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Other Bikes / Re: Axle clamp stud removal
« on: July 09, 2021, 09:09:42 PM »
It’s the Laser one I went for.
Probably all much the same but for some reason I still feel some pull to familiar old names!

Other Bikes / Re: Axle clamp stud removal
« on: July 09, 2021, 06:22:10 PM »
Thanks guys,
Success ... new tool arrived this afternoon and actually worked just like it says on the tin!
The tool is pretty chunky so may be a problem for studs in confined areas but for the fork stud it worked beautifully.
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Tightened it securely onto the stud and it loosened off surprisingly easily so a real result.
Feels like a tough bit of kit when tightening and grips the stud really well so happy to have another tool in the box!
Just have to wait for the new stud to arrive and I can get the bike back together again.

Thanks for all tips and advice

Other Bikes / Re: Axle clamp stud removal
« on: July 08, 2021, 06:10:35 PM »
Thanks again,
Tried to get the nuts onto the thread but didn't want to go on smoothly due to the mangled end thread.
I've ordered a stud extractor due to arrive tomorrow so hopefully will be a miracle cure!


Other Bikes / Re: Axle clamp stud removal
« on: July 06, 2021, 06:56:21 PM »
Thanks guys,
I'll try the two nuts approach first and hopefully it'll work.
I have no idea how well these studs are normally fixed into the fork leg and whether they are 'easy' to remove - guess I'm about to find out tomorrow when I go back to it.


Other Bikes / Axle clamp stud removal
« on: July 06, 2021, 06:40:01 PM »
Evening all,
Spent the last two days stripping and rebuilding the front end on the GSX1100EZ as there was a weep on one of the fork seals.
Heavy bugger to work on but all went surprisingly smoothly until...
Tightening up the axle clamp nuts and one of the threads stripped at the very end where the nut fits.
I'd like to pull out the old stud and fit a new one but never tried this before and wasn't sure how easy stud removal might be.
Seen a few stud removal tools on Amazon so hoping someone may have a recommendation on which type to use.
The full stud is there with just the last bit stripped so have good thread above that - could try screwing on two nuts as a first option.

Any advice very come - really don't want to strip the front end and forks down again so hopefully can do this in situ.


Desperately Seeking!! / Re: CB400 Neutral Switch
« on: July 01, 2021, 07:10:53 PM »
I don't think it affects the switch at all, looks like it's just been removed a bit clumsily in the past.
No charge - you're very welcome to it if it helps you.
PM your address and I'll stick it in the post.


Desperately Seeking!! / Re: CB400 Neutral Switch
« on: July 01, 2021, 03:35:23 PM »
If you're still looking for a neutral switch I've got one here which has a bit of damage to the body but I don't think it affects anything.
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Let me know if it's any use to you.


SOHC Singles & Twins / Re: CJ360T engine advice
« on: June 17, 2021, 12:56:01 PM »
Thanks Bryan,
I'll have a go at cleaning up / smoothing off the head and hopefully that'll be OK.
It seems getting a full set of pistons and rings is really awkward so I'll just keep an eye on eBay for whatever comes up and then see if I can contact Trigger and hopefully he can squeeze in a rebore for them.

SOHC Singles & Twins / CJ360T engine advice
« on: June 16, 2021, 02:03:23 PM »
Hi all,
While doing 'final' tinkering with the CJ250T I thought I'd strip the CJ360T to see if she's worth restoring as well (don't ask why, I know they're not exactly in demand!).
Frame and bodywork pretty good generally and mainly original so that's the good news.
The engine is original and doesn't seem to have been messed around with but clock shows quite high mileage at over 53,000 miles.
From strip-down, one piston had a broken ring and obvious damage as well as the head - photo shows this clearly (reminds me of Nurse Julie's engine rebuild and the discussions on cause etc).
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The bores are reasonable generally but one side has a rough patch and a scar as photo.
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The rest of the engine seems generally OK but I haven't gone through it in detail yet as I really wanted to see what the verdict was for the top end before going much further.
No proper engineering skill at all so no idea whether the head is salvageable - some of the pits are near the valve seats and edge of the head surface and not sure if this can just be 'smoothed' down.
The bores I'm sure will need a rebore - on standard size and measurements I took quickly suggest the wear is still below the service limit but clearly need attention. The problem here is getting pistons and rings - I've seen 1mm oversize for both available, or just 0.5 / 0.7 rings and odd pistons so may be tricky getting the full set needed. Is it sane to simply go for the 1mm oversize if parts are available rather than try and source the lower oversize?
Would appreciate views on the head and bores and any idea on cost of rebore as I've not yet had to have anything bored so no idea on price.


CB350/400 / Re: Side stand
« on: June 15, 2021, 08:20:59 AM »
Thanks Gareth and Micky,
I think the wheels and forks etc. are standard but will have another look later today.
Thanks for the photos - I'll check the numbers and angle on mine and see if it makes any sense.

CB350/400 / Re: Side stand
« on: June 14, 2021, 04:57:22 PM »
Thanks Gareth
Agree it would be a bit of a trek - but down hill all the way here at least!
Had a friend at school who couldn't be convinced that north-south was different to up-down and firmly believed it would use far less petrol going south rather than north - bless!

CB350/400 / Re: Side stand
« on: June 14, 2021, 11:21:21 AM »
Deano - looks like the double spigot is standard then. From your photo the weld for the stand bracket looks to be more on the underside of the frame tube than on my one so maybe that is where a repair has been done.
Tayside - yes, nut left off as I've been playing with the stand. Haven't got a second bike to compare to sadly.
Might have to bite the bullet and take some of the paint off to see if the area's been welded up and then decide.

CB350/400 / Re: Side stand
« on: June 14, 2021, 10:33:43 AM »
Back again,
Had a bit of time to look closer at the stand issue.
Shocks are over-length but this would make the lean angle better - I did swap them with a correct length, rusty, set and the bike was vertical.
I can't really make out whether the area has been welded up - the frame was powder coated when I got it and it's not really clear to me if original or bodged - maybe someone can tell from the attached photos?
I also wondered if the stand is the right one - it has a spigot on both sides of the stand as shown and maybe is simply too long? Dimension from bolt centre to heel of the stand is around 21cm as photo.
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SOHC Singles & Twins / Hanging revs
« on: May 22, 2021, 07:18:47 PM »
Got the CJ250T back together a while ago but didn't put petrol in a couple of weeks ago when I finally got a chance to play with the engine outside.
Fired up easily but had an obvious leak on the carb manifold rubbers, ran rough and had an oil leak on the clutch side cover.
Back on the ramp.
Ordered new rubbers from Cruzinimage which arrived really quickly and fitted these.
Fixed oil leak (what a pain getting the cover on and off - involves kickstart, brake pedal and exhaust being removed / pulled aside).
Checked points and timing.
Started up much better and idles nicely but revs hang and only drop slowly so need to sort that next.
Cables are free and couldn't find any air leaks on the carb to head or filter rubbers.
I guess this means something inside the carbs needs another clean out but just wondered what else could affect this in peoples experience.

CB350/400 / Re: Weeping brakes
« on: May 22, 2021, 10:17:45 AM »
Thanks Bryan, will do.

Also I've got another old caliper with a damaged bleed nipple I'm looking to sort.
The nipple has been broken at the top but has a reasonable bit still sticking out to get hold of.
It's been soaking in penetrating oil for a while and I wondered whether sticking the caliper in the oven for a while would help to free the nipple before trying to loosen it - what do you think?


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