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About fonque

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    1980 CX500 C - project
    1998 VFR800FI

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  1. Fan switch oring

    Does any one know what size oring woukd work for the fan switch that i could buy locally? Honda part is 13.5 x 1.4. I am trying to not have to have something shipped.
  2. Vibrating Mirrors - 2001 VFR

    i have used both the "condom" mirrors and the 00-01 mirrors and neither set vibrated at speed.
  3. 5th Gen Cooling Upgrades

    For anyone wondering, these are the radiators that I purchased from ebay. They are slightly larger than the stock radiators. They use a thicker core. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Aluminum-Radiator-for-HONDA-VFR800FI-VFR800-Fi-RC46-Interceptor-1998-2001-L-R/151911396009?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649
  4. 5th Gen Cooling Upgrades

    I got the new radiators mounted. They installed without too much of an issue. I did have to dremel and grind the tabs. But it wasnt too much work.
  5. The h4 led bulbs work better than the stock headlights at night. I have issues with going full lean in turns at night, but it was worse with the stock h4 bulbs.
  6. Chinese plastic

    Some of the fitment issues: underside where the left and right fairings meet. None of that area lines up. Here is a shot with the fairing fitment complete before I put it in the shop to have the tank painted.
  7. Chinese plastic

    I am on my 2nd set of chinese fairings. They are fine for the price. I paid $330 for an 11 piece VFR set fully painted. That is so cheap its worth it to me. In my case, using oem plastics was not an option. OEM plastics are terrible when bought used. Most of the used plastics have 20+ years of wear on them. So you will spend a lot of time or money getting them to look half way decent. As a comparison, for $330 I would only be able to purchase the left and right oem fairings in good condition. Initial fitment is a complete pain in the ass. I can only suggest taking your time so you dont over stress and crack any parts. However, once fitted you will not have any problems with them. They can be removed and installed just as easily as OEM. I still highly recommend chinese fairings as long as you know what you are getting into, and oem fairings are not a reasonable option.
  8. Need a seat

    I have a spare 98 seat as well, been recently recovered with a saddlemen seat cover.
  9. You dont need to add a resistor, you just need to replace your signal flasher with one that is LED compatible. They only cost about $6 on ebay and amazon. You can also find them in autopart stores, like autozone or advance auto. I dont know what the equivalent would be over the pond. Something like this http://www.ebay.com/itm/LED-Flasher-Relay-Fix-Motorcycle-Turn-Signal-Lights-Hyper-Flash-Electronic-2-Pin-/262966811600?epid=1083430239&hash=item3d3a0b1bd0:g:PgsAAOSwjqVZAbwA&vxp=mtr for the headlights, I would suggest JDM Astar 8th gen H4. That is what I currently run and I have been very happy with them. These days I try to stay away from HID kits because there are way too many parts and they all fail eventually. It becomes a real pain to troubleshoot which part has gone bad on each headlight. I got tired of it even with a full 5 year warranty from TRS.
  10. 5th Gen Cooling Upgrades

    I cut out some scrap metal pieces with a dremel to mount the fan. I used washers, lock washers, and a couple of nuts to hold everything together. I was not able to get the fan shroud to line up. I didnt want to get rid of it because it helps direct some of the air flow. I am going to get everything mounted up on the bike when I get some time this week.
  11. 5th Gen Cooling Upgrades

    I finally got around to working on fixing my radiators. As you can see below my left side radiator is very very bent. I picked up some new aluminum radiators from ebay. The are made out of the thinnest most easily bent aluminum I have ever seen on a radiator. They needed quite alot of bending trimming and grinding to get the tabs to line up in any reasonable manner. The welds also looked pretty sloppy. This is a mock up of the ebay radiator and the new SPAL pusher fan. I am hoping this setup will keep the bike a few degrees colder.
  12. I manually bled my whole system. I find that nothing can get the brakes as solid as a manual bleed. Even when I use a vacuum or pressure bleeder, I finish off the bleed manually. This can all be done by one person. The hardest one to bleed is the secondary cylinder on the left front caliper. I had to contort my upper body into a weird position to be able to crank on the rear brake pedal with one hand and crack the bleeder open and closed with the other. I am not sure how long you bled your system, but It took me a full liter of brake fluid to get my system bled solid front and rear.
  13. 5th Gen Cooling Upgrades

    I bought the spal 5.2" pusher fan from amazon. I am going to give my radiators a thorough cleaning and install the new fan. If that doesnt work, then I will look into replacing the water pump. As a last resort I will retrofit a front mount radiator.
  14. 5th Gen Cooling Upgrades

    while that may be true, 239 degrees F is hot for any gas engine.
  15. 5th Gen Cooling Upgrades

    i found this rc51 spal fan install and then I found the mentioned fan SPAL pusher fan on Amazon Any thoughts?