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General / Brake Fluid
« on: 31 March 2020, 03:37:20 PM »
Refurbing my rear brake. Is there any reason not to buy cheap Carlube DOT 4 brake fluid ?

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FZS600 Fazer / Rear Brake refurb
« on: 29 March 2020, 03:26:21 PM »
I was going to change pads and fluid and line after my MOT in April - after the MOT in case I potatoed the caliper. I now have anextra 6 months so am doing now.  I have read the various posts and advice but thought I would start my own as I have a few questions.I will be using a hel line and on the website it mentions black stealth heat shrink on the ends as an option. I actually think it looks a bit messy and my new line will be clear stainless steel but on the rear is there any reason to have the "stealth heat shrink.
  • what is peoples opinion on hel stainless steel bleed nipples and what size do I need.
  • Will 500ml of fluid be enough to do the job - even if I have to struggle with bleeding.
  • What fluid to get - any make better than other.
  • Pads SBS ceramic I see have been mentioned. I don't want anything too sharp on the rear
  • seals webmoto Ebay or fowlers.I read it can be hit and miss with pattern ones but is that still the case.
A reminder for those that do not know. I have had the bike for 19 years 23k on clock and the last 19k of them have been dry ones only. Bike garaged. The rear calaper was last serviced at 8k in 2002 pads fluid and seals ( so the receipt says )   

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General / Focer font of knowledge Conferencing (covid 19)
« on: 27 March 2020, 08:47:16 AM »
Trying to arrange a multi person video chat with the family but there are so many options and now confused. There will be 3 in the chat possibly 4 and 1 has ios and the others android.I have looked int houseparty app but it wants to know far to much personal info for my comfort zone. So now looking at Zoom and it looks like only the host has to any signing in ?.
Not all have facebook but we all have watsap.
Any experts out there. 

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General / Racebolt discount 25%
« on: 05 February 2020, 12:15:42 PM »
 Just got this in my inbox
February is traditionally the month for showing someone you love them.
 
 This month we are offering 25% off every single product , so go on, show your bike how much you love it.

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General / Focer font of knowledge, Refurbished PCs
« on: 04 February 2020, 08:30:22 PM »
Focer font of knowledge Refurbished PCsI have had one for a few years but the company is no more and now I need to advise the inlaws but which refurb seller would the PC experts recommend.

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General / The 2020 FOC-U Bike Picture Challenge
« on: 05 January 2020, 12:00:34 PM »
The 2019 FOC-U Bike Picture Challenge   A reiteration of the rules.   
1. All challenges must be of YOUR bike and a landmark, or something obscure or creative, something most people can ride to in their area.
 
2. Picture has to be taken after challenge is made.
 
3. Challenge is good for a week; if it is not met after that time, the previous picture poster picks a new challenge.
 
4. Nothing illegal to be challenged.
 
5. Keep comments to a minimum; if you comment, post the current challenge in bold type after your comment.
 
6. No repeat challenges.
 
7. No other bikes can be used, eg, your bike next to a Ducati. Some exceptions will be allowed, eg, your bike next to a bike cop.
 
8. Only 1 person can win each challenge; any other entrants will not be counted, due to throwing the whole game off track and adding challenges that don't stand.
 
9. If any dispute about a challenge occurs, 3 oks from others settles the challenge.
 
Remember, this thread is supposed to get people to want to go ride straight away and beat others to the challenge - be creative, but be sensible about it.
 
Have fun Foccers!

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General / EBAY China ????
« on: 07 December 2019, 09:12:11 PM »
How does it work when you search on ebay via nearest and you get all these results in your town but then when you scroll down you can see the address is actually china - the address is even written in Chinese and its two weeks delivery WFT! How does that work.

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General / Site outage
« on: 06 November 2019, 09:49:04 PM »
What happened all day

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General / Put your baffles in
« on: 08 June 2019, 10:40:30 AM »
Just seen in the news police are looking at introducing "acoustic cameras" to catch loud exhausts. I assume it is a mic attached to a camera to get your sound levels and then trigger a camera for your numberplate.

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General / Focer Font of knowledge speaker power RMS and stuff
« on: 27 May 2019, 07:33:26 PM »
I deed to replace a little sound system and the one I am looking to buy has a Speaker power 20 W (10 W + 10 W)
But I already have speakers in position and I upgraded the wire to 42/0.15mm 3x6mm (whatever that is )My worry is using the in-situ speakers with the new system as I do not know what my current speakers power is. Looking down the back in an air hole thing I can see printed on the speaker I think it says 5W 8 ohlms but that is only on the small speaker as the bigger one has not got a hole. They are small at  20 x18x13
The online manual says this
Use the speakers only with the recommended system.If not, you can cause damage to the amplifier andspeakers and can cause a fire. Consult an approvedservice personnel if damage occurs or if there is a sudden apparent change in performance
The spec for the new system speakers is --- Speaker power 20 W (10 W + 10 W)So would it be ok to use the in situ speakers or would I actually get a better sound with the new spec speakers.I do not have any info on the old system. 



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General / Who wants my loctite 620
« on: 25 May 2019, 10:40:27 AM »
Who wants my loctite 620. I brought a 50ml bottle for the front sprocket and probably will not have use for it again, but just in case I do I have decanted about 7 ml to keep for myself. If anyone wants the rest they can have it for free.

Maybe use what you nee and pass it on to another Focer.

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General / Look at the state of my --
« on: 12 May 2019, 09:27:46 PM »
hugger after about 4 years of dry weather only riding. Since I last took it off to clean

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FZS600 Fazer / Chain adjusters Grease or not
« on: 11 May 2019, 06:55:49 PM »
I have just removed them and they were gungy with dry grease I have cleaned the up ready to go back but wondering should I grease them or not as they slide in and out of the swing arm no problem but dont want to actually make them slippery because its hard enough keeping things aligned when doing the back wheel up. Maybe just a thin coat of ACF50   

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General / Wheel alignment Idea for the Chain
« on: 03 May 2019, 07:26:11 PM »
I read that the very best way is to measure from the swing arm but the rear axle has a hole in it which you need to find the centre of. So I came up with an idea to thread a wodden dowel through it. But one side is bigger then the other and it wouldn't work just waggling around so I took the slack up with some spacers so the dowel is held in the centre.
Its the same at the swing arm as each side is a different size hole but I got around that one by sanding down the dowel at one end.Now I can pull a tape measure across which is hanging off the dowel. And I have cut the swing arm dowel flush with the frame and marked the centre with a pen.
I think I will refine it further by also cutting the spindle one flush and adding a small headless nail to the centre end then use a metal ruler with a pin hole in the wide flat face to slot over my nail and then I can mark the other end on the thin edge of the ruler that lines up with the swing arm dowel pen mark. That way a stiff metal ruler is better than a bendy tape measure.   

Photos

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General / 6 sided socket Advice
« on: 29 April 2019, 02:10:37 PM »
I have just learned from the FZS600 section that a 6 sided socket is less likely to round off a nut. Never knew that  :o I will be fitting a new chain and sprocket set and I have the sizes I need but they are all 12 points

So I am going to invest in a few for the  :faz rear wheel / sprocket nut/ and a 14 and 17mm. Are these Draper ones a waste of money https://www.toolstation.com/12-drive-6-point-socket/p52746. If so any recommendations of something better.


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FZS600 Fazer / New Chain Time = Sprockets too ?
« on: 27 April 2019, 10:46:03 AM »
Chain and sprockets are OEM and 21 years old but only done 22k miles.
I have a tight spot on the chain that I have tried to free up last year but its still there and I can hear it and feel it through the peg. I have just had an mot and got the chap to look at my rear sprocket as I wanted a second opinion, he had a good look and said he does not think it needs changing but pointed out some chain wear.
I know some say change sprockets at the same time but the rear at least looks fine to me. Pictures attached.
Also I want to fit a continuous chain and want an x ring D.I.D  but confused as to if they come as continuous. Here  https://www.sportsbikeshop.co.uk/motorcycle_parts/content_rev/72435#itemReview_9179

First one is before I cleaned the area being photographed. 
I will post some of the front sprocket later when I get the cover off
 

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General / Kill switch or ignition key
« on: 12 April 2019, 11:36:36 AM »
Just been watching some utube vids of bikers being pulled over in the US as filmed via their own helmet cams and I noticed that they all used the kill switch to turn off the bike and then turn the ignition key.I never use the kill switch and always use the key - what do everyone do.I do sometimes use the kill switch after parking just as a simple extra tiny bit of security - could be just enough to confuse an opportunist. Like it has done me when I return and the bike wont start for some reason  :o :lol   

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General / The 2019 FOC-U Bike Picture Challenge
« on: 06 April 2019, 11:57:54 AM »
The 2019 FOC-U Bike Picture ChallengeA reiteration of the rules.
1. All challenges must be of YOUR bike and a landmark, or something obscure or creative, something most people can ride to in their area.
 
2. Picture has to be taken after challenge is made.
 
3. Challenge is good for a week; if it is not met after that time, the previous picture poster picks a new challenge.
 
4. Nothing illegal to be challenged.
 
5. Keep comments to a minimum; if you comment, post the current challenge in bold type after your comment.
 
6. No repeat challenges.
 
7. No other bikes can be used, eg, your bike next to a Ducati. Some exceptions will be allowed, eg, your bike next to a bike cop.
 
8. Only 1 person can win each challenge; any other entrants will not be counted, due to throwing the whole game off track and adding challenges that don't stand.
 
9. If any dispute about a challenge occurs, 3 oks from others settles the challenge.
 
Remember, this thread is supposed to get people to want to go ride straight away and beat others to the challenge - be creative, but be sensible about it.
 
Have fun Foccers!

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FZS600 Fazer / Greasing my Speedo Drive Help.
« on: 22 December 2018, 10:55:51 AM »

 I will be re greasing my 20 year old (21k miles) speedo drive grease but which grease out of these two would be best.

 Also - stupid question time with the front wheel out is the balance transferred to the back or do I have to chock the front up.is it necessary to take off the brake calipers or is that just to make it easier - especially when lining up to put back.Also how much grease do I use - a smear or pack it out or in between. 

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General / Focer Font Of Knowledge. Borescope Endoscope
« on: 17 December 2018, 05:33:35 PM »
A while back it was mentioned on here for looking inside a tank and I thought at the time it would be a very useful bit of kit but I did not have a use but now I do so looking for some advice as to a cheap one that can connect to a android phone.Its first job will be to inspect behind/inside a stud and plasterboard wall before I drill some new holes to fit a towel rad in-place of a normal rad. 
 

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General / Aldi Merino Ski Wear Winter riding
« on: 25 November 2018, 01:22:57 PM »
Aldi are doing some ski wear and I was looking at the "100% Merino wool" base layers - here
https://www.aldi.co.uk/c/specialbuys/dates/2018-11-25?q=%3Apopular&page=0 but not sure if £17.99 for a short / £19.99 Long sleeve top are good prices. Also wondering if it is actual Merino wool - remembering faux wagu beef at Asda or something or was it Aldi. Faux because it was not "full blown" wagu but was a mix breed.   


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General / Focer font of knowledge snorkelling
« on: 18 October 2018, 01:16:04 PM »
Have done some a long time ago and just again last month in Spain on a little trip that included a bit of snorkelling and now looking to get my own mask and snorkel to take with me next time.But I don't want to waste my money on rubbish but also don't want to spend the earth on professional scuba gear.Have been looking at stuff in decathlon but it seems very cheap, so any advice from snorkelling focers
 

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General / Focer font of knowledge using Fiberglass
« on: 21 August 2018, 09:26:41 AM »
Never used fiberglass before and I am hoping to try and repair a broken concrete wavy roof tile. I have glued one back together before with rem-chem resin used for fixing threaded studs in walls and then a bit extra buttered on the back reinforced with Aluminium mesh which worked well.I believe fiberglass will stick to concrete - dust free.
When I am putting on extra layers of sheet do I wait until the first layer is touch dry or tacky or completely cured.I have a big boy kit from toolstation which says touch dry in 50 -70 mins but it doesn't say when it will be fully cured.Also the mix is 300:1  :eek bit of a faff to measure that out. Can someone point me to a make that has an easier mix ratio with less risk of getting it wrong.Are there also faster curing ones.
Thanks

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General / I have got a stiff one
« on: 21 July 2018, 12:42:38 PM »
Chain link that is.I can feel it and hear it when the chain is under a low load at about 40mph, not coasting nor can I feel it under any decent load.I am not quite ready for a new chain and sprocket set so what is my best course of action-- slacken off wheel and set to work on the misbehaving link with two pairs of pliers and some engine oil ?.I did previously tighten the chain a tiny fraction so 95% of the chain positions would just touch the guide but then there is that one tight spot with the stiff link that is a little too tight. Should I adjust the chain to that one tight area and have the rest perhaps a little too slack like all the guides actually tell you to do  :lol :deal .
   

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General / Cat and fiddle A537
« on: 07 July 2018, 09:47:17 AM »
Thinking of a trip up there today and will be coming up from the south M1 any recommendations or tips as to the best route. 

EDIT to say I went and my report is here http://foc-u.co.uk/index.php/topic,24310.0.html

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