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Default 07-18-2017, 15:50 | posts: 2,747 | Location: Netherlands

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Perhaps consider making it a Yammy/Suzuki etc hybrid to increase the choice of parts.
Assuming your country allows your bike to be modded.
Clear it with your insurance as some modifications might null the policy if undeclared.
Insurance is very lax on modifications at all. There are only safety rules for vehicle frame structure/brake lights/mirrors which don't even apply to a lot of smaller bikes.

The bike uses a Minarelli AM6 engine and Derbi, Aprillia, Yamaha and Rieju all use this engine so engine parts are widespread but anything else is not compatible at all. The Yamaha TZR50/Aprillia RS50/Derbi GPR50/Rieju RS2 50 all look the same but literally none of the fairings or other parts fit besides the transmission/engine.
   
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Default 07-19-2017, 06:10 | posts: 10,640 | Location: Toledo

Good idea. I'm pretty knowledgeable about working on cars. I've spent the last two years teaching myself. Guess it was the natural evolution from growing up working on computers as a kid.

For starters I'm gonna chime in about the broken spring bit. In the UK, a spring can break simply from corrosion and nothing else. Same in certain parts of the U.S. Australia? Not so much
I've seen snapped springs on so many Ford products in particular. The coils aren't treated well enough for long term abuse by salt. On the Taurus in particular they love to snap, spin around, and puncture your tire as an extra insult to your wallet.
   
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Default 07-19-2017, 09:35 | posts: 6,422 | Location: Australia

They tried to introduce the Taurus here in the late 90's, possibly as a Falcon replacement, however it ended in a tremendous failure. The build quality was atrocious, and even with cars a couple of years old it was more the case of trying to identify parts that weren't breaking, already broken, or abnormally wearing in some way. That's if the car made it that long!
   
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Default 07-19-2017, 11:10 | posts: 468

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My thoughts... maybe:
It looks to be increased bearing noise when the suspension places the car correctly.
How this can manifest I wonder.
If the bearing is in good condition it would have to be extra stress placed on the bearing, not sure how that can happen.
Or perhaps the bearing(s) are worn but not so much that they show a problem when the wheel is free running in the air so havent been diagnosed.
An inspection is needed.

I have to wonder if the angle of wheel to the road changes when the suspension compresses.
This would help explain the difference now one strut is an inch lower.
If one tyre is slightly tilted it may reduce the contact patch on the road, decreasing noise and friction.
But I cant see how this explains a huge change in noise and the car still runs straight.
It's definitely a bit of a worry, as I'm sure the noise will come back when youve fixed the spring.
The wheel angle shouldn't change that much, especially if its front wheel drive. The rear will just be on a swing arm, that goes vertically.

I suppose it could have been the spring rumbling, if it was a little loose. The fact that its compressed now, would get rid of the slack, and the rumbling.
I don't think its the bearing, it would make the same noise all the time, no matter what the spring is doing...
   
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Default 07-19-2017, 14:21 | posts: 10,205 | Location: United states of Kingdom

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It's definitely a bit of a worry, as I'm sure the noise will come back when youve fixed the spring.
The wheel angle shouldn't change that much, especially if its front wheel drive. The rear will just be on a swing arm, that goes vertically.

I suppose it could have been the spring rumbling, if it was a little loose. The fact that its compressed now, would get rid of the slack, and the rumbling.
I don't think its the bearing, it would make the same noise all the time, no matter what the spring is doing...
Nothing really makes sense.
I visited the garage a moment ago to ask their opinion.
They said keep driving it as it is lol.
They havent any idea why it is more responsive now, but the main guy wasnt in. I'm booked to see him next week.

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Default 07-19-2017, 14:22 | posts: 10,205 | Location: United states of Kingdom

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I'm gonna chime in about the broken spring bit. In the UK, a spring can break simply from corrosion and nothing else. Same in certain parts of the U.S. Australia? Not so much
I've seen snapped springs on so many Ford products in particular. The coils aren't treated well enough for long term abuse by salt. On the Taurus in particular they love to snap, spin around, and puncture your tire as an extra insult to your wallet.
My feeling too.
The car had been stood in water before I got it, I figured this was probably responsible for the break.
This is why I'm replacing both entire shocks to remove future issues.
   
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