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A A A A Author Topic: Centralised Oz part source website now online - work in progress  (Read 623 times)

J.C.

For the last year or two I have been doing a lot of carb cleaning/rebuilding for and teaching triple/quad bypass techniques to local CX owners and in doing so have ended up with a stock of commonly used parts on-hand, which I regularly pass out and restock. This has spread and now there are some people coming up from Sydney to get help and parts and it got me thinking that it might be handy to have a central location that's CX-oriented that had gaskets, seals, piston rings, air filters and the like all in one spot - a lot of the guys don't seem to like ordering from overseas or from multiple sources. A bit more specialised than Wemoto etc. and hopefully cheaper - or so's the plan. It'll also make it easier for me to keep track of stuff as I don't really do a good job with paperwork.

So far I have got a shipment of air filters from Murray - quality stuff used on the Mikuni kit, not the eBay junk and spoken to Joe Hovel and he's sending me head gaskets and piston ring sets.

I have bought a laser guided gasket cutting machine so I can make gaskets in-house, and I can scan any gasket in and reproduce it so if there are some harder gaskets to get - CX500 Turbo clutch cover gasket perhaps - I can make them from material I have on-hand. Ditto 650E sump pan gaskets. So far it's pretty amazing shooting off a design I did in software to the machine and watching it cut out a gasket in literally a couple of seconds... anyhow, I digress.

Carb stuff is there - jetting kits for pod filters, ACVs, fuel filters, idle passage block off plugs... not many carb rebuild kits just yet but they will come.

I typically only order stators/cam chains/cam guide and blade as they're required but if there's enough interest in this stuff I may try to get stock of those too. I hope to do gasket/O-ring/oil seal sets for triple/quad bypasses... hopefully that won't be too much hassle with the gasket cutting machine, but we'll see.

Thoughts are MOST welcomed - it's been a lot of work getting the site up and running and only half the product photos are done, and there's still about 20-30 items left to put up on the site... but there's a bunch of stuff there. The site could do with some improvement in terms of layout and filtering but some of that stuff costs $$ in terms of plugins so that can wait.

The website - couldn't resist a branding idea my wife had (who has been known to be called Betty, albeit rarely):

https://bettysprocket.com.au/

ACE

Fantastic work mate!  Thanks for your efforts to keep our great bikes running!
 happy0062
Chris

Seagrass

Well done JC.

I have a copper turbo clutch cover gasket you could use as a template if you need one.

Seagrass

J.C.

Well done JC.

I have a copper turbo clutch cover gasket you could use as a template if you need one.

Seagrass

Definitely interested... are there any other gaskets for the Turbos that aren't readily available domestically?

Seagrass

The gaskets in the turbo exhaust are copper and are nearly always needed when removing the turbo unit. These may be out of the scope of what you want to do.

The turbo also has a sump pan gasket which I think may be the same as the 650 sump gasket (need to check)

Just an observation, some of the gaskets on the site seem to be expensive (rear and front cover for example) and the mech seal also seems expensive as you can source them from AESeals for around half of your listed price. Just commenting as you may need to sharpen your prices if you have stock to move.

I am not trying to tell you what to charge just trying to give you some helpful feedback.

Seagrass


J.C.

The machine I have can cut gaskets out of copper sheet but I haven't looked into where to source copper sheet from yet! How big are the turbo exhaust gaskets and how thick are they? I don't think I can do >2.4mm thickness or so.

The mech seal pricing is wrong, thanks for picking up on that. There will be other errors there too... I'll double check the gasket pricing, that will get cheaper once I clear out all the old gaskets that I bought prior to getting the gasket machine.

On the topic of the mechanical seal, the last time I ordered from AES direct they had a minimum shipping charge of $27 excl. GST, and a minimum order value of $30 excluding freight!

Seagrass

Those prices from AESeals are more than what I last paid BUT that was about two years ago or so and Aust Post have been playing silly buggers with postage rates since then.

I normally order 3 or more so the minimum order price was not an issue.

Three of the four turbo copper gaskets are fairly small, probably about 80mm square and the main turbo to exhaust gasket is bigger. I do have one of each that I could lend you. The copper gaskets are 1mm thick.

Thanks for the feedback, it is helpful

Seagrass

J.C.

Those prices from AESeals are more than what I last paid BUT that was about two years ago or so and Aust Post have been playing silly buggers with postage rates since then.

I normally order 3 or more so the minimum order price was not an issue.

Three of the four turbo copper gaskets are fairly small, probably about 80mm square and the main turbo to exhaust gasket is bigger. I do have one of each that I could lend you. The copper gaskets are 1mm thick.

Thanks for the feedback, it is helpful

Seagrass

Thanks for your feedback as well, I'd prefer people be forward about any thoughts re: pricing or anything else there!

I found a couple of places domestically which will sell me 1mm copper sheet... if I get hold of your examples I'll scan them in and order some of the sheet, see how that goes.

Seagrass

I need to visit you shortly and return the coolant bottle and 650 header pipes so maybe I can bring the gaskets too.

I do want to get another quote for the header pipe manufacturing from a local place I have been told of so I will try and do that shortly.

Seagrass

CX PHREAK

Which AES are you dealing with? {branch?}

J.C.

Which AES are you dealing with? {branch?}

The Newcastle sales office... didn't think to try one of the others to see if they give a different response. Is the extraordinary shipping not a factor for the others?

CX PHREAK

try Adelaide. Speak to Paul or George. They're good blokes. Tell them the weird feller with the CXs suggested them.

 If you buy in batches of ten they should be sub $20 each.

J.C.

try Adelaide. Speak to Paul or George. They're good blokes. Tell them the weird feller with the CXs suggested them.

 If you buy in batches of ten they should be sub $20 each.

Thanks, I'll do that next time. Sure doesn't bother me which state they come from...

Seagrass

I have also dealt with Paul in Adelaide, very helpful and I second that he is a good bloke.

Seagrass

BUFF7454

Any local Davey pump supply should have them. Davey used them in a lot of their pumps. That's where I always bought them.

muzza

JC's CX Spares - you want fries with that????

Good on ya mate , hopefully us kiwis will be able to tag on to your system as well.

Onetrack

JC's CX Spares - you want fries with that????

If you call them "chups" we will let you in, we always need to identify a Kiwi. :tease:

"Young" Les F

Shorty



    Awesome effort JC. Will do well with a bit of support from forum members.
 I can already see some stuff i get off you later as work progresses on my Euro.

     Steve.

J.C.

OK, sent it live tonight - ordering and all that jazz should work OK now. There's a bunch of orders of O-rings due to come in in the coming week which should round out the stock of those.

grod

Great work mate. 

My bike is almost ready for rego after the crash last year and your enterprise will assist greatly.

g

fab

fantastic and great to see you can get parts in Australia.
well done NotWorthy NotWorthy

Joolstacho

Very nice 'clean' looking web site J.C. Well done, hope it goes well for you.

Paul F

try Adelaide. Speak to Paul or George. They're good blokes. Tell them the weird feller with the CXs suggested them.

 

J.C speak to Paul Wheelan at the Adelaide Branch. I've know him for many years through the winery industry and introduced the CX Forum to AESeals some 7-8 years ago through Paul W. That's if he still works there & hasn't retired.

J.C.

Been doing a bit of work finding bits and pieces - should have a bunch of genuine Honda impeller washers here shortly and I now have solid state 7V regulators (3x amperage of the stock units) here. A bunch more O-rings up there... have to spend some time taking photos and sticking more things up.

doddsy1000

I like your site mate.  :good:


 


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