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A65 Lightning Parts #737143
05/30/18 10:28 pm
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I’m starting to freshen up a 1966 Lightning but having trouble sourcing some of the missing or damaged parts and was curious if anyone had any recommendations for potential suppliers.

Specifically battery tray fasteners and parts
68-4575
68-4568
46-0004
68-4562

Also my exhausts could use replacement, mine have a tubular lug on each one that connects with a rod. All the ones I see have either a balance pipe or strap. Ideas anyone?

Any help is appreciated.


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Re: A65 Lightning Parts [Re: 737Captain] #737151
05/30/18 11:05 pm
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Check with www.britishonly.com. They have a complete BSA parts supply. NOS & used. When you search for a part# on their site use 01- before the BSA #.


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Re: A65 Lightning Parts [Re: 737Captain] #737156
05/30/18 11:20 pm
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Whatever you do , keep the old exhausts, the balance pipe type are from 70 onwards, the pipe does help to keep the pipe in the ports, but the rod or strap does the same job.


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Re: A65 Lightning Parts [Re: 737Captain] #737215
05/31/18 3:29 pm
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Originally they would have had a flat bar strap, some repop pipes have the tubes as you mention, it pulls the pipes in well but depends if your wanting originality. Armours do about the best downpipes on the market but not always a good fit and often need shortening at the silencer end. Some pipes are a thing gauge of steel and go golden very quickly (unfortunately these are about the best shaped and unlike armours have the correct tie bar lugs) you could always have those ceramic coated on the inside which will help to stop the pipe going gold.


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Re: A65 Lightning Parts [Re: 737Captain] #737249
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I've has good luck with Brituro pipes and mufflers. Nice fit and fairly thick.


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Re: A65 Lightning Parts [Re: 737Captain] #737414
06/02/18 2:24 pm
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My pipes are still sound, just not very pretty. Is there a case to have them rechromed?


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Re: A65 Lightning Parts [Re: Ray Elliott] #737415
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Thank you Ray, I’ll give them a try.


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Re: A65 Lightning Parts [Re: Ray Elliott] #737417
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Originally Posted by Ray Elliott
Check with www.britishonly.com. They have a complete BSA parts supply. NOS & used. When you search for a part# on their site use 01- before the BSA #.



Ray, I found what I needed, thank you so much.


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Re: A65 Lightning Parts [Re: 737Captain] #737451
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I would say there is a case for having the original header pipes re-chromed, if you have a good source for the chroming. (I say that because cosmetic chroming has been virtually regulated out of existence in NYS - maybe better down your way.) Then there are no worries about fit. I bought what were supposed to be good quality header pipes a while back, and they were, as far as thickness and finish, but they didn't quite fit between the head ports and the lugs at the bottom of the frame - that is, the curve needed to be relaxed a bit, which is no mean feat.

I think the flat strap is more attractive than the rod. If the bosses on the header pipes are the same, I would go with the flat strap. Easy to make out of SS, just a piece of flat stock with two holes in it, no plating required.

Another source for used BSA parts is Skinner's Motorcycles in Auburn, Alabama.


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Re: A65 Lightning Parts [Re: 737Captain] #737509
06/03/18 8:14 am
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For the tie bar, I sourced a length of stainless rod, cut it to size and threaded each end. Add two stainless dome nuts and it looks good and does the job.


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Re: A65 Lightning Parts [Re: Andy Carr] #737598
06/04/18 12:16 am
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Originally Posted by Andy Carr
For the tie bar, I sourced a length of stainless rod, cut it to size and threaded each end. Add two stainless dome nuts and it looks good and does the job.


Oh, I guess then that the '66 header pipes are different from the '67s - sounds like the '66s have horizontal tubular lugs. So in that case you would have to go with a round rod. The '67s have drilled and tapped screw bosses pointing downward, to accept the mounting bolts for the flat bar.


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Re: A65 Lightning Parts [Re: Mark Z] #737617
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Original 1966 uses tie bar and pipes with threaded bosses.

Last edited by Beach; 06/04/18 2:21 pm.

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Re: A65 Lightning Parts [Re: 737Captain] #737645
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My '66 Spitfire (late in the year cause it has the matching frame and engine numbers) has the drilled and tapped bosses for a flat piece. I believe they are the original pipes.

Ed from NJ


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