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The Thumper Years: Stock To Lightly Modified / Starter Lock Cam Seized
« Last post by Drache on August 19, 2018, 03:11:08 pm »
Have had trouble getting the bike to start ('82) and found the recommendation to disassemble and clean the solenoid assembly here. Everything in there is in surprisingly good shape compared to some of the parts I'm seeing available on eBay EXCEPT the lock cam is completely stuck. I have soaked it in WD40 and then ATF and it won't budge at all. I tried within reason to prod it with some pliers and the top prong next to the spring loop snapped. It doesn't appear to have been connected to anything. The bottom prong is what moved with the solenoid plunger.

Anyway, save for soaking in a purpose built penetrating lube, anyone have any ideas? Run into this before?

I don't suppose there's some way to add a better starter to this bike...
Cool Rides & Adventures... / Re: "Goldrush" ride on my FT500
« Last post by patrino on August 19, 2018, 12:44:37 pm »
Day four:  parked with a couple of my riding buddies (both on Street Triples). 

Great road just north of McKenzie Bridge, very FT-friendly! 

It was nice and cool in the forest, by the time we got back to Portland it was smoky (from the forest fires), hot, and full of traffic.
Cool Rides & Adventures... / "Goldrush" ride on my FT500
« Last post by patrino on August 15, 2018, 10:32:27 am »
Just finished up a ~1000 mile ride on my FT500.  Had a blast and the bike pretty much didn't miss a beat.

All roads / towns are in Oregon:
Day 1:  Portland to Sumpter
Day 2:  Loop around Sumpter
Day 3:  Sumpter to McKenzie Bridge
Day 4:  McKenzie Bridge to Portland

Photo taken in John Day on Day 3

An 'Amp Clamp' can be rally handy to check the that current in each leg of the alternator is putting out the same current, if they're not, something's wrong.
Hey everyone
On most bikes I've owned when I start it up and disconnect the battery the motor will keep running and let's you know your generator is working .... but not on this VT500

I replaced the stator and it's the same thing . I looked at the YouTube method tho check stator and I must not have the right multimeter cause it's not showing me any voltage coming out of any of the yellow wires

Should my meter be set on a/c or d/c ?
Welcome / Re: Back from the deceased
« Last post by Brendano on August 10, 2018, 07:34:04 am »
Well, the van looks nice!

Good luck with the project. If it doen't work out, it's not as if you've ruined a reliable runner!
Tech Section / Manual petcock fitting
« Last post by redwingrider on August 09, 2018, 07:19:47 pm »
This may have been covered before, but here goes. I have replaced the stock petcock on my Ascot with one from a 81 Honda CB750F, Honda P/N 16950-MA4-671. This also fits the Magna, V45 and 900 Super Sport.

Tech Section / Re: This spark plug socket does NOT fit....
« Last post by Bucko on August 08, 2018, 02:35:02 pm »
PS: the original took kit has the right size plug socket (which my kit unfortunately does not have).
Tech Section / Re: This spark plug socket does NOT fit....
« Last post by Bucko on August 08, 2018, 02:34:02 pm »
Just a warning - for those deep well spark plugs in the ascot head, make sure the socket you use has a 'keeper' in it to prevent the plug from falling out or have one of those plug grippers handy to do the last few turns.  If not, the plug can fall out and wedge itself sideways in the head cavity making it a real beeauch to get out.  I speak from experience  ???
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