Not to worry, Lannis. It appears as if the tank has been lined with some brand I don't recognize. The lining is kind of translucent burgundy color? If only folks would all take care of their petrol tanks as well as you do.
Spent half the day searching, but I found short cables. I got some nice bars with a 2" rise. I'm almost scared to ride it with those goofy US bars. Next up is a new seat The one on it has a decent cover and pan, but the foam feels like crap from the fabric store. Burtons stocks some nice ones, and with the exchange rate quite reasonable.
Glad I didn't ride it yet. I checked the clutch mechanism today, no clearance behind the big nut. I know from personal experience that leads to broken pull rods. Adjusted properly now, but I'll wait for the new cable to fine tune it. Probably strip the clutch this Winter to renew thrust bearing and pull rod. Also need to check primary chain alignment, it's a bit noisy.
Maybe, once you apply a constant load on the spider then it 'stabilises' for want of a better term. But if you back off or rev the motor then the noise should come back because the housing/spider combo is whipping back and forwards and without the support of serviceable shock absorber rubbers it will wobble on its axis. Having said that most shock absorber rubber failures sound more like a bottom end rumble except its back in the primary/clutch area. But I'm no Dr Google, an intermittent scraping sound could be anything sorry.
Have this sound too, vanishing during acceleration, from reading tripleson line forum I know about people having much worse sounds, so don't worry too much about it. But I.m still curious what causes it ?
Put the low bars on the Trident and installed a shorter clutch cable. Did the adjustment as per a TR3OC bulletin. Much easier than trying to get 0.005" clearance behind the nut. Clutch pull is very light now. Got the 50-tooth rear sprocket in the mail today. The smaller sprocket saves using that stupid offset link to make 107 links in the chain. Gonna be one fast SOB. I only had to replace the shock rubbers once on my old '74. I don't remember it making any funny noise, just surged as it ran down the road. I won't really know until I ride the bike. I still plan to inspect the primary and clutch this Winter. Got a pretty new seat from Burton's. That will be the last thing I put on before the first ride.
I put an OP gauge on temporarily, mounted where the switch goes. 95+psi cold. I think it's safe to ride it.
Sorry, but I'm not riding about with a gauge hanging by a cheap plastic line. And I'm NOT spending too damn much money for a an adapter to the 5/16 fitting which the factory was stupid enough to fit in the front of the case!
The factory did not put 5/16" bolts in the front of the case for an oil gauge. They were strictly for cross drilling the oil ways. If you want to keep the oil light and have a gauge then you could use a ported machined oil filter cap with braided line. No adapter needed, uses a standard 10mm banjo bolt.
I took the Trident for a short ride today just to be sure that everything works. Too much fun! Even with the tall gearing it pulls like a train, and that header makes the sound of the gods. The clutch is nice, much lighter pull than my last Trident. Only got as far as third gear, but it shifts nicely. Now I gotta take the head off to cure the usual Triumph pushrod tube leaks. Good thing I have a complete gasket set. I've had that since '91. A friend won it at the Blue Ridge rally, a certificate from Big D Cycle good for any gasket set. I gave him $10 for it, win, win. Bodine, thanks for the tip on the main jets. It pulls nicely out to 7K. Can't wait to get it out of town and open it up.