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Tech Section / Re: Fuel door seal
« Last post by hacker-pschorr on June 23, 2018, 10:40:11 AM »
You can see the differences in the photos, not sure the significance....  The new one was covered in a light blue protective vinyl that was a PIA to get off, but not a big deal.

It fits, seems to seal fine, very satisfied with the results.

Tech Section / Re: Temperature gauge on cluster no longer works - 84 VT500
« Last post by osharke on June 23, 2018, 07:37:29 AM »
Thanks great information.  Question per your pictures it looks like you performed the work with the cluster intact and not removed. Is that true? Did you simply removed the top cover and remove/disconnect the temperature gauge from that vantage point? As I have the exact part I would hope it would be just as simple as a swap and off I go. Let me know if my pedestrian view is correct or not. 
Tech Section / Re: Temperature gauge on cluster no longer works - 84 VT500
« Last post by RobertP on June 23, 2018, 12:33:29 AM »
Hi, here is what happened to mine .... When I got it, it was a basket case, apart from all the other issues, yes my temp gauge did not work. I took it apart and found the Bi-metallic strip had broken in half, that's the part that makes it work. As I am a qualified Instrument tech, easy, buy a cheap, modern, 2" temp gauge from Ebay ($9.29 AUD). Pull the old one out and toss it, install new one (with the sensor it came with). Had to modify the plastic instrument case for the new one to fit, drill some new holes and I removed the half bezel so could see the entire new gauge, only thing is it was sideways (same orientation as the std gauge), but at least it had numbers on it which I checked the calibration and was quite accurate. Here are some pics...
Pic 1. getting ready to pull all apart, you will be able to find new gauges like this all over ebay (Chinese)
Pic 2. both movements removed, you can see the difference, if you understand the technology you can tell the age.
Pic 3. installation complete.
I think I may have also had to play around with some of the internal barriers so the background illumination lights did not interfere with the speedo.
As I said I am qualified to do this, been doing it all my career so it was second nature for me, sounds like you indicated you might need someone to help, unfortunately I am in Australia and you are probably in north America somewhere.
I think I stayed with the sideways orientation because 1 or 2 of the holes for the terminals lined up and I only had to drill one more maybe, was some time ago, but with a little more work you can get it to sit properly.
So if you are prepared to go ahead with it Yes it does work. Good Luck
Hi forum per chance anybody interested in a nice set of Chrome MAC High Performance 2 into 2 Flat Tracker Pipes? $215 plus shipping (? prob at least $60) is what Iím asking 1/2 price of what they are new. If no takers off to eBay it goes.

I live in Denver so if you want to save on shipping, you know the drill.
Tech Section / Re: Temperature gauge on cluster no longer works - 84 VT500
« Last post by osharke on June 22, 2018, 07:53:45 PM »
See attached, hereís what part 37450-MF8-008 looks like ready for install. If itís doesnít work I have a backup plan ó Iíll just swap out the whole cluster, I have that as well. Forum if the temp gauge 37450-MF8-008 part works, then I will not be needing the cluster and it will offer it first to this group.
The V-Twin Years: Stock To Lightly Modified / Re: Bike Not Starting Consistently
« Last post by Bucko on June 22, 2018, 05:56:35 PM »
Poor ground connections cause all sorts of problems.  I'd check that first.  It's not unknown for brand new batteries to be shit - I've had a bad one - lasted only a few weeks.  Spent a long time trying to figure out what was wrong based on the misguided assumption it coudnl't be the 'new' battery. 
Less than 5K miles... Very nice!

I bought one of these several years ago:

Anyone have a good source for a repair manual? I just bought a 1982 FT500 and I need a manual before starting in on it! It only has 4,535 miles but has not been ran in about a year. I will have to clean the carb, check out the brakes, tires and lighting and a manual would save me some time, I'm sure! Any ideas!
General Technical / Re: Luggage rack
« Last post by AwL on June 21, 2018, 10:48:03 AM »
Being too cheap to buy new rack i've been scouring ebay for a rack that might work. 
Luckily found an AMCO Mark 4 Motorcycle Luggage Rack Mount Kit #25 on ebay that was made for the Ascot so that made adapting any rack a lot easier.  Found a KG universal type rack that had been on an '87 Honda CX500 and it looked like it might adapt.  It does, though at a bit of an odd angle.  Consulted friends about trying to bend it into flatter angle but was advised to declare victory.  Function over form!  pdf shows installation.
Tech Section / Re: Temperature gauge on cluster no longer works - 84 VT500
« Last post by murdo on June 20, 2018, 02:45:22 PM »
Thanks. I'll try that idea next time.
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