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  1. Those two model Sherpa T you mention use a circumferential clamp at the top ends of the fork tubes that is fastened with 6mm bolts. Your Mk4 Lobito was made around the time where some Bultaco models had circumferential top clamps and some models had a cone (tapered) shape to the top end of the fork tubes that fitted into a matching conical hole in the top clamp. For you to be able to interchange fork tubes the fastening method for the top end of both needs to be the same
  2. If you have both bikes why not measure them yourself?
  3. Adding to this topic because of recent interest shown in aftermarket seats for TY250 twinshocks
  4. I agree with nigel and can add that to get close to that ideal setting while you are still in the workshop, set the clutch spring preload so that you can just get it to go over compression with the kickstart. With 5 Barnett plates and the ideal preload setting, you may find the need to shorten the nuts to provide clearance to the casing.
  5. The dots on the nose do look odd. I'm not certain but those dots might be what I was talking about earlier when a change in fuel type can loosen existing carbon deposits. Also you flogging the Alpina hard may also have loosened existing carbon deposits.
  6. It may not be lead fouling. It may be the change in fuel type causing existing carbon deposits to be released and which then stick to the plug. When we (in Australia) changed to unleaded "pump" petrol in 1986 from leaded petrol, fouled plugs on two strokes were suddenly very common where they hadn't been a problem previously. After a short time of running on the new fuel, the frequency of plug fouling went back to normal. You could see carbon deposits on the plug nose that looked nothing like a deposit that had formed gradually. Some but not all were like whiskers. I will be interested to see your photos.
  7. I tried Acerbis white plastic barkbusters on a TY250A twinshock trials bike while setting out an enduro course and decided that for me, the increased inertia in the steering when I did some trials-type riding outweighed the potential benefit of avoiding lever damage. If I was only using the bike for trail riding I would have left them on.
  8. Sounds like normal symptoms of clutch drag caused by the clutch plates touching when they should not be touching. Usual causes are: Plates might not be flat. Plates might not be moving apart parallel. Less common causes are: May be side float in the gearbox shaft. May be grooves worn into the clutch basket fingers. Maybe the bearing that the basket spins on has started seizing.
  9. If you use a pre-65 electric motor instead of a pre-65 petrol motor it would be hard to argue against riding in pre-65 class but you didn't ask that. If you could hide a modern EM electric motor inside a pre-65 petrol motor and hide the cells inside a pre-65 fuel tank, then it would meet the eligibility criteria for pre-65 where I live.
  10. I used neutral cure silicone rubber sealant which has worked pretty well for about 15 years so far
  11. An angle grinder with a 100mm disc will work - I know because that's what I did, and didn't have to take that chain guard off either. The sprocket will pop loose when the disc gets close to the shaft
  12. Replacement sprockets don't have a keyway and work fine so yes, it was overkill to have a key. The swingarm bushes may be rubber isolastic bushings. I have found them in a couple of bikes and got them out by burning the rubber away. This allows you to get the centre bushing out then carefully cutting through the outer steel casing of the bushing with a hacksaw blade. You can replace them with either new isolastic bushings or more conventional steel inner/brass outer bushings
  13. feetupfun

    Yamaha ty250a

    The TY250A when standard has a different rear rim to other TY250 twinshocks. X11 tubeless tyres usually stay on TY250A bead seats. The bead seats on the A model are wide and it is also a wider rim than the later TY250s. The A model is the 434 model. Many other 1970s era tube type rear rims can give problems with X11 tubeless tyres though. The standard KT rear rim is the worst I've had for fitting an X11 tubeless, but if you do what "still trying" says, the X11 will stay on the KT rim bead seats nicely. The IRC tube type rear is fine on any of the old rear rims but where I live it is very hard to buy them, so I buy Michelin X11.
  14. I'm thinking the 247 engine covers changed to being the same as the Cota 348 when the Cota 247 UKR came out but I'm not certain. For the sprocket, if it's on a taper like a 348 sprocket is, use a 100mm disc on an angle grinder. It will fit in there without the disc having to touch anything else. A bigger disc won't. I found that when I got to about 1 mm from the gearbox shaft the remainder of the sprocket sprung apart when a crack formed. For the cylinder nuts, heat them up with an oxy-acetylene welding flame. If you have a steady enough hand you should be able to get each nut very hot without melting any aluminium. You can buy new nuts easily so don't worry about damaging them
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