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  1. I bought this VF500F earlier this year as a project bike and my second ever motorcycle. I have been working on making it look better and work as it did in the '80s(while modernizing where I can). I thought I was buying a 1985 VF500F, but have since found out from the MTO history documents that it is an '84. Its got 56 thousand km on it, but it runs and it was cheap. I have been told that one of the previous owners restored it using a few donor bikes and based on the frame paint and what not I'd say it has. I have been taking it apart and learning how it works so that I can fix up anything is out of date or falling apart. It has been fairly straight forward so far using guides and chatting with people on this forum, but I have a few questions and am looking for general advice. I've been thinking about the exhaust on this bike for awhile. The bike has some sort of upgraded 4-1 exhaust on it and I think I've identified it as the Hindle 4-1 pipe. It shows it's age though. There is rust pitting and an odd cloudy texture on the metal. How do I resurface the pipe? Also, the can that was on the end was a SuperTrap, but its kinda broken and I'd like something lower profile too. I have been considering leaving the end open as a straight pipe, except the end of the pipe is messed up and has an adapter bolted straight through it. To fix this I want to remove the end bit of the pipe and fab my own stainless side exit. Would this be viable? Will it mess with the tuning too much? I am aware of the carb jetting I'd need to do in order to make it work and I can do it. All that I've been reading from GAZ's topic about building his own pipe has put me off though. I'd also like to know what having this pipe means compared to stock. Besides the exhaust I am open to advice for things to fix. So far my list of things to do looks like this: Tires Repainted wheels Lights Speedometer Redone seat Chain and sprockets Wobbly clutch lever(How do I fix this?) Carb sync and clean Carb jetting Mirrors I am going to link an album of pictures here for the pipe. http://imgur.com/a/RmqqA P.S. - I am not keeping the original look of this bike, but I am a huge fan of the engineering behind the VFR series and I've wanted one of these since I first got into bikes. If anyone in Ontario needs red plastics or stock parts I can hook you up. This is an ultra-low budget D.I.Y. build, since I'm 18 and in school(before anyone suggests super sonic builders who can do it for me). Why is mine red?
  2. Sensor?

    What is the (wire/sensor)coming from behind the digital readout??
  3. Flushed and pissed!!?

    I own a 98 vfr8f1 I bought the bike running fine but wanted to clean and freshen her up so wanting to flush the antifreeze and in doing so now the radiator does not fill up but drains into the resivour tank proceeds to fill it then pisses out the over flow hose....bike doesn't seem to run hot fan kicks on as suppose to. What's wrong....someone please help
  4. Digital readout

    Fuel, temp,mileage, clock does not show up when ignition switch is turned on. Someone help with some tech info to fix this issue.
  5. The GDC 6G that we built last year has been plagued by an engine that will not start after a rain. We initially thought it electrical but found some water in the oil. We wondered about head gaskets as the engine has over 65k miles on it now. They are also good. We have been getting heavy rain this year in the south. We have tried to find an area where water/rain could get into the engien and hydro-lock it unsuccessfully. This past week we confirmed that the only cylinder that is getting filled with water is the left rear. We have fabbed up various brackets and gaskets to seal the COP's to the 5G heads and do not think that rain is getting in past the COP's. We have had the airbox off more than 2 dozen times to search for issues and have had the throttle bodies off half a dozen times to look for loose hoses. We placed the bike on a rear stand for the latest round of thunder storms to eliminate the thinking that leaning on the sidestand was somehow contributing to this. We have found no loose hoses or vacuum lines that could funnel rain into the cylinder. After a heavy rain the engine will either not move at all when the start button is pushed or (if the left rear cylinder is close to the bottom of the bore) the engine will turn for less than a quarter revolution and then lock. That is not enough rotation to pull liquid in through a vacuum line or loose hose even if submerged in a container of water. Any ideas or recommendations? Our next step if we cannot solve this issue is to put the 4G back on the road for commuting and remove the engine from the frame to start over. TIA
  6. I have had the usual RR - stator failure one too many times now so have just invested in the Mosfet RR from Roadstercycle.com, ne OEM stator from Honda and the VFRness from wiremybike.com. I'm not the best with the spanners but can follow idiot guides. What I need to know is, if anyone has fitted these and if so do you have a how to with pics/video? From what i can tell so far, the RR is not best suited to fit in the stock position, where have you fitted yours? Any photos or help appreciated TIA Moose
  7. So I am replacing fork seals and changing out the springs on my 97 VFR, right fork comes apart no problem. Left fork however, is turning into a nightmare. I used an impact wrench with a 6mm hex head bit and managed to strip the head out and the bolt wont budge. I've read that some people need to drill the head off and when you pull the fork apart the the remainder of the bolt should just unscrew from the damper. So those who have done this. What size drill bit? Did you use a hand drill or drill press? Should I just take it to a machine shop? Thanks, Gary
  8. Greetings from Ohio! I'm planning my next Great Lakes tour, this one being around Lake Michigan, and I would like some input from Chicago-area VFRD members. I'll be riding north through Chicago during my trip, probably on a weekday, and would like to know whether I should follow I-90 to I-94 through the city, or divert to I-294 to miss downtown traffic and exits. I-294 looks longer on the map (plus there is the expense of the tolls) but there seems to be far fewer interchanges. I'm not afraid to ride in urban areas, as I've done it many times, but crossing town in the suburbs with less traffic sounds more appealing than dealing with exits every 0.5 to 1.0 miles through downtown Chicago. Advice and opinions are very welcome here. Thanks in advance for the help!
  9. Starting Issues... Dumb Question

    HELP!!! I have a few to me VFR. It has 50,000 miles on it, and the one previous owner, who babied it. In the mornings when I get up, I start up my bike, leave it in neutral, and let it idol for a few minutes, usually while I wipe off the morning dew. Over the last few mornings, it wont start up right away. I will set it on half choke to get it started, but as soon as it kicks on, I return it to the choke being off, and the engine cuts off. I'll set the choke on half choke and let it idol in half choke, but when i hop on to ride it, it will cut off. Once I get going on my way to work, and for the rest of the day, I have no issues. This only seems to be in the mornings, or when I haven't rode it in awhile. I'm sure I am doing something dumbly wrong, but here's the best place to ask. Thanks, Nick
  10. '93 750 VFR Street Fighter Project

    i bought a '93 VFR 750, and is interested in Streetfighting it, and has no idea what is compatible with my bike. I am open for advice and recommendation. I wanted to upgrade the Engine, but not sure if it is a good idea. and also i was looking at a few mods done to some bike http://www.vfrdiscussion.com/forum/index.php/topic/62316-my-3rd-gen-frankenviffer/ & http://www.vfrdiscussion.com/forum/index.php/topic/66272-my-modified-vfr/ and I am impressed at what they did. I will appreciate any help i get. Thank you in advance.
  11. I'm trying to replace my chain. Do I have to remove the huge bolt as seen in the attached picture to properly do it? (my current issue is that I don't have a big enough wrench) I watched this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMGxMxvUTV0 And it looks like he has everything taken off. If I do need that tool can someone confirm that the bolt size is 46mm? (That's what it said in the manual) Thanks!
  12. Clutch Slipping

    I tried to put my 06 interceptor into gear but when I did and let the clutch out it didn't budge. I put it in gear and used no gas and let the clutch out to see if it would kill the bike but it didn't it acted like the bike was still in neutral.
  13. 929 rear shock springs

    Hi Guy's I need some help, I have installed the 929 rear shock mod to my 97 vfr, works fine with just myself onboard, I'm a bit heavy 85kg so have the preload wound up to next to max. However, yesterday I had to transport my daughter to work, as her bike had a puncture, wound preload to max and unfortunatly the bike bottomed out, damaging the rear hugger,daughter weighs about 70kg, she's a big lass, tall I mean (before I get slapped), I run the bike with full givi luggage. What I need to know is, what's the internal dia of the shock spring and the free length, and any suggestions as to what weight spring I should be using. kev
  14. I almost completed the Heli bar install with out any problems. Then I looked again and I have three problems right now. - 1st problem, the bottom of the ignition switch case has a gap left open on the bottom side. (Picture 1) - The instructions were not very clear on the right side and didn't even say to tighten the nuts on the ignition switch box. - 2nd problem, After having everything on and trying to figure out the problem with the switch case I noticed that the bar end sticks much further out on the right side than the left. (Picture 2) - Hopefully this is a related problem and I can fix both at the same time. - 3rd problem, the left grip over hangs over the bar when placed back on. This causes it to bow up in the middle slightly when the bar end is reattached. ( Not Pictured yet but can be) Help if you can I like the Heli bars, and I fallowed the instructions carefully. Seems they were a little light in areas though.
  15. OEM VFR Decal #

    Need the part number for the VFR Decal for an 03 Red(R-157). Also the phone number to a good parts place in Canada. Lowsided my bike last fall and like the looks of these with interceptor decal in back. Thanks