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  1. I've bought loads from Ebay as well as some of the above sites. Just got hold of a yellow tank for mine in very good condition to replace my rather tired and rusty one. I've had brake lines, oil cooler pipes, end can, airbox etc etc all in pretty much 'as new' condition and it's always my first port of call for anything original.
  2. we'll never know.......
  3. Just a thought. When you said you looked it over, how close did you look? It may take a magnifying glass to see tiny splits in the tracks which could be enough to break the connection. If you use a meter to test each track you'll soon be able to eliminate that as a fault or find something you didn't see before.
  4. All of the above plus........... Remove all the plastics and inspect all the connections in the wiring loom. check the earth block, big red wire coming from the main 30A fuse, look for spliced in zombie wiring and see where it goes. Check the connectors coming from the rectifier. Replace anything that looks burned out or flaky because it will almost certainly let you down soon if you don't. Check the forum for advice. it's worth having a look at the PCB behind the instrument panel to see what condition it's in. By now some of the tracks may be corroded through and the will cause issues with the displays. There are some straightforward repairs you can do. Depending on how keen you are, consider replacing rubber hoses, check the thermostat and hosing around that area (it's a pig to get to though). Check out GreginDenver's posts here on the subject and his VFR refresh posts for what is possible. He's got some good advice about perishables! It will also be worthwhile downloading a copy of the full workshop manual.It's on here somewhere, and a lot better than the Haynes manual. If you need spares, check out David Silver and M&P. Ebay has a wealth of VFR material too. Post some photos.
  5. What a great piece of work. Inspirational indeed. So nice to see another well looked-after VFR
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Many thanks indeed for the comprehensive reply.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. M1962

    Alice's_1994.jpg

    'You can get anything you want, at Alice's Restaurant. Walk right in it's around the back, just a half a mile from the railroad track. You can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant.' If you haven't heard the Arlo Guthrie song of the same name then you should!
  12. Thanks for your very kind comments. I see similarities between the two projects in terms of how previous owners abused these beautiful machines. Mine was left to rot in a rainy lean-to and was probably only one more season away from being only fit for parts-raiding. As you've seen in the blog, so many fixings were scrap and had to be drilled, cut, sliced and bullied out before I could move on. Almost everything metal was rusted, furred-up, corroded and covered in shit - just like yours! Some was replaced with secondhand fleabay items and some re-furbed. It's very interesting what you say about the intentions of the projects, but I think your approach is beautifully practical, whereas I was only able to unbolt things and get people with great skill to refurb most of them for me! Mine has definitely been driven by nostalgia, having owned the bike before and then seeing how utterly neglected it had been. It never knowingly goes out in the wet and isn't on the road over winter and I guess some people would say that's a waste of bike. I don't necessarily disagree, but in years to come when they start to become scarce, the ones lovingly kept alive by people such as us will be seen as modern classics. Greg Denver's project is probably the most amazing refurb I've seen, but the guy clearly has immense skills that I can only dream of. I certainly use his as an inspiration - mine is definitely still a work in progress. What you don't see so well in the pictures is the shabby engine casing and pitted frame, so there's still much to do! I will keep watching your posts with great interest
  13. M1962

    VFR800FIY

    Very nice. Always liked the green.
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