Saturday, Dec 09, 2017
Many people attribute ring seating problems to the brand of rings installed.
If the cause is poor cylinder preparation, faulty installation, or a bent connecting rod, the rings are sure to get the blame.
Piston rings have one of the hardest jobs in the engine, to seal the combustion chamber while removing heat from the piston.
We have used Triumph ring sets from Hastings, Total Seal, Deves, Grant, Hepolite, Goetze, Riken, JCC, and a few others. The result was almost the same with each brand…
They all did a great job when gapped correctly, carefully installed in a round bore, and were allowed to break in without any extreme circumstances.
We are proud to announce that we now have Grant piston rings in stock for the Triumph 650. This set consists of a torsional twist (inner bevel) top and second ring, with a one piece cast oil ring. They are designed to break in quickly and give good service life.
These cast iron rings are made in California as they have been since the company was founded in the 1920′s in a house in Los Angeles. Grant rings have won races on drag strips, Bonneville Salt flats, stock car, and countless other events.
Franz and Grubb has used Grant rings with great success and is happy to supply this excellent American made ring set.
To order these see our store here
Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017
New from Cleveland Gasket® are the best Triumph gaskets in the world!
These gaskets are carefully designed to fit and seal perfectly.
These are aluminum core with a nitrile rubber bonded to both sides. This AFM gasket material has excellent temperature resistance, torque retention, and compression.
No sealant of any type is needed, and due to the high rate of recovery when disassembled, in most cases the gaskets can be reused.
These pre unit rocker box replace Triumph part # 70-1650 or E1650, are .032″ thick, and are sold as a set of four.
Fits all iron head Pre Unit 500 and 650 engines, and alloy head close fin 500 engines.
To order these see our store here
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Kibblewhite has just released two newly designed racing spring kits with light weight HT steel retainers for the Triumph 650, and 750 twins. Although labelled for “racing”, both of these kits would be an excellent choice for a street bike that will see high RPM, or has aftermarket cams.
The retainers are high tensile steel lightened with holes, and are engineered to work with the stock 7 degree Triumph keepers. This dual spring kit will outlast kits with aluminum or titanium retainers, and retain the same high quality that Kibblewhite is known for.
Kibblewhite manufactures eleven different
spring kits for the Triumph twins.
If you are unsure which is best for your application,
email or call the shop for advice.
We are the Number One retailer for Kibblewhite Triumph parts in the world.
Priced at $158.28
To order this kit or any of our other spring kits, see our store here
Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017
What constantly amazes us is that people spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars on their vintage Triumph, and put a 50 year old oil pump in the engine.
The only thing keeping your engine from destroying itself is oil.
Oil pressure, as well as oil circulation is critical to keeping your Triumph healthy. It protects the crankshaft, cams , pistons and all moving parts, as well as performing its function of pulling heat from the engine.
Recently someone brought in a “new” Triumph oil pump made in the Orient. What a huge pile of shit. It looked like someone surfaced the mating side with 80 grit sandpaper, machined the chamfers with a dull dril bit, and there was a sticker on the box saying ”inspect the check balls for chippings before use”.
We don’t know who is making this crap, why, or who is buying it…
It can only be concluded that people who hate their engines must be using these parts.
Because we like our customers and they like their engines,
We don’t sell any oil pumps that do not say MORGO on them.
For more information see the Morgo section of our store by clicking here
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016
Before you buy a new Amal for your Triumph, you may want to check with us first.
There are a lot of people selling Amal carbs these days, but some people are finding little value in choosing the lowest initial price.
Since most of these retailers do not deal directly with the factory, they sell the “base line” versions which are not specific to any model. Buying a pair of these will also mean you may have to buy jets, banjos, slides, or any other parts to tune them for your application. This often negates the original savings. Some of these sellers also cannot offer tuning advice as they are inexperienced in these matters.
We know Amal carbs because we tune them, race them, and sell them…
We were the first shop in Southern California to have the Premier series concentric almost four years ago, and are still the number one Amal parts retailer here.
We have just received a shipment from Amal that has our specially built 930 Premier carbs for all single carb Triumph 650 and 750 models, and our specially built pairs for the 650 or 750 Bonneville. Also included in this shipment was Norton 850 Commando 32mm premier carbs, Monobloc 389 1 1/8″ carbs, and Monobloc 389 1 5/32″ carbs. If you need a new carb for your Triumph, it would be worthwhile to take a look at our online store
For ordering or more info, see our store here
Wednesday, Oct 05, 2016
In case you are looking for a way to bullet-proof your head gasket from leaking, This convenient Hylomar M Aerosol may be what you need.
This spray will allow you to apply a thin even coat to any gasket to improve sealing, easy removal, and assist in gasket placement during assembly.
Use on base gaskets, rocker box, primary cover, head, and can even be used on copper washers and threads. Harmless to all metals, and easy clean up with acetone or Hyloclean.
Effective temperature range -58 to 482°
Priced at only $18.95
For ordering info, see our store here
Saturday, Oct 01, 2016
NOW AVAILABLE IN CAST IRON OR C630 BRONZE
For street or racing Triumph engines there is no better choice than the
USA made Kibblewhite Racing tappet blocks.
These precision made blocks are designed to accept more camshaft lift than original or OEM replacements, made in USA, and are now available in C630 bronze or cast iron.
Will fit all pre unit and early unit Triumph 500 and 650 with modification described in our installation notes
Worn tappet blocks create valve timing inaccuracy and excessive noise. Don’t give away horsepower to worn out parts!
Pricing is $97.37 PAIR for C630 Bronze
and $74.90 PAIR for cast iron
For more photos and ordering info, see our store here
Tuesday, Sep 06, 2016
If you are looking to replace your Triumph plunger oil pump, do yourself and your engine a favor and get a Morgo…these pumps are entirely made in Bradford, England and have been unmatched in quality since their introduction in 1975!
In stock for both Pre Unit and Unit construction Triumph twins, will fit 350, 500, 650, and 750 applications.
Also in stock are Morgo pumps for Triumph Tiger Cubs.
For more information see the Morgo section of our store by clicking here
Wednesday, Jun 08, 2016
Now in stock from Kibblewhite are brand new valves designed specifically for the Pre Unit Triumph 650.
After a recent failure with a well known English manufacturer’s name brand valves, it became very apparent that there was a need for a high quality 1pc forged stainless valve for the earlier Triumph heads.
Kibblewhite manufactured these valves with their Black Diamond® nitride coating to take any punishment your engine can produce. These are without a doubt the best valves ever made for the Pre Unit and Early Unit Triumph engines.
The intake valve head is 1.500″ and replaces Triumph part number 70-3310, E3310, or Alpha V137.
The exhaust valve head is 1.343″ and replaces Triumph part number 70-2904, E2904, or Alpha V138.
The valves can also be used in Pre Unit Alloy 500 heads as oversize to replace the 1.437″ intake and 1.312″ exhaust.
These are also correct for most early Unit 650 heads up to 1966.
For more information or ordering please see our store here
Thursday, Feb 18, 2016
I MET GARY RICHARDS WHILE HAVING LUNCH WITH ED ISKENDERIAN OVER TEN YEARS AGO. WE STARTED TALKING ABOUT TRIUMPH 650 CAMS FOR RACING AT BONNEVILLE, AND ED TOLD ME TO ASK GARY, AS HE PROBABLY KNEW BETTER THAN ANYONE. GARY THEN TOLD ME THAT HE “RODE A COUPLE OF TRIUMPHS” AT BONNEVILLE A LONG TIME AGO. IT WASN’T UNTIL I RESEARCHED IT MYSELF THAT I FOUND OUT JUST HOW FAST (AND MODEST) GARY IS…
Gary’s father Rich Richards was a highly regarded engine builder and tuner who already held Land Speed records on a Triumph twin. In 1954, Rich set a new 650 class A record of 149.56 mph. This was big news in the motorcycle world as it was only four years after the “new” 650 Triumph twin made it’s debut. Rich was active in the Southern California drag racing scene and although fiercely competitive he would often help fellow racers, even during a race! Jack Wilson, Clem Johnson, and Sonny Routt are just a few who went to Rich for advice, as he was experienced in Nitromethane tuning.
Rich Richards and crew, Bonneville Salt Flats 1954
By the time 1960 came around Rich stopped riding and with 20 year old son Gary as the pilot they set a new two way average record of 149.512 mph. This was the world’s fastest unfaired Triumph 650…until next year.
Gary and Rich Richards, Bonneville Salt Flats 1960
In 1961 Gary ran the same stock frame 650 Triumph Thunderbird to a new AA class record of 159.542 mph (two way average speed). This AMA 650cc land speed record is still unbeaten 55 years later!
Gary Richards at Bonneville Salt Flats 1961
Gary went into active service in the military for the next four years, but Rich Richards continued to assist other race teams including the Dudek Triumph streamliner. Gary returned to drag racing his nitro pre unit Triumph and racing at Bonneville throughout the 60′s, and built his own Triumph streamliner powered by a pre unit engine with a 750 cylinder. In 1969 he became the sixth motorcyclist to enter the Bonneville 200 mph club with an impressive 221.742 mph two way average!
Gary’s Triumph streamliner, 1969
Gary has a successful business and is on the crew of his long time friend Sam Wheeler’s streamliner, which will most likely be the first motorcycle to go over 400 mph if the salt at Bonneville ever dries out. He also manufactures Dixon heads for flathead Fords.
As far as the cam advice… Gary told me he used Harman & Collins Racing Cams grind #6877, also known as “Super 77″. These cams are very aggressive and the cam lobes are shaped almost like a square. If you run into Gary don’t expect a lot of tuning secrets as he has probably forgot more than most of us will ever learn…