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

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

Postby steve.clarke » Thu Jan 07, 2016 6:38 pm

I have been using the VH for the 30 mile a day round trip to work performed well in the torrential rain today when I arrived at work found the left leg covered in oil it had decided to chuck off the EX Rocker oil feed nut (mental note use nut locker) found the washer on the floor 2' from the bike, scouted around for the nut no sign of it but in the gravel outside the shed in the yard found a locking ring of the right size and thread laying about, so with an ear plug cut down and stuffed in the hole she got me home with no probs in fact I think it leaks less with the bodge in place :D
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Re: A bit of bad luck and a bit of good luck.

Postby Steven.Carter » Thu Jan 07, 2016 6:56 pm

Good result but be careful with those earplugs and don't let one get near your petrol tank

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

Postby steve.clarke » Thu Jan 07, 2016 7:25 pm

Ok Steve
Advice taken, dissolve and gum up the works I guess.
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Re: A bit of bad luck and a bit of good luck.

Postby Steven.Carter » Thu Jan 07, 2016 7:54 pm

Yep, there are always new and exciting ways of stopping

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

Postby paul.jameson » Thu Jan 07, 2016 8:16 pm

That looks like an original oil feed pipe to the rockers. If you are not yet having problems with the solder to the unions fracturing, I would suggest you are likely to shortly. The solution is to anneal the pipes between T-piece and rocker banjo - heat till red hot then allow to cool. Then re-solder the unions and it should be good for another 20 years or so.

I wish I had known that when I was running a 1957 VH as a student 40 years ago.
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Re: A bit of bad luck and a bit of good luck.

Postby steve.clarke » Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:29 pm

Hello Paul
Funny enough it's a new one from Draganfly but it it came adrift and leaked at the exhaust side with the result of the rocker, spindle and valve running dry I think I caught it just in time it would be a shame as I have just had a new oversize valve guide and new valve fitted, I will strip and rebuild an original one i have as you say, as it's gone again I think, I wonder if it would be better with compression fittings I will do some experimenting.
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Re: A bit of bad luck and a bit of good luck.

Postby Simon.Gardiner » Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:44 pm

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 rarely needs replacing.

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