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    New Old Pony In The Stables
    on: Feb 27, 2016, 04.59 am
    Feb 27, 2016, 04.59 am
    Since our Trophy's come fully equipped with just about everything we could want on them, and I've already installed other items that I wanted, the only thing I'm finding to do on my TTSE other than riding is basic maintenance and cleaning. I've been longing for something else to tinker with, so I've been keeping my eye out for another Triumph. One preferably older in decent shape with low miles that I can modify a little. Earlier this week I found this older classic Thunderbird with 15000 miles on the odometer. I was thinking once mods are finished, it would be a good around town bike. Solid motor, good paint, Its the fourth generation, last of the old T300 series motors. The original owner was an older gentleman who dropped it on the right side leaving a dent and some scratches on the right side exhaust can. From what I understand, I think it was getting too heavy for him. I got it at a pretty decent price at $2600 US. Installed lower profile flat tracker style bars, still need to add some bar ends and new lower profile mirrors, currently only has one mirror. I'm thinking about bobbing the rear fender a little because its long and low, should give it a nicer cleaner look at the rear. The right side blinkers do not work, its not the bulbs or a fuse, so I'm thinking a wiring issue that I'll have to track down or possibly the switch. Needs a little more work, but this is what she looks like right now.



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    Re: New Old Pony In The Stables
    Reply #1 on: Mar 05, 2016, 12.57 am
    Mar 05, 2016, 12.57 am
    Great looking bike.
    My mother asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. I said "a biker". She said I'd have to choose one or the other.

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    Re: New Old Pony In The Stables
    Reply #2 on: Mar 05, 2016, 06.31 am
    Mar 05, 2016, 06.31 am
    Very nice!  What model year is it?
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    Re: New Old Pony In The Stables
    Reply #3 on: Mar 06, 2016, 02.45 am
    Mar 06, 2016, 02.45 am
    Thanks. Its the last year made 2003, made from 94 to 2003. They made the sport edition until 2004. I'm finding parts are difficult to find here in the US. Seems to be plenty still available in the UK.

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    Re: New Old Pony In The Stables
    Reply #4 on: Mar 06, 2016, 08.01 am
    Mar 06, 2016, 08.01 am
    New Parts are always available from your Triumph Dealer..... I can still get new parts for my '92 Trophy 900 from mine...

    For the more expensive stuff there's always Breakers and eBay - if you use Triumph Specialist eBay stores

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    Re: New Old Pony In The Stables
    Reply #5 on: Mar 06, 2016, 11.25 pm
    Mar 06, 2016, 11.25 pm
    New Parts are always available from your Triumph Dealer..... I can still get new parts for my '92 Trophy 900 from mine...
    Yes I've already spoken with my local dealer who services the Trophy. I'm looking to replace the exhaust cans since the right side is dented pretty good. If possible I'd like to avoid paying dealer pricing on items like exhaust cans that are usually better priced if using aftermarket (depending on what you get of course). There's some available used on Ebay, but I'll keep looking and use the dealer as a last resort for things like mirrors, lighting and exhaust. I did get the turn signals all working, the problem was filth in the switch, cleaned it up and working well now.
    Thanks,

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    Re: New Old Pony In The Stables
    Reply #6 on: Mar 21, 2016, 03.47 am
    Mar 21, 2016, 03.47 am
    Just an update on the Thunderbird, I'm almost finished with it. I decided not to bob the rear fender, I think it serves a good purpose and adds to its old school looks.
    New exhaust cans
    New mirrors
    New bar ends
    Replaced side cover
    Installed quick release seat bolts
    Installed 12v battery maintainer lead
    Carbs synced and plugs changed
    Flushed & bled the hydraulic clutch system
    Flushed & bled brakes
    Flushed the cooling system
    Oil & filter change
    cleaned and repaired turn signal switch
    Fixed tail light short (grounded out)
    Polished all the chrome and now it looks and runs a little healthier and its ready for riding.





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    Re: New Old Pony In The Stables
    Reply #7 on: Mar 21, 2016, 06.17 am
    Mar 21, 2016, 06.17 am
    Looking Good  :152:


     



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