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by Craig in France
Thu Apr 28, 2022 12:42 am
Forum: Chassis & Suspension Shop
Topic: 900 GTE Front tire removal
Replies: 1
Views: 185

Re: 900 GTE Front tire removal

IME, it's always easier if you take the calipers off.

(If you do this, don't let them hang by their hoses. Get a piece of string, thread it thru one of the bolt holes and then tie it off somewhere convenient).

HTH

Craig
by Craig in France
Mon Apr 25, 2022 3:06 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: New Owner in Eastern MA USA
Replies: 3
Views: 322

Re: New Owner in Eastern MA USA

Welcome to the Forum and I hope you enjoy the bike.

They're quite different beasts to Guzzis, as I'm sure you will discover ... :)
by Craig in France
Tue Mar 15, 2022 6:03 am
Forum: Body, Paint & Rubber Shop
Topic: Darmah red & white
Replies: 4
Views: 1146

Re: Darmah red & white

Hi Stew, FWIW: Ducati's paint supplier at the time was a company called Lechler (still in existence, btw). Colour classification systems such as are widespread today, for example Pantone or RAL, were not used by Lechler. Lechler's own colour code for the red and white Darmahs are: Red: DUC A12 White...
by Craig in France
Tue Feb 01, 2022 6:45 am
Forum: Squarecase BOSCH Ignition Engines > SD, SSD Darmah, late 900 SS & 900 GTS
Topic: conti mufflers in SD
Replies: 2
Views: 1448

Re: conti mufflers in SD

They should go straight on, Miguel, but to be sure, why not just ask Ducati Vintage Store?

Maurizio and Ombretta are great people, always willing to help.

Ciao

Craig
by Craig in France
Wed Jan 26, 2022 4:54 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission Shop
Topic: Restoration almost complete. Won’t start
Replies: 6
Views: 2384

Re: Restoration almost complete. Won’t start

<snip> Also, any tips on getting the center stand spring on? I’ve already stretched one out of shape trying to get it on. Simples. Get a pile of simple, plain washers and insert them, one by one, between the coils of the spring. The more you put in, the longer the spring becomes. When it's the leng...
by Craig in France
Wed Jan 26, 2022 4:43 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Hi all!
Replies: 5
Views: 2056

Re: Hi all!

Hi Miguel,

Welcome!

Craig here, also from the Laverda Forum. This site isn't nearly as active as that one; but you never know ... :)

Btw, I have a SSD (plus a Vento and a SCR).

Saludos!
by Craig in France
Thu Nov 18, 2021 3:57 am
Forum: Carburettor & Fuel System Shop
Topic: Dell'Orto AS v BS
Replies: 3
Views: 2250

Re: Dell'Orto AS v BS

Makes sense, Colin. There was a similar story with Dramahs. They went from PHF32 'A' to PHF32 'C' (i.e a designation that had nothing to do with the type of mounting :?), and from a 60 idle in the former to a 62 idle in the latter. But what wasn't shown was there was an internal restrictor fitted as...
by Craig in France
Wed Nov 17, 2021 5:49 am
Forum: Carburettor & Fuel System Shop
Topic: Dell'Orto AS v BS
Replies: 3
Views: 2250

Re: Dell'Orto AS v BS

You know, Colin, this question comes up every now and then and I'm still not clear ... According to Dell'Orto themselves, that 'A' / 'B' / etc designation on both the PHF and PHM carb ranges describes the type of connection to the engine . But there is inconsistency between PHFs and PHMs. PHF: 'A' i...
by Craig in France
Tue Oct 26, 2021 5:17 am
Forum: Roundcase Engines > 750 GT, 750 Sport & 750 Super Sport
Topic: To Split a case or not to split a case…?
Replies: 6
Views: 3326

Re: To Split a case or not to split a case…?

<snip> Is there some way of making this decision. Only your personal 'risk profile' :) The problem is that it's very difficult to gauge the state of the big ends with the crank still in the cases ... And some will tell you, even with the crank still pressed together. So: 1. Are you prepared to pres...
by Craig in France
Tue Oct 26, 2021 5:07 am
Forum: Carburettor & Fuel System Shop
Topic: darmah - leaky 36mm dell'orto carb (and headlight reflector repair?)
Replies: 9
Views: 3739

Re: darmah - leaky 36mm dell'orto carb (and headlight reflector repair?)

i believe the carbs on this bike were swapped out for the original 32mm carbs. would a 250 work with the complete float valve assembly, even if something different is in there now? and/or are you still confident that a 250 is the right size? 36mm PHFs, as fitted to standard to Pantahs, came with 25...
by Craig in France
Mon Oct 25, 2021 2:25 am
Forum: Carburettor & Fuel System Shop
Topic: darmah - leaky 36mm dell'orto carb (and headlight reflector repair?)
Replies: 9
Views: 3739

Re: darmah - leaky 36mm dell'orto carb (and headlight reflector repair?)

P.s Another precaution. Take the dip stick out and smell the oil in the sump (!). If there's any wiff of petrol, it means some got past the piston rings and is now in your engine oil.

Not really desirable 'cos it will denature the oil. Best to do an oil change.
by Craig in France
Mon Oct 25, 2021 2:22 am
Forum: Carburettor & Fuel System Shop
Topic: darmah - leaky 36mm dell'orto carb (and headlight reflector repair?)
Replies: 9
Views: 3739

Re: darmah - leaky 36mm dell'orto carb (and headlight reflector repair?)

It's the float valve. https://www.dellorto.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/103751-600x600.jpg When you open the petrol tap, the hydraulic head of the petrol in the tank is pushing the valve off its seat allowing fuel to flow from the tank and fill up the float bowl. And then it pees out of the air ...
by Craig in France
Mon Oct 25, 2021 1:47 am
Forum: Carburettor & Fuel System Shop
Topic: Pantah 500 Carbies
Replies: 8
Views: 3689

Re: Pantah 500 Carbies

H Alistair, As Ducadini has said, as well as getting the float height right, it's important that the rubbers at the bottom of the choke pistons are sealing correctly, when the cables are hooked up. Easiest way: simply fit new pistons. You can muck about with trying to flip the rubber seals over; but...
by Craig in France
Fri Oct 22, 2021 1:35 am
Forum: Carburettor & Fuel System Shop
Topic: Pantah 500 Carbies
Replies: 8
Views: 3689

Re: Pantah 500 Carbies

Hi Alistair, Personally, I would persist with the carbs you have. After all, Dell 36 PHFs have worked satisfactorily on Pantahs, and continue to do so, over many millions of miles now. I suspect you're not getting the set up correct. Rich running is, for example, a classic consequence of getting the...
by Craig in France
Sun Oct 03, 2021 2:55 am
Forum: Chassis & Suspension Shop
Topic: Head bearings, Marzocchi forks
Replies: 2
Views: 2199

Re: Head bearings, Marzocchi forks

Thanks. It's gotta be a drawing error ... :doh:

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