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The Thumper Years: Modified To Full Customs / Re: Dutch FT project
« Last post by kansloos161 on April 22, 2018, 11:18:44 AM »
Quite some time ago that I've posted something but I'm still working on it!
I've painted the edge of the tank and the part of the tank where the saddle used to rest upon.

I've moved house again which means the bike is not in my living room anymore but in my own little storage/workspace on the ground floor
I've ordered a lot of stuff: new tires (to be fitted), chain and sprockets, material for the brake caliper spacers and much more small bits.
Also refurbished the exhaust

Unfortunately it turns out the exhaust studs are too short while I thought I ordered the longer ones. Have to try and source some new ones of the correct size.
The bike itself now looks like this



The to do list is getting shorter and shorter!!
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Tech Section / Re: Temperature gauge on cluster no longer works - 84 VT500
« Last post by Bucko on April 20, 2018, 12:59:50 AM »
Bypassing the sensor should tell you if it's the gauge or the sensor.
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Tech Section / Temperature gauge on cluster no longer works - 84 VT500
« Last post by osharke on April 19, 2018, 07:55:31 AM »
Fellow VT500 Owners. First the bike, 1984 VT500.

My temperature gauge on instrument cluster no longer works. The radiator fan works just fine it's just the temp gauge no longer moves. I have some ideas (replacing the fan sensor switch and or cleaning) but before I go taking things apart, I thought I would ask the forum if they have run into similar issues and what they did to resolve this. Thanks for your time and assistance.

-osharke-
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Tech Section / Re: solenoid? starter control unit?
« Last post by AwL on April 05, 2018, 08:00:39 PM »
Cut the yellow/black wire near the starter control unit and grounded it like several people have recommended.
Magic - problem solved!  Engine turns over fine.
I also found the Radio Shack 275-206 relay mentioned as a replacement for the starter control unit - had a hard time finding one as not available through Radio Shack online  but one showed up on ebay.  It seems there must be a more modern relay that would work but i can't read electrical diagrams.  Someone who can might be able to recommend another easily found  relay from the diagram on this forum post:  http://ascot500.com/index.php?PHPSESSID=5kbr0l1b610ifqi8p3r8lovj82&topic=576.msg3271#msg3271  (link in last post).  We'll see how that goes.
Anyway, engine turns over and have spark.  Next step getting carb and tank back on and see if she runs!
Thanks to all who have weighed in on the starter control unit problems - what would we do without the forum!
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Tech Section / solenoid? starter control unit?
« Last post by AwL on April 03, 2018, 12:02:39 PM »
Problem is the engine will turn over fine if i jump across battery/motor connections on solenoid.
When i press starter button it will make a slight effort but won't turn over engine.  Have tried original solenoid and new one off ebay.  For some reason when the start button is pushed and the solenoid connects it's not getting full power between the battery/motor connections.   Solenoids seem OK.   What's robbing the power?  Is that starter control unit the culprit?   Thanks for help!  Al
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The V-Twin Years: Stock To Lightly Modified / Re: Front turn signal wiring
« Last post by Wes Kootenay on April 03, 2018, 06:13:35 AM »
All good now. Miraculously, everything works  :)
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Boom ! Problem solved - the starter Solenoid releases once I let go of the starter button.

Thanks a lot for your help.  :)
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The V-Twin Years: Stock To Lightly Modified / Re: Front turn signal wiring
« Last post by Wes Kootenay on April 02, 2018, 10:02:11 AM »
Thank you, that makes sense. I guess mine are 'aftermarket' - (single filament bulb), I'll figure it out.
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The V-Twin Years: Stock To Lightly Modified / Re: Front turn signal wiring
« Last post by Bucko on April 01, 2018, 12:19:34 PM »
Fronts should be '3 wire' as they are running lights as well as turn signals.
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The V-Twin Years: Stock To Lightly Modified / Front turn signal wiring
« Last post by Wes Kootenay on April 01, 2018, 09:41:49 AM »
Finally found a replacement instrument cluster, so I have removed the 750/4 speedo/tach. This prompted me to clean up the 'rats nest' wiring some previous owner did. Now to the point of this post:
The hi-res wiring diagram for the 1984 VT500FT is not the same wiring color as my 1983, so I'm not sure how to re-connect the front turn signals. Mine have two wires, one grey and one black/yellow (maybe aftermarket?) anybody know what colors they connect to? I suppose I can just turn on the signals and see which connector has flashing power. I'm guessing the heavy black line is a ground through the mounting bolt?
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