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  1. JaBr

    Project Blackbird

    Thank you The SL came to me as a project last year, cost a massive £600. Bodywork was awful but the engine was sweet. Straight-six and smooth as a babys backside. Couldn't get the original 7 slat grille as Mercedes no longer make them. Same part number gives you the 6-slat from the later cars so that's what I bought. £7000 later she looks pretty decent, perfect for taking the dogs and SO out on a sunny day Wearing the Hardtop Arty Farty pic at Laxey Wearing the softop Not the favourite of my cars, but a close second.
  2. JaBr

    Project Blackbird

    So I got some time on the bird this weekend, finally removed the exhaust so I could drill out the snapped bolt for the lower radiator bracket. Once that was done, many hours, I ended up using a helicoil to rethread. Have mounted the new 2 row radiator and the new R&G guard which doesn't sit quite right on this radiator. I think it's OK though . You may have noticed that the cover is off the thing at the back of the garage I mentioned a while back, it's the hardtop for my 1994 Mercedes SL280. Picture below
  3. Paypal case found in my favour. Refunded today.
  4. I will at some point, right now I need to get the bike back together. Been on that stand way too long.
  5. Just bought this set as my SO's car (Ford C-Max 🤮) needs a CV joint boot. We'll see how good it is in a few days I guess, until then she's using one of my Alfa's 😂.
  6. It seems that Jaws Motorcycles now to preload adjusters to go on standard forks. £94.95 + Delivery from the worlds favourite auction site. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Honda-Blackbird-CBR1100XX-97-07-Preload-Fork-Cap-Adjusters/392422748197
  7. JaBr

    Project Blackbird

    So apart from brake disks, the last big purchase of the project has now arrived... That ladies and gents, is the shindengen mosfet reg rec. Coupled with the shiny new electrosport stator, it should keep me free of major electrical gremlins for some time.
  8. JaBr

    Abba Skylift

    I was asked on my project Blackbird thread about the Abba Skylift as I had dug deep and shelled out the necessary to buy one. Please see the below: It's very strong and well made, the lift itself is completely stable and so far I can't see any way to make it fall over, there are three lower legs on castors that spread the load with a 4th castor on the upright, 2 of the castors are braked. There is a little movement of the bike possible if you push on the bike when the brakes are applied to the stand, I'm not sure that's something that could be designed out without much more expensive materials and bigger box sections. The hydraulic ram is rated for 3 tons, the lift itself has a stated SWL of 400KG so well within limits, once you've lifted the bike into position there's a locking pin that is used to hold the bike at height and the ram is released. I can push the bike around the garage safely on the lift, the only downside I have seen is that I can't lift the bike if it's already up on the centre stand as the central leg of the lift needs to be where the centre stand is. No issue with it being on the side stand. In my case this skylift has paid for itself just by allowing me to do this build myself, had I not bought the lift then I would have spent way more than that on getting the work done at a garage. If I'd had the space I could have bought a table instead that would likely have been cheaper, but then I'd still have needed to do a whole load of additional work to allow me to secure the bike in a safe manner to remove the front wheel and forks. I've had the bike in the level position on the skylift and have plenty of room to completely strip the front end. If I needed more room around the front, I could put the bike in the wheelie position so the whole front is in the air. There is also the option of the stoppie position if you need additional access to the rear. My biggest concern was whether there would be enough access to the left hand side of the bike while it was on the stand, I needn't have worried. There is plenty of room to get to everything on the left whilst the bike is on the stand. With all the additional bits I bought I spent £580 on the skylift, it's money well spent, I can also remove the swingarm if needed as I bought the footpeg kit to allow it. I'm seriously cosidering buying the technician kit that contains all of the additional fixings for other bikes so that if I change in the future I have the gear ready, it's £148, but once again, money well spent to futureproof I feel. Finally, their customer service is excellent, I'm really happy with everything, especially the 3 year warranty they give (the ram is not included as they buy those in so it only gets 12 months), to me that shows a real commitment to the quality of their own products. I actually met a few of the guys many years ago at the bike show, it was the launch of the skylift and at the time they didn't have a fitting kit for my bike, even then though, they were really helpful even though they knew I wouldn't be buying at that point.
  9. JaBr

    Project Blackbird

    I'ts very strong and well made, the lift itself is completely stable and so far I can't see any way to make it fall over, there are three lower legs on castors that spread the load with a 4th castor on the upright, 2 of the castors are braked. There is a little movement of the bike possible if you push on the bike when the brakes are applied to the stand, I'm not sure that's something that could be designed out without much more expensive materials and bigger box sections. The hydraulic ram is rated for 3 tons, the lift itself has a stated SWL of 400KG so well within limits, once you've lifted the bike into position there's a locking pin that is used to hold the bike at height and the ram is released. I can push the bike around the garage safely on the lift, the only downside I have seen is that I can't lift the bike if it's already up on the centre stand as the central leg of the lift needs to be where the centre stand is. No issue with it being on the side stand. In my case this skylift has paid for itself just by allowing me to do this build myself, had I not bought the lift then I would have spent way more than that on getting the work done at a garage. If I'd had the space I could have bought a table instead that would likely have been cheaper, but then I'd still have needed to do a whole load of additional work to allow me to secure the bike in a safe manner to remove the front wheel and forks. I've had the bike in the level position on the skylift and have plenty of room to completely strip the front end. If I needed more room around the front, I could put the bike in the wheelie position so the whole front is in the air. There is also the option of the stoppie position if you need additional access to the rear. My biggest concern was whether there would be enough access to the left hand side of the bike while it was on the stand, I needn't have worried. There is plenty of room to get to everything on the left whilst the bike is on the stand. With all the additional bits I bought I spent £580 on the skylift, it's money well spent, I can also remove the swingarm if needed as I bought the footpeg kit to allow it. I'm seriously cosidering buying the technician kit that contains all of the additional fixings for other bikes so that if I change in the future I have the gear ready, it's £148, but once again, money well spent to futureproof I feel. Finally, their customer service is excellent, I'm really happy with everything, especially the 3 year warranty they give (the ram is not included as they buy those in so it only gets 12 months), to me that shows a real commitment to the quality of their own products. I actually met a few of the guys many years ago at the bike show, it was the launch of the skylift and at the time they didn't have a fitting kit for my bike, even then though, they were really helpful even though they knew I wouldn't be buying at that point.
  10. JaBr

    Project Blackbird

    Quite possibly, I can only speak from the experience I've had. There are many, many forum posts online about them being rubbish to be fair but they mostly are older posts. If they don't work out then I'll swap them in the future, it's not a job that intimidates me any more having done it once and now owning the super duper skylift.
  11. After 2 weeks no shipping so I would say avoid at all costs now. Raising a case with paypal...
  12. I recently purchased a set of full caliper service kits with stainless steel pistins from these guys. The quality of the parts is excellent, the people are very helpful. Brakemasters Note: I did have an issue with my kit, one of the seals was the wrong size and the piston simply slipped out of the bore when it was fitted, once I had sent them the information and a video of the issue I was having they immediately dispatched a replacement seal and got it to me the following working day. If you live on the Isle of Man like I do and the item is posted from the UK that's some achievement. They also have now quarantined all of their Blackbird seal kits and are checking them for correct sized seals as a result of this. From a technical perspective, these are squared seals so can be fitted either way up unlike the usual tapered seals you get for calipers, they also look too big to fit prior to fitting, approx 1/2 a millimeter bigger inside diameter before fitting than the outside diameter of the piston. Once fitted the seals are slightly proud of the inner bore making for a good snug fit. This uniqueness did cause a small issue when I reported the seal was incorrect as it turns out that a lot of people who buy the kits don't read the instructions and call them before attempting to fit the seal saying the seals are too large, hence why I sent a video of the problem to them so they could see the piston fall from the bore with the seal fitted.
  13. JaBr

    Jaws

    I've had a few parts from Jaws including my HEL kit, R&G rad guard, and my Electrosprt Stator, Karen is always very helpful. Definitely a thumbs up from me.
  14. JaBr

    Project Blackbird

    Useful to know, I'll be looking to upgrade the one on my VFR soon, if I can save a bit on the Mosfet all the better.
  15. JaBr

    Project Blackbird

    That's interesting, I didn't know that. Have used them many times in the past and found them to be good. My VFR has a lot of All-Balls bearings on it and has had zero issues, must have got lucky I guess.
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