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NEW Triumph 650 & 750 Racing Spring kits

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.

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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.

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Priced at $158.28

To order this kit or any of our other spring kits, see our store here

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New cast iron race tappet blocks!

Saturday, Oct 01, 2016

NOW AVAILABLE IN CAST IRON OR C630 BRONZE

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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

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Morgo Oil Pumps are back!

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
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Kibblewhite Black Diamond Valves NOW AVAILABLE for PRE UNIT TRIUMPH!

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.

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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

Our intimate knowledge of camshafts and valve train, as well as our practical
experience of using these in our engines have proudly made us the
number one dealer for Kibblewhite Triumph parts in the USA.  
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Triumph Unit 500 racing valve spring kit!

Friday, Apr 08, 2016

You don’t actually have to race to take advantage of this excellent lightweight spring kit from Kibblewhite. Engineered for the Unit construction 500cc head, this kit features titanium collars with dual springs, and uses the stock 7 degree Triumph keepers.

We have found some currently manufactured “UK MADE” spring sets to be inadequate in both seat pressure and open pressure, and we have even seen valve springs that are almost at coil bind with stock cams! Most shops that sell these inferior spring sets do not own a spring tester, nor will they pay for the repair if your engine destroys itself.

This kit has been proven in racing and on the street for years.

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We do not sell any valve springs that do not have a manufacturer’s name on the package.

For more information or ordering please see our store here

Our intimate knowledge of camshafts and valve train, as well as our practical
experienceof using these in our engines have proudly made us the
number one dealer for Kibblewhite Triumph parts in the USA.  
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Triumph Pre Unit Racing, Gary Richards!

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.

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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.

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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!

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 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!

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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…

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Kibblewhite Triumph Racing Tappet Blocks

Saturday, Jan 23, 2016

Worn tappet blocks can affect cam timing, and cause tappets to wear on the guide faces. Wear is especially a problem in alloy cylinders with alloy tappet blocks.

Made from U.S. mill certified, high nickel bronze alloy these will directly fit 1969-on 650 and 750 engines.

They can be modified in a lathe to fit all earlier 650 twins including pre unit 650 and 500. If you are building an engine and the valve train has to be accurate, don’t take chances with old cast iron or low grade aluminum blocks!

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For more photos and ordering info, see our store here

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Hylomar® Products in stock!

Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015

Franz and Grubb Engine is now an authorized distributor of Hylomar products. There have been many imitators and look alike products, but genuine Hylomar is only made by Hylomar LTD in one place…England.hylomar_m_80ml2-copy
We are proud to add this incredible sealant line to our growing inventory, and anyone who does not use it on their bike has likely never tried it. Please see our helpful product overview page here, and for purchasing with reasonable pricing and fast shipping, see our store here

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Kibblewhite Triumph 650 High gear bushing set NOW AVAILABLE

Friday, Oct 23, 2015

New from Kibblewhite® is a two piece fourth gear bushing that will work for all Triumph 650 Four speed high gears from 1950 to 1972. Also will work with pre unit 500 models.Priced at $24.95 a set, this kit is now available in our store
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Complete installation notes are available here

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Congratulations to Patrick and Nik!

Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015

Our friends Patrick and Nik ran their 1955 750 Vintage class Triumph 650 gas bike at the Mojave Mile SCTA event and Nik was officially timed at 114.8mph on his first run. Congratulations is in order for these talented guys from Switzerland.
Franz and Grubb are proud to assist and support their race efforts, and weather permitting will be setting new records in 2016.
Be sure to follow YOUNG GUNS SPEED SHOP on Facebook to stay up to date on their upcoming racing events here
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