The rehabilitation of Sir Gustave Sabastian (‘Gus’)

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Box'a'bits, Aug 22, 2010.

  1. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    Sorry I didnt get there

    I ended up reroofing one of the sheds - so I had way more fun than you guys did

    Are you taking Friday off to do Shanes Otaki ride?
  2. XTC

    XTC Taz

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    If we get in early enuff we could come round for coffee?
  3. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Got a call from Andy Mac saying want to ride into the Mangatooks. Be ready at 3.30pm. Unfortunately I was in the middle of fixing a leaky pipe at the back of the section. The patch I put on it didn't hold, but I wasn't missing out, so left the water toby off, told Mandy to turn it on if she needed water, & abandoned the project for the day.

    Met MarkS above Paraparumu, & rode into the unknown (well actually very well mapped, - but I didn't know where I was). Was VERY pleased with how the bike performed in there. Best at rocky hill climbs, where you can apply the power.

    I took no pictures while we were in the bush/ forestry section. I did remember once we headed to Andy's lookout above Mana. Apparently we weren't supposed to be there, but no one complained.

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    However Andy also took some photos. Cheers Andy

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    I thought we were on the way out, but ended up at the Orange Hutt just as the light started to fade. I was pretty pleased to have the big light on as we headed back out to the carpark, but didn't see a branch sticking straight out at me from the side of the track, and took that in my arm, point first. Reasonable bruise there to come out.

    Made it out & back to Mana after 10.00pm. Sorry I didn't stop Andy. I decided Mandy might be grumpy (she was), & I'd better get my arse back home.

    Yup. Sounds good. Maybe see you then. :D
  4. Moncho11

    Moncho11 Adventurer

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    Mate I can't thank you enough for the inspiration!

    <a href="http://s375.photobucket.com/albums/oo200/sgonza27/my%20r100gs%20build/?action=view&amp;current=photo.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i375.photobucket.com/albums/oo200/sgonza27/my%20r100gs%20build/photo.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    she is still a work in progress... her own thread is coming up soon! after I get the garage errr my apartment cleaned up!!


    cheers!
  5. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Thanks! Looking good!

    Fair to say I took MY inspriation from a lot of others including Airhead Wrangler (lights & instruments), Jonno (YZF forks), Phreaky Phil (fork swap & brakes) & others.

    They are a very capable platform, with huge parts support given their age, that will get you almost everywhere you want to go, & that you can modify in almost any direction. They evolve..:D
  6. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Maintenance
    210,140 kms. I have changed the final drive (&#8216;FD&#8217;) / swingarm (&#8216;SA&#8217;) boot, given that had torn (rocks between the FD & wheel) on the Shewolf ride to Ocean Beach. There was some oily / dirt / water in the FD boot. Nothing in the Gearbox / SA boot.

    The FD pivot bearings are worn. I&#8217;ve repacked & reinstalled, but these will need eventual replacement. The swingarm bearings are showing wear & will also need replacement at some point. Looking at the breather arrangement it&#8217;s amazing that there isn&#8217;t more crap in there. I seal the FD pivot breather with silicon (it has never had the standard cap on this), but not the swingarm breather. The SA left pivot (which has the breather) does have a cap over it to keep the worst shit out.

    The FD & gearbox oils were replaced at 202k kms. Both are fairly thick with dirt. No real metallic particles. The engine oil was replaced at 208k kms, but is black. The bike gets a good work out with a lot of slow speed running.

    Speaking of which, I use Castrol GTX 20-50 in the bike. I see that they have uprated the API specs for that oil. I need to check if that will have any material impact on Gus.

    I have also bought:
    &#8226; A new clutch cable (not yet installed), given the existing one has one frayed wire (but I&#8217;ll run with this a bit longer until it&#8217;s more worn).
    &#8226; A new clutch perch, as the existing one fractured just before the WAR ride. Once again, I won&#8217;t install this until the existing one finally lets go.

    Name Change
    Thinking of changing BMWRSNUT (which has always been a mouthful) to either:
    &#8226; BitsaBoxer, or;
    &#8226; Box&#8217;a&#8217;bits

    At this stage the second is more appealing. What say you?

    BMWRSNUT came about when I 1st registered on Trademe, basically to calm someone I was trying to buy some RS bits off. I then used that when I registered in other forums. Probably time to move on.
  7. Eddieb

    Eddieb www.AdventureRidingNZ.co.nz

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    Padmei won't be able to call you by the various slang variations if you change your name that far. What about just a single letter to BMWGSNUT? at least keep the NUT bit, for Padders sake.
  8. Rosie!

    Rosie! Little MissAdventure

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    You're just going to end up with the tagline 'aka BMWRSNUT' so we can remember who you are, then the new name won't stick.
    But if you do want to change it, the second is less bike specific, so you won't have to change your name again if you get a different bike.
    Rosie! [formerly KRRRosie :patch]
  9. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Thought that BMW Arse Nuts was possibly a little rude (and, yes someone did try referring to me using that moniker). Nutso is already taken. And I am possibly fairly sane.... I think. :*sip*
    Yup, recognise that, but I'll only need that for a while
    Yup, already asked for the change. Given I've had Boxers for 22 yrs (even between other bikes), I don't think they are going out of my life in a hurry. The Avatar is also a give away
  10. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    For Gods sake man isn't it obvious???
    You should be known as

    Stinky stinky baboon arse face man

    I can't believe you even had to ask:huh
  11. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    What?.. Damn. :huh Thought you'd already taken that.. :evil
  12. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    you'll always be bmwarsenut to me

    why not gs_rat?
  13. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Not supposed to be model specific. Already asked for the change. :D
  14. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    No matter who you pretend to be - you'll always be Nutso to me:crash

    where abouts is your gearbox piston post. I may need to take mine out & have a looksie.
  15. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Page 17, post 254. Didn't really talk about it much. The piston stuck mid way thru the 42nd.
  16. Dino3310

    Dino3310 Been here awhile

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    Box'a'bits... kinda discribes one of my ex's:rofl
  17. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    I need to get a WoF for the bike & am looking to address all the little issues that have come up prior to that.

    One issue outstanding from fork swap was the legality of the brake lines, which I was fairly sure weren&#8217;t WoF standard, because of the bolt up banjos. Took these in to Mossrax, & Chris reassured me that these meet standard. It&#8217;s the brake line fittings that are the issue &#8211; these must be crimped. So the brakelines VTNZ forced me to ditch a few years ago would also be legal &#8211; annoying.

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    At the Odlins Rd ride I notice some slop in the front which appeared to be steering head bearings. This was unsurprising, given I hadn&#8217;t replaced the bottom Yamaha bearings at the front swap. I knew that the bottom bearing was somewhat worn but that was unfortunately reinstalled on the yokes when I had the steering stem modified & I couldn&#8217;t find the enthusiasm at the time to remove it at the time.

    Saturday I pulled the front end down & attempted to replace the bearings. Used the welder to remove the cups (strip of weld shrinks the cups & allows them to be removed fairly easily).

    The bearing on the stem was less easy & wouldn&#8217;t move. I cut the cage off, & ended up resorting to grinding front & back, then attempt to split the bearing with a BFH. Of course I went too far (grinding) & damaged the stem. I&#8217;m still irritated with myself for that. I got impatient. The scores in the centre weren't my damage - I did the circular grind marks...:shog

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    When I put the new bearings on I usually heat the bearings was a torch or hot oil, & freeze the cups with aerosol &#8216;Freeze Spray&#8217;. I couldn&#8217;t get that this time so tried a CRC product, which I was fairly disappointed with. But the cups still went in okay.

    When I went to tighten thing up I was still getting movement, & was getting pretty frustrated trying to tighten this out. I thought it was because the top bearing wasn&#8217;t sliding down the stem properly. Turned out this wasn&#8217;t the steering head bearings at all, but was movement in the fork bushes. Guess I&#8217;ll need to look at those now. I was having issues with fork stiction, & I&#8217;m guessing this is the result. Oh well, need to change the fork oil down to 3.75w anyway&#8230;I just hope I haven&#8217;t damaged the steering head bearings by over tightening them.

    The final puzzle to resolve is that the bike is not now turning over. Must be an earth issue somewhere. Maybe even the reason I was getting shocks off the bike at Odlins Rd. Hmmm. Not the most successful session ever.
  18. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    you are a useless fork fucker

    almost as useless as me

    I spent a whole day making a radiator fan mount for the wr and doing the wring etc only to discover that I now need to choose between having a kick start only fan cooled bike or an overheating electric start bike - battery goes flat within 30 minutes of turning the fan on

    Do you have any idea how much damage you can do to your helmet when you throw it in a fit of rage after having to kick start a flooded 450 for about the 10th time while the bike is tetering half over an angled log. I couldnt even find the dummy - I spat it so far.....
  19. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    Hook it up to the headlight highbeam maybe?
    Lights on high, fan starts instead of highbeam?
  20. Eddieb

    Eddieb www.AdventureRidingNZ.co.nz

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    I'll be interseted to see how you go in your WOF check. I've had a bike rejected with fittings like that and had to replace the line.

    P.s, you need to update your watermark.