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potto

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    Montesa Cota 349

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  1. Thanks guys,oh well atleast I'am not the only one who has had kick back injuries,my old XL350 left its fair share of pain @ times lol. I have confirmed the lever is correctly positioned so feel better about that. Got my new Betor shocks from Spain off an e-bay seller,landed here cost me 330NZD which I thought was very reasonable,front forks are next ,need to wait till leg is healed better. feetupfun my reference was somewhat unclear sorry ,really I was asking for the best starting procedure which you pretty much covered thanks,for fear of further damaging my leg again is it possible to start the bike without sitting on it ?,can you kick it over standing alongside it ?....I have done this before in the past but think the bikes I did it on had kickstarts that were lower on the motor and may not get the same downward force.
  2. Ok long story short the bike kicked back and wreaked my leg,70mm by 15mm tear in my lower leg,as you may understand its a mess,I made a mistake in starting the bike and its my fault ,bike got some words thrown at it,nevermind lesson learnt...as a wise man said you only stop learning when you die. My main question is kickstart lever position?????,currently it is about 1130 as the clock go's when in the start /kickdown position is locked in ? I'am going to look @ the timing and points however after I got it started first after a very long time it cracked up and run good,,anyone got a 1st o 2nd kickstart setup for the starting? ,remembering I need a healed leg and the correct footwear. Many thanks Dean.
  3. The spacers I refered to that In Motion sell are made of alloy and fit on the end of the springs as far as I know. I bought 4 seals as that is correct for my 51M 349 size is 35x47x7 ,hope my info wasn't wrong...parts book shows 2 seals/slider. Thanks again.
  4. Bought new for seals and just wondering about there placement,it would appear they just sit on top of each other with the lips upwards....correct ? Besides cleaning the sliders and tubes anything else required before reassembly ?. The spring spacers that In Motion sell are they to compensate for weakened spring or something else? Thanks.
  5. Found the reason the bike stopped the other day ,besides the way some idiot had fitted the fuel tap the filter screen was fitted around the wrong way. When resealing the fuel tap I found the bolts fitted had been too long and and one threaded inserts had all but pulled out of the plastic,I drilled out the blind hole and fitted a bolt from the inside and sealed the base 'o'ring with blue Hylamar so far so good after 2 days. Hope to tidy up the suspension soon,have new fork seals and have ordered new Betor shocks from Spain @ a very fair price,an extended search found a huge differance from seller to seller,freight was fair considering. More progress so will report back,cheers.
  6. Been picking away @ some jobs today,first job was to fix the leaking fuel tap which some idiot had packed a tyre repair patch to seal it on the tank.....fuel resistant? not even close !!!!!. On my first ride the bike stopped I found today Been trawling thru threads on here and it has been most helpful ,have picked up a lot of info and its been a great help...enjoying the reading. I want to ride and enjoy this bike over the summer and then restore it over the start of winter ,just needed repairs to keep it going.
  7. Thanks ,yes I have checked the frame and found a crack near the steering head,also found some bad previous repairs which I will repair when I tear the bike down for repainting. Is the frame made of anything other than mild steel ? I seem to remember chromemoly is difficult to weld ? Gearbox appears OK but shifting is a little bulky @ times,plan to change the oil soon,is ATF ok for the clutch?. I have a great longtime friend who restores/races older twin shock bikes ...he can wait to get his hands on my bike...lol.
  8. Thanks for the reply,agree about the de-comp,no way it will start on it because of low compression when open...simple however now I know fully. Mudguards are in great condition just a bit discoloured just gave them a quick sand with some wet and dry and its appears to be working ,may proceed as very expensive shipping replacements from overseas. Tank is polypropolene (spelling?) and someone has painted it with enamel paint ,since putting in fuel the paint is festering like a kid with zits,not surprised TBO...seen it before. At the end of the day its all cosmetic,thoughts on changing the offset and increasing the length of the kick start...useful mod or not?
  9. Thanks for the info on the kick start,looked at it and thought why mess with something that works..and really its starts well on it so time out on that. Importing ..well we get hit hard here so I have to be careful been importing Porsche parts for over 20yrs ,we have to click the ticket in a big way over 400NZD,been burnt a few times than I will like to remember. Yea ,funny haven't time on the bike to bust the guards but as I get more brave I know I will bust stuff or myself lol ,thanks again.
  10. Thanks for the reply,agree about the de-comp,no way it will start on it because of low compression when open...simple however now I know fully. Mudguards are in great condition just a bit discoloured just gave them a quick sand with some wet and dry and its appears to be working ,may proceed as very expensive shipping replacements from overseas. Tank is polypropolene (spelling?) and someone has painted it with enamel paint ,since putting in fuel the paint is festering like a kid with zits,not surprised TBO...seen it before. At the end of the day its all cosmetic,thoughts on changing the offset and increasing the length of the kick start...useful mod or not?
  11. Purchased a 79 Cota 359 as a Xmas present to myself ,missed out on a TL200 recently and stole the Monty off a guy that said it didn't run and parts were a mare....really. Had it running the same afternoon and found parts weren't an issue,motor has great compression and strong spark and runs well after not running for 15yrs . Following questions from a newbie ,please be patient with me lol ; bike won't start on decompressor ,is it set up wrong ?,think its opening too much? Without starts easily but hard on my old foot, plastic parts can they be sanded back to a better look, Will have other silly questions later but have a history with Spanish bikes so not too far off base. Cheers Dean.