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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 Ted 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 Ted and where did he come from?

All good questions. I purchased Ted 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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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!
Thanks, they're better than furniture!

I keep puttering while waiting for my clamps to show up. Installed the folding bar ends. Turns out my clips are solid? Regardless, a trip to Home Depot for some M5 socket caps and that was sorted. I'm slowly finding and replacing all of the mismatched nuts and bolts from 14 years of previous owners. Pulled passenger pegs off and used a couple stainless fender washers there. Umm... new side cover screws because mismatch.

And also thanks to T-Rat for this great idea.

Drawer pull choke knob. I nearly bought a big spangly crystal one. Still might.



Then I had a really cool TTP bubble sticker and didn't know where to put it. And then.....genius! Put that mammajamma on my chingchong brake fluid reservoir and it looks expensive and British now! Put that in your Brexit and smoke it.

 

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All right, last one for the night. Clamps are in, couldn't find any superglue so I used a little blue Loctite to keep things from squibbing around. Ted is buttoned and back on the trickle charger until tomorrow when it's time for a little shakedown run and where my tuning requirements are.

Sleep well Ted, tomorrow is a big day.

 

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Just want to throw some info here so I don't lose it somewhere on my computer. It's for me and gathered from this forum and other places, but feel free to use it if it applies.

Oil
4 qts of 10W40 or 15W50

Good oil filters:
WalMart SuperTech ST6607 2.5
MC Specific Purolator ML16817

Plug references - Gap at .035 (ish on the smaller end)
NGK Plug DPR8EA-9 coppers
Autolite 4163 coppers

Wires
Magnecor 2572 8.5mm (red)
Magnecor 2072 8mm (blue)
Magnecor 2772 7mm (black)

Chain: 525x104
Battery: YTX12-BS

Service Manual Download (all 400+ pages, not an owner's manual)
Triumph Service Manual

My tires
120/70/18 - Front
180/55/18 - Rear

Front end (stock) rebuild P/N wishlist from Racetech
Inner Fork Bushings (pair) FMBI 41151 P $31.98
Outer Fork Bushings (pair) FMBO 41152 P $21.98
Fork Seals (pair) FKOS 41 P $23.98
Dust Seals (pair) FKDS 41 P $25.98
Damping Rod Bolt Copper Washer (each) HMWC 1015 $4.99
Racetech S3534095 (34.7x340mm .95kg) springs
Oil level - 125mm
 

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Shakedown run went well. Bike runs like a scalded dog before I even fiddle with the carbs (tool still enroute). No more decel popping, not "cold-blooded" anymore as previous owner said. Overall I'm chuffed with the upgrade, rejetting and new ignition module.

What I am not chuffed about is this excessive amount of blowby from the breather tube. I'm going to check the oil level before popping a fresh mag in the parts cannon and buying a catch can. This is after 32 miles.

 

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Mount the breather filter higher on the bike, like above the carbs.

Ugh I guess, it just seems odd that it spits so much. I will try that and see what happens

Rex
I bought back from holiday a couple of nice aluminium bottles ( had Bud Light in ) if I can figure out a tidy mount instant old school catch tank .:smile2:
Yeah, I've made them out of the cheap aluminum water bottles in the past and its worked like a charm. Will give the higher mounting a go first before spending the $30 on Amazon.

My helmet is made of tinfoil so I don't have to wear a separate hat. Besides I like having a consolidated list where I post bike stuff.
 

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Yeah, I've made them out of the cheap aluminum water bottles in the past and its worked like a charm. Will give the higher mounting a go first before spending the $30 on Amazon.



My helmet is made of tinfoil so I don't have to wear a separate hat. Besides I like having a consolidated list where I post bike stuff.
? I'm just suggesting it because your docs won't be lost lol
 

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I know it, I'm just funning is all. Good suggestion regardless.

Ted and I went on a little dawn patrol photo safari this morning. Was some killer light down by an old meat packing plant.














There's a few more here. Ted's folder is a bit of mess, but I'll organize it better from here out.

Ted's Gallery
 
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