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post #1 of 171 (permalink) Old 01-25-2018, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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The Ted Thread

Right. So I like to keep all my ash and trash in one place because I tend to work on things quite a bit. Better than spreading it all over the forum. This is the Ted Thread and it is dedicated to my new (to me) 2004 Triumph Thruxton, aka Teddy Thruxton. That sounds a bit.....childish...the name that is, but it makes me laugh and that is what is important. Especially since he is a gnarly little machine.

So who is Teddy and where did he come from?

All good questions. I purchased Teddy on a complete whim during the tail end of my divorce (finalized on 23 January, woohoo!) after a 20+ year marriage and while in the midst of my military retirement. I like to do multiple broad, sweeping changes at the same time to keep things interesting. Anywho, I was just browsing Craigslist because that's what I do and I came across Ted. I had a brief lust for a blue 2004 Thruxton about six years ago, but was not allowed to get it because, well, those are some of the reasons I'm divorced now.

Anyway, dude who owned Ted put the Canyon Racing wheels, a 180 wide tire rear kit, the headlight, Bassani slips, and powdercoated the cases, gauge plate, buckets, etc... As far as I know, there have been no other performance mods done but I did notice what looks like a half-arsed Air Injection delete on him. We'll see as I tear into him.

Bike experience. Yeah owned a couple, built a couple, lots of wrench time on cars so this is fun to me.

Here is Ted as he sits now. This is a repost from my intro thread.

Fresh on the truck




Fresh off the truck




At home with his mates, my '76 Ironhead sporty project/opus/boat anchor and my girlfriend's '06 Sport Classic. His other mate, girlfriend's Ducati Scrambler isn't allowed in the house. When you're newly divorced, motorcycles are more fun than furniture.

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What are we doing now?

A couple things. I had to get some toys to make him mine. Things like a new front brake fluid reservoir because that plastic one is ghastly. It will give a good excuse to flush the brakes as well. A skid plate is on the way, a new shifter peg just showed, windscreen coming from Dart, etc.

But more importantly, a big box of fun showed up yesterday!



That's right!

And there's a new ignition module in there as well. Nice way to spend $600. I'll be duct taping all this crap on today!
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I had a 2013 Thruxton in Brooklands Green with TORS - great sound.

I would imagine that your Ted Thruxton with the stage 2 induction power kit will produce a sound that will cause passers-by to stop and stare open-mouthed and small children to run away.

I like that you have the bikes indoors - best furniture ever.

Good luck with everything - bikes, retirement, relationship.

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I had a 2013 Thruxton in Brooklands Green with TORS - great sound......redact for space....Good luck with everything - bikes, retirement, relationship.
Thanks man!

Just about done with the Stage 2 install, but I need some better clamps. The ones TTP sent slip down and cause the pods to pop off so I ordered some t-bolt jobbers from Amazon.

Pretty straightforward install. Drop tire, pull stuff off, put stuff on, blah blah blah. I'll have an air injection kit for sale later one I reach the post count mins for the FS section. No big deal and I understand why the rules. Regardless, the only surprises I found were a mess of oil/water in the bottom of the airbox - gross. Need to check the oil level. My rear brake fluid reservoir is really low, someone was in the main harness at some point but everything looks OK, valve cover was clearcoated and d-i-r-t-y and that's really it. No other real issues.

Here he sits ready to be attacked.




I made a clean spot on the frame. Ted was really dirty behind his ears, in his armpits and between his toes.




Here's a where a previous owner used a beaver to attack the main harness.



I had some big heat shrink so I slipped that over the loom and then electrical taped over the top of it to include policing up the old air injection plugs to keep things tidy.




Here's a couple shots of the battery box installed and all the wiring policed up.






I hit the valve covers with some 400 grit sandpaper, some steel wool and then a little aluminum polish. Everything else from the kit is installed - carbs re-jetted and so on. The worm/jubilee clamps that TTP included are nice but too narrow and walk down the pods and let them slip off so I have some wider t-bolt clamps that will be here tomorrow. That should sort things. My carb adjustment tool (d-shaped jimjam) won't be here till Sunday so we'll see how far off Ted's carbs are with just the jet and filter change. I can always ride the Ducati if I get the itch.

Which I probably will.
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Wow nice furniture man!
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Wow nice furniture man!
Yeah, I'm all about function over form. It's nice when a chair can do burnouts.
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Thanks man!

Just about done with the Stage 2 install, but I need some better clamps. The ones TTP sent slip down and cause the pods to pop off so I ordered some t-bolt jobbers from Amazon.
I had that same issue when installing my pods.
I just added a drop of superglue and haven't had an issue since (about 2 years ago).
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I had that same issue when installing my pods.
I just added a drop of superglue and haven't had an issue since (about 2 years ago).
Good idea. Will double down with that and also degrease the boots since they are oily from the factory. All should help I just don't want them vibing off on the road somewhere.
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Working a little more while I wait for the t-bar clamps.

You know its time to change your brake fluid when it looks like caramel. Gross. Flushed the front and back to replace with shiny new Dot 4.




And I also hated that giant plastic monstrosity of a front brake fluid reservoir. Classic or not it was unsightly. Enter the $12 eBay reservoir. Thanks China. You're welcome for the lax trade agreement.




The local Harbor Freight had vacuum gauges on sale for $12 so I picked up a pair of those to sync Ted's carbs once my mixture adjustment tool gets here. Moving right along!
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thats a nice collection of bikes!
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