Hi Alex They are standard AC LC petrol taps mate. They wont fit your Tz tank I'm afraid. Next time Kempton autojumble is on, there is a fella there that sells the taps you need. I will get a pic of the ones you want - I will find them Cheers Motty Glad you like it. Hi Chris, go for it mate, I'm not the first to fit a second tap ! Yamark did it with his triple, and probably hundreds before that !! My Tz tank has twin taps, so it follows that principle. Most importantly for me is ease of removing a tank with fuel in it. I would strongly recommend you do the mod to save hassle in the future. Anything goes with a special build so unless you are building a period correct bike, adding a second tap is a win in my book ! I'm thinking of blanking off a feed on each tap - maybe leaving the one that exits at the back of the tap. Those brass outlets can usually be pulled out - not sure if you could weld up the hole ? Some may say Araldite, or something like it but if it failed at any point you will end up with a big problem ! Plus, the second tap is a bit different, and adds a little something to a build that wont stray too far from a standardish 400. Apart from front and rear ends and a couple of small parts, and paint which will be quite different, it will look like a lot of other 400's, so a few extras keep me interested !!
Today was the start of the rolling chassis mock up. I have been collecting parts for some time now, and keen to start putting it all together ! Some time back I made a basic bike stand out of offcuts of CLS - makes building the bike up a lot easier;
The first job was to fit a new taper bearing to the bottom yoke. I put the yoke and bearing cups in the freezer for a couple of hours, and the bearing itself into a cooling oven, so it was hot but not too hot ! The bearing dropped straight into place on the frozen stem;
Don’t know how I have missed this Dusty. That “almost” rolling chassis is looking great. I was a little unsure of the usd with the lines of the 400 but not any more. Looking really sweet. 😉 You are charging on at a fair old pace too.
Yea, the undertray would have been steel if it needed welding in, but I went for the removable option this time, so the ali was the chosen metal. I built a Ypvs in the past and had an undertray welded on - looked great but not as practical as a removable item. It utilises 2 mounting points on the frame, plus 4 others have been added for a strong fix. I have ground the cross piece of the frame back a bit so the upright part of the tray doesn't look recessed on one side. Depending on what seat gets fitted, the number plate bracket and maybe a rear light could be fixed to the tray, plus it closes in that part of the frame. Really pleased with how it fits.
Cheers I think it will work out ok. I had the forks and wheels surplus, so thought I would use them. The Metmachex arm is on hold as they cant get any aluminium extrusions due to the lockdown situation. That may ease now, so hopefully. I think I will end up going with the risers and normal bars- they will look good with the Ac clocks and probably be more comfortable too. I'm hoping there will be no more trips to the engineers with the frame - I learnt what was needed for the wider rear end by doing the Café bike, so the undertray should be the last bit of fabrication, apart from, maybe a couple of small parts. I have another "different" idea for colour scheme too, so it should look a bit unique, but the silhouette will still be very much Rd400. I pushed my boundaries with all the fab work on the Café bike, so want something a lot less involved this time ! It's certainly more frustrating building a 400 than an Lc or Pv. Certain parts seem either rare as or stoopidly expensive, and the lack of bits is gonna hold me up I think
Been getting a load of bull from my painter for ages now So turned up there unannounced today to find the panels where I had left them last October ,I picked them up,told him he was a w**ker and left 😡
Not much doing at the mo, but I did decide to definitely go with the risers and normal bars as opposed to the clip ons. I bought some headlight bracket clamps some weeks back from Digital Speedos. They were out of stock of the 52mm clamps but had the 50's, so I bought 2 pairs. Think it will work out ok;
To make sure they don't sit the headlight too high up the forks, I fitted the clocks. The brackets for the clock mount that comes with the yokes are lovely, but I do like to sit my clocks tilted slightly more upright than stock, so that meant making 2 new brackets from some ali strip that I had. Managed to get the correct bend in the brackets to sit them just right for what I want;
Fitted twin Banshee coils under the tank too, but there is not much else I can do now until Metmachex get some material delivered for a swingarm. I think I have a lead on an original seat and cowl and a side panel so that will be good if it works out. I will then have all the bodywork.