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Continental GT Cafe Racer / Questions about the GT
« Last post by AstroGT on Today at 03:46:27 PM »
Greetings!  :)
Getting excited about the Continental GT. I'm an inveterate hotrodder so foremost to my mind is how I can play with it. Thanks to this Forum I'm familiar with some of the tweaks and upgrades, but is there anything that can be done with the stock head for instance? Or suspension? From what I've read in road tests the GT seems well sorted from the factory, but I'm sure there's room for improvement.
Parts and Accessories Q&A / Re: Small Flyscreen
« Last post by straffordrt on Today at 03:45:16 PM »
Looks great, does it change (increase/decrease) the wind to the head?
Bullet with the UCE engine / Re: C5 strip and restore thread
« Last post by Desi Bike on Today at 03:40:45 PM »
Thanks Jim,

That explains the green dot for me. I cleared off the metal shards that were imbedded in the paint lest they come loose and cause something expensive.

On the back of the main cases are hand etched alphanumeric numbers. During the final machining of the cases, they may have been bolted together and line honed for alignment of the main bearings. These codes are to have a matching pair of cases. Once the engine is in the frame, these numbers can't be seen as they are low and on the back of the engine.

The paint stripping of the block is going well. I decided to stick with the paint stripper to clear the block of the gray paint because I really like the smell of methelyne chloride :)   Oh and a jug of the stripper I'm using is still cheaper than the soda blaster guy.
The stripper is a gel so what I've been doing is to glop it on the area to be stripped, then stick a sheet of plastic sandwich wrap over top to contain the evaporation and keep the gel wetter longer. After about an hour the paint is like a rubbery goo. A small plastic scraper is used to get the majority of the goo off. Once this is done I use a soft stainless wire brush on an electric  drill to clear the rest off.

With the paint removed I've been sanding down the mould marks and such to make the surfaces smooth for the next steps to polishing. So far I've got the clutch side of the case cleared and sanded down ready for polishing. The back of the clutch circle was a mess of casting marks and mismatched moulds. Its all smooth now.

Steps to polish so far
1. Aluminum safe paint stripper
2. Soft stainless wire brush to strip off remainder
3. Fine file to knock the heavy mould marks down
4. 60 grit sandpaper to smooth out the bumps
5. 120 grit sandpaper to smooth out the 60 grit marks
6. 180 grit sandpaper to smooth out the 120

I have higher grits, but will most likely just step to the buffing / cutting compounds insead of sanding all night. Currently the case lookes like "brushed aluminum" in finish.

So far the castings are pretty good for porososity. Only very fine bubbles have been found in one small area that is going to be under the starter motor. I'm not going nutso sanding the area down as it will mostly be invisible.
No pictures today as I'm at work
Continental GT Cafe Racer / Re: Service Manual for GT
« Last post by Kevin Mahoney on Today at 03:36:58 PM »
After about 2007 RE started to publish surprisingly good shop manuals. The previous ones were an embarrassment for people like us in the US. We want lots of detail and Indian mechanics did not care. RE did an unusual thing by formally training all of the street mechanics. While on the surface it seems crazy it was actually brilliant. It gave them a service network unrivaled in the world of MC's.

Bullet with the UCE engine / Re: I want one of these
« Last post by krimp on Today at 03:32:02 PM »
Here is an alternative made here in the States.

Bullet with the UCE engine / Re: I want one of these
« Last post by krimp on Today at 03:15:49 PM »
I saw that video about 20 minutes before you posted it. It's a good idea, but I wouldn't store my riding gear in it.
Was on my on-loan GT, while my Bullet was in the shop, I knew that there was some nice curves ahead, and the road was dry, so I dropped down close behind the twin dials and let her rip, enjoying that Harris frame to the full. Then coming round the last bend I clocked a police car, the speed I went from fantasy fifties greaser to nonchalant Sunday dawdler should have won awards and all with 9 points on my licence!!!!
Bullet with the UCE engine / I want one of these
« Last post by Desi Bike on Today at 12:23:40 PM »
Now that my 1923 built garage is going to be removed after taking a direct hit from my neighbours's tree a few months back. This looks like a really neat idea.

Its a telescoping bike shed

Tech Tips / Re: Battery cable replacement
« Last post by mattsz on Today at 10:45:09 AM »
" The two small pink spade connectors are the leads (small blue and small white wire) which activate the solenoid through the handlebar starter switch."

Matt.  Does it matter which side the blue or white wires connect to?

There are no polarity indications on the solenoid, and I don't remember trying to sort out which starter switch wire was which, so I'm going to say it doesn't matter.  If I'm wrong, I'm sure someone will chime in quick!
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