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I usually buy Deka AGM batteries from the local Ag store and I replace them every 3 years, so I don't get stranded on a LD ride.  They are on a tender whenever I'm not riding the bike during riding season and all winter, too.

I've never had a battery fail ( yet ).  But after this post I won't be surprised if the battery in both bikes are flat tomorrow.

How many miles on the bike ?

Does it matter what gear you are in, or are you talking about when the bike is in neutral ?

Ever notice how much more quieter the trans sounds when the motor is idling in neutral and the clutch is pulled in compared to when the clutch is released?   Is that anything like the "rattle" sound you are hearing at 2,400 RPM ?

BTW, my buddy with a '13  Explorer XT ( same engine & trans as the TTSE )  has the same "rattle" sound as my bike has when the clutch is released in neutral but it hasn't gotten louder in 50K miles.   Apparently this is "normal" for this trans.


I thought I remembered someone mentioning in an old post ( about a year ago, maybe ? ) that there was a new part number.  That was back when I was new to this Forum and was taking care of any "weak links" on the Trophy that I was reading about.

Here is a pic of my modified lever bolt that I found.   Like I mentioned, a lathe does a quick and really nice job.  I'm thankful for the independent MC shop near my home.  BTW, Ed builds old BSA and Triumph engines for antique racing bikes.  There is a track nearby ( Gratten Raceway ) and a few years ago Ed said 4 of the winners were running his engines.  Check out E & J Engineering in Howard City, Michigan.

Maintenance, Servicing, and Mechanical issues / Re: Steering Head Bearings
« on: September 13, 2021, 02:54:24 pm »
I'm thinking the same thing.

Maintenance, Servicing, and Mechanical issues / Re: Steering Head Bearings
« on: September 13, 2021, 01:50:01 pm »
Coconut :  Thank you !  That's nice to know.  BTW, the All Balls kit is listed at $37 USD.

EDIT:  Something is interesting here .....  In the above pic, it's obvious the two bearings are different sizes, but in the Hermy's fiche, for that that part number, 2 are shown required.  How is that correct if the top & bottom bearings are different sizes ( ???? ).

All Balls pic is different than the above pic - looks like the top & bottom bearings are the same size in the All Balls pic :

*Originally Posted by Coconut [+]

SNIP .........

I enquired of Triumph if they had changed the material used, and the answer was "NO" !

Cheers  :821:

Sneaky answer from Triumph  :  Ya, same material but different heat treat !!

EDIT:  BTW, I just looked at the Hermy's fiche and there are two PN's listed for that bolt :   T3331400  &  T3331520.  So it looks like there may be a superseding PN .

Maintenance, Servicing, and Mechanical issues / Re: Steering Head Bearings
« on: September 13, 2021, 04:26:09 am »
You may be right.  I haven't had mine apart yet to find out.   I only looked at the parts fiche and they seemed to be ball bearings.

All Balls sells a tapered roller bearing kit and that also made me think the OEM used ball bearings.  I'll find out eventually if someone can't give me a definitive answer.

My local independent MC shop has a lathe.   The owner chucked the old bolt in the lathe and drilled a hole dead nuts through the center.

BTW, I believe the Triumph part number for the bolt has changed and the new item is heat treated to prevent breakage, but I think modifying the old bolt is a better solution to the problem.

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