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  1. It does take a bit of effort. I assume you have the allen blot from the bottom of the slider removed first because they aren't going anywhere if it's still in place. Having done that (and they tend to be a pain because they rotate on themselves), make sure the oil is drained. Then it is just like in the video. Repeatedly push and pull the leg into the slider making sure you go as far out as you can. You'll feel resistance and that will be the bushes inside banging on a lip inside. Be patient and just keep going and don't be shy. Show it who's boss! If you've got this far then keep going. The bushes will probably need replacing anyway Eventually after some gnashing of teeth it will all of a sudden release itself. Patience and persistence.
  2. M1962

    adkfinn's 5th gen 20yr refresh

    What a great piece of work. Inspirational indeed. So nice to see another well looked-after VFR
  3. M1962

    5th gen brake mysteries

    +1 for the advice about the manual. The brake bleeding process is very specific, especially the part about removing the rear caliper and raising it. Remember also that the rear brake lines are v long and there's also the PCV thrown into the mix, so with all these bleed nipples, orders of business and messing about it's no wonder I took mine straight to Honda and got them to do it!! Good luck with it.
  4. M1962

    non start, no spark

    well done for sticking with it
  5. M1962

    non start, no spark

    Bikers Oracle https://vfr.bikersoracle.com/index.php There are some knowledgeable people on there and some good historical information, but I get the impression only a few now own a VFR so it's not as engaging as here. Avoid the 'ranting' and 'spouting' forums.
  6. I replaced mine with a Hagon from Wemoto. It was about £300. You can read 100 reviews and get 100 different viewpoints on these things, but mine bolted straight on and transformed the handling once I'd made a few adjustments. You get what you pay for.
  7. M1962

    00-01 Engine in 98 VFR800

    What have you actually done to your original engine then to make it need replacing?
  8. M1962

    non start, no spark

    Pleased to hear you've got it working. There are few things worse than having that 'totally stumped' feeling, but this forum is always a great place to turn to for advice. The UK forum (if it's the one I'm thinking of) has hardly any actual VFR owners now and only a small number of contributors. There's some good historic stuff on there, but VFRDiscusion is much better all round.
  9. M1962

    Will a 6th gen dash plug and play with a 5th gen

    Anything is possible.
  10. Amazing and not surprising. Have you worked out how many gallons/litres of petrol have flowed through that fuel system?
  11. M1962

    adkfinn's 5th gen 20yr refresh

    That's a good idea. I suppose it depends on what 'look' you're going for with a refurbishment. For me I wanted the bike to be as 'factory' as possible, so all the parts I replaced were either OEM or good quality secondhand - like the oil cooler pipes. Mine's still a work in progress after 3 years, but the aim is to get it as close to showroom as possible.
  12. M1962

    adkfinn's 5th gen 20yr refresh

    The 6th Gen oil cooler pipes are a completely different shape so I don't see how they'll fit without some specialist bending tool use. The OEM oil cooler is fine. I don't see the need to change it for something bigger - seems like an unnecessary 'upgrade' where the effort expended won't provide a worthwhile result. You may be better off removing the oil cooler and straightening out any bent fins if it's a problem.
  13. M1962

    adkfinn's 5th gen 20yr refresh

    Many thanks indeed for the comprehensive reply.
  14. M1962

    adkfinn's 5th gen 20yr refresh

    I'm really interested in your cleaning materials though. I have a spare engine that I bought for taking to bits and practicing valve clearance checks etc, and the casings are really grimy. I've used all sorts of things to try and bring it back, but no real success. It still looks rough. Some of your brand names won't be available here by the way.
  15. M1962

    adkfinn's 5th gen 20yr refresh

    The oil cooler pipes may be a problem and a replacement would have to be fabricated to fit both the sump and the oil cooler. Mine were absolutely shot to pieces - they were originally chromed and it had flaked off leaving a rusty ugly mess. The crimped joints to the flexible hoses were also manky and discoloured. The solution? I scoured fleabay and got a pair from a breaker in the US, so no rust, in good condition, and cost me a fraction of a new part.

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