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1Back to top Go down    Suffolk Coastal Owner on Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:50 am

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Hello from an old codger living on the far eastern part of the County of Suffolk.

I began life on bikes many decades ago aged 16, my licence issued 3 days before the age went up to 17 for a bike, in less than 12 months I had progressed from 50cc, 120cc, 250cc to a 500 Triumph. The closest I ever got to a German bike was with a 1958 250cc NSU Supermax.

I'd never thought I could afford a BMW but a year ago I was persuaded to take on this ancient E reg bike as seen in the photo for well under a grand including the panniers.


The pearl white body parts have all been repainted and I suspect that as another K100 was being refurbished at the same time, some parts may well have been mixed up, certainly the clocks as the speedo which is now in Kilometers works now and again, and possibly the black screen, but all the same, the she starts readily and runs very well.
A "Sigma 8" bicycle computer keeps me within the legal speed limits.

The starter motor did play up recently causing failure of the electrics, a clean of the armature, new brushes fitted and a tiny amount skimmed off the housing on the lathe (not by me) to take up wear fixed the problem. Mot just passed with just an advisory on front brake pads and tyre both getting low.

Despite it's age the K100RS seems comfy enough for my old bones and a willing plodder, although I'm not up to riding far these days which considering the way the engine heats my left leg, may not be a bad thing, I still have my moments of regression to the days of my youth. The mind is willing etc..........

    

2Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:24 am

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welcome aboard bob ....shes a nice looking bike ....enjoy !


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3Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:00 am

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Hi Bob welcome to the forum
Sure is a nice looking rocket you got there, it's a credit to you.


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4Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Sun Jul 08, 2012 6:57 pm

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Welcome BobW from Suffolk. I do like the Pearl White bikes. Have cleaner lines for sure, have fun.

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5Back to top Go down    Suffolk Coastal Owner on Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:02 pm

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Welcome Bobw
nice looking bike, you won't regret it once you get used to it. Wait till Autumn, you'll love that warm leg feeling.
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6Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:43 pm

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Welcome to the forum Bob - it's always great to hear of another "flying brick" taking to the roads of the UK. These really are wonderful old bikes and with a bit of advice from the willing crew here it is quite possible to keep them running without major pocket/bank account hardships. Wink


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7Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Fri Jul 13, 2012 4:54 pm

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Hi Bob,
Great to have you with us looking forward to tales of cruising the Suffolk lanes.
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8Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Fri Mar 28, 2014 12:07 pm

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She passed another mot, replaced the front pads but still some use in the front tyre so another advisory.
May yet get to the ACE Cafe with her this year.

    

9Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:13 pm

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Hi Bob

Welcome too.....But if you replace the front tyre you will find it feels like a new bike. Might get tempted across to the Emerald Isle...

I hope you get to enjoy a good summer, that looks a nice K.


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10Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:33 pm

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I should imagine that as well as being low on tread depth, your front tyre is getting on in years.  When was the tyre made?


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11Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Fri Mar 28, 2014 5:13 pm

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@xpc316e wrote:I should imagine that as well as being low on tread depth, your front tyre is getting on in years.  When was the tyre made?

We are both saying the same thing as in put on a new front tyre. Old tyres go hard and really affect the handling.


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12Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Fri Mar 28, 2014 6:01 pm

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A case of too many things to do at the moment, It's been on a while, but a new tyre will be fitted as soon as I get a round tuit.  Smile

    

13Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Fri Mar 28, 2014 6:27 pm

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Don't leave it too long, for some reason the K on old tyres feels like riding on grease with a life of its own in wet weather.


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14Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:51 pm

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Welcome to the Forum!

Like others here, I do like white on a bike and a white K bike does look sharp!


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15Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:39 pm

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What exhaust is that?


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16Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Sat Mar 29, 2014 5:27 am

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It might be a Motad exhaust, but the black outlet pipe makes me doubtful.  The shape looks very similar to their current product in their brochure picture.

http://www.motad.co.uk/product.php?prod=BMW+K100


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17Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:51 am

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It is indeed a Motad stainless steel silencer.
The bike is going nowhere till I replace the tyre. It's a cheapie that was on the bike when I bought it and it makes the bike shake like a sheep shiteing razor blades" on all but perfect surfaces. I've just replaced the rear so a couple of weeks should see her right.

    

18Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Sat Mar 29, 2014 12:23 pm

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What a lovely turn of phrase you use Sir. Very Happy


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19Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Sat Mar 29, 2014 12:43 pm

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A good move on the front tyre. Sounds like your sheep are a cut above the rest......New tyre and you will feel some nice sharp handling......


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20Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Sat Mar 29, 2014 6:54 pm

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@xpc316e wrote:It might be a Motad exhaust, but the black outlet pipe makes me doubtful.  The shape looks very similar to their current product in their brochure picture.

http://www.motad.co.uk/product.php?prod=BMW+K100

That's the early pattern Motad with that outlet pipe.

Paul.


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21Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:53 pm

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@BobW wrote:A case of too many things to do at the moment, It's been on a while, but a new tyre will be fitted as soon as I get a round tuit.  Smile
I have a china "round tuit" on my mantlepiece Bob - I might be willing to let it go at the right price. 
The wording on it is as follows:

"At long last we have a sufficient quantity for each of you to have his own. 
Guard it well! These tuits have been hard to come by.  Especially the round ones.

"A ROUND TUIT". 

This is an indispensable item. 
It will help you to become a much more efficient worker.
For years we have heard people say....
"I'll do this/that when I get a round tuit"!
Now that you have a round tuit of your very own...
Many things that have needed to be accomplished will get done.


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22Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Tue Apr 01, 2014 10:29 am

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That would suit my mate Ron....as in later ron

    

23Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Tue Apr 01, 2014 10:35 am

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Can you store it in a jiffy?


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24Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:42 am

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What a shock I just had looking at the price of rubber. Best I can get a front 100 90/18 56v for is an Avon Venom at £73 20.
Next cheapest was a Continental at £80.50 plus carriage.

Last time I bought a tyre for a motorcycle it was £11.00
Wonder if I can recut the tread on the one I have.

    

25Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:10 am

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Last time I bought a tyre for a motorcycle it was £11.00
Wonder if I can recut the tread on the one I have.


You say you are an old codger....but you have a good sense of humour.....


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26Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Wed Apr 09, 2014 10:22 am

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92KK K100LT 19321 wrote:
You say you are an old codger....but you have a good sense of humour.....

Sometimes I need it.
Most weekends I am showing young'ns how to ride their mopeds safely (at least I try).
In order to keep with them on the road I use a 125 twist n go scooter rather than the K100.

Tuesday being a nice day I thought I waste a bit of fuel and give the old girl a blast to clean her tubes which was when old age caught up with me......applying the anchors I was shocked to find I had no rear brake until I realised it was on my right foot and not the left hand!
Senility soon passed once out on the country lanes though, be even better later this week when the new rubber arrives.

    

27Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:03 pm

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@BobW wrote:
92KK K100LT 19321 wrote:
You say you are an old codger....but you have a good sense of humour.....

Sometimes I need it.
Most weekends I am showing young'ns how to ride their mopeds safely (at least I try).
In order to keep with them on the road I use a 125 twist n go scooter rather than the K100.

Tuesday being a nice day I thought I waste a bit of fuel and give the old girl a blast to clean her tubes which was when old age caught up with me......applying the anchors I was shocked to find I had no rear brake until I realised it was on my right foot and not the left hand!
Senility soon passed once out on the country lanes though, be even better later this week when the new rubber arrives.
As a fellow DVSA Approved Motorcycle Instructor, I also spend most Saturdays getting new young riders up to CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) standards.  I always use my K100 for this task but several times I have jumped on a twist 'n go moped to show them what I require them to do - same problem for me when I got back on my K100 - ended up pulling the clutch in thinking it was the rear brake - lol


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28Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Tue Jul 15, 2014 1:50 pm

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Ashamed to say the tyre is still waiting to be fitted, however I changed the fork oil and what a difference that nade, she handles a treat now, tyre next...promise.

    

29Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Tue Jul 15, 2014 2:23 pm

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Bob,

When you do put that tyre on take it easy and let it scrub in and get rid of the loose oils etc. It will make a big change but your first 150 miles need to be careful, especially if its damp or wet. If you scrub it in on a motorway just remember the sides wont be scrubbed in.

Will you be fitting the tyre yourself? Wheel should really be balanced too.

Do keep riding.

The Australian guys have these Round Tuit thingies too...


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30Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Wed Jul 16, 2014 3:42 am

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@BobW wrote:The closest I ever got to a German bike was with a 1958 250cc NSU Supermax.  

Wot, like this one?


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31Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Wed Jul 16, 2014 6:25 am

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Yep, thats the one my bike was more blue but everything else the same.

    

32Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Wed Jul 16, 2014 7:55 am

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Blue like this? 


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33Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Wed Jul 16, 2014 9:23 am

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Exactly the same as this, cost me £20 when I was 16.
Except for forks,a frame and tank in spare parts, I had two bikes.
Wish I still had it now.

    

34Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Fri Jul 18, 2014 5:56 am

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Welcome Bob. I too am a working class biker, still own a B50SS and done the range. Thought I'd never own a Bring My Wallet, but glad the buggers who own em like the latest techno wallet emptying marvels and the Ks keep going, even in K Iwi land NewZealand.
We deserve the good gear. The B50SS still a runner at times, but the k is lovely too, same bore and stroke as my old B25 BSA and Rocket 3, a quadrant made good??
Love it and they serve you well I've found. Welcome mate, ride on.
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35Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Sat Jul 26, 2014 12:19 pm

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The new Heidenau front tyre has finally been fitted and worn in. All I can say is WOW.
Almost grazed my elbow going round a roundabout, a totally different bike as you all said it would be..

    

36Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Sat Jul 26, 2014 12:44 pm

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Well Bob great to see you did that and hope you get a longer trip now you have discovered the difference good tyres make. Age makes a tremendous difference. Now that's sorted you will find the K great for a long trip.

I have only found the heat a bit of an annoyance this hot summer but over 4 years and in winter it has been a great asset. I got some kevlar jeans now for around town and well vented textile gear seems to do the job.


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37Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Sat Aug 02, 2014 4:02 pm

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I found the heat a bit much last week.
 My usual instructor bike has been sold so I had to use the RS.
The moped I was following managed a top speed of 18 mph down to 12 on hills, with high temperatures the cooling fan soon kicked in throwing a warm blanket of air through the vents making me consider changing my name to  "Betty Swollocks".

Other than that the old girl tested my patience to the limit today when doing a bit of cleaning and polishing.
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Checking the water level, the side panel parted company with the securing mushroom, super glue did not work and a new replacement panel is £50+, a used one on fleabay with the exact same problem is £15 plus post! so any ideas on repairing my existing part?

The mirror dropped off again in spite of new clips and instead of uncoupling itself as usual, it pulled the wire from the connector plug so another soldering job needed to regain left indicators.
One lost item I am trying to locate is the chrome letter K from the tail, I'm currently running round with :100 RS on display, I tried taxing it as a 100cc for £15 a year but the powers that be won't play.

    

38Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Sat Aug 02, 2014 5:50 pm

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Belated welcome to the forum from me!

  

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39Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:37 am

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Everything is now secured, I put the tyre pressure to 38psi front and back then I had a blast round a few country lanes in the sunshine today, never believe she is 26 years young. Just wish I could ride like I did 40 years ago.

    

40Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:42 am

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Stay riding the K long enough and you will!!!

Bet you felt 20 years younger!!!


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41Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Sat Sep 27, 2014 1:10 pm

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Getting cheesed off now!
The front tyre that kept losing pressure was replaced and stays up, the rear tyre that stayed up is also replaced and now goes down.
The right indicator flashes both rears together again, I know its a connection under the tank but getting beyond the joke. Think I'll remove them all and use hand signals like back in the day with the old Brit bikes..
I'm SORNing it on Wednesday and forgetting about it till next year....had less trouble with my old CZ/JAWA 350 Sad

    

42Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Sat Sep 27, 2014 3:47 pm

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The tyre problem is almost certainly down to corrosion on the rims... been there, done that. Take it into your local tyre place and get them the re-seat the tyres with rim sealant. For the indicator problem I'd look at the rear connector before digging around under the tank. Lift the seat and look in the seat hump. There should be two black plastic knurled knobs in there. Undo those and the tail light will drop off, exposing the connector. The wiring for the indicators is in the hump too.


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43Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Sat Sep 27, 2014 4:08 pm

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I had the same tyre problem with my old R80. As I fit my own tyres, I cleaned the wheel well with stainless steel wire wool, and a dodge as recommended by my local bike shop, spray painted the well with silver paint. It cured my leak. John


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44Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Sun Sep 28, 2014 1:20 pm

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And don't forget the valve stems
the metal ones don't seem to get replaced each tyre change and so the seals can get cracked and leak


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45Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Sat Apr 18, 2015 12:04 pm

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So another year passes and the old lady flew through her mot again.
 how testers differ, with the old tester I never had an advisory of headlight aim low, or brake fluid level low (the reservoir is on an angle so if upright it would read max) but so what...she passed.
Dropped the rear wheel and took it to the tyre fitter who cleaned up the wheel and refitted the tyre with sealer so all should be well.

    

46Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Sat Apr 18, 2015 3:21 pm

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You may find that some testers put down the slightest fault in "advisories" when they can't find a "failing" fault to show to "the authorities" that they have actually done the MOT... Pass too many vehicles without fault and the tester may get inspected more often. If the guy testing your bike doesn't know you, for all he knows you could be from DVSA checking up on him.
But in the end... as you say... a pass is a pass.

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47Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Tue Sep 29, 2015 5:57 am

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This photo shows a section of the blocked fuel filter in my machine. It brought the old lady to a gentle stop, starting again and running for a few seconds. The pressure caused the filter to split depositing all the years of crud into my freshly replenished tank. After emptying and mopping the interior of the tank, flushing the injector bar and replacing the filter, all is once again tickety boo. I guess there's a lesson to be learned here.

 (I did save and filter the petrol for use in the lawn mower)

    

48Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Tue Sep 29, 2015 6:05 am

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Bob

Its good to see you are still looking in and still using the K.

If you ever feel adventurous a trip across this way would not be a bad thing.....


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49Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Tue Sep 29, 2015 6:32 am

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Is there a date on that filter, if so probably 20th century!

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50Back to top Go down    Re: Suffolk Coastal Owner on Tue Sep 29, 2015 7:07 am

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@mike d wrote:Is there a date on that filter, if so probably 20th century!

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Certainly doesn't look like it was changed at the last annual service


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