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Loftust last won the day on January 7

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About Loftust

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    02 Fi/VTEC Hybrid
  1. Replacing all the hoses isn't that straightforward - the tank, airbox and throttle bodies need to be removed. The latter can be a bit of a PITA. If content to do this though, you may as well replace the stat as well, which are known to stick open. An oil change probably wouldn't hurt either.
  2. Who rode that bike? Uri Geller?
  3. Repeatedly soak the nuts in plusgas for a day or two and see if you can loosen them off. There's little harm in trying and you can always stop if you fee like you're having to apply too much force.
  4. Positive. It's not an especially good grade of stainless though.
  5. This correct - assuming the bike has the originals. Wire wool is also very good btw!
  6. Just remembered what will do the trick in the fiddly areas - plumbers cleaning strips - they're awesome on metalwork and way better than coarse sandpaper. http://www.toolstation.com/shop/Hand+Tools/d10/Plumbers+Tools/sd210/Abrasive+Clean+Up+Strip/p85391 Yes, the lemon wet wipes in particular are excellent for cleaning paws after getting grubby.
  7. I'd use a small rotary sander with a soft wire wheel, otherwise it'll take forever. The wheel I use is actually fitted to an angle grinder Don't forget to use a wet wipe to remove the residue.
  8. Tap all the threads that have been coated - you risk knackering the threads/snapping the bolts otherwise. Replacement bolts for a you're missing can be had off ebay etc - just look up what sizes you need via the IPCs - perhaps this is an opportunity to get stainless ones too?
  9. That exhaust looks fantastic - definitely one of the best painted finishes I've seen. My stator cover does look good I don't have a photo of it at the moment however. You can get soft wire wheels, or semi-abrasive pads, which may help if you want to improve the finish, although it will be hidden behind the fairing. You're in the same boat that I was with bolts - I had separated them into different parts of the bike, but then gave them all to someone for vapour blasting. The illustrated parts catalogs online (lings etc) are a godsend, and really helped me to identify which bolts go where. Understanding the different types of bolt heads helps too. Good job on the wrapping btw - very neat
  10. It's definitely looking more like a bike! I really like the fork legs and the wheels - it's a good combination. I bought a full set of decals/stickers off eBay - I have no reason to believe they'll be any less resilient than the ones Honda provide, especially if they're lacquered. I powdercoated my stater cover, but suggest you probably don't want to be doing the same given that you're in the reassembly phase. Unless you've got a machine polisher, you're probably not going to be able to get it look any better; you could spray in situ, although I perhaps wouldn't.
  11. Powdercoat the fork legs if you can - it'll look a lot better for doing so. What colour is the bike? TFR really is better than anything I've tried btw - I strongly recommend giving it a go.
  12. I used brake cleaner to get my 5th gen engine looking reasonable - see this this thread for photos: Traffic Film Remover is however bloody marvellous stuff and I wish I had used this. Give everything a good soaking, leave it to work, then get an abrasive pad (the yellow/green ones are good - you'll need at least a couple) to remove the filth. The front sprocket area will most certainly deserve similar attention as well. I personally wouldn't bother taking the downpipes off unless you have to - they can be a right fag to remove in/around the centre stand, and the studs have been known to break.
  13. Okay so it’s been a while since I posted up about this, which is primarily due to my GF and I going through an uncertain patch (she wants kids, I don’t think I do). I have however received the other pair of cam covers from the powdercoaters, complete with the coil adaptors in place: Of the jobs left to do, I intend to do these ones: - Fit proportioning valve to rear caliper brake hose - Finish wiring for heated grips (tap into switched live and connect relay) - Have a combined pannier/numberplate/reflector plate fabricated - Fit Numberplate (to be ordered) - Fit fairing side panels - Fit fairing infills Due to a couple of constraints, I’ll be asking someone else to do the following: - Bleed coolant - Adjust head bearings (new ones fitted) - Fit bar risers - Setup front suspension (forks 5mm lower in the yoke than standard) - Bleed brakes - Torque hub nut & stake – as I don’t have brakes atm, I can’t stop the wheel from rotating - Fit fuel tank heatshield (rubber bit under rear of tank) - Chase a couple of threads on the swingarm for the chain guard – the size I need is broken - Chase thread for nearside front disc and fit remaining bolt – ditto above - Sync Starter Valves - Look into the fuel dripping from overflow hose; it might not be a problem That should be it, thereby allowing me to get the bike taxed and MOT’d, which will subsequently allow me to get the bike up to the dyno for mapping. I'd quite like to ride the thing soon!
  14. Loving the fuel tank filler cap...