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Forum: Airheads 07-28-2014, 08:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 403
Posted By bmwrench
I emailed John Gallivan, who worked at B & S in...

I emailed John Gallivan, who worked at B & S in the sixties. Here's his reply: "The name was purchased in England from a registry of business names and is supposed to go back centuries.

Al...
Forum: Airheads 07-28-2014, 08:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 403
Posted By bmwrench
AFAIK, B & S started in NYC, and all the streets...

AFAIK, B & S started in NYC, and all the streets there are numbered. You have made me curious, though.
Forum: Airheads 07-28-2014, 07:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 639
Posted By bmwrench
They're Cravens. Not often seen in the US, they...

They're Cravens. Not often seen in the US, they were imported from England by Anderson Machine and Welding.

The fairing looks unusual. Does it have a manufacturers tag on it?
Forum: Airheads 07-28-2014, 04:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 293
Posted By bmwrench
See my post above.

See my post above.
Forum: Old's Cool 07-28-2014, 04:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,214
Posted By bmwrench
You really can't go wrong with a '68 on Triumph...

You really can't go wrong with a '68 on Triumph twin, especially a single-carb. These years handle beautifully and as someone else said, the DLS brake works very well. I'd avoid '71-'72 because...
Forum: Airheads 07-28-2014, 03:55 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 6,583
Posted By bmwrench
I see a monolever front fender, but the 3/4 seat...

I see a monolever front fender, but the 3/4 seat is for twin-shock bikes. Is this stuff going on the same bike?
Forum: Airheads 07-28-2014, 03:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 403
Posted By bmwrench
BMW began hardening the rims for the model year...

BMW began hardening the rims for the model year 1977. I remember being upset that they didn't shine as previous rims did (OK, I'm anal), so we called Butler & Smith. I think Ken Smith was the one...
Forum: Airheads 07-28-2014, 03:47 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 584
Posted By bmwrench
What version are your carbs? Do they accept the...

What version are your carbs? Do they accept the larger float needle?

Does the bowl clip supply adequate pressure to seal the bowl?
Forum: Airheads 07-28-2014, 03:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 293
Posted By bmwrench
I made up some plates to adapt the BMW hook...

I made up some plates to adapt the BMW hook latches to Krausers.
Forum: Airheads 07-28-2014, 03:38 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,287
Posted By bmwrench
It's remarkable how much quieter the valves are...

It's remarkable how much quieter the valves are with fresh, good fitting guides.
Forum: Airheads 07-27-2014, 06:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 403
Posted By bmwrench
I'd look for a Lester wheel. I've seen a...

I'd look for a Lester wheel.

I've seen a lot of /6 rims crack, but never a /5. Where did your replacement rim come from?
Forum: Airheads 07-27-2014, 07:19 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 6,493
Posted By bmwrench
While I am sometimes offended or irritated by...

While I am sometimes offended or irritated by certain posters, when they disappear, I find the threads less interesting. In other words, I find their instability amusing.
Forum: Airheads 07-26-2014, 05:36 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 6,493
Posted By bmwrench
"excrementators" This may be the greatest...

"excrementators" This may be the greatest made-up word of all time.
Forum: Airheads 07-26-2014, 05:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 518
Posted By bmwrench
"... because the cost of the switchgear new alone...

"... because the cost of the switchgear new alone is practically as much as the RCS master..."


-Henry[/QUOTE]

Which switchgear? Your stock switches will screw right on to the 16mm master...
Forum: Airheads 07-25-2014, 07:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 518
Posted By bmwrench
Why not just use a 16mm BMW master cylinder, or...

Why not just use a 16mm BMW master cylinder, or even a 20 from a K1/K1100/R1100?
Forum: Airheads 07-24-2014, 07:12 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 851
Posted By bmwrench
You have an early snowflake, which are famous for...

You have an early snowflake, which are famous for losing their interference fit at the bearing bores. Later wheels have a steel sleeve captured inside the hub. Many of these early wheels have been...
Forum: Airheads 07-24-2014, 12:25 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 7,295
Posted By bmwrench
The fill and drain plugs are 12 X 1.5. I haven't...

The fill and drain plugs are 12 X 1.5. I haven't tried it, but you might be able to drill and tap one of those plugs to 1/8" pipe.

Bill, pipe threads are based on the I.D. of the pipe. I...
Forum: Airheads 07-24-2014, 08:48 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 7,295
Posted By bmwrench
Bill's envisioned method sounds elegant, but I...

Bill's envisioned method sounds elegant, but I just use a simple oil can (I'm sorry I used the term gun previously). It holds about 8oz-I've never measured it's content-I have a Snap-On oil pressure...
Forum: Airheads 07-23-2014, 07:45 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,182
Posted By bmwrench
I'd have Re-Psycle ship the original motor to you...

I'd have Re-Psycle ship the original motor to you and rebuild it. I hate to see original motors separated from their homes.
Forum: Old's Cool 07-22-2014, 07:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 618
Posted By bmwrench
Yes, it's a very early Triumph head.

Yes, it's a very early Triumph head.
Forum: Airheads 07-22-2014, 05:38 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 7,295
Posted By bmwrench
It shouldn't be difficult to remove the switch. ...

It shouldn't be difficult to remove the switch. You will need an adapter hose to screw into the hole. This is usually part of an oil pressure test kit.
Forum: Airheads 07-21-2014, 07:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,190
Posted By bmwrench
Yes. It supports the flexible line.

Yes. It supports the flexible line.
Forum: Airheads 07-21-2014, 06:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 408
Posted By bmwrench
My old riding buddy rode a monolever bike for...

My old riding buddy rode a monolever bike for years. He said that the 100/90 made the bike less "nervous".
Forum: Airheads 07-21-2014, 06:54 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 7,295
Posted By bmwrench
I prime the system, as I posted before, with an...

I prime the system, as I posted before, with an oil gun through the oil pressure switch hole, then attach a pressure gauge. I don't spin the motor with plugs out, etc. I just start the thing, and I...
Forum: Airheads 07-19-2014, 06:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 397
Posted By bmwrench
If your measurements are correct I don't know why...

If your measurements are correct I don't know why it shouldn't work. I did something similar so long ago I don't remember what bike it was.

Powerseal is replating Nikasil bores, as well as...
Forum: Airheads 07-19-2014, 06:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,005
Posted By bmwrench
Are aftermarket pads not available in Oz? EBC...

Are aftermarket pads not available in Oz? EBC pads cost about $30.00 in the US.

Check your pad alignment.
Forum: Airheads 07-19-2014, 05:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 726
Posted By bmwrench
Please say hello to Charlie for me. He was a TSM...

Please say hello to Charlie for me. He was a TSM (technical services manager) for BMWNA when I was a tech at a couple of east coast dealers. We had a couple of interesting conversations when we both...
Forum: Airheads 07-18-2014, 10:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 634
Posted By bmwrench
Dual ATEs would be OK, but the only place I've...

Dual ATEs would be OK, but the only place I've been able to find pads for them is from BMW. It would be worth the extra effort to find at least one Brembo. There is no alignment with the ATEs; they...
Forum: Airheads 07-18-2014, 05:10 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,115
Posted By bmwrench
Is anyone else having trouble understanding my...

Is anyone else having trouble understanding my answers?

One more time: Building a motor with wider gaps than I normally like resulted in one that runs very well.

There's rarely...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-17-2014, 07:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 588
Posted By bmwrench
I have a Rickman Six Days Replica with the 125...

I have a Rickman Six Days Replica with the 125 Zundapp motor. I don't think the Triumph 250 motor will fit-it's too tall. I do think a 500 Triumph motor will, though. I just need the time and...
Forum: Airheads 07-17-2014, 07:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,115
Posted By bmwrench
I can't recall where I read it, but I thought it...

I can't recall where I read it, but I thought it was horse-hockey until my experience made me a believer. Here's what I said in my previous post: "Ring manufacturers have been telling for just as...
Forum: Airheads 07-17-2014, 07:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 577
Posted By bmwrench
Has the plug hole been heli-coiled?

Has the plug hole been heli-coiled?
Forum: Airheads 07-17-2014, 06:55 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,115
Posted By bmwrench
Automotive racers.

Automotive racers.
Forum: Airheads 07-16-2014, 06:30 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,115
Posted By bmwrench
For years I insisted upon file-fit rings (usually...

For years I insisted upon file-fit rings (usually .010' oversize) from my aftermarket supplier, but on a recent R75 build no rings were available in a file-fit. I put the motor together with ring...
Forum: Airheads 07-16-2014, 06:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 634
Posted By bmwrench
Adding a second disc to an R65 is reasonably...

Adding a second disc to an R65 is reasonably easy. The tough part is the caliper-the original ATE caliper is no longer available. I assume that a Brembo caliper will bolt up since BMW began using...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-11-2014, 06:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 683
Posted By bmwrench
The front wheel on R65s is an absolute bitch on...

The front wheel on R65s is an absolute bitch on which to change tires. Add to that the bead retention BMW put in these rims front and rear and you're in for a miserable project. A service bulletin ...
Forum: Airheads 07-11-2014, 06:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,190
Posted By bmwrench
Ask them for a kit for an '81-'84 R100 with USA...

Ask them for a kit for an '81-'84 R100 with USA bars. If they can't figure it that out, give 'em this part number: 02-020. That'll give 'em something to think about!

But, really-why would you...
Forum: Airheads 07-09-2014, 07:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,257
Posted By bmwrench
You should have seen the used parts dep't when...

You should have seen the used parts dep't when Bob's BMW was still active in them. The parts were laid out in part number order, and of course, there were row after row of them.
Forum: Airheads 06-28-2014, 05:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 481
Posted By bmwrench
The "small hands" lever looks identical to the...

The "small hands" lever looks identical to the standard one; only the cam which contacts the master cylinder piston is different. This causes the effort of the rider to occur closer to the bar. ...
Forum: Airheads 06-23-2014, 06:54 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,979
Posted By bmwrench
How about the flywheel?

How about the flywheel?
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