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by Simon.Gardiner
Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:05 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: ALTERNATIVE TO SRM
Replies: 6
Views: 3641

Steve McFarlane was one of the founders of SRM - I think he's now got his own engineering concern in Cardiff (he comes up in 'yell.com'), looks like he still does a lot of bike stuff.

I doubt if he'd be cheaper (I think you do get what you pay for) but he may be slightly closer.
by Simon.Gardiner
Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:23 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Vh from Bill Lomas
Replies: 6
Views: 1888

Oooooh, very nice ! I'm gonna build me one !! :-)
by Simon.Gardiner
Thu Nov 10, 2011 11:13 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Cast-Iron to Alloy?
Replies: 13
Views: 3499

I've seen several references to stocks of parts being used up first rather than all new being introduced in one clean sweep. I don't think this was limited to just Ariel, and my 1980 BM has got some parts on it that were supposed to have been discontinued in the 1979 model year. I didn't realise the...
by Simon.Gardiner
Thu Nov 10, 2011 11:06 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Ariel Hunter head polishing
Replies: 13
Views: 3368

I've got 51 and 53 VH heads with a smooth inlet port (ie 'machined') but a pretty rough exhaust.
The bowl in each head is also machined but again not polished, in so far as you can see the machining marks, but you can't really feel any roughness.

Dunno if that helps any!
by Simon.Gardiner
Sun Nov 06, 2011 7:47 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Mystery Parts
Replies: 2
Views: 1199

Looks a bit like a rear brake pedal pivot pin to me....
by Simon.Gardiner
Sun Nov 06, 2011 7:41 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Changing Rocker Arm Ball Ends
Replies: 2
Views: 720

I'd imagine they're just pressed in, so you'll just need a big vice....(I know, actress, bishop etc :-) )
by Simon.Gardiner
Sun Nov 06, 2011 1:08 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Tyre Choice
Replies: 6
Views: 1609

I'd agree with Nev about K70s, but I'd just comment that if you like the feel of the Roadriders then use 'em and don't worry about not being able to push the tyre to its limits!
by Simon.Gardiner
Wed Nov 02, 2011 11:10 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Full width hub locking
Replies: 9
Views: 2327

Klaus There was a note in the club mag recently warning about what sounds like this problem with the FWH front brake if the bike was left parked on the side stand in rain, as it is possible for water to get inside the drum through the gap between the hub and the brake plate and with the bike on the ...
by Simon.Gardiner
Sat Oct 29, 2011 12:11 am
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Shims for Fork Bushes
Replies: 3
Views: 1343

I've only seen one size on Ariels but the early BSA teles are the same and SRM (http://www.srmclassicbikes.com) sell a shim kit for those (in their 'shop', BSA pre-unit twins, frame+chassis, fork parts ) Whether they're needed depends on the thickness (or thin-ness) of the flange of the top bush. I ...
by Simon.Gardiner
Thu Oct 27, 2011 8:48 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Forged verses cast flywheels
Replies: 8
Views: 1986

Exhaust gases often have a bit of prssure behind them to help them out and you might want to keep the carbon on the inside of the port to help prevent heat being absorbed back into the head. But do the steel flywheels indent where the crankpin collar pulls up against them in the same way that the ca...

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