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    Carbondale, IL
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    '99 VFR, 1125R, 1050, F2, DRZ400E, Cobra, Impala SS

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  1. I put a good 150 miles on my VFR yesterday. This was my first real ride after the bike had been down for several years. And, the shifting felt.. just fine. It wasn't clunky or jerky or missed-shifty or anything like that. (I'm running Amsoil Dominator 15W50, which has made all of my bikes slick-shifting, so maybe that's it.) So I decided to cancel my order for the kit.
  2. Thanks! I just ordered a kit. (I just spent $2500 getting the transmission repaired on my fifth gen, so what's another $225 at this point. LOL)
  3. Aaaand it’s fixed. I had ridden for about 15 miles, and was cruising at about 70mph when the bike surged and started accelerating. I let off the throttle and rolled back on it, and the power was back. Idle is now close to 2000rpm. I think one of the injectors must have been clogged and the bike was running on 3 cylinders. Which makes sense given that it felt like it was down 20-30hp. Whew!
  4. Is there a schraeder valve on the fuel rail, so I can buy a can of the concentrated injector cleaner that you run the bike off of?
  5. You think Seafoam will do the trick, though, or is it gonna need more in-depth work? I gave it a fresh tank of ethanol-free 91, and half a can of Seafoam. Probably won’t get a chance to ride much until next weekend.
  6. Oh okay. Yeah, I'm an avid Seafoam user--have several bottles in the garage right now. I wasn't sure if you meant something like running it through the intake manifold, or if you just meant adding it to the tank. You think it's just running lean right now?
  7. Sliders will NOT give you rash-free fairings in the event of a tipover or low-side. Some part of the fairings will touch the ground. My advice? Skip the sliders altogether, and if you damage a fairing, just have it repaired. I had the R&G sliders on my '99. A 20mph low side resulted in a small amount of rash to the upper and lower fairing. I had the damage repaired and had the body shop fill in the holes where the sliders had gone, and I left them off.
  8. I started taking apart my '99 four or five years ago with the intent of R&Ring the transmission, as it would skip a tooth in second gear. Then I ran out of motivation and the bike sat until recently. The bike was in a climate controlled basement the entire time. I took it to the local Honda shop and paid them to fix the transmission and put the bike back together. I just got it back today. The bike runs and rides perfectly. No hesitation or misfires. Except, it feels like it's way down on power across the powerband. How much, I can't tell, but I'd guess at least 20-30 horsepower. One thing that might be worth mentioning is that I didn't drain the fuel rail or injectors. The Honda tech couldn't get the bike to start and run after the repair, so I told him about how it had most likely had old fuel in the fuel rail. I didn't specifically ask what they did to fix it, but the invoice indicates a fuel injector cleaning, so presumably my suspicion was correct. So far I've only ridden the bike about 10 miles. Is this something that's likely to resolve itself? IE the computer "relearning", or maybe the rings getting worked free and sealing better? If not, what could it be?
  9. Oh yeah, duh. It's been so long since I've ridden this bike that I forgot that one of the things that I love about it is the sound of the gear-driven cams. Since the cams are still driven by the crank, maybe the manual assumes that you're going to be R&Ring the crank if you crack the cases, and therefore the heads need to come off. Eyeballing the exploded diagram on page 8-0 of the manual, it doesn't look like the head bolts are making it into the bottom case.
  10. Oh. Yeah, I see that now part of the manual now. (I'm using the same manual, sourced from here.) I can sorta picture why some of those parts might need to be removed, but others just seem unrelated. For example, why would the heads need to come off? I get it if the crank is being R&Red, since the cam chains are connected to the crank and the heads might need to come off to disconnect the cam chains, but I'm not going to touch the crank.
  11. I'm looking at the shop manual now and it says that you must split the cases, But that's not as scary as it might sound. Basically you flip over the motor, remove the oil pan, and then remove the bolts that hold the part of the engine case that holds the crankshaft and transmission in place. None of the motor's top end needs come off, and the crank doesn't need to come out either. Honestly, it looks really similar, in principle, to R&Ring the transmission on my GSXR600.
  12. I’d rather not go with a new engine—this one is in good shape and it’s a known quantity, unlike a used engine. R&Ring the trans doesn’t appear to be all that hard—flip over the motor, remove the oil pan, and there it is. I just lack the time and motivation to get it done.
  13. Several years ago, I started taking apart my '99 with the intent of replacing the shift forks and second gear. (When I'd shift into second gear and accelerate, it would skip a tooth, but just once. Like if I rode in second gear for a while, accelerating and braking, it would not skip a tooth more than once. It wasn't a deal breaker, but I wanted it fixed, so I started on it myself.) Fast forward to the present, and the bike is partially disassembled on a lift in my basement. The swingarm is off and the motor is about ready to be dropped. But since it's been so long since I messed with it, I kind of just felt like paying someone to finish it up. A highly-recommended local guy who runs a small shop came by to take a look at it. I initially wanted to just have it repaired in my basement (since it's on a lift with the parts all around it) but he wanted to take it back to his shop. He got back to me with a quote for $1100-$1300 for labor, and said that he expected it to take about 20 hours. (I'm guessing that the shop rate is around $65/hour. We're in rural southern Illinois, so not paying city prices.) That number seems high to me. Ten years ago, I had transmission issues on my '01 GSX-R600 track bike. I literally dropped the motor and R&Red the transmission three times before I finally got everything replaced that needed to be. The first time took me about a day and a half--probably 12-14 hours. The third time, I had the whole project done in under 8 hours. I don't feel like the VFR is a whole lot more challenging than the Gixxer was--surely this isn't more than a 10-12 hours job. So, what do you guys think--approximately how many hours of labor should there be in R&Ring the transmission on a fifth-gen?
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