If it aint broke, fix it 'til it is.

How to: replace a Grand Scenic (k4m) dephaser pulley saving hundreds of pounds - Added 18/09/2015

Our faithful Grand Scenic had been making an awful clattering noise on startup for some time. The dephaser pulley is a known fault with the k4m 1.6 16v ...

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Carputer budget - Added 14/02/2014

 I'm not counting the cost of the raspberry pi because I already had that. They're about £30 with an SD card

 

 

  • 4.3" TFT reversing screen - £14.64
  • Mausberrycircuits smart car power supply ...

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Mondeo Raspberry Pi carputer project - Added 14/02/2014

 So I've been interested in a car computer set up for a while. The raspberry pi seems the perfect device. It's tiny, it's cheap, it's fanless and it runs on ...

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Mondeo gets a service and a throttle pedal - Added 06/12/2013

 So since August 2012 after I repaired the Mondeo. It's plodded along pretty much faultlessly. It needed some brake pads to get it back on the road after it was ...

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Six days into owning the estate, I wrote it off. - Added 08/08/2012

 I'd just got the car how I wanted it, fitted the stereo, the bluetooth kit, the sub, the amp, got the boot liner in etc, it was nice and clean, ...

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Red estate modifications - Added 03/08/2012

One of the main reasons of me wanting a Mondeo estate was that I could transfer the modifications I made to the silver saloon.

First thing I did was to put ...

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Project get-the-2003-Mondeo-Estate-through-an-MOT - Added 02/08/2012

Catchy title huh?

So as you may have read elsewhere I bought the car as a project MOT failure. 

 

  • Rough rear wheel bearings (both)
  • Broken front n/s spring
  • Handbrake ineffective
  • A tyre below minimum
  • Numberplate light ...

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2001 Mondeo Estate budget - Added 01/08/2012

 

  • Purchase price: £1300
  • 3 x LED bulbs (numberplate + interior): £6.09
  • Service kit: £19.79
  • 8L of carlube oil: £20
  • Rubber boot liner: £24.49
  • Set of flatblade wipers: £6.93
Post accident:
  • Bonnet/Bumper/Grill/Headlights/Crash bar/Slam panel/Intercooler: £200
  • Road legal pressed numberplates: ...

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I have now owned three different mk3 diesel Mondeos this week... - Added 01/08/2012

 After I sold the silver saloon I realised that the £450 2003 silver estate wasn't quite up to my standards for a daily driver.

I wanted a Mondeo because I wanted ...

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2003 Mondeo Estate budget - Added 14/07/2012

 This includes all items including postage, the only thing it excludes is tools that can be reused elsewhere:

 

  • Purchase price: £450
  • Recovery Sleaford > Leicester: £120
  • 2 x rear wheel bearing kits: £65.50
  • F/n/s ...

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I appear to be collecting mk3 Mondeos... - Added 14/07/2012

 So for a while I've wanted an estate. Ever since I got the dog he's sat on the back seats and let's face it, he's a slobberer. So it's a ...

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MOT time for the SRAD - Added 20/03/2012

 When I reinsured the SRAD this year they asked me what the bike's mileage was. I realised that the mileage I declared was in the same thousand miles as I ...

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Blanked off EGR on the Mondeo - Added 12/03/2012

I'd been meaning to do it for a while, £1.50 on eBay got me an aluminium blanking plate.

Two bolts, slide a part away, put the blanking plate in, and tighten ...

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New alloys on the Mondeo - Added 02/03/2012

I'd been after some alloys for a while, water had got under the laquer on the OEM alloys and essentially ruined them.

£120 on eBay, with an extra £20 for some ...

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Mondeo ejects its exhaust system - Added 02/03/2012

 For the last MOT I welded up a decent sized hole on the centre section of the exhaust. It's been playing on my mind for a while, another MOT is ...

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Mondeo gets HID headlights - Added 04/11/2011

I'd wanted HID headlights for a while, and I'd decided on 6000k (the k means kelvin as it's a measure of temperature). It gave a lovely crisp white light, without ...

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Mondeo gets LED bulbs, new floor mats and flatblade wipers! - Added 30/10/2011

It\'s about time the Mondeo got some love, a mate of mine had given me a disabled ramp, made from Aluminium chequerplate, so I chopped it up and made some ...

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Formula 1 wheel coffee table - Added 16/10/2011

Spurred on by the V8 coffee table as shown on Top Gear I fancied something similar. Unfortunately V8 blocks are INCREDIBLY heavy, and quite expensive, and something I've always fancied ...

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Stripped sump plug on the SRAD - Added 23/08/2011

It was a nice, sunny day. I thought I'd take the bike to work, so I nipped to the petrol station with plenty of time to spare. The bike had ...

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New wheels, gears and shifters for the mtb - Added 02/08/2011

 While on a bit of a trail riding session in the peak district I did what I can only describe as an 'undignified dismount'. There wasn't too much damage to ...

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Vinyl wrapping the Mondeo (no, not all of it.) - Added 29/07/2011

 I've been scouting for modification ideas for the Mondeo for a while. There are two major hurdles, the first that it's a Grandad's car, and therefore people don't tend to ...

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Mondeo alloy refurb - Added 08/07/2011

So ever since I've had the Mondeo the wheels have had a bad case of scabies. The metal has corroded underneath the paint lifting it all off. So it needs ...

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Death to the GB sticker! - Added 07/07/2011

Ever since I've had the Mondeo it's had a massive, disgusting, blue GB sticker on the rear bumper. I've not removed it before because I was worried it'd remove paint ...

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KE175 reassembly - Added 25/06/2011

So now the bike's been completely broken down, new parts bought, old parts powder coated, its time for reassembly.

First thing is building up the wheels, freshly powdercoated rims and hubs ...

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Gixxer pre-Cadwell fettling - Added 07/06/2011

 So in readiness for Cadwell I needed to do a couple of things:

 

  • Adjust the clutch cable
  • Modify and fit my baffle to meet noise limits

Take ...

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Fixing/rewiring Mondeo tow-bar - Added 05/06/2011

 Ever since I've had the Mondeo it's not powered the light board properly. First time I ever used a light board the insides of the lights were full of snow. ...

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Mondeo gets a new windscreen and MOT preparation - Added 17/05/2011

 So Claire and I had decided to build a second car parking space off of our driveway. That meant moving a fence panel and installing a couple of new fence ...

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Next steps for the KE - Added 06/04/2011

 So, with the powder coating done, I need to prioritise the parts I need to buy, and the things I need to do.

So I want to get the bike back ...

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Rear brake pads for the Mondeo - Added 12/03/2011

When braking down to a roundabout I heard an alarming noise, it sounded like a jetplane overhead. But on closer inspection my rear off-side brake pads appeared to be metal ...

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GasGas overheating problem - Added 06/03/2011

So the bike was bought with an undiagnosed 'overheating problem'. It was collected with the head already removed since the previous owner had decided it was most likely a head ...

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GasGas budget - Added 04/03/2011

This budget includes postage on all items and includes all tools specific to the bike:

  • Replacement cylinder head: £10
  • Cylinder head 'O' rings: £8.64

...

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The Mondeo and its fueling problem - Added 26/02/2011

 For about the last 5k miles the Mondeo has been cutting out to 'limp mode' when accelerating hard in a high gear. It drops to about half power and the ...

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Gixxer budget - Added 25/02/2011

This includes postage on all items, and includes all tools that are specific to the bike.

 

  • Renthal medium grips: £7.92
  • Heated grip elements: £4.98

 

...

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Gixxer first impressions - Added 25/02/2011

Having had an SRAD before, I know what they're like, I know how they should sound. And this sounds great, it starts a treat, but best of all, the bodywork ...

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KE bits go off to the powder coater - Added 17/02/2011

 So it's about time I finally got around to cracking on with the KE175. It's mostly complete, it's just a bit scabby. So today I packed up some items into ...

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Mondeo gets a service - Added 04/02/2011

 So since the Mondeo's been acting strangely I decided to give it a full service, air, oil and fuel filter.

First ...

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Pitbike gets supermoto wheels - Added 25/01/2011

To race the pitbike on go kart tracks really I needed some 10" wheels and sticky tyres. These were sourced very cheaply from a forum. A pair with Sava MC18 ...

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A closer look at the timing on the Husqvarna - Added 23/01/2011

It's still being suggested that there's a timing problem on the husky, causing the death of my kickstart, and also being the cause of the kick-backs, and incredibly difficult starting.

There's ...

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Mondeo Budget - Added 22/01/2011

 This thread is to log all spending on the Mondeo. It includes postage, and all tools that are specific to the car and can't be used elsewhere:

 


Building a wheel rack in readiness for the new pitbike wheels - Added 20/01/2011

 So since I've bought two more sets of wheels for the pitbike (supermoto slicks and wets), and I've already got a fair few wheels laying around from the KE175 and ...

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Fixing the dead Husqvarna kickstart and its starting problem - Added 19/01/2011

 

 So the Husqvarna's always been difficult to start. I had a lot of trouble with it kicking back when trying to start it.

On 18/01/11 when trying to start it I ...

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Yamaha Aerox race preparation - Added 17/01/2011

This thread will log the transformation from knackered road going moped to Moped Mayhem Supermotoped endurance race winning contender! The budget is held elsewhere, along with my musings over the ...

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What to do with the fuel cap on the race ped? - Added 13/01/2011

 As you may have read previously, when I got the race ped, it didn't have the ignition key. On these bikes that obviously works the ignition, but it also works ...

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The KX returns broken - Added 13/01/2011

So about a week after I'd swapped the KX for the pitbike I got an email from the guy I swapped it with, he said it wouldn't start. Cut out ...

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Race ped front end musings - Added 10/01/2011

Clearly the standard road going suspension isn't going to cut it off road. So the options are, messing with it, with different springs and/or oil or replacing them.

Some initial measurements ...

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Race ped budget - Added 09/01/2011

This is to keep track of the budget on the race ped. It includes postage on all items, and includes any tools specific to the bike, but not if they ...

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First look at the race ped - Added 09/01/2011

 After sticking a post on Bikechatforums.com for a cheap spares or repair moped I was approached by a guy who had a 1998 Yamaha Aerox 50cc for sale, it needed ...

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Pitbike budget - Added 02/01/2011

 This budget includes everything bought for the bike, including postage, and any tools specific to the bike that can't be used for any other purpose.

 


Husqvarna budget - Added 02/01/2011

 This list will include all money spent on the bike, not including tools unless they're specific to the bike, and includes all postage.

 

  • Number plate: £5.45
  • Entire replacement kickstart mechanism plus gaskets: ...

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Out with the tall and nobbly, in with the small and nobbly - Added 01/01/2011

 So, I aquired the KX in February 2009, it needed work, and I happily beavered around doing the necessary to it. I never rode it, mostly because I used the ...

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Attempt two at buying a suitable trailer - Added 19/12/2010

 So after the last trailer turned out to be both too heavy, and poorly designed. Even after my modifications I didn't entirely trust them.

So I've had my beady eye on ...

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Checking the timing on the Husqvarna - Added 07/12/2010

 So the Husqvarna's always been ridiculously difficult to kick start. So much so I was mostly fed up of it, so I advertised it back on swapz.co.uk

There was lots of ...

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New I.C.E setup for the Mondeo - Added 31/10/2010

 Well, since I got the car I've been running with the standard Ford single CD player. No aux in, no CD changer, no mp3 capability. And frankly it's fugly.

To tide ...

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The Corsa goes to its new home - Added 07/10/2010

 So today, the Corsa's new owner turned up, a 21 year old girl wanting it as a runaround. She'd previously had something similar without power steering so this was an ...

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Mondeo initial mpg findings - Added 02/10/2010

 So I bought the Mondeo at about 54,500miles. 

I've now gone through several tanks of fuel and so far my mpg figures have been:

Tank 1: 53mpg

Tank 2: 48mpg

Tank 3: 51mpg

Tank 4: ...

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KE175 Budget - Added 28/09/2010

The initial purchase price of the bike was actually nothing, so we're starting a-fresh. As with all my budgets, all prices include postage costs but tools purchased for the project ...

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Let the trailer modification commence! - Added 27/09/2010

 So the trailer came to me like this:

A nice solid base, leaf spring suspension, simple yet effective. I did wonder how a bike was supposed ...

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The KX is to be allowed on the road! - Added 21/09/2010

 Only on this new trailer obviously.

Found on swapz.co.uk I swapped it for an 8GB iPod touch I had, laying around unused. The strange thing is ...

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KE175 nearly ready for powder coat - Added 21/09/2010

 So I finally pulled my finger out and bought a set of bolt-croppers and a three bolt puller to yank the generator off the engine.

So I set to work killing ...

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RAF Wittering Supermotopedathon 11/09/2010 - Added 12/09/2010

 About a week prior to the event I was approached by Dave 'G' Giffould with a proposition to ride his bike at the upcoming 6 hour moped based endurance event.

G ...

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Finally finished tinkering with the KX125 - Added 26/08/2010

 When I first finished rebuilding the KX125 I put a Brembo copy master cylinder on it, since I had it laying around and I wanted some tart value. But as ...

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Husqvarna joins the bike family as we wave goodbye to the SV - Added 26/08/2010

 Early on the 22nd August 2010 a van pulled up outside the house, I knew inside it was my new toy. I found it on swapz.co.uk where I'd advertised the ...

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Corsa reaches a milestone mileage - Added 15/07/2010

Well, 15 years after it was lovingly crafted by Vauxhall, the Corsa has reached 100k miles. My Fiesta of the same year didn't have enough digits in the tacho to ...

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KE 175 project basket-case - The stripdown begins - Added 14/07/2010

So as some of you may have read, I aquired the KE175 as little more than a frame and a few boxes of parts. I put some of it together ...

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Two rust holes in the sump and the 100k mile service - Added 14/07/2010

 So since I've moved house recently to a bigger place, more importantly one with a garage. My nice new driveway was just the venue to notice that small oil patches ...

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The KX gets a rack to carry it around - Added 13/06/2010

 So I discovered a website, swapz.co.uk (guess what you do on it). I found a guy advertising a motorcycle rack that bolts onto a car tow bar and carries the ...

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Corsa gets some new seats - Added 13/06/2010

 So I've been using the retrimmed Calibra leather seats for a while now. They're not incredibly comfortable, for the first week or so they caused intense muscle pain in my ...

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Corsa gets a subtle boot build - Added 04/06/2010

I was initially planning a swap, my Corsa for a white Combo van. The swap was all arranged, so I started stripping parts off the Corsa. Strut brace off, steelies ...

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SV gets a new speedo - Added 23/04/2010

Well, I had bought a bicycle speedo, but let's face it, it's a bit of a bodge.

So I picked this up from SV650.org, it's an Acewell universal clock thingy. It ...

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KX gearbox problem solved (hopefully) - Added 14/04/2010

So after a bit of discussion on bikechatforums.com I thought "Hmm, actually why doesn't the o/s side cover have a gasket..."

It didn't have one when I got the bike, but ...

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SV gets insured - Added 04/04/2010

So I phoned up this morning to insure my SV. I'd just looked at my bank account and a payment had been taken out by Bennetts, which I thought ...

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Corsa gets a tacho - sort of... - Added 02/04/2010

I'd bought a rev gauge and a single pod holder since my clocks don't have a rev meter.

I did a bit of research and on the diesels there's a pea ...

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Corsa MOT attempt 3 - Added 25/03/2010

 Booked on the day the original MOT expires. Scary times, the car was still smoking but not nearly as badly.

I booked it into MOTMax in Grantham since they only charge ...

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Last ditch attempt to de-smoke the Corsa - Added 24/03/2010

Well, I've booked my last MOT for 12:50 on 25th March 2010. The same day the MOT expires.

Even after replacing the injectors it was still smoking exactly the same. So ...

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New wheels for the Corsa - Added 23/03/2010

I spotted these on eBay for £65 buy it now, not a million miles away from me.

So I drove down and picked them up, they're in remarkably good condition given ...

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Replacing injectors on the Corsa - Added 23/03/2010

Well, my efforts to quel the smoking in the Corsa goes on. This time it's a set of £50 eBay injectors from a 46k mile car.

First I spent £11 on ...

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Resprayed rust patches on the Corsa - Added 17/03/2010

Sadly I don't have many 'before' photos because I tend to avoid them in photos but there were two very pronounced rust scabs on the o/s. One on the driver's ...

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SV project - Added 15/03/2010

So after aquiring the SV I realised a few things:

The rear brake pipe is routed the wrong side of the subframe, no front indicators (and when you plug them in, ...

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New rubber for the SV - Added 13/03/2010

A pair of Pirelli Diablo SuperCorsa 2 race scrubs so fresh that they still have the casting marks on them.

£50. Can't say fairer than that.

...

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Debadged Corsa - Added 13/03/2010

I've wanted to debadge the boot for a while, and I had some spare time.

A heat gun and some t-cut and it was all done!


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New handbrake cable for the Corsa - Added 13/03/2010

Well, since the second MOT showed up that they were both 'significantly weakened' I thought I'd probably better replace them. It wasn't a job I was looking forward to though.

Started ...

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Corsa MOT: Attempt 2 - Added 10/03/2010

Fail.

Reasons for refusal of a Test Certificate:

001 Offside Rear position lamp(s) not in good working order (not working)

002 Nearside rear Brake cable has wires broken ...

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SV650 budget - Added 06/03/2010

This thread involves all costs, excluding non-specific tools and including all postage:

  • Bike: £800
  • Legal number plate: £5.90
  • Set of carbs: £30
  • 7" Chrome bates style headlight: £35.70
  • Headlight brackets: £11.40
  • Pair of chrome mirrors: £8.94
  • Pair ...

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KX125 budget - Added 05/03/2010

  • Cost of bike: Swapped for knackered GS500
  • Rethreading sump: £8
  • New kill switch: £5.74
  • New sprocket clip & rear brake spring: £7.50
  • New 'best quality' chain: £22.99
  • Gearbox oil: £7.99
  • MX stand: £26
...

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Took my bird for a drive and she broke my grille! - Added 01/03/2010

Stupid partridge.

...

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We bid farewell to the Fiesta. (Good riddance) - Added 24/02/2010

After selling twice on eBay, and being messed around by both buyers I relisted the Fiesta on eBay with a £200 buy it now. Precisely 4hours and 20minutes later the ...

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The Corsa v5 saga - Added 24/02/2010

When I bought the Corsa it didn't have a lot of MOT or tax left. Not a problem, I could sort that. We filled in the v5 and I left ...

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Corsa MOT repairs - Added 24/02/2010

So after failing on a few different points my first job was an oil and filter change on the Corsa.

I parked the Corsa into the garage front first, and jacked ...

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Corsa MOT: Attempt 1 - Added 13/02/2010

When I bought the car, it had some MOT, but not a lot, I know it ran out in February or March.

So 13th of Feb I booked the car in ...

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New tow bar and steering wheel for the Corsa - Added 13/02/2010

I made my way to Paul's house in Kings Lynn to fit the newly purchased tow bar to my car, and one to his aswell. We started early in the morning ...

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History of the KE - Added 04/02/2010

I was chatting to the guy I got it from.

Turns out when Grantham Police Station moved sites, this bike was a bit of an after thought. It had been seized ...

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Lowered, strut braced and colour coded bumpers - Added 03/02/2010

Today was a very eventful day. I'd picked up a pair of white, post 97 colour coded bumpers, an aluminium strut brace, and a set of Jamex 40mm lowering springs.

The ...

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How to road register an off road bike - Added 24/01/2010

 Originally posted by "Beer" on Visordown:

"This is how to register an off road MX type bike on a daytime MOT; it get's your bike legally
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Corsa gets sub and amp fitted - Added 23/01/2010

 A mate of mine very kindly gave me a Boss CX950 2000 watt, 2 channel amp, and 2 x 10" Fli ...

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Few new bits for the Corsa - Added 22/01/2010

First up is a strut brace. I spotted it on corsa-sport.co.uk for a bargainous £20. Or £15 if picked up ...

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New head unit + Review of Ministry of Sound MOSCA099 - Added 09/01/2010

So there it is, the Ministry of Sound MOSCA099. It's a single DIN head unit DVD player with SD input, USB, ...

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An SV650 joins the bike family - Added 30/12/2009

I'd not been happy with the CBR 600 for a while. It had a fantastic chassis, rode well and had decent power. But the scabby looking fairings always got me ...

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Plan for the Corsa - Added 30/12/2009

 When I bought the 15" steel wheels it gave me an idea for the direction I want to take the car in.

The plan is "modified black and white poverty spec".

I'll ...

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New wheels for the Corsa - Added 29/12/2009

 I adored the wheels on my old Corsa, they were Team Dynamics multispokes powdercoated in anthracite.

So I've been looking for a similar set for this Corsa. Until something completely different ...

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Corsa budget - Added 29/12/2009

Prices include postage, and include everything except tools that aren't specific to the car.

Spent so far:

  • Original purchase price - £300
  • 2 x 10" FLI sub woofers - £FREE
  • 2000W 2ch BOSS amplifier ...

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New seats for the Corsa - Added 28/12/2009

I swapped my 2 Cobra Monaco black bucket seats for a white and black trimmed Calibra interior.

It's the two front seats on subframes, and matching ...

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First impressions of a diesel Corsa - Added 24/12/2009

I first spotted the Corsa for sale on coventrybikers.co.uk advertised with no photos and sparse info for £500. So I fired off a few idle questions at the seller for ...

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CBR goes to its new owner - Added 21/12/2009

21st December 2009, snow, snow and more snow. (With some ice too).

The new owner rode(!) the CBR home. I'm not sure if I admire it, or if I'm more concerned ...

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Fiesta turns out to be knackered! - Added 20/12/2009

A few days ago in a rather cold snap, the Fiesta failed to start as I came out of work. "Fantastic" I think, the battery must be on its way ...

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Fiesta gets its new (old) headunit - Added 13/12/2009

When I bought the Fiesta it came with the OE tape-deck. Amazing. The gap is 1.7 din, which is a real pain in the arse. If it was 2 din, ...

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Fiesta clutch swap AKA comedy of errors. - Added 01/12/2009

 The clutch swap commenced with being rudely awakened by my 'phone alarm at 9am after arriving home from work at 1am.

Into Claire's car I got, and trundled over to my ...

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Fiesta spending to date: - Added 11/11/2009

This is to log all spending on the car, in chronological order. It gets scary after a while. All prices include postage. It doesn't include items I'd already bought and ...

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After 83 miles of ownership, Fiesta suffers clutch failure - Added 11/11/2009

So I'd had the Fiesta for a tender time of about 26 hours. I'd covered 83miles in that time and driven to work and back. I was working a late ...

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New addition to the car family - Added 09/11/2009

Yesterday I was driven to Rugby by my girlfriend's mum where I collected a red 1.8L diesel 1996 (mk4) Ford Fiesta.

I'd been on the lookout for a new car, endlessly ...

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Audi gets sold - Added 09/11/2009

Well, I drove the Audi around for a month or so. It was nice to drive, quick, comfortable.

 But it niggled at me, my head touched the roof if I sat ...

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Audi CV boot - Added 26/09/2009

 The whole moral of this car is cheap. And since it needed a CV boot, I wanted to do it on the cheap. So I took a semi-bodge tip from ...

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Audi budget to date - Added 22/09/2009

This is to keep tally of total spending on the car, I told myself I wouldn't do it this time, because it made me realise what a horrible loss I ...

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What the Audi needs to pass an MOT. - Added 15/09/2009

Well, it failed its last MOT. It failed on...

Dodgy o/s windscreen wiper

Split CV joint gaitor

3 suspension bushes excessive play

Blowing exhaust

Exhaust mount missing

Excessively corroded brake hose

Rear offside tyre has a cut ...

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Audi suspension bushes - Added 15/09/2009

 One of the things the Audi needed for its MOT was 3 lower suspension bushes. Both nearside, and one of the off side. I thought I'd do all of them ...

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BMW MOT History - Added 01/08/2009

This info shows that BMW held an MOT until 29/04/2009, only just over 2 months before I bought it. And it has had no advisories for the past 2 years, ...

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BMW 318 project - Added 18/06/2009

 

As you may know from other parts of the website, I have aquired a 1993 BMW 318i, very high mileage, no MOT and with a blown head gasket. 

This thread is ...

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BMW total costs to date - Added 10/06/2009

 The BMW was originally swapped for an engine I paid £50 for. But I gave away a few other bits with the engine. So let's call it £100 for the ...

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BMW first sighting and appraisal - Added 09/06/2009

 Well, thanks to a friend we managed to get the BMW from its previous owner in Norfolk to Melton Mowbray on a borrowed trailer behind his Volvo.


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Pitbike project - Added 04/06/2009

I bought the pitbike for £250 from Bath near Bristol after getting into Mini Motos but finding them too painful to ride regularly. A pitbike seemed ideal, supermoto tyres, bigger ...

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HPI check for the BMW - Added 04/06/2009

Shows 14 previous owners, not stolen, colour not changed, not scrapped, never written off.

All is good with the world. £3 to mytextcheck, texted the reg to 83600. Worth it just ...

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Project make generator work - Added 17/05/2009

Here we have 2 halves of generators. The one in the frame has an engine, electrical generating bit, and petrol tank. The engine has dropped a valve though.

Also with it ...

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For swap; My Corsa 1995 1.2 8v w/ C20XE redtop engine - Added 16/05/2009

 For swap is my Corsa, it's a 1.2 Corsa B, 1995 'M' reg. With approx 91k miles on the clock. It has:

  • 15" alloy wheels with 195/45/15 tyres. Very recently refurbed. ...

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Corsa gets a Sebring exhaust - Added 04/05/2009

The stock backbox on the Corsa has been blowing for sometime. And when I inspected it the other day I found it to be holier than a very holey thing ...

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Corsa gets a towbar - Added 19/04/2009

Bumper and bumper bar thingy off.

Bar bolts inside the boot. Needed 6 11mm holes drilling. Two in the boot floor ...

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Corsa gets a working horn, and a new tyre - Added 10/04/2009

 Whilst I was home I took the opportunity to do the jobs that have been niggling me.

One was the gear knob kept falling off, so I replaced the small rounded ...

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Current shopping list for Corsa engine swap - Added 07/04/2009

So far I still need:

22 spline drive shafts from a Corsa diesel or GSI - £40

2 x MK2 1600 Cavalier inner CV joints - £60?

Astra throttle cable - £20


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Doris passes its MOT - Added 31/03/2009

1 advisory for a warped rear brake disk. It also had a blown rear bulb, but luckily it had 2, so it still passed. 

It was nice and sunny too, so ...

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KX125 project, full rebuild. - Added 31/03/2009

 So the project starts. The engine is losing gearbox oil. The previous owner thought that it was burning the oil via knackered crank seals. But I think it's actually leaking ...

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The venue for the Corsa engine swap: Tasty garage! - Added 20/03/2009

Here it is! My new lock up. £50pcm and it's slightly bigger than a single garage. Hopefully the car will fit in there along with ...

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How to do a terrible job of recovering a seat - Added 14/03/2009

The seat started like this..


So I ripped off the cover..

And put on the new one. Incredibly badly. Oh well, ...

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Out with the sensible, in with the nobbly. - Added 28/02/2009

 Well, the GS500 was today swapped for a 1989 Kawasaki KX125. It has USD forks, powder coated frame and carbon reeds.

 

I can't wait to play with it/rag it!


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GS500 spare frame and bits back from powder coaters - Added 27/02/2009

This is the £20 frame I got ages ago with the intent to rebuild the GS500 into this frame. I got a new lockstop fabricated and welded on. Then everything ...

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Few parts for the Corsa engine swap - Added 27/02/2009

Head gasket, workshop manual for the engine and rocker cover gasket. It's all getting there slowly. Still to purchase is:

Corsa ...

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Big news: Corsa gets a 2L redtop engine! - Added 19/02/2009

 I've been umming and ahhing about getting one for a while. I've always wanted one, but always thought the conversion was too much effort, too expensive, and I wouldn't be ...

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Corsa goes in for a new wheel bearing - Added 19/02/2009

Any comes out with the same wheel bearing. For a while the car's been making a weird rumbling noise when I steer left, so I booked it in to have ...

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I finally fit the Punto rear wiper to the Corsa - Added 07/02/2009

 Straight swap, looks good. Gave it a wash too. Simple.

...

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Corsa stage 1 modifications complete - Added 04/01/2009

Well here she be.

The colour coded mirrors, bumpers and arches are on. It has new (beautiful) alloys, lowered 30mm, new door speakers and 6x9s in the parcel shelf and of ...

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Corsa gets its external temperature display fixed! - Added 01/01/2009

When I pulled the front bumper off I found a sensor hanging off around the area where I was told the temperature sensor was.

So I ...

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Corsa gets a major service - Added 01/01/2009

While various pieces of bodywork paintwork was drying I had lots of time. So I set about changing the cam belt.

First of all the airbox had to come out. Then ...

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Corsa gets colour coded mirrors, spoiler and bumpers - Added 01/01/2009

Rear bumper was £21 off eBay including postage. I bought a tasty front bumper but it turned out to be for an Escort and would in no way shape or ...

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Corsa Moss alarm gets replaced with Falcon jobby - Added 01/01/2009

When I got the car it had a Moss alarm installed but had been disconnected to stop it draining the battery while the car was stood.

I took one look at ...

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Corsa phase 2: Seats, speakers and lowering. - Added 22/12/2008

First thing was to remove the passenger seat. One torx bolt and one allen key bolt after removing a fiddly bit of fascia... Angle the seat forwards and it pops ...

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Corsa shopping list - Added 17/12/2008

Ok, I have a couple of weeks off work over christmas. So I'm doing up the car. So far I've bought....

 

New rear bumper in primer £21

New front bumper £45


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Corsa gets a power outlet - Added 14/12/2008

God knows why, but Vauxhall in their infinite wisdom decided not to put cigarette lighter sockets on their early base model Corsas. Now in the days of sat navs they're ...

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Corsa phase 1: alloys - Added 13/12/2008

So who didn't see it coming?

£50 on eBay scored me a set of 15" TSW alloys with decent tyres. I picked them up from Northampton and on they went!

Didn't take ...

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New car - Added 13/12/2008

So after months of driving Claire's car to and from work. I decided I'd better get one of my own. So I found this bad boy on eBay for £450. ...

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New lid - Added 17/08/2008

Well, today I went to Hein Gericke and I think I tried on every single lid at least twice. I planned on spending around £150. I very nearly bought an ...

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GS500 rebuild - Added 17/08/2008

Today I picked up some parts to rebuild the GS. I got a 1992 frame including v5, swing arm, rear mudguard, front mudguard, front wheel including crusty disk, both side ...

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GS500s pre-commuting service complete - Added 01/08/2008

Well, I start my monday to friday 60 mile each way commute in 3 days. And the bike has had its complete pre-commuting service.

I've:

Changed the rear tyre 31/07/08

Changed the oil ...

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GS500 and its charging problem saga - Added 27/07/2008

One day whilst starting up my bike to show a friend. Click, goes the noise of the starter solonoid and a flat battery.

No big deal, hooked it up to the ...

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GS500 gets a bodged on top-box - Added 22/07/2008

Since the GS500's going to be a 'use every day' commuter I decided it really needs a top box, and a big one at that.

So I bought an eBay item ...

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Another bike downgrade - Added 15/07/2008

Now whether this bike is actually a downgrade or not from the KLR 250 is a matter of opinion. But the facts are, it was cheaper and it has more ...

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Fitting a new inner tube, and a rim-lock - Added 14/06/2008

Well, when I did the trail bike trial I was advised not to run too low pressure without a rim-lock in case the tyre span on the rim, ripping the ...

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KLR to-do list - Added 29/05/2008

Well, looks like the KLR's here to stay so I've got a few improvements to do over time. Roughly in importance order:

Oil change (bought 3 oil filters on eBay)

Check valve ...

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Moped Madness - Added 27/05/2008

Moped madness is a 3h endurance race run by BMCRC, it was first brought to my attention by a thread on essexbikers.co.uk. I posted it on bikechatforums and very quickly ...

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Trail bike trial - Added 27/05/2008

I know I know, a trail bike trial just sounds like a bad idea. A midnight chat with Dave 'G' Giffould had put me onto the idea. It was only ...

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Bandit post-crash rebuild project - Added 21/05/2008

 The story starts on the 25th of May 2006, which unfortunately was also the date of my girlfriend's 17th birthday, and also 2 months before I was due to leave ...

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KLR gets new boots - Added 06/05/2008

Well, the original eBay auction stated the KLR needed new fork gaitors due to splits in them. A £12 set of gaitors from a local bike shop and a couple ...

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New arrival - tall, muddy, perfect - Added 19/03/2008

After the sale of the SRAD a gap was left in my life. A bike shaped gap.

The corsa just couldn't scratch this itch. So she goes to her new home ...

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The SRAD is gone :( - Added 19/03/2008

After 2 stints on eBay. My beloved GSX-r sold to an enthusiast for £1400. I'll miss you gixxer!

(It also ...

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Chav-mobile gets a suitable exhaust - Added 17/02/2008

Here it is, the corsa gets a noisy backbox. In reality, it sounds nice. And was £17 including postage. Everyone loves a bargain.


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New door speakers for the corsa - Added 06/01/2008

One rainy night I sat in the car with my ever patient girlfriend Claire.

With the aid of my Haynes manual I popped off the door pockets and unscrewed the standard ...

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Corsa gets a new grille - Added 06/01/2008

After debadging the rest of the car, lowering and fitting alloys, a simple yet decent looking mod is to fit a debadged grille. 2 bolts and a bit of brute ...

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Corsa gets new wheels - Added 06/01/2008

After a shady meeting in a service station just inside the M25 I came away £80 lighter and 4 Astra wheels with tyres heavier.

2 of the tyres are Pirelli P6000s ...

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Corsa gets lowered - Added 06/01/2008

First step is to whip off the wheel. I started with the front driver's side. Then all you have to ...

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The Gixxer gets new clothes - Added 05/01/2008

For Christmas 2007 my parents bought me a nice new set of Lucky Strike fairings. So soon after I set about fitting them.


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MZ race bike project - Added 15/12/2007

 'The MZ' as I've come to know it, started life like this. £212.47 on eBay. Who'd have thought it'd end like ...

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TZR 250 Project - Added 15/12/2007

24th April 2005:
Took delivery of TZR250 that I’d not seen before I’d agreed to the purchase, it was in a ...

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MZ crank swap and full engine rebuild - Added 15/12/2007

The story begins on Easter Sunday 2006. The date of a trackday at Silverstone National. On one of the straights, the ...

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