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'ello everyone, Not much of a poster here sadly but I'm always here when working on my bike checking out the "educated opinion" on all things T3.

Anyways I have this T3. 95 Speed Triple.

It is my first bike had it since I was 21, now 33. It was purchased at 16k and now at 32K, been everywhere, done everything on it, even mad sunday at the TT!! This bike is now engrained as part of me and I'm starting to restore the **** out of it, I have a crappy Honda to get me through winters now. Restoring slowly mind as I'm pretty new to getting my hands greesy. I want this T3 to make it till I'm 70 and can only manage to wheel it out for a polish and crank at Christmas!

Thing is when I was a kid I had no real money to service it properly and only ever got 3-4 "major" services from a local back street garage during that 16k lean period, what they atually did was a mystery and I never really checked further than checking all the fluids where new in colour.

Now I'm older I've a little bit more spare cash to spend on doing her up but first I really want to be sure the engine is 100% pucka before I start shelling out for alcons, ohlins and carbon (if I can ever find some!).

So the question is this really, is it worth dropping the bike in for a major dealer catchup service? I'm assuming there are minor technical recalls that I may have missed. Or in fact just things the trumpet dealer would get advised to check in addition to the standard oil/filter swap. Not sure even if the cam chain has EVER been checked and remember I need this bike to last another 40+ years!

So what's the best way forward here? I need a list of things to check at this mileage assuming it's never been serviced and I can only think that the dealer would be the best person to have this and this annoys me as I hate my local trumpet dealer (laguna in maidstone) and I don't really want to give them any business!!

What would you guys do in this situation?

HELP!
 

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First off get your self a Haynes... or a TRiumph service manual (I found mine on Ebay and they are marginally better than Haynes.)

If your thoughts are to get here 110% then the engine would be my first stop... strip it down nut and bolt (use some freezer bags and selfadhesive labels for bolt) While then engine is off take off the rest and powder coat the frame,swing arm, wheels,and forks. Rebuild the engine using new bearings and replace anything past its service limit. But tbh most willbe reusable.
Put it all back on using new head bearing and get the rear shock serviced/replaced. New front fork bushes and seals... bingo... then the carbs...

I would deffo go for powdercoating the frame when the engine is out. I didnt and wish i had done.
 

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Alright there....I can't knock pigboy for doing it the right way...but I would be inclined to feel safe in the knowledge that it's a strong motor, if you have had regular fluids through it...it should still be fine..good servicing starts with an oil change, the only big stuff in the service schedule would be valves, air filter, plugs etc...you've already encountered the pick up coil so that's done ;-) you could give it an oil change and whack it on the dyno to see how healthy it is..if it's making good power chances are it'll be ok.

32K is still small for this motor and the cam chain will probably be ok for another 15K or more...but you could have it changed at the valve check for piece of mind if you really want to.

The frame was originally powder coated so should still be looking good unless it's seen some winters, rear shock will be on the way out about now and the forks could probably do with some fresh oil as well as a strip and clean of the rear shock linkage.

Take one job at a time and work your way around the bike...who cares if it takes a few years..she is a keeper right ...? ebay if you are patient is great as these bikes increase in age keep waiting and the bit you want will appear at the right price.

When you work on an area of the bike while it's apart think what surrounding bits you would like to paint/powder coat etc as we are blessed with some ****e winters what better time to take your pride and joy off the road for a couple of months.

Good luck
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The frame was originally powder coated so should still be looking good unless it's seen some winters, rear shock will be on the way out about now and the forks could probably do with some fresh oil as well as a strip and clean of the rear shock linkage.
WAs it powder coated my frame didnt seem that it was? or was it the later models?
 

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Haynes manual is definitely something to pick up ASAP if you plan to any of your own work. Pigboy likes the Triumph manual better, but I actually prefer the Haynes. The maintenance schedule can be downloaded here:

http://www.triumphrat.net/downloads/T3.pdf

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Tanks for your suggestions fellas. following pigboys suggested way forward is definitely the right thing to do. It's a little daunting but nothing ventured nothing gained!

Mot, Missing ya website..... hope it's back soon. I'm gonna need it for the shock linkage strip!!

Off to ebay for a service manual so I can make my own mind up which version of the bible to read from.

much appreciated.
 

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Both are good.... also look for a fork oil level tool (they are tops just a syringe and tube but worjth it).

I spent loads getting my Daytona firing again... was the money worth it... ask me in 10 years... i think i know the answer already though.
 

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Change the antifreeze even 2 or 3 years. You've got the protect the aluminum from corrosion. 32 k ain't nothin, it's just broke in. The cam chain adjuster has about 20 clicks to it. I changed mine out at 18 clicks with 70,000 miles. Ride the bike as often as you can. These bikes don't like to sit around for weeks on end. Also that sitting around gets the idle jet plug up. Look into COP's, coil over plugs. The ones from the big 1600/1700 Thunderbirds work perfectly.
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Agree with all of the other comments here but would make just one more suggestion. If you haven't done so already, a visit to one of Facebooks T300 pages would be an invaluable start. It's packed to the brim with folk with decades of ownership and experience, who are more than willing to help a fellow owner. There's also plenty of support from people all around the UK, who offer everything from advice, providing specialist services and even getting their hands dirty with you.
 

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Agree with all of the other comments here but would make just one more suggestion. If you haven't done so already, a visit to one of Facebooks T300 pages would be an invaluable start. It's packed to the brim with folk with decades of ownership and experience, who are more than willing to help a fellow owner. There's also plenty of support from people all around the UK, who offer everything from advice, providing specialist services and even getting their hands dirty with you.
Thanks for the Facebook info, I didn't know it existed. I have to say social media isn't my thing but I have a dormant Facebook account lurking somewhere I can reactivate.
 
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