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1960 Constellation petrol tank vibe
Started at 12:16pm on the 12th March, 2018 by Marko
Marko Subject: 1960 Constellation petrol tank vibe
My 1960 Connie has an irritating audible vibration that I can hear at times. When I bought the bike it only had the front tank mounting, at the rear of the tank tied to the frame was a home-made rubber pad, everything else was missing. On Checking our hosts parts books i ordered the rear tank mounting (a bracket & rubber block) which bolts to the bottom of the tank - however the rubber buffer is listed as temporarily unavailable; i'm guessing that the lack of that particular part is whats making the tank vibrate at certain engine speeds. Does any Connie/Super meteor/interceptor owner have any remedies for this or do i just keep making home made rubber buffers till i cure the problem? Many thanks, best regards, Mark
Posted: 12:16pm 12th March, 2018
Mark M Subject: 1960 Constellation petrol tank vibe
You could try fitting the rubber sleeve that is used to do the same job on the Interceptors, part number 41562. It is only £4 and although not as large as the Connie type will at least allow you to ride the bike for now!

REgards, Mark
Posted: 01:06pm 12th March, 2018
Adrian Subject: 1960 Constellation petrol tank vibe
A short chunk of radiator hose of the correct I/D and thickness, slit lengthways to sit over the frame top tube, is probably all you need. A.
Posted: 01:46pm 12th March, 2018
Marko Subject: 1960 Constellation petrol tank vibe
Thanks Mark; I've just ordered what you suggested from our hosts. Did a shortish (10 mile) ride yesterday on the Connie (slowly getting there!) but the tank "vibe" irritated me no end and got me flustered, being flustered I started doing silly cock ups with my gear changes thinking I was still riding a Triumph so called it a day. I should have a new camera by next weekend so hopefully i'll post a few photos and show how the bikes turned out
Posted: 01:49pm 12th March, 2018
Marko Subject: 1960 Constellation petrol tank vibe
Cheers Adrian ;)
Posted: 01:49pm 12th March, 2018
Muds Subject: 1960 Constellation petrol tank vibe
Hi Marko, remove the tank and check the head steady to frame stud also check the routing of cables.
Posted: 02:18pm 12th March, 2018
Dennis C Subject: 1960 Constellation petrol tank vibe
Hi Marko, the correct rubber buffer is quite short and difficult to locate correctly it sometimes moves out of place, I now do similar to Adrians advice and use a longer length of thick rubber tie wrapped to the top tube.
Posted: 02:59pm 12th March, 2018
PO51UHD Subject: 1960 Constellation petrol tank vibe
Hello, same problem with my ‘59 model, but I’d put it down to the Indian Connie tank I bought. My cure is the same as everyone else’s, but using thickish leather...
Stephen
Posted: 08:55am 13th March, 2018
Marko Subject: 1960 Constellation petrol tank vibe
Problem sorted :) a new rubber as suggested by Mark M arrived today which looked suspiciously similar to the one on the bike that I thought was home made - some twit (not me) had cut away the sides of the rubber (possibly to make fitting the tank easier?) and the tank vibrated like hell; fitted new unbutchered rubber and hey presto problem sorted. I'm happy today..
Posted: 02:17pm 13th March, 2018

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