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  1. Rotor is fine. And I could install the pads without removing the caliper. Tight fit but pistons were fully retracted.
  2. Hello, I installed EBC Double-H brake pads on my VFR800 (2003) and my front wheel barely turns now - I left both of the heat plates on the pads (if that is what they are) should I remove them?
  3. The manual is on my PC, work computer and mobile phone ๐Ÿ˜„ I was happy to find out I don't have to buy another Haynes manual ๐Ÿ˜…
  4. After all my aforementioned upgrades and fighting to get the Gear Indicator to work, I can now proudly say, that fairings no longer scare me ๐Ÿ˜„ Screw locations are memorised and trim clips no longer break upon removal ๐Ÿ˜„
  5. Thank you for the tips! I thought poor wiring was the cause of RR failure - i guess i'll keep in mind the need to replace my unit with a better one. And regarding windscreen - i like this combo a lot, since it works and looks good - even though, yes, it probably works as good as one decent touring screen ๐Ÿ˜„
  6. Hello everyone! I wanted to share my story of becoming a VFR owner and some of my early struggles. I started to browse this forum as soon as I understood that my next purchase will be a 6th gen VFR โ€“ a noticeable upgrade from my humble Honda NTV โ€™93, which I loved, but felt the need to upgrade for sport-touring type of vehicle. At the very start I set my eyes on the 5th gen model, since I liked the sound of gear driven cams, riding comfort and the looks. Which is why I searched everywhere for one and since Iโ€™m from Latvia, โ€œEverywhereโ€ meant nearby countries and Germany. While I was still figuring out my finances, one popped up 70km from my hometown, but since I wasnโ€™t able to buy it outright, I pitched the idea to my friend, who was aiming for a 6th gen at a time. We went to check it out and he bought this beauty with 30k kilometers on the clock: Now he is in love with it and itโ€™s understandable โ€“ great motorcycle in perfect shape. Afterwards I got a chance to work overtime and earn the much needed cash for trading up โ€“ the hunt for my new bike was on! While looking around I was still mainly interested in owning a blue 2001 VFR800, which looks great in this color and has no choke lever or bulky mirrors. But since budget had grown and I could afford to spend 4000 EUR on my new ride (that includes selling my old girl), I started to take liking to the 6th gen models โ€“ that rear end is juicy ๐Ÿ˜„ After three weeks of searching, one popped up in Lithuania, 140km from my home โ€“ it was right on the budget, leaving me nothing for unexpected expenses, but boy was it mint.. This 2003โ€™ blue beauty had only 14K kilometers on the clock, no rust, OEM side luggage and aftermarket windscreen. Test ride was rough, since it had been raining, but I felt out what I could and even tried out the VTEC system, since way too many people have complained of it being to rough on 2002 model. (side note, after a couple months of riding my VFR, I can confidently say that I love the VTEC transition โ€“ it is addicting and makes me smile) Even though I had some doubts about this bike being heavier and bulkier than my starter motorcycle and a slight worry about maintenance since Iโ€™d have to disassemble the fairings, which was a first for me โ€“ I pulled the trigger and bought it. Purchase was made in July, so I decided to just change the oil, oil filter and enjoy the season. Fairing removal was very scary for the first few times ๐Ÿ˜„ The only upgrade I had to do was purchasing a PUIG attachable windshield extension, since I was getting pummeled by turbulence. While it was expensive, it improved the riding comfort immensely. First few months were slightly worrying since I was now in completely different riding position and the bike hadnโ€™t broken me in yet โ€“ I had back aches and was even contemplating selling it if nothing changed. Luckily I got used to my new partner and had an amazing fall season. In late autumn I prepared the bike for storage approximately 5 times since I kept pushing the season longer ๐Ÿ˜„ But after winter came I parked it for good and started to make a to-do list for maintenance. I knew about wiring issues which were present before 2006 so I ordered the VFRness. An expensive but necessary upgrade. I think I paid like 160 EUR total to get it shipped to me. Also I couldnโ€™t look at my fork dust seals for they had cracks in them from prolonged storage (14k of riding for a 03โ€™ motorcycle has itโ€™s downsides). Wiring in general had to be refreshed buy cleaning all the accessible connectors. While working on a stripped bike and adding the VFRness I noticed many damaged rubber grommets so they had to go. What also reared itโ€™s ugly head, was the fact that my bike had been in a collision which damaged the plastic mounts on my speedometer. Now I knew why it had a fancy new windshield.. So I kept working on refreshing or fixing everything I found to be less than perfect and after adding the switchable circuit VFRness I started to wonder on what accessories could I add and how to mount them. Which is when I found out about the elusive HISS bracket ๐Ÿ˜„ Why elusive you ask? Because the only guy who makes them, doesnโ€™t ship to my country.. So I made one for myself using Fusion 360 Once the bracket was mounted, I had to fill the new mounting sockets with something ๐Ÿ˜„ So I bought a gear indicator from AliExpress and a Voltmeter / USB charger (both light up in green so they match). A friend helped me to 3D print a holder for the gear indicator and did a terrific job of it: After adding both VRFness and HISS bracket, I opted to also install heated grips, but in the cheap way ๐Ÿ˜„ I ordered a kit from AliExpress which had to be modified to fit, but I am used to soldering so it was fine. (These are only useful on high setting, but they do help a lot when Iโ€™m riding off season โ€“ 5 degrees Celsius is perfectly fine for me now). While at it, I also added aftermarket levers and figured out a way to fit a RAM mount. I took the idea from this forum, but had to make my own ball mount since original one was too low and I risked damaging paint on my gas tank. I also decided to strip paint from my bar-ends ๐Ÿ˜„ And thatโ€™s all folks โ€“ now I am already sneaking in a few spring rides in anticipation of an approaching new season which will no doubt bring me many great memories with my mates and my beloved motorcycle ๐Ÿ™‚
  7. It looks as you described, thank you!
  8. Hello everyone, I was disassembling my VFR 6th gen for the first time and I got a bit carried away so I forgot to mark the electrical connectors, thinking that placement of them will be intuitive enough, but I can't seem to find what connects up to this one. Can you help me?
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