Join Date: Apr 2018
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Thank you, Mac. The time factor has been my major issue in this as the bike is about to be my only means of trans for about 10 days or so and now waiting another 7-10 days for the upgrade gasket and valve is very worrisome as I might not even have a means of getting to the dealer to even pick them up depending on when they arrive. The pump from UK to my dealer was some 10-11 days and I was also hoping to not have to deal with the "awkwardness/difficulty" associated with the oil feed pipe install with the new gasket as mentioned in your wonderful install guide which is a godsend to anyone attempting any version of the pump replacement of those two now older models. Were it not for that "bible" I would not have attempted it, but glad I did as the dealer's mech and parts person seem to know nearly no more about the this than I do. I shared your guide w/ their parts guy in an effort to get him up to speed - lol!
The new hole is just slightly small in dia than the oil pick-up bolt holes for a depth of some 1", but then becomes a smaller opening that a big paper clip when straightened will go into with a small amount of wiggle room and then continues for another inch or so into what appears to be the very core of the pump. Just seems so odd for that to be either an open hole with nothing to go in it, or a "why did they bother" closed hole.
As to the header nuts and studs, the metric "size" doesn't worry me as much as does the possibility of the sometimes oddity of the British thread spacing and thread pitches especially given the potential to strip the tender threads the header bolts into. Been a good 20+ years, but I remember dealing with issues in getting replacement fasteners here in the US for equipment sent to a company I worked for from the then parent British company. If I am going to have that much time on my hands waiting though I will look into that. Unfortunately, so much time has been wasted already waiting for parts to show up and then when I found out what I actually had on hand when I compared the two face to face and discovered they different models the time spent since then trying to get info about the new "hole" from my dealer and Triumph Atlanta tech support which thus far has led me nowhere.
Again, Mac, I can't thank you enough for your very kind assistance!! My very best to you and yours!!