Bits and pieces
Another weekend and some more tinkering with the TY as Nick is lying on a South African beach, fanned by nubile maidens and eating grapes. But this time, in bright sunshine rather than freezing rain.
E-bay supplier trail and trials furnished me with a set of replacement bolts and brackets for the rear shocks, along with a new kickstart rubber and a spare shift lever.
I had been planning to keep the shifter as a spare, but it looked like such a surprisingly solid piece of kit that I thought I’d put it on. Plus, I’ve heard that you have to keep an eye on the shifter and kickstarter, as they can come loose and wreck the splines on their respective output shafts. The amount of dirt and old grease visible on the shift lever made a good clean seem like a doubly good idea.
With the splines cleaned up and new lever torqued and locktite’d, it was on to the shocks. The old allen-head bolts had been looking nasty and rounded-off, but thankfully they’d not been highly torqued. For some reason (presumably chain clearance), the drive side shock had two washers behind on each shock mount. The mounts themselves were coated with a rust-coloured solution of what was probably 20 year old grease – glad I bothered, then. With shock mounts cleaned up and heavily greased, the freshly scrubbed shocks were ready for remounting.
While I was at it, I decided to replace the plug, the old one having been in situ for at least two years. Checking the gap revealed it to be rather larger than spec’d in the manual (0.5-0.6). It looks like whoever changed it last didn’t have a manual and didn’t bother re-gapping the plug. The new plug seems to have made a noticeable difference, with much crisper throttle response and better wheelies. Well, these things are important!
Next week should see Nick back in action and a fresh pair of “classic” black grips delivered, ready to replace the tired and decidely non-matching blue Scott items. While we’re messing with the front end, it’ll be a good opportunity to check the mangled fork-top nuts still come out and then drain and refill the fork oil. As a Yamaha owner of old, I am familiar with chocolate fork seals and questionable finishing. So that will also be a good opportunity to fit the tastefully matching pair of black fork gaiters currently bouncing around my spare room.