well, I ground the edge down and managed to get rid of the lever marks, but as you can see in pic four the pitting is very bad and very...
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    Well, another day spent on the cam, must have...

    Well, another day spent on the cam, must have made about a hundred of these bloody things before I figured out how to do it" cut the keyway first, then mark where the ramps are then file, check,...
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    Slack day today, just made up a few static timing...

    Slack day today, just made up a few static timing lights of different design. First one uses a 9 volt battery, so had to solder a resistor in the line to cut the voltage down. Second one works off...
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    Take three on ignition switch placement. I...

    Take three on ignition switch placement. I decided to place it here, under the thank: Less noticeable both on the switch side and the back of the switch. The Delrin cover I made for it hides it...
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    Today I messed around with the single points cam...

    Today I messed around with the single points cam I made a while back. As you can see in the first two pictures the lobes were slightly off: when the right hand cylinder was timed correctly the left...
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    A nice new brake anchor made up today. Looks...

    A nice new brake anchor made up today. Looks better than the old crusty steel one. Made from a slab of 10mm aluminium, cranked 12 mm and shaved down to 7mm on the leading edge.
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    Some work on the rear end: The guard was badly...

    Some work on the rear end: The guard was badly dented and had a couple of cracks running out from the tail light fixing holes. I cut the lip from the periphery off, removed some dents as best I could...
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    Handlebar switchgear.

    Master cylinder and clutch lever came this morning. I was going to put a kit through the stock master cylinder and buy a new clutch lever, until I discovered the kit was $78, then I had to fork out...
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    The new Narva switch arrived a few days ago,...

    The new Narva switch arrived a few days ago, still undecided on where to park it??? I made two brackets for it:, one hanging off the rear engine mount, the other a bit further back directly under the...
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    I couldn't find any risers that I liked, so I...

    I couldn't find any risers that I liked, so I made these up from a block of ally I bought. I was going to make up some round ones, but I like these, so these are what I'll stick with. The polished...
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    All back together, nice and clean, no damage,...

    All back together, nice and clean, no damage, except for the cross feed nut which is a little worn. Ready to be made filthy again.
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    Just can't stop ripping things apart, story oof...

    Just can't stop ripping things apart, story oof my life. This thing is 10 years old now, time for a birthday party: complete strip down, clean and inspect
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    Replaced the crusty old brake rod with a nice...

    Replaced the crusty old brake rod with a nice shiny one I made on the lathe. hinge pin and adjuster nut also turned up on the lathe.
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    Shockies came today, bike is starting to look...

    Shockies came today, bike is starting to look like a bike now. Huge mistake though, I ordered the shockies in all black, should have bought the ones with chrome springs, damn! Here's a tip though,...
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    Progress is slowing down, running short of...

    Progress is slowing down, running short of motivation I think. I might attack the seat pan next I think. When I welded the seat pan up I fabricated a squarish box at the nose to clear the tank...
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    You might recall the coil mounting bracket I made...

    You might recall the coil mounting bracket I made a little while ago. I mounted it on itís side because there wasnít room between the frame tubes to mount it right way up. This meant the two plug...
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    Here's a couple of sites I administer and...

    Here's a couple of sites I administer and document my work, bike builds and other stuff. Australian Metalwork Shop and, Australian XS650 custom cafe racer builders
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    If you don't have a clutch locking tool, or don't...

    If you don't have a clutch locking tool, or don't want to waste plates making one, here's an idea: a lump of 25mm x 6mm steel with two lugs welded on at the appropriate intervals to slot into the...
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    A couple of surface finishing ideas. The plastic...

    A couple of surface finishing ideas. The plastic guard under the seat of the TX650 was in terrible condition: badly scarred, and gouged, much like the rest of the bike. I was going to bin it and...
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    I've been scratching my head on how to join a few...

    I've been scratching my head on how to join a few cables under the seat. first option was a few twin bullet connectors, but I thought that was a bit untidy, so came up with this idea: A few bits of...
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    Regulator/rectifier plate done with a couple of...

    Regulator/rectifier plate done with a couple of panel mount, blade fuse holders on the side. Only need the one, but if I change my mind later on, I have two, plus I can add another two underneath the...
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    And this is where it goes. Made the bracket for...

    And this is where it goes. Made the bracket for it this morning and mounted it, complete with grommet where the wires exit. I'll replace the philips heads with allen heads later. No philips head...
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