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Tech Section / Re: inline fuse cooling fan
« Last post by hacker-pschorr on July 25, 2018, 09:02:16 AM »
Ok, I am in idiot.  Didn't follow troubleshooting 101 and start with the stupid temp sensor.

It's definitely bad...

Now, which one to order?
Have not heard of any problems before. I've owned two sets over the years & they fit. Have you tried the phone?

Good luck
The V-Twin Years: Stock To Lightly Modified / Anyone have issues with MAC exhaust?
« Last post by JACoH on July 22, 2018, 08:42:39 AM »
So, needed to replace entire exhaust system, ordered a new MAC chrome set. The front pipe is almost an inch too long fitting into cylinder, so that the collar does not even reach the studs. Have tried for 2 weeks to get response from MAC, even talked to Manny there, still no satisfaction to get a replacement. Anyone else had this issue of not fitting correctly?
Tech Section / Re: Jetting recommendation
« Last post by patrino on July 21, 2018, 11:09:22 PM »
Update on jetting ...

I removed a shim from the needle (so am now running one shim only).  Bike running well.

Checked the plug twice, once after zipping around town, once after a ~70mph 40-mile freeway schlep (~1/2+ throttle).  Plug looked good both times, nice even milk-chocolate.
Tech Section / Re: Bolt-on brake upgrade
« Last post by J6G1Z on July 19, 2018, 09:02:52 PM »
Look forward to hearing more about this upgrade.

I need to either rebuild or replace the rear master on my FT. I have a rear master from a CBR600, but I believe the piston bore is a larger diameter. I'm thinking about trying it out to see how well it works.

The Thumper Years: Stock To Lightly Modified / Re: stalls when applying throttle
« Last post by scottly on July 19, 2018, 08:48:22 PM »
open exhaust, UNI air filter, #145 jet,stock low speed jet. Stalls when applying throttle. Runs better when choke applied.
Is that UNI filter inside the stock airbox, or clamped directly onto the carb? If the latter, try a #180 or larger main jet.
Tech Section / Bolt-on brake upgrade
« Last post by scottly on July 19, 2018, 08:41:20 PM »
The stock Honda front caliper has two 30mm pistons. V65 Honda's used 32mm pistons, which will fit directly onto the FT caliper bracket.
In the rear the stock FT caliper has 27mm pistons (at least mine does, even though the manual says they are 30mm?) The front right-side calipers from several '82-'85 Honda's, such as the 650SC, are 30mm, and will fit directly onto the FT rear caliper bracket.
All the 30mm calipers I've seen are marked 30, as well as the 32mm calipers I sourced from a junkyard, but the stock 27mm rear caliper wasn't marked, and I found at least one unmarked 25mm caliper while rummaging through a pile of calipers at the junkyard.
Tech Section / Re: V-twin Handlebars
« Last post by J6G1Z on July 19, 2018, 11:21:26 AM »

Tech Section / V-twin Handlebars
« Last post by tgill on July 19, 2018, 10:53:20 AM »
I have an '83 500FT that has chrome handlebars.  Is this OEM?
The Thumper Years: Modified To Full Customs / Re: Trail Tech Guages
« Last post by J6G1Z on July 19, 2018, 06:59:26 AM »
It has been done before:

Straight forward installation. Most difficult part would be the actual mounting bracketry or dash fabrication. Be careful tightening the magnetic bolt that mounts on the brake disk. It is soft & will break easily.

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