It's dead Jim

Discussion in 'Classic Motorbikes' started by Hog, Nov 22, 2003.

  1. Hog

    Hog Guest

    I've been expecting something to crop up with the SOBoxer as I did a full
    recon on the carbs but did not get the smooth idle or the quick start-up I
    It has been sitting outside for a few weeks making room for Shane's ZZR WIP
    so a clean and a quick spin seemed appropriate in today's sunshine (1). It
    started immediately and warmed up like a goodun but once washed and cold it
    was very reluctant. A quick check revealed a weak offside spark, a swap of
    plugs made no difference, so it was off with the tank. and sure enough
    the primary resistance is way out.

    Bugger, that'll be £70 into the Motorworks coffer then....or will it. I've
    been thinking about twin plugging it with a view to fitting the 40mm carbs
    with a pro gas flow and valve/cam job. The Dyna coils to suit are £106.
    Question for TOG though - is that sort of visible external modification bad
    for value? given that it is a very clean low miles example of the model.
    Similar question about the frame finish vs future value. It could do with
    re-finishing and I would like to go down the powder coating route again, but
    does it really need to be a standard black cellulose finish?

    I will be needing some rather less restrictive silencers of course :eek:)
    Hog, Nov 22, 2003
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  2. Quite the reverse. Twin-plugging a ShiteOldBoxer is a recognised and
    worthwhile mod.
    The Older Gentleman, Nov 22, 2003
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  3. Hog

    Timo Geusch Guest

    Hog was seen penning the following ode to ... whatever:
    A guy in Germany does improved ignition systems for Boxers, mainly built
    from BMW components - he's got a conversion to the R1100 coil which
    works beautifully. I've had that on the GS after that coil showed its
    .... to water and it works beautifully. Plus, it's cheaper than the
    original. Link to his website should be amongst the BMW links on my
    website. Just checked, it is - company's name is Q-Tech.
    He's also got a dual-plugging kit for SOBoxers. AFAIR the price he
    quotes is for the ignition system and the head work, don't know if he
    sells the system on its own. As his site is in German only (or was,
    last time I looked), let me know what kind of info you'll want and
    I'll try to translate it for you.
    As TOG says, it'll most likely increase its value as it increases its
    usability. *If* you're trying to build a concours bike though, you
    shouldn't be doing this.
    Again, it won't wash with the concours crowd, but I'd say it'll go
    down well with the 'restore to use it' crowd.

    Timo Geusch, Nov 22, 2003
  4. Hog

    Hog Guest

    Thanks I'll have a root around.
    My first Boxer job (100S) sported a radical cam profile and a pair of megs
    from a BOTT racer. It was the most crushingly loud bike I'd heard 'till a
    Seely Weslake last year.
    Hog, Nov 22, 2003
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