ON OUR BENCH

Hack 600 at last re­ceives at­ten­tion it de­serves but pays Alan back with fas­tener grief

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Contents -

Alan’s Fazer gets some love, Gary’s swaps GSX11 frames, MG’S KH/H1F rub­bers col­lapse, Damo’s ‘cat en­joys a new chain, MG buys an XL250 from Fer­ret

So while the headers were off my 2000 Fazer for a re­fin­ish for one of this month’s how-to fea­tures, the op­por­tu­nity to tidy up cor­rod­ing steel coolant pipes and an ex­ter­nal oil drain pre­sented it­self.

This meant re­mov­ing the rad. The top two bolts, run­ning per­pen­dic­u­lar to the bike and rea­son­ably shel­tered from the el­e­ments, came out just fine. How­ever the bot­tom fas­tener felt like it was com­ing un­done un­til the span­ner went slack with that sink­ing feel­ing fa­mil­iar to an­glers when they lose a fish. I tried weld­ing a nut to the ex­posed end of the rem­nants of the bolt but a faulty gas reg­u­la­tor on the welder meant I couldn’t get one to hold. How­ever the heat gen­er­ated had killed the rust and a 4mm cobalt drill bit then made re­moval a breeze.

The rigid coolant pipes came off easy enough af­ter that and a quick grit blast and re­fin­ish with an­thracite wheel paint got them look­ing bet­ter than they ever had. The oil drain was a big­ger prob­lem. Se­cured to the en­gine by an M6 Allen bolt with a very cor­roded head, the only sen­si­ble op­tion, af­ter pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence, was to clean the rust off the pipe in situ and give it a thor­ough slather­ing in ACF50.

With all that sorted and re­assem­bled, I could then turn my at­ten­tions to an­other small job, which again turned out to be not much of a small job ei­ther. The oil seal had popped in the left-side fork leg. So I set to. Then the fourth of the mud­guards four fas­ten­ers to be un­done snapped – it’s al­ways the last one you set about that does this. Cue more drilling out . The oil that came out of the forks smelled like it had run out of Den­nis Nilsen’s drains but at least the bushes were still ser­vice­able.

So fully a day af­ter I’d ex­pected to com­plete all the ‘small jobs’, the Fazer was back to­gether just The harder you look, the in time for this month’s tyrme roerevineawst(ip­naegssey8o0u)f. ind

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