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Hi guys
I just finished replacing my centre stand on the 1956 Goldie I am restoring. So it got me thinking of what's the worst job on a BSA restoration. I can also say the swingarm bushes are a pain in the a$$, and a rocker box gasket on a a10 aren't fun either. What's your least favorite? Jeff

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With a unit BSA Twin? All of them!

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triless, are you a troll?


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Tires, I hate doing tires on any bike.

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A65 Front fork seals.

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Rear tire with rim locks and trying to stop all oil leaks. Worst of all is puting it to bed after a long ride on a beautiful day.


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No. I really do like BSA singles!

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Silentbloc swinging arm bush replacement!

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try getting the bushes out when its all seized up, I had to cut the swinging arm out but who knows how the spindle and bushes will come out

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On the A7 which caused me to make the posting above we had to take a blow lamp to the rubber and burn out the rubber bushes. Then chisel out the bush outers.
A real b*****d of a job and the smoke from the burning rubber caused a neighbor to call out the fire brigade! Memorable!

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Attempting to fit a pattern part and then trying to get your money back from the dealer after it never could fit in the first place.


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Putting the 40 ball bearings back in when installing the top and bottom yokes to the frame.


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Originally Posted by Gary E
Putting the 40 ball bearings back in when installing the top and bottom yokes to the frame.



Well Gary, you gotta use the 120 mph grease instead of the 60 mph grease. grin


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Aw, Nickl, that was a bit cruel! Before you know it some bloke will also wonder if you dwell beneath a bridge!

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For me, threading the final drive chain and not having the opportunity or energy to work on the bike when there's a task that you really want to get your teeth into.


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I know it has nothing to do with a BSA, but did any of you ever try to remove the horn from a Norton Commando ? eek
Any job mentioned above is like a walk in the park by comparison.

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Well if we're straying from BSAs the rear master cylinder on a OIF Triumph is a right pain the in the arse to work on.


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I always wondered how many engineers it took to make the master cylinder so complicated to change out. Allan


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How many of you have tried changing a bulb on a new (up to 7yrs old) car (fords being about the worst)

You end up cutting your hands open trying to get within the tiny space provided just to change what should be a user replacement part.

Anyway back to BSA's eh wink


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Straightening fork tubes...'cause it means you fell on your a**.


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I believe silentblock bushes are no 1 and can't be challenged by anything, and bronze bushes rusted solid with everything else inside have a strong second place.
I hate changing tires as well.

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Absolutely spot on with this one, Shel, but lets keep it from Nickl!

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Cleaning out the sludge trap for me. So much work to get at something so vital.


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Yes, that one isa bugger. But what about all the studs and nuts those Norton twin people have to cope with to clean their's out!
Oh, bugger, I'll be accused of dwelling under a bridge again! Fancy the Billy Goats Gruff being BSA twin owners!

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Originally Posted by John Goodwin
Cleaning out the sludge trap for me. So much work to get at something so vital.

It does seem crazy to have to do a (nearly) full disassembly for a maintenance item.

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