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Gebruiker last won the day on September 18 2020

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  1. Oh, they're Sencys M6 50mm. I tried loading the link but it wasn't getting through...
  2. If you have limited economic possibilities you can try these, from Praxis: You get 5 bolts for €1.89. So that would be, you know, cheaper. They fit fine and have the shoulders you’re looking for but unfortunately they’re not stainless.
  3. When I first got my 3rd generation, Lorne pointed out there could be sympathetic vibration in the gas tank at certain rpms. And there was a simple fix by tweaking the baffles inside the tank with something like a bent coathanger. I don't know if that little glitch was reserved for us 3g owners, but if you still haven't zeroed in on the source... Here's an awful youtube on the fix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mT4zSj_19-g The other guys here might be able to comment if that's just not a possibility on 5th generation bikes.
  4. Besides the sources listed above from Cogswell and JZH, Kurvygirl might have what you're looking for. https://www.kurveygirl.com/shop/
  5. MaxSwell recommended this source of decals to me a while back. They're in the EU, but they ship to the States, and seem to offer what you need: https://moto-sticker.com/Honda-1998-2001-VFR-800
  6. You could be right in all respects. We might try to contrast that with the membership and activity here on VFRd. Has that been changing much? Fewer VFRs for sale...fewer VFRs...fewer VFR riders... I took this picture off Craigs List northeast a couple weeks ago because every bike in it was arrest-me-red... Maybe there's some kind of correlation there too. 🙂
  7. Electrical advice starts right here: https://www.vfrdiscussion.com/index.php?/forums/forum/7-electrical/ Honda was diligent enough to maintain its dodgy charging system through several generations, so some of the links are not specifically for your fourth generation. ...And this is a good idea. It'll only take a second. Bad electrics might keep you sitting by the side of the road. A missing back wheel might make you part of the road. 😬 Have fun!
  8. Have you tried it with the reservoir diaphragm and cover installed? I wonder if something simple as that would provide back pressure needed for proper operation.
  9. Oh rats...Jefferson that's discouraging news. And the first review of any kind I'd heard on E3 plugs. I'm not sure how I'd identify bad plugs without taking a plug reading and I'm not inclined to do that unless one or more cylinders simply stopped firing completely leaving the engine running on three or two cylinders...or not at all. For now, I'm only going on my amateur seatofthepants judgement. The bike seems to run fine, so like moroseduck, I'm not prepared to mess with anything. To be clear, I'm not absolutely sure the thing has E3 plugs. I only know the previous owner told me he'd installed some kind of performance plugs with fancy electrodes. He may have said the word 'gapless' but in any case, the only plugs I saw on Amazon are the ones we're already talking about. Looking a little harder I now see other plugs available, and not on Amazon. Maybe he meant these things: https://www.briskracing.com/ Where is PO when I need him... Moving on, here's all I think I know about heat range: Hotter plugs work better when the engine is cold or operating at lower rpms to resist fouling. Once an engine is hot and running hard, cooler plugs resist knocking. Given that choice, I'd think cooler plugs work better on a VFR. But if so, why would Honda offer hotter plugs? Maybe the difference between CR8 and CR9 plugs is insignificant. In that case, why bother selling two types of plugs at all. I really shoulda paid more attention in shop class... 🙄
  10. Spark Plugs Moroseduck started a thread on spark plugs for his gen3 here: That got me thinking about my own plugs. Something I hadn't considered before. I mean, so long as the bike runs... As it happens, I got an extra set of official, unused Honda NGK CR9EH-9 plugs with the bike. Presumably the official Honda NGK plugs are better than the unofficial regular NGK plugs and therefore worth more from the Honda dealer... 🤔 So far as I know, the CR9 plugs are hotter than standard CR8 plugs. What operating difference that might make is beyond me. Maybe they're just wrong for the bike and that's why they were extras... (Ed. Nope. Backwards. 8s are hotter than 9s for NGK. Thanks Airwalk, below. Apparently every manufacturer uses its own heat range index so a higher number can be hotter or cooler, depending on brand.) Anyway, the previous owner told me he’d installed high performance multi-electrode plugs on the bike. He may well have. I’ve yet to check down there. E3 plugs are the ones with the funny electrode design. https://e3sparkplugs.com/motorcycle-spark-plugs/ Does any of that make a real difference? I don't know. What I can report is that if they are E3’s they work just fine. Folks at Moroseduck's link above seem to mostly like Iridium plugs, the ones that he got with his bike. At Amazon in the States, all these plugs, NGK, NGK Iridium, E3, all of them, seem to cost around seven to twelve dollars a plug. There are plenty of reports about performance differences a spark plug would make. It’d be fun to see real comparative numbers. But considering the apparent difficulty in swapping out plugs on this engine, I’d be inclined to just use the ones that are supposed to last longest. At the moment, those are the ones already in there...
  11. For zero dollars, it looks like you're doing great! There's a youtube guy that might be worth a look. He goes by Superfastmatt. I think he's in California. https://www.youtube.com/c/SuperfastMatt/featured I don't know him. Only his videos, which can be helpful. And funny. Here's his self described bio: Matt Brown is an Automotive Engineer who has spent the last decade working at places like Tesla, Apple, and NASCAR. This channel is here to answer common questions like "How did you do that engine swap," and "Is that a good idea? That doesn't seem like a good idea." There are projects like preparing a Toyota 4Runner for overlanding, putting a motorcycle engine into a car, off-roading impractical vehicles, or just how to do DIY projects the cheap and easy way. There are also occasional car reviews, thoughts about cars & motorcycles, and anything else automobile-related that can be filmed in a way that is more informative than mindless wheelies. There are also wheelies. Anyway, he did a general wiring tutorial just a couple months ago. He also has a Grom...so you might like that video too! 🙂
  12. I've been waiting for this last report! Thanks again for all your upgrade posts. The bike came out great. And Shenandoah has got to be terrific territory for a VFR. Have fun. 🙂
  13. JZH lists scads of paint codes over at vsource. He includes several versions of white, starting with White NH-0, but without further elaboration. 'WheelWhite' does not seem to be a choice. Just the same, you might glance there for inspiration. https://www.vsource.org/VFR-RVF_files/BHondaPaintCodes.htm
  14. ...Maybe they'll put these things back into production. VFR-RRoom!
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