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Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Peugeot 103 long seat

I had been toying with the idea of using this long seat on the Peugeot for a while. I had originally used it on my Tomos when it was more of a daily rider bike. Anyway I offered it up and the front bolted straight on. I really like the look and once I sat on it that really made my mind up. It's so comfortable.

Peugeot rear mudguard + paint

I had this mudguard off an older 103 in the spares box and liked the look of it. I used a flap wheel to key the paint and remove any surface rust. Next I used some white primer. Once that's dry I'll paint it black to match the frame.

Reversed freewheel broken and fixed

After installing the new chains I peddled the Peugeot to check all the belts and pullies were working as they should. It didn't take long before the freewheel bent the bolt holding it in place and unscrewed itself.
I beefed up the bolts holding it in place so will see if it holds up.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Peugeot engine and radiator install

When I came to intall the engine on the new frame I found that the hole through the frame was 10mm but the hole through the engine was only an 8mm. I bought some M8 rod and 8mm id tube for spacers and it bolted on perfectly. Im still not sure of the angle that the engine needs to sit at so the carb clears the frame but for the photo I jammed the spring in there so the belt was tight. I also fitted the radiator and adjusted the stop on the front forks so it didnt hit it.

Friday, 20 December 2013

Reversed freewheel

Ok so for this dual variated project the free wheel needs to run in reverse as its on the other side of the bike to a standard single variated setup. Basically what this involves is installing the freewheel with its outer face (shown below) facing inwards. Unfortunately this means that the freewheel needs someway of being locked in place as when the bike is pedalled it automatically wants to unscrew it self from the hub.
So here's what I did. I drilled and tapped a hole in the side of the hub so I could install a thin screw headed bolt (shown below in red).
This meant that when I threaded on the freewheel face down. I could back the bolt out with the use of some pliers so that it would lock into one of the tabs (shown below).

It works the freewheel is now locked in place and ready to use.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Peugeot suspension converted to rigid

Due to extreme peer pressure I decided to hack up my old vogue rigid rear end and use it to temporarily replace my over length rear shocks. Happy now?

Free wheel removed brake plate adapted

Today I took the rear wheel from my Peugeot to the local cycle shop and they removed the free wheel for me. So now I can flip it over and reinstall it so the freewheel will now operate correctly with the rear wheel back to front.
I also modified the rear brake plate by grinding it down to fit the little tab on the new swing arm.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Dual variated swingarm 3

I got a bit more done on the peugeot the other day. I removed the front end from the vogue frame and installed it on the 103sp frame. The vogue frame just needs to be packaged up and then I'll post it off to Tomahawk. I installed the centre stand and seat on 103sp frame so its all coming together. Next I think I will install the motor and radiator.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Rear axle adjusters

I had to buy new axle adjusters to fit the dual variated peugeot swing arm. It turns out I could use half of the original set up.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Dual variated swingarm 2

This evening was the first opportunity ive had to work on the bikes since I got back from holiday. I started by cleaning the frame that Tomahawk sent me. Next I installed the dual variated swing arm which bolted straight onto the 103sp frame. Then I fitted the paioli rear shocks that I found on french ebay. When I offered up the rear wheel I realised that the shocks are a bit on the long side. They will be ok for the minute as im not sure how much ground clearance I will need for the exhaust anyway. The rear mud guard will need new holes drilling as they dont match with the new frame but I probably wont install the mud guards until I have the bike up and running. The next thing to do is remove the complete front end from the vogue and install it on the 103 frame. Then I will be able to package up the vogue frame and ship it to Tomahawk.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Peugeot Simonini Circuit Exhaust

Finally after a 7 month wait my Simonini pipe finally arrived.  The company I ordered it from was rrd-preparation.com. I would not recommend this company to anyone. The reason I ordered from them over anyone else was that its based in france so I thought shipping would be quicker and cheaper. The website has an impressive looking parts list but half of it is out of stock. When I ordered the exhaust I didnt realise it was out of stock. I was told the expected delivery time was 3 weeks. After a while I asked for a refund but got no reply. 7 months for parts is no fun so be warned and don't order your parts from this site.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Moped delivery

Today I took delivery of some parts for my motobecane 40T. I bought a radiator, a water cooled cylinder, piston and head & finally a exhaust. These are all used parts and from a guy I found on ebay. They need a clean etc but these were all delivered for about £80/€100/$135 which I think is a great deal.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Peugeot 103 SP frame

Today when I got home I found that the 103 SP frame had arrived from Christophe at Tomahawk Tuning. I think I now have everything for my dual variated peugeot build.

Paioli rear shocks

Now that the 103 frame is on its way I thought I'd better find some rear shocks as with the new dual variated swing arm setup im going to need them. I had looked into getting gas adjustable shocks but there were tonnes of knock off versions and I didnt want to buy shocks purely on looks. I decided that because I had already upgraded to Paioli front forks I would look for the same make of rear shocks. I came across this set on ebay.
The latest on the frame is that ive paid the custom charge so I expect it will be delivered today or tomorrow.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Throttle cable guide

I ordered another one of these 90 degree cable guide things for my 17.5mm PHBG. when I removed the carb from the Vogue  it had snapped off. Will give the carb a good clean through before I install it again. Just waiting on this frame from tomahawk but apparently its cleared customs so may be here in the next few days.

Locked Up In The Lou

I just thought i would post this great video of a moped rally. For some reason i cant get the video to show up??


Saturday, 9 November 2013

Vogue 103 frame swap

While working on this dual variated setup for my Vogue I had been in contact with Christophe of Tomahawk Tuning who has done this conversion before. It turns out he wanted my rigid frame for a race bike project. So he offered to send me a 103 sp frame which will accept the dual variated swing arm without any frame cutting.
Heres a shot he sent me of the frame before he shipped it. Just waiting for it to arrive.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Reversed seat

Thought I'd flip the seat today. Took it apart by uninstalling the front bolt which then enabled me to access the spring as it needed a few coils removing to get the desired height. Not actually sat on it yet as its on the bench at the moment. Going to be stiffer as there is less coils. I think it looks better a little further back.