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The V-Twin Years: Stock To Lightly Modified / Re: A new Ascoteer
« Last post by Wes Kootenay on November 05, 2017, 09:27:33 AM »
Sitting here looking at fresh snow, Spring seems a long way off  :'(

I have the front brake caliper apart to free up the stuck pistons (got lucky here), flush the fluid and replace the pads.
Studying my new manual and making a list of stuff to check.

My wife has approved the blue color, so I'll keep it for now. New tank and side panel decals arrived this week, a new seat-cover is on the way.

Al.
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The Thumper Years: Modified To Full Customs / Re: Dutch FT project
« Last post by J6G1Z on November 03, 2017, 07:56:57 AM »
Way to keep at it.

By any chance have you mocked up the final ride height & kick-stand length? I had to shorten my kick-stand so the bike wouldn't tip over to the opposite side.

J.
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The Thumper Years: Modified To Full Customs / Re: Dutch FT project
« Last post by kansloos161 on November 02, 2017, 02:45:42 PM »
It has been a while but I've been able to do some work on the bike :D

I wasn't really satisfied with the way my welds looked so I decided to try a special Bondo that is heat resistant.

I've bondo-ed the parts between the underside and the frameloop and between the batterybox and the framerails



I altered the original footrest holders to accept modern footrests


I managed to source the rear brake and mounting plate of a BMW funduro (I already had the complete rear wheel). I was able to install all this without to much alteration.


I also made a bracket for my cockpit but I don't have a good picture of it.

The oversized headlight I have was painted (rat)black by a previous owner. I used some steel wool to clean it up and I have to admit it looks pretty good. I'm actually contemplating to keep it bare metal (put some clearcoat on it though)



I had my frame and some loose parts coated.
Unfortunately something that I already anticipated actually happened. The underside curled up due to the heat and seperated from the frameloop.
I'm probably going to put some black kit or something in between to make sure no moisture can get in between.

The normal camera on my phone died so I had to take all these pictures with my crappy selfie camera so the pictures do not do the coated parts justice. In real life it looks better!





The parts that I bondo-ed (looks rough in the picture is actually very smooth and looks better than expected)


The rear part that unfortunately seperated a bit.


Time to start the rebuild!
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Classified Ads / Re: WTB - 1983 VT500 Ascot instrument cluster
« Last post by Wes Kootenay on October 28, 2017, 07:26:41 PM »
Here's one:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/83-84-HONDA-ASCOT-500-VT500FT-GAUGES-METER-SPEEDO-TACH/182725859152?hash=item2a8b4f5750:g:2QEAAOSw8thZmkGy&vxp=mtr

And another

https://www.ebay.com/itm/83-84-HONDA-ASCOT-500-VT500FT-GAUGES-METER-SPEEDO-TACH/263163570472?hash=item3d45c56928:g:AcIAAOSwxh1Znd6I&vxp=mtr

Neither look very good.   They seem to come up pretty regularly on eBay - I'd wait for a better set.

Are you in the Kootneys, and looking for a 'Kilometer' set?  I might have a Kilometer speedo with broken or missing needles - (will need to look) - not the end of the world but some creativity required.

Thanks Bucko.
Yes, I am in the Slocan Valley, West Kootenays, BC, Canada - (hence the 'clever' name)  ;)
I hadn't thought about it but, yes, a kilometer set would be nice.

Al.
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Classified Ads / Re: WTB - 1983 VT500 Ascot instrument cluster
« Last post by Bucko on October 27, 2017, 12:56:54 AM »
Here's one:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/83-84-HONDA-ASCOT-500-VT500FT-GAUGES-METER-SPEEDO-TACH/182725859152?hash=item2a8b4f5750:g:2QEAAOSw8thZmkGy&vxp=mtr

And another

https://www.ebay.com/itm/83-84-HONDA-ASCOT-500-VT500FT-GAUGES-METER-SPEEDO-TACH/263163570472?hash=item3d45c56928:g:AcIAAOSwxh1Znd6I&vxp=mtr

Neither look very good.   They seem to come up pretty regularly on eBay - I'd wait for a better set.

Are you in the Kootneys, and looking for a 'Kilometer' set?  I might have a Kilometer speedo with broken or missing needles - (will need to look) - not the end of the world but some creativity required.
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Classified Ads / Re: WTB - ignition switch OR advice
« Last post by patrino on October 24, 2017, 11:09:34 AM »
Got it, thanks.

The bike is finally close to an actual test ride (more than around the block).  Got the "good jets" from Thumper Stuff, and sorted out the lights.  Hopefully can get it to DMV for VIN inspection and plate early next week.
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Classified Ads / Re: WTB - 1983 VT500 Ascot instrument cluster
« Last post by Wes Kootenay on October 23, 2017, 09:57:28 PM »
Thank you.
I'll keep an eye on eBay and Kijiji. Craigslist is pretty useless for this area, but I'll check it now and then.
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Classified Ads / Re: WTB - 1983 VT500 Ascot instrument cluster
« Last post by J6G1Z on October 23, 2017, 06:54:24 PM »
Someone here may be able to help you, but parts are becoming more scarce.

Keep an eye on ebay & watch Craigslist for a potential parts bike.

Good luck
J.

PS. Not exactly what you seek, but worthy of consideration: http://ascot500.com/index.php?topic=72.0
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Classified Ads / WTB - 1983 VT500 Ascot instrument cluster
« Last post by Wes Kootenay on October 23, 2017, 05:57:59 PM »
Just been informed that my instruments are off a 750-4, I would like to go back to stock.

Thanks.

Al
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The V-Twin Years: Stock To Lightly Modified / Re: Rear Wheel Options
« Last post by J6G1Z on October 23, 2017, 07:22:28 AM »
I was under the impression - not sure why - that the VT500C (the Ascot's sister bike) used 16 inch wheel on the rear (as opposed to the Ascot's 18") and I think the rear is a bolt on to the Ascot (but have no personal experience with this or know anyone who has). 

VT500 Shadow has 16" rear wheel. Different spoke pattern I believe & the differential is geared higher to make up for the shorter wheel.


J.

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