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About Tyy

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    Club Racer
  • Birthday 04/01/1998

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    1984 VF500F, 2014 Grom
  1. Hmm... I will test how securely my Henkel pipe is attached in case I do need to remove the whole engine. Actually yeah I need to clean that thing anyways. Just a side note; what have you guys used for surface rust? I bought CLR Metal Cleaner.
  2. I got the bike off of my makeshift motorcycle lift today. I ought to know before I choose what to do next, if you can remove the rear cylinder head without taking the engine out. If I can indeed do that, it would save me an enormous amount of time and effort. I'd like to hear from somebody who has possibly tried this.
  3. Before you undertake a wheel swap, may I point you in the direction I have gone? Changing the tires from bias-ply to modern radials really changes the look of the wheel. New paint or power coating could help too. Also I am curious, with these changes that you are making, are you aiming for a speed demon or an agile dancer? Remember, if you make the diameter of the rear wheel smaller, you lose top speed. Tire profile effects this too.
  4. At 19 years old I am a young Padawan, learning about the ancient(early gen) VFR order. You may think that I am falling on to the dark side if you've seen my custom build, but I assure you that I still see the light.
  5. Additional Fuel In I have routed fuel line to my new inlet which is located on the fourth carb New 14t Sprocket and Chain I chose to go down a tooth for my replacement sprocket on the front. I bought a new O-Ring chain from china to go with it. New Alternator Cover Gasket The alternator cover was dripping oil, I figured out that the bottom of the gasket was demolished. I traced the cover and cut a new gasket out of gasket paper. p.s.- not rust, chain wax New Paint Scheme The covers were fairly scratched up. I could have bought black paint to repair them, but I had leftover red paint from the wheels, so that is what I used. I was unsure about how the rustic finish would go with the bike, but I am pleased with how it turned out. I hope others agree. DUN DUNN DUNNNN I did not know how this forum would receive this design choice, so I kept it a secret until I could show it in action and ready to go. I have not seen any other VFs here that have gone this direction, so I hope some of you can appreciate this "different" look. I just love how the lines go together. I could not have imagined a better fit. This is a headlight assembly from a scooter made in India. Those are projector headlights in the middle. I attached it using some stainless steel brackets I made. I am suiting the whole bike in LED blinkers too. New Instrumentation I chose to go digital with an LCD speedometer. This particular one is made by a guy in Asia. He builds different electronic gadgets himself and sells them cheap. The only catch is they are not designed for particular bikes in mind, so it takes some fiddling around to get it to work for your bike. On the left is the OEM plug off of the analog speedo, and on the right is the new one. After deciphering the badly translated wiring instructions and the stock wiring map, I soldered the old wires into the new unit. I put a little extra wire in the middle. Some of the features are improvised. The temperature gauge is now full fuel and empty on the new thing. Oil warning light is a low beam indicator. Everything else is normal though. This thing does a neat little dance with the numbers and needle when you turn it on too. Misc This is just an overview of the bike's state right now. I got the wheels back on, rebuilt forks are in, exhaust pipe is on an looks sweet( I might be building a baffle for it, we'll see). All the bolts are torqued in. All the hard to reach maintenance is done. I just need to pop the mirrors in the handlebars, wire some new plugs in, put the gas tank and fuel lines together, finish some more maintenance, give the surface rust a clean with bleach, and then I'll be firing it up. Y'know what I've just realized this is reminding me of? The Borg from Star Trek TNG. RESISTANCE is FUTILE. YOUR motorcycle WILL be ACCLIMATED to the collective.
  6. Just a sneaky peak. How am I doing so far? Awesome or awful? I will be detailing the recent work I've made in a few posts when I have the time to write it out. Stay tuned
  7. I found that out when I was half way through tearing it apart to oil the cables. I also learned to keep tension on the cables when they are out of the tube. One of my cables went too far slack an came out of the carb. I decided I could put it back on without removing the carburetor, which turned out to be very hard. With one hand pulling the throttle open, another using improvised chop-sticks, and a screw driver in my teeth. I managed to put it back. In hind sight, I would have exerted a lot less effort removing the carbs. Never the less I feel like I have achieved something... I will accept my trophy of stubbornness now.
  8. Out in the shed right now having issues with my throttle cables. The snap when I release is nowhere near as fast as it want it. Also something really dangerous is afoot. When I turn full lock to the right the throttle sticks. This is screaming disaster at me. I think it may have something to do with where the cables are routed now. I put mine in between the forks and past the right hand side of the steering neck. I don't know if they are getting pinched or something. Does anyone have a close up picture of where youve routed your cables?
  9. Interesting, so the '86 engine will work on my '84 without modification? What differences would a later engine have?
  10. I do not want to give anybody the impression that I am a person who half fasts things. Right now I am just not able to do everything I wish I could for this bike. Whether it be not having the time, money or expertise. I want to learn though and I am giving what I can afford to do this. I am looking into sourcing a new engine. Does anybody have any advice this time around so that I can find an engine that works the first time?
  11. It was fairly warm, here in Canada, today and I put a few hours into trying to solve my valve issue. I have concluded that the valve is indeed bent. I made an air compressor adapter for the spark plug socket to try and push the valve up with air. It did not budge. I am weighing the options right now. Should I undertake removing my entire engine to replace this valve? What will a new valve and/or possibly machining cost me? What are the consequences of running my bike with 1 exhaust valve always slightly open(besides the fact that this cylinder is not working)? Is there an easier way around this for the time being? I want to ride this bike, this summer.
  12. I need some advice on my valve issue. An acquaintance of mine who is mechanically adept looked at my engine today and he thinks its possible that the valve was bent. The theory being, why didn't the valve drop inside the cylinder and explode? Either luck, or it was bent when it fell out of the keepers, lodging it in the head. I have yet to buy a tool to fix the valve, I am going to try and build my own first. What I am wondering is how do I tell if the valve is bent once I hook it back together? Where do I get replacement valves if it is broken? Also is it possible to remove the rear head without removing the engine, and another issue, is a seized exhaust valve enough to make the cylinder misfire? If not, I've got to figure out what is.
  13. Radial tire guy here, I put a Michelin Pilot Sport SC on my front wheel. Its a 120/70R16. It is weight rated above and beyond what its required to do. I also put a Pilot Road4GT on my back wheel which is a 120/70ZR18. Again it is rated for this bike. These tires are of the same make and are described for a similar application so I'd say they are compatible. Looking at the tread design, they are almost the same. If you need any extra coercion, I met Clinton Smout while working at the BMW Motorrad SBK2K16 at Mosport here in Canada. I specifically asked him about doing the swap from bias to radial and he said it is perfectly safe and a good idea if you want the characteristics of a radial tire.(Multi-compound, rigid radial weave, longevity, lower sidewalls, rounder surface). They also make your wheels look dope, One thing to note: rigid sidewalls means these things are almost impossible to mount. It took me 3 hours per wheel with pyrotechnics, crowbars, clamps and tire spoons.
  14. I understand the purpose of doing that to the pipe, but I cant afford that right now. I have been researching how to make this pipe work and I've cut the pipe to an appropriate length to maintain the right pressure. I also enlarged the jets to accommodate the airflow. A professionally done system is on my radar for the future though.