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Tech Section / Re: Clutch Cable Issues
« Last post by acmejia78 on June 19, 2018, 07:51:47 PM »
Thanks for the suggestions. Sorry for the late response. Figured it out. Just had to retrace my steps and piece it back together with a little more care.
Tech Section / Re: Possible overheating issues
« Last post by osharke on June 19, 2018, 07:41:34 PM »
Forum -- Good news my head gasket is not blown after-all. Best news ever! The core issue was fouled up carburetors (never been cleaned) precipitated by a buildup of sentiments and dirt in the tank. My mechanic will be performing a carb rebuild and tank cleanse which will resolve this issue.

The white smoke I saw alarmed me as it clearly pointed to a blown head gasket. However what puzzled me was that after she warmed up, the smoke was gone and she ran like a dream.  Turns out the white smoke actually was more brown --- my mechanic said that this was caused by dirty carbs and and over rich air-to-fuel mixture; essentially burning fuel and not oil.  Whew!

The take away, don't go crazy on the Internet and go down the wrong path --- just remain calm use your resources, seek out experience and if your not comfortable with the repairs yourself ....just hire a damn mechanic.

As for overheating issues, turns out there where a myriad of issues. One(1) bad radiator cap, two(2) bad overflow cap (crack) and dry-rotted connector tubes and three(3) yes, this forum got it, bad thermostat. All is well, now I just have to get a new temperature gauge. I'll send a question on that topic on my other thread.

My personal thanks to all whom have responded and have assisted. Special thanks to J6G1Z, Bucko and Murdo for responding quickly and easing my mind.  I'm so relieved that my red beauty will be back in action soon and very anxious to once again get the thrill that only the VT500 Ascot can deliver.

Thank you Forum
The Thumper Years: Stock To Lightly Modified / Re: wind noise
« Last post by AwL on June 17, 2018, 09:51:13 PM »
Since the headlight/instrument cluster is not very streamlined i got to thinking that it could be causing air flow/buffeting into the helmet area.  Got a headlight vizor/fairing from '87 XL600 and off ebay and it bolted right on.  Did help with wind noise issue.  Plus it looks better streamlined - Honda's design folks must have overlooked that :)  Attached is pdf of the install.   Al
Classified Ads / Re: WTB - aftermarket exhaust or header
« Last post by patrino on June 15, 2018, 10:44:39 AM »
Thanks for the suggestion!  I've looked there now and then, but never sent a Want Ad.

Just requested one now .... let's see what turns up!
The Thumper Years: Modified To Full Customs / Re: Dutch FT project
« Last post by kansloos161 on June 15, 2018, 02:09:06 AM »
Your burn victim is likely to be done before this one though Donny.
When finished we should definitely do an ascot custom ride ;)
Classified Ads / Re: WTB - aftermarket exhaust or header
« Last post by triguyracer on June 14, 2018, 07:34:52 PM »
A place you might try for looking for a pipe is on ,I found my White Brothers system on there for a what I feel was a cheap price.I use this site a lot as I am a vintage flat tracker they deal with modern and vintage stuff,FT and XR 500 motors where and still are popular motors for vintage dirttrackers,Put up a want ad and I am sure you will get a lot of responce
Classified Ads / Re: WTB - aftermarket exhaust or header
« Last post by patrino on June 14, 2018, 02:14:33 PM »
Anyone know how the Kerker stacks up against a Jemco?

I'm not that knowledgeable about four-stroke exhausts, but see from photos that the distance from the exhaust valve to the 2-into-1 collector differs dramatically between the two system.  The Jemco collector is ~12"-16" after the exhaust valve, while the Kerker's collector is about where the stock one is.

The V-Twin Years: Stock To Lightly Modified / Worried for a moment
« Last post by JACoH on June 14, 2018, 07:42:42 AM »
In looking at my newly acquired VT, I noticed what looked like a broken frame behind the rh foot peg. With the other things I have found on this bike, I wouldn't have been surprised. Luckily, I find that the frame tube on that side is removable, which apparently has to come off to get to the clutch case. All good news.
The V-Twin Years: Stock To Lightly Modified / Re: Just some pics...
« Last post by JACoH on June 14, 2018, 07:38:48 AM »
Super looking bikes, I just bought a real bad condition 84 VT500, tough finding all the bits needed to make it look like yours!
Tech Section / Re: Exhaust options - What are they?
« Last post by JACoH on June 13, 2018, 10:29:48 AM »
Only one I have seen is the MAC brand, offering a full black system, and a black header + chrome muffler set up.
MAC has been around for quite a while.
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