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Hello, I'm Andy from Warwickshire in the UK. In August I bought this 1990 VFR750 FL project, which was advertised locally on eBay. It was clearly an imported bike, with the speedometer in kilometres. A previous owner had started a cafe racer conversion, hacked the front wiring about then given up. I had a look at it, talked to the owner and it all seemed genuine so I put in a fairly low bid, not expecting to win. My idea was to put it on the road as cheaply as possible to see if I like it, then decide whether to sell or keep and improve it. The seller had started sanding down the wheels and rear panels, bought it that lovely stainless steel radiator, a new fuel pump, air filter and various other bits which must have cost more than I paid him for it. He told me he had seen it running when he bought it, but it needed a new starter relay. To my surprise, my bid won. I found that my pre-purchase checks had failed to spot the subtle damage to the fork stantions (looks like they have been hit with a hammer just above the dust covers), so I've bought some good replacement forks, the first un-planned expense. The starter relay was OK but the starter motor needed a new carbon brush and insulators. The wiring loom was such a mess that I fitted a second-hand replacement. The right-hand bar switch wiring had for some reason been cut and re-joined with crimped-on bullet connectors, all of which pulled off again. The fuel tank was rusty inside, but this was easily cured with 20% phosphoric acid left in for an hour. David Silver helped with finding an equivalent replacement for the fuel tap 'O' ring. The next problem was a leak from the fuel tap itself, repaired using a kit from NRP Carbs. With a new battery and a generous squirt of carb cleaner the engine now started and idled nicely, but the carbs leaked fuel. I'm hoping that now they've had fuel in again the seals will swell up and stop leaking, but I'm leaving that problem until the weather improves and I can leave it outside for any spilled fuel to evapourate. I'm currently working on finishing the wiring and mounting the instruments and a round headlight using a cut-down front fairing bracket. Progress will be leisurely! I've got two technical questions, and no doubt there will be more. I would be grateful for any help: Amongst the bits missing are the screws needed to fix and connect the fuel and temp gauges in the instruments. Does anyone know what length and size these need to be? The holes in the back of the gauges are about 3mm diameter. Another thing that my pre-purchase checks missed is that the engine is an RC35, meaning the bike is a Japanese home-market model. It does have 6 gears and if it's a bit down on top-end power I'm not bothered, but it might make re-sale a problem. One difference from the UK version is an extra orange/blue wire running from the CDU up to an original-looking bullet connector at the front end. This is missing from the replacement loom. Does anyone know what this wire would have been connected to? There is no unidentified terminal in the instrument panel.
Hello fello VFRers, I'm new to VFR but not to Honda or the biking world. A fried looking at bikes led me to see an advert for the VFR and I was instantly in love. A couple days later I drove 9 hours to pick her up. Previous owner was a man of few words and from what I can tell not so mechanically minded. 70,000km and DOES NOT RUN - owner believes it is the carb from sitting/bad fuel. He is a plumber by trade and simply hadn't ridden her for a couple years and wanted to sell her to buy a Harley. That is about all the information I could gleam in 30 minutes, he simply claimed he couldn't remember any more. Garaged and appears reasonable. The bike has had a very low speed fall at some stage but fairings were repaired and no damage to casings etc. (just the bar end and rear break pedal). A few fairing bolts are missing. It came with the rear cowl. Now I've had some good experience fixing up a couple carbs and getting bikes running so I wasn't too concerned about the non-running condition. It was cheap enough and frankly, I simply like to tinker. And this isn't a 1979 CB, this is a 1994, how hard could it be?... I was super excited when I got it home and poured some petrol in to try and get it going. Fuel tank cap not locking/unlocking well at all. Fuel streamed out through a hole in the tank. Job #1 = refurbish the tank and fuel cap. Further inspection saw fuel squirting out like a stuck aorta from some fuel hoses. Closer inspection saw it coming from a stainless steel t-piece which someone had already tried to fix by adding tape. This had me perplexed and then I remembered the previous owner's employment. The t-piece was designed for water and the tape was the well known plumbing sealant tape. The tape was partially melted by fuel. Job #2 = replace t-piece (part# 17193-MN5-000) Fuel petcock appears modified and dicey at best. Best I replace. Any suggestions? Then I opened the carbs...and my heart sank. I'll attach some photo's. I'm just a tinkerer but I've never seen carbs in such bad condition. The bowls were filled with what looked like sand and broken glass. The float needles required PRYING from the seats! One choke valve assembly has snapped!! Job #3 - clean up carbs and repair broken bits. So I broke the assembly apart. Completely apart. Ultrasonic cleaned all that was metal. Checked diaphragms (which contained chunks of a filter of days past). Cleaned jets. All is looking better. My main concern is with the seats. Two in particular appeared to suffer a lot of oxidization and pitting. I used a small amount of soft metal polish and a fine cloth covered probe to polish the seats and remove oxidization. They came up surprisingly well but I'm still dubious. I put hours into these things and I don't even know if it runs yet. I also managed to lose one screw (part no. 16108-MW0-750) which holds an ACV assembly in place. I've ordered 4 new aftermarket float needles (16155-413-751). I like to get OEM but given my concerns with the seats at the moment I don't want to spend all that money. I also ordered one new needle jet holder (16165-MV4-000) as one of them was definitely cross threaded in. 3 hours of a mechanic mate drilling it out. He did an unbelievable job. I'm yet to order the replacement starter valve assembly (16046-MZ7-640). They're hard to find, is this something that breaks often? Can anyone suggest an alternative?? It's just the head of the brass piston which has snapped off. I'm thinking I might be alright with just 3 carbs operating under choke...opinions? I still have to get the missing screw - I'm thinking a hardware store might suffice for now. There are no used carb parts available for this model in my state. There is a 91 model which might be available for parts and one guy selling the full carb assembly from a 95. I'm thinking that the 91 starter valve isn't compatible. I concede that I should have probably just bought the second hand carbs but at the time it wasn't an option. Now that I've put all that effort into these bad boys (ultrasonic cleaned and painfully polished the seats) I'm thinking I'll try get these going before forking out money for the used set. Sound like a good plan? I think I need to check with others or I kinda get wrapped up in tinker-land and over invest my time and effort. The last photo is post ultrasonic. I only used a non-toxic alkaline mixture. While I'm at it. I'd like to check the valve clearances. Is this pretty straight forward in the frame?? I'm really looking forward to giving this girl the treatment she deserves. BJ p.s. Yes, I'm aware the rims aren't stock. I'm not sure what the deal is there.
Hi all, I just got gifted a 99 vfr800f1 and it needs some serious tlc. Can anyone tell me if they know where I could get wire connectors for the alternator wire? The previous owner cut them off. I'm on a tight budget, so I was wondering if it would be okay to just Butt connect the wires, of would it be best to get a new regulator and alternator wire? I also found a small ring shaped item near the coolant overflow tan that I could use some help identifying. Thank you all! I have attached some pictures. Thanks again. I have been wanting a bike for years. My last was an ex CHP BMW 11rtp. and I'm excited to get back on two wheels! Thanks again for any help! Mike