Do funky filters require much fiddling?
‘You have to prove that the increased cost is attributable to the accident’
AI have a 1996 Triumph 900 Sprint that I am converting to a café racer. If I fit cone air filters, I know I will have to re-jet the carbs, but what else do I have to do? Jim Broad, email Answered by Clive Wood, Clive Wood Triumph You’ll need some dyno time for the carb set-up. Get cone filters without a chrome frame as the air needs to flow from the filters’ rear as well as the sides. The original airbox also supports the carbs, so you’ll need to fabricate a rubber-mounted bracket, or the extra weight of the filters will make the carb rubbers flex and eventually crack.
The breather pipes from the carbs can continue to vent fresh air below the bike, but the breather from the crankcase to the airbox needs to be routed to a vent filter. If you are going to really thrash it, it’ll need a catch tank that vents to air.
When I raced Triumphs in the 1990s, we learned how much oil was spat out by the engine and had to have a vented catch tank on the rear subframe with a foam filter inside, otherwise following riders would get a face full.
Ever since an accident two years ago I have been unable to drive a manual car due to the injuries to my lower leg. I have bought an automatic car but my opponent is refusing to cover the extra cost of running an automatic. Guillaume Gryon, email
The basis for a claim for financial losses due to an accident is to put you back into the position you would have been in, had the accident not happened. This is obviously difficult in terms of injuries but easier in terms of monetary loss.
You say that as a result of the accident you can no longer drive a manual car and therefore need an automatic vehicle. They are often more expensive and over the years there may be a significant difference financially. Your solicitor needs to obtain supportive medical evidence from a consultant orthopaedic surgeon as to the medical justification for an automatic gearbox. The surgeon needs to comment not only that it is reasonable for you to have an automatic vehicle as a result of your injuries, but also that the need for it is directly attributable to the injuries, rather than a preexisting condition. You will also need solid evidence of the actual cost difference. If your medical expert supports this claim then hopefully your opponent’s expert will also support it. If not, then the experts will prepare a joint statement on areas of agreement and disagreement and the judge will decide whose evidence he prefers and make an order accordingly.
Removing the airbox on a Sprint requires more than a rejet