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by Simon.Gardiner
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: 1939 VA front mudguard removal
Replies: 6
Views: 112

Re: 1939 VA front mudguard removal

Bit involved but...do those fork spindles loosen off to let the girder legs pull apart (or even remove one side) ?
(Maybe the forks have to be built around the mudguard before fitting to the frame :shock: )

SG
by Simon.Gardiner
Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Mystery Hole
Replies: 2
Views: 83

Re: Mystery Hole

Blanking plug (almost certainly there already - they are very deep). The timed breather vents back across the crankcase and out of the breather pipe on the drive side. When you get it stripped down you'll find that the FH has rather more drillings/passages than a single (not sure how it compares to ...
by Simon.Gardiner
Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: looking for Geoff McGladdery
Replies: 5
Views: 194

Re: looking for Geoff McGladdery

That sure is a great photo!

SG
by Simon.Gardiner
Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:17 am
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Running in oil
Replies: 7
Views: 205

Re: Running in oil

Running in is important if the initial component machining/fit isn't too good. The better the quality of the components and their assembly, the less important running in becomes. Modern engines need much less running in (and have less running in specified) because modern manufacturing and machining ...
by Simon.Gardiner
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Main Chat Forum
Topic: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018
Replies: 488
Views: 22015

Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Very puzzling.
My '56 swing-arm is still on its original bushes and seems fine - certainly good enough for me to wear out my rear Roadrunner in 4k miles....

SG
by Simon.Gardiner
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Front brake plate rubbing on hub
Replies: 6
Views: 163

Re: Front brake plate rubbing on hub

So, possibly the bearing is too narrow, or the brake-side bearing assembly hasn't been put together correctly?? Oooh - it's a minefield! Make yourself comfortable for a few hours and work through some of this: http://forum.arielownersmcc.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=7962 (Or just go with the washe...
by Simon.Gardiner
Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: m2 square 4
Replies: 2
Views: 95

Re: m2 square 4

The earlier yoke with the speedo housing can be fitted but as well as the alloy yoke (probably best to get one with the reinforcement either side of the speedo, underneath - although I've never come across a broken one) and the fork shrouds with the ears you'll need fork the top adapters (top fork l...
by Simon.Gardiner
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Two stroke
Topic: Leader Crankshaft Bearing Diameters?
Replies: 3
Views: 102

Re: Leader Crankshaft Bearing Diameters?

Mark:
Dunno about the proper Leader crank sizes but there's a discussion on bearing fit here....
viewtopic.php?f=4&t=7021&start=20

HTH

SG
by Simon.Gardiner
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Rear brake & front fork questions
Replies: 12
Views: 317

Re: Rear brake & front fork questions

Bevan: If I remember rightly your bike is late 1950 (Sept/Oct??), which would make it a 1951 model year (model years ran from August in the previous year). In which case the cycle parts would be 1951 spec (but always remembering that there was often an overlap for certain parts while the existing st...
by Simon.Gardiner
Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Main Chat Forum
Topic: I spy with my little eye...
Replies: 5
Views: 284

Re: I spy with my little eye...

Can't help wondering if this is an 'Ariel' 'cos that's what came with the - maybe ex-ebay - reg docs..... (This happened to my registration number while the bike was off the road, fortunately my bike clearly is an Ariel - and with clearly un-doctored frame and engine numbers - so I won the dispute w...

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