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