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by Simon.Gardiner
Fri Jan 08, 2016 11:45 pm
Forum: Main Chat Forum
Topic: Returning Member Introduction
Replies: 15
Views: 1557

Re: Returning Member Introduction

Welcome, Barry I'm a recently retired ex-programmer as well - but I've been struggling for 30 years to get 2 VHs together and you seem to have a shedful!. Not bad for someone who hasn't ever seen another Ariel single on the road! Still, Canada's a bigger place than little old UK-land :D Look forward...
by Simon.Gardiner
Fri Jan 08, 2016 11:37 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: blocked oilway in Huntmaster
Replies: 9
Views: 1163

Re: blocked oilway in Huntmaster

John: A word of warning. I've just checked my (currently bare) Huntmaster crankcases by pouring some parrafin through the oilways and they appear to be 'blocked' in the same way as yours so maybe that's how they are supposed to be. I think the oilway from the cam trough is only a drain, through the ...
by Simon.Gardiner
Fri Jan 08, 2016 11:27 pm
Forum: Main Chat Forum
Topic: started stripping my sq4
Replies: 15
Views: 1389

Re: started stripping my sq4

I think that black stuff is probably sludge like wot you get from non-detergent (or maybe low-detergent) oils,,,,,, :)

SG
by Simon.Gardiner
Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:44 pm
Forum: Main Chat Forum
Topic: A bit of bad luck and a bit of good luck.
Replies: 6
Views: 989

Re: A bit of bad luck and a bit of good luck.

A sealing washer isn't needed between the nut and the banjo - as the nut tightens it should create a good seal with the softer brass banjo (provided neither of the surfaces is damaged). All that is needed is a sealing washer (eg fibre) between the banjo and the rocker box, and in my experience that ...
by Simon.Gardiner
Wed Jan 06, 2016 1:48 pm
Forum: For sale/wanted - Parts
Topic: Arrow kickstart/gearbox sprocket clearance
Replies: 0
Views: 365

Arrow kickstart/gearbox sprocket clearance

Brit Bits in Bournemouth have an Arrow kickstart and Arrow/Leader gearbox sprocket on their clearance list (seems to be at very good prices - although the list is dated 2014 so may be out of date!)
http://www.motorcycle-uk.com/britbits/clearance.html

SG
by Simon.Gardiner
Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:44 am
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Half-width Brake
Replies: 35
Views: 3948

Re: Half-width Brake

You're supposed to use the fulcrum adjustment to get the brake to be pulling fully on when the lever-arm is at right angles to the cable (therefore getting maximum purchase through the lever-arm). Cable adjustment is then used to get a comfortable level of free play at the handlebar (and obviously w...
by Simon.Gardiner
Mon Jan 04, 2016 11:25 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Daily Riding Diary on an Ariel
Replies: 890
Views: 85210

Re: Daily Riding Diary on an Ariel

Steve - what's your wet-weather gear and does it actually keep you dry? (I've just about given up on finding motorcycle gear that still works after an hour or so in real rain and spray - even my very expensive goretex jacket ends up wicking water up the inner lining from the cuffs and up the front f...
by Simon.Gardiner
Mon Dec 28, 2015 1:25 am
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: KH500 Primary Chain
Replies: 6
Views: 872

Re: KH500 Primary Chain

These days motorcycle chain is fairly specialised and usually 'O' ring. Ariels (and all similar) use standard transmission chain. I get Renolds from a local bearing factor. Renolds used to be in 3 grades, I think what we used to see as the 'good quality' Renolds is now the highest grade, I economise...
by Simon.Gardiner
Wed Dec 23, 2015 11:31 am
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: How to remove a stuck piston
Replies: 15
Views: 2344

Re: How to remove a stuck piston

Paul: If heat is going to be applied the barrel needs to be hotter than the piston; there are a couple of different ways of achieving this, eg. heat the barrel taking care not to also heat the piston (eg damp rag on top of it) or cool the piston (got any dry ice?) . Or both :) I think Steve's pointi...
by Simon.Gardiner
Wed Dec 23, 2015 11:09 am
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: NH 350 LOWER ROCKER SHAFT SHIMS?
Replies: 1
Views: 595

Re: NH 350 LOWER ROCKER SHAFT SHIMS?

The shims are to centralise the followers on the cam as well as reduce end-float, any adjustment needed depends on each crankcase/timing cover combination (assuming the gasket thickness is a constant :) ). Usually (from what I've seen) the shims go behind the followers, yours could have the clearanc...

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