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An Idle Moment

February 15th, 2012

Sims Hill

We were out laning around Newton Abbot a couple of Sundays ago we had quite an enjoyable day and then on virtually the last lane…

 

We’d just done this lane – it’s Sims Hill – when Arfer decided that he’d quite like to hug the hedge and headed for it so a stop and inspection revealed this

 

Broken Idler Arm

Broken Idler Arm

 

Broken Idler Arm

Broken Idler Arm

Seeing as the greyish bit was supposed to be attached to the muddy black bit, it was decided that the idler arm was broken, but with no spare – even if there were one have you ever changed one of these? Not a middle of nowhere job.

But we had to do something as being lose the idler arm tends to jam the steering on any piece of local metal – I had nothing in Arfer so a quick search of the lane came up with the ultimate answer…

Baler Twined Idler Arm

Baler Twined Idler Arm

 

Yep that good ol’ Devon Farmers stand by Baler Twine – fortunately this particular piece was pretty thick (for baler twine that is) and so I managed to tie up the idler arm and limp my way home – checking every so often to re-tighten or reposition the idler arm.

 

New Idler Arm Fitted

New Idler Arm Fitted

Well yesterday I picked up the new idler arm and today I fitted it and here it is in all it’s clean glory…

It won’t stay that way because we’re off playing this Sunday coming – hence the necessity to get it done πŸ˜€

I took some pics of the broken Idler as well:

This is the bit that broke - got a bit bent first

This is the bit that broke - got a bit bent first

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The two pieces - notice the wear on the plate

The two pieces - notice the wear on the plate

No need for comments here

No need for comments he

This is not the first time I’ve had one of these break, last time I thought it was because I’d hit it on something, I’ve also bent one before as well and again I’d thought I’d hit it on something but this time I’m convinced that I haven’t hit anything, I haven’t done that many lanes since it was fitted in October – that’s less than 4 months ago – both the broken ones came from Milner Off Road and both broke within a short time of being fitted, the new one doesn’t and I’m hoping that it will last, but I’m wondering about reinforcing the idler arm, to put an additional lower bracket on to lessen the force delivered by Arfer’s big boots – talking of which: the special tracks are going on for the weekend – mustn’t get stuck must we πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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