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Post  haddy on Tue May 11 2010, 21:37

Evening all, just joined the group but had my Thundercat for about 6 years although its been laid up for the last 3. It's a 1996 on an 'R' in black/silver/orange (the fastest colour). Inevitably the front brakes are siezed and the downpipes have rotted even though its been garaged. Had the callipers off today and cleaned them up, put them back on, will take them off again tommorrow and give them to someone who knows how to clean them properly! Also tried to remove the fairing today but one screw has defeated me (the one nearest the rear wheel) so thats another job half done. Am going to order a set of 'Delkevic' stainless steel downpipes as they seem to have good reviews and are well priced (£159.99) unless anyone has any bad stories about them. Of course, I need to get the F*cking fairing off and take the old pipes off before they can go on (I have a bad feeling about that already). It's a long and knuckle scraping road ahead before the old girl is match fit again but I'll hopefully see some of you on the road before the summer is over (if it ever gets here).
I am not online that regularly so don't be offended if I don't reply to messages straight away, or indeed at all, its probably nothing personal!
Ride safe (not an issue for me yet).
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Post  Wild-Kat-Wolf on Tue May 11 2010, 21:46

Welcome to the gang
Yep it's a pesky little fecker that bolt! Hope you have plenty if plasters! Hope to see you out and about at some of the hideous - I'm sure you'll get there eventually - I'd all else fails you can always drill it out Twisted Evil

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Post  andyb on Tue May 11 2010, 22:18

Welcome to the forum Very Happy
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Post  Panzerbuilder on Tue May 11 2010, 22:39

Keep at it. As you know, when the Cat runnin she's a mighty fine ride! naughty

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Post  Ezzy's Mum! on Tue May 11 2010, 22:41

Hope to see you out and about at some of the hideous - you been on the pop again????


Welcome to the site Haddy and as Fi says (or i think meant to say?) hope to see you on one of the rideouts - bolt permitting!

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Post  Wild-Kat-Wolf on Tue May 11 2010, 23:14

Ooops Embarassed I really must try and concentrate when typing... it's getting me into all sorts of trouble affraid slap'ed whistle

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Post  Toni on Wed May 12 2010, 06:59

Welcome aboard great
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Post  yamahamad on Wed May 12 2010, 08:28

Hi & welcome. Good luck getting ya cat sorted out. Paul.
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Post  SteveCat on Wed May 12 2010, 09:00

Hi, greetings from the other end of the M23 - welcome to the site.

Hope the stubborn bolts give in soon. Have you been putting WD40 on the exhaust header bolts? Mine turned out to be angle grinder tight Getting the old T Cat back on the road at last Icon_sad
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Post  Rosco on Wed May 12 2010, 11:21

Hi Haddy

You're right about the black silver and orange ones.............give her a good soaking in WD40 (other brands are available) and good luck.

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Post  Guest on Wed May 12 2010, 19:03

Welcome and good luck with your knuckles .
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Post  Woody on Thu May 13 2010, 14:32

@Rosco wrote:
You're right about the black silver and orange ones.............give her a good soaking in WD40 (other brands are available) and good luck.

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Does that work on the blue cats as well - or just the black, silver and orange ones.....? ponder
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Post  0ldcat on Fri Feb 10 2012, 18:30

@haddy wrote:
I am not online that regularly so don't be offended if I don't reply to messages straight away, or indeed at all, its probably nothing personal!
Ride safe (not an issue for me yet).
Blyme fella ponder I know you said not that regularly , . . . but thats 3 months short of 2 years Shocked rofl
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Post  haddy on Fri Feb 10 2012, 20:32

You won't believe it but I only ordered the new downpipes last night! I'm shit!!
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Post  greencat on Fri Feb 10 2012, 20:47

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Post  kwakkat on Fri Feb 10 2012, 21:46

i used some thing called supertrol on there header bolts which is the same as WD40 only i found better
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Post  stevemcc on Sat Feb 11 2012, 00:51

I agree, a good penetrating oil will always work better than WD40. WD40 was designed as a lubricant/water displacement product although because of its thin vescosity works ok as a penetrant. If you buy even a cheap penetrating oil it will way out perform WD40, trust me you wont go back. I speak from decades of restoring classic Minis and never having skin on my knuckles.
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Post  YZFJohn on Sat Feb 11 2012, 09:26

What would you guys recommend for lubing the clutch cable. I have purchased one of those cable oiler gizmo's but unsure as to what oil/ grease to use as its got to get all the way down the cable.
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Post  Rosco on Sat Feb 11 2012, 09:59

Traditionally new engine oil was the norm but I think silicone based spray is specifically for applications like this.

Preparing to get shot down in flames but fairly sure I'm right. Wink
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Post  YZFJohn on Sat Feb 11 2012, 10:02

Thanks Ross.

Ending up doing more to the bike than what I intended. All started with the Speedo failing. Lol


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Post  stretchie_ on Sat Feb 11 2012, 11:06

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Post  SteveCat on Sun Feb 12 2012, 11:21

I use silocone spray too. Doesn't attract the muc like oil does.
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