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The V-Twin Years: Stock To Lightly Modified / VT500FT exhaust Valve NLA
« Last post by mackdan on May 21, 2019, 03:44:16 pm »
I have a Vt500Ft that I've pulled the heads off to replace one of the intake valves (i'll get to that), so I'm replacing them all. I want to replace the exhaust valves also, but my machinist can't find the parts, and neither can I (searching the web and some specific valve makers). The exhaust valve PN is 14721-MF5-000.  Its a 33mm valve from what I know. 

it should be similar to the NT650 valve, since these engines are basically the same, with a longer stroke. The NT650 Valve is available and was used on the VT600 and VT750. But I'm not sure of the differences. Does anybody know about the VT600/NT650 valves vs the VT500Ft valves? Length? Stem diameter, valve diameter?

My problem is that one of the intake valve tops (upper tip) was damaged and formed itself into the shape of a cone and the adjustor formed the reverse cone (interior). Probably some bad metal on one of the two and they started eating into each other. So I had to pull off the rear head, which meant pulling the engine out of the frame, so I decided to get all the valves changed. 13K mile used bike i picked up last fall. The heads are at my machinist getting redone, with a new mild cam from MegaCycle Cams (for the NT-650).
General Technical / Dirty fuel
« Last post by murdo on May 21, 2019, 12:51:59 am »
My bike has been a bit hard to start lately and sometimes not wanting to idle without stalling so pulled the carb for a clean. The Wix brand fuel filter I have been using always looked clean with only a tiny amount of sediment in the bottom, but when I looked in the bowl and found mud I took the filter off and found that it rattled in the plastic. Obviously the dirty fuel has been going around the gap between filter and housing and settling in the bowl. I think this may be why the engine has lost some compression in the last couple of years and a rebuild will be on the cards sooner than I thought. Tank looks clean inside but new filter installed.
Classified Ads / Re: FT500 Ascot Parts - need any?
« Last post by Lefty on May 07, 2019, 04:13:23 pm »
Hi Patrick, I
The Thumper Years: Modified To Full Customs / Re: Dutch FT project
« Last post by J6G1Z on April 15, 2019, 09:17:30 pm »
Cool Rides & Adventures... / Weekend ride
« Last post by murdo on April 14, 2019, 02:21:02 am »
Rode my FT500 to a motorcycle rally about 300Km from home. Had a great ride on quiet roads in great Autumn weather. Checked out the dam er 'puddle' on the way. Had a few stops for a stretch and drink and had a leasurly ride home clocking nearly 700Km.
The Thumper Years: Modified To Full Customs / Re: Dutch FT project
« Last post by kansloos161 on April 13, 2019, 04:56:17 am »
Haven't posted in a long time and this was mainly because the bike wasn't running and I didn't have time to address it.

Spend some time on it the past few weeks and did find a couple of electrical issues.
The starter control unit seems to have died. I've connected the yellow black wire directly to the green red effectively bypassing the SCU. I don't see the purpose of that thing anyway...
Next to that I ran another ground wire directly from the battery negative and that seems to help a lot.
The starter motor spins now, all the relays work as intended but it seems like there is a (mechanical) problem between the starter motor and the pinion gear.
I think the starter motor bearing is so worn out that the motor doesn't engage with the Gear between the starter motor and the pinion gear.
I know this bearing is a weak spot so will try and source a replacement. Anyone know the correct type?
Does mean taking of the complete left engine cover to reach it though :(
Next to that I think my battery is dying on me.
After 2 or 3 start attempts it will not be able to get the motor to turn anymore. It doesn't slow down or anything but it just more or less shuts down.
I can still hear the relays clicking but the starter motor doesn't turn and the cockpit does a restart sequence as if I switched of the ignition. I think it does this because the battery cannot handle the required starting current anymore.

Anyone more thoughts on this?
What other than a worn bearing could cause the startmotor not to engage with the intermediate gear? (Start motor shaft looks ok, some small wear marks. When I do not have the pinion gear installed the startmotor does turn the intermediate gear but as soon as I install the pinion gear it doesn't anymore.)
And perhaps some tips for the battery check?

Classified Ads / Re: FT500 Ascot Parts - need any?
« Last post by patrino on April 01, 2019, 08:04:23 pm »
Shoot, I'm afraid not.  I dropped the bike off at Vicious Cycle here in Portland a couple weeks ago.  They'll probably sell you the part but there might be easier ways to get it.  If you do want their contact info, please let me know.

Classified Ads / Re: FT500 Ascot Parts - need any?
« Last post by scottly on March 29, 2019, 11:40:16 am »
Hey Patrick, do you still have the parts bike? I may need the front caliper mounting bracket.
Classified Ads / Re: Need forks for FT500
« Last post by triguyracer on March 29, 2019, 07:31:00 am »
Lefty give me a ring at 831 540 5996.I do not have paypal but being it is only 35 dollars call me and I will just go ahead and mail them and when you get them you can just send me a postal money order. not like it's hundreds of dollars  lol,you will need to take care of whatever it costs to ship them . If I do not answer the phone don't worry just leave message how to contact you, I hardly ever answer calls if I do not know who it is due to the amount of robo calls I get . I will get them to you one way or another lol ,my lack of computer skill makes things a bit difficult sometimes
Classified Ads / Re: Need forks for FT500
« Last post by Lefty on March 26, 2019, 02:59:24 pm »
Hey Al, 35 sounds good- I can paypal it to you if you have that.
I sent this once already,but it didnt look like it posted. I will pm you my phone number, thanks
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