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Welcome / Re: Ownership change
« Last post by Glenn_SOHC/4 on Today at 11:37:43 AM »
As it turns out, the domain transfer wasn't seamless.  Hopefully this is resolving over the next few hours.
Welcome / Ownership change
« Last post by Glenn_SOHC/4 on Today at 08:59:44 AM »
Hi everyone,

I posted a bit of an introduction a few weeks back, but I wanted to fill everyone in on what is happening to the Ascot 500 Forums.  John accepted my offer to provide a new home for the forums and that process is in progress. 

Over the next week or so, I will be completing the domain transfer and then moving the forums themselves to a new server.  You'll still find everything at, but there may be brief periods where things aren't quite working correctly.  Transferring a site takes some time to complete since internet addresses get cached for varying lengths of time.

Whenever any of this work has the potential to be disruptive, I'll announce it in advance.

Except this first change which I'm only announcing as it is in progress...  The domain transfer process is in progress.  It will complete some time over the next 5 days.  I will be checking on things to make sure nothing breaks and fixing it promptly if it does.
Tech Section / Re: Front wheel removal
« Last post by AwL on September 19, 2018, 08:35:44 PM »
Had similar problem.  With pinch bolt removed it was still hung up in the right fork.
It seems that the axle was sticking due to galling or something on the surface of the axle in the right fork and wouldn't slide through.  Ended up losing some of the treads in the left axle.
The ones that were left didn't seem to be sufficient to torque down so screwed it in as tightly as i dared.
With pinch bolt secured there probably isn't any risk of axle pulling out but just in case i had a friend drill and tap the axle for a 1/4" bolt just to be safe.  see attached photo's. 
The V-Twin Years: Stock To Lightly Modified / Re: Flywheel bolt
« Last post by murdo on September 19, 2018, 02:01:22 PM »
I don't know what bike/engine you are trying to get apart but most I have worked on the flywheel can stay on the crank when you split the cases.
The V-Twin Years: Stock To Lightly Modified / Re: Burned Honda Ascot vt500ft project
« Last post by kansloos161 on September 19, 2018, 05:45:08 AM »
The V-Twin Years: Stock To Lightly Modified / Flywheel bolt
« Last post by G-Gaurd on September 17, 2018, 09:26:40 AM »
Hey hey hey
I'm trying to get the bolt off so I can remove the flywheel but I'm having nothing but problems .... Engine is out of the frame and I'm going to split the case cause the transmission is damaged

Does the flywheel have to be off to split the case ?

If I can leave it on that would be just fine .... yes I used my impact driver and it won't budge
Please let me know and thank you in advance
Probably shouldn't attempt to jump start a motorcycle with an automotive battery. To much amperage.

28k miles

OK so it should stay running unless it's the charging system.
I know on my VW R32 the alternator went and I would jump it, the car would run for a mile or 2 and then die .I repeated that to make it home.I hope that's not the case here and i test drive it but long term it won't stay running.
I have read most of the post on here about starting issues and hope it's the starter control unit or something.  I think if I can fix it without buying a starter I'm in good shape. Should I be worried about the aftermarket lights?

Thanks guys I'll update later after I check it out
Classified Ads / Re: FT500 cylinder head
« Last post by scottly on September 08, 2018, 10:13:22 PM »
From what I can tell, all of the '79-82 heads will bolt onto the FT engine, but the FT exhaust will not bolt up to the XL/XR heads; the ends of the FT pipes and copper o-rings are much larger than the XL/XR. Also, on the intake side there may be issues, depending on the year. I know the '82 XR has a very different intake port than the FT, and the FT carb won't bolt right on.

1st question will this bike stay running after being pop started?The guy asked if I had a truck which makes me think it wont stay running very long.
I would assume a bad starter and the bike will run fine once pop started but bad charging system and it wont start or stay running?

The Ascot's ignition system is separate from the starting/charging system. You don't even need a battery to bump start it; it's a self-energizing system, similar to a magneto. ;D 
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