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Sprung Chicken
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June 8, 2016 - 9:28 pm
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thumbs-upNice job on the seat Steve.

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Sprung Chicken said
thumbs-upNice job on the seat Steve.  

Thanks, it wasn't as hard as I expected, and I bought some clips to use, but managed to get all of the old ones off too, so now I have a small stock of them. I'm sure I will need them on the next project......

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June 9, 2016 - 9:36 am
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Good job, This bantam will soon be roaring up the road.

I could agree with you, but then we would both be wrong

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Well, I have stripped down the forks. Please bear in mind that I have only done D5 forks before and have no working knowledge of the later ones. The fork stanchions and bushes seem ok, there isn't any play in them, but am I correct in thinking that the fork stanchions should be chrome? There is very little evidence of any chrome left on mine, that's a fact! Should I replace them? I was only going to put new oil seals in, bit if I have to change the stanchions then the bushes will need changing too....

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swalsh58 said
Well, I have stripped down the forks. Please bear in mind that I have only done D5 forks before and have no working knowledge of the later ones. The fork stanchions and bushes seem ok, there isn't any play in them, but am I correct in thinking that the fork stanchions should be chrome? There is very little evidence of any chrome left on mine, that's a fact! Should I replace them? I was only going to put new oil seals in, bit if I have to change the stanchions then the bushes will need changing too....

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Hi Steve

The original stanchions were not hard chromed just ground hardened steel, you can buy replacements that are hard chromed but most of the replacement new stanchions are manufactured the same way as the originals.

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Thanks for that Howard. I will replace the oil seals and see how it goes then. According to my parts manual, the seals for the D7 are part number 90-5286. All the seals I can find on eBay are 97-5286. What is the difference if any? I don't want to buy seals that don't fit!

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There are two types of oil seal carrier fitted to the lightweight forks, yours are the early type carriers which are parallel and about 1" long, they take the small seal which is only about an 1/8" wide (available in my shop), and are normally fitted to the D7 to early D14 the later carrier is about 1 1/2" long and has a slight taper to the lower end this takes the seal that is about 1/4" wide and has a spiral wire ring normally fitted to the later D14.

The carriers are interchangeable as the thread is the same.

90 prefix usually indicates a bantam D1-D14 part 97 prefix would usually indicate a B175 part but that part number does not relate to the seal in a B175 either.

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That's great, thanks Howard. I had already ordered the thin type but I'm glad you have confirmed they are the right ones.

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Its all coming along, though slowly. The forks are done with new seals, I have to say I really dont like the forks on Bantams! I have cleaned up the shocks and rear mudguard too. Number plate and rear light on order, as is a couple of 5/16 bolts for the mudguard. If I can get the front mudguard done, and the wheels cleaned up I might take it to the next show Im going to in August, as a 'work in progress.

After this, I have a D14 waiting in boxes......

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It may seem rather a jump from the last posting I made on here, but I spent more time doing than telling! Just fitted the kickstart and gear lever this morning to finish off. Total cost, including purchase price was £855.

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Lovely job Steve what a difference from the bike at the start. Well done another bike nearly back on the road.

Mick

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Very nice - the paintwork and chrome look really good. Love a chrome petrol tank!

Alec

P.s. is that an RM6 Raleigh Runabout lurking in the background? 😃

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Alec said
Very nice - the paintwork and chrome look really good. Love a chrome petrol tank!

Alec

P.s. is that an RM6 Raleigh Runabout lurking in the background? 😃  

I think the photo's make it look better than it is, its ok though

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It does look nice - quite a different look with the black exhaust and flat bars.

is the clutch cable as long as it looks in that first picture?

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I tried to use everything that came with it, I only replaced missing parts. I used the exhaust that came with it, even though its a large bore with the adaptor. The pipe was quite tatty, and the only exhaust paint I had in was black, so that's what happened with the exhaust. the bars again came with the bike so got used. It just makes it a little different.

The clutch cable I had to buy, and I noticed myself that it looked very long on the picture. It isn't as long as it looks, its just not tied in to the right places just yet, and now I have thrown a blanket over it till spring, it will have to wait!

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