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CB500/550 / Re: New frame/engine bolts. What type?
« on: November 25, 2023, 06:26:03 PM »
Ah good point, I assumed the nuts would be 14mm too which I guess they are.  I thought I needed to use 14mm headed bolts in the lower mount positions in order to be able to get a socket on them?

CB500/550 / Re: New frame/engine bolts. What type?
« on: November 25, 2023, 04:50:28 PM »
I've just been thinking, you say the m10 bolts on Hondas are metric fine thread with 14mm heads but the front engine mount bolts, don't they need to be 17mm heads so they are held captive in the cases as they are tightened?

Any idea what pitch the rear shock lower bolts are?

CB500/550 / Re: New frame/engine bolts. What type?
« on: November 23, 2023, 08:50:50 PM »
Good points by Ken and Ted,  I wasn't worried about thread pitch as the engine mounting bolts are all going onto their own nuts but I hadn't considered this with the lower yoke pinch bolts.  Are they standard 1.5mm pitch on the m10 bolts?

I might have to have a rethink on the lower engine mounts.

CB500/550 / Re: New frame/engine bolts. What type?
« on: November 23, 2023, 05:41:16 PM »
Hi Alex, I'm ordering all of the m10 and m8 bolts, nuts and spring washers for my engine mountings from Kays (Kayfast) on Ebay, it racks up quite quickly for a few odd sized bolts and you can often get 10 for very little more than you can 5 for example but I done see where I'd ever need the spares.   

Project Board / Re: Doms CB550F1 project
« on: November 22, 2023, 09:12:38 PM »
Not much progress lately, a bit more plating of bolts and brackets but other than that I need to paint the frame ready to get the engine back in and put together the top end.  I think for now I'm going to skip getting the camshaft reprofiled, I can always revisit that next winter. 

CB500/550 / Re: It’s home at last!
« on: November 22, 2023, 11:51:41 AM »
Was thinking when I was out on the Pan today if you had to get shot of all your bikes and could only keep one, which would you keep? For me it would have to be the Pan.
I would have to keep Millie the Mongrel 550. It's an absolute blast to ride, for a 550 the performance and handling are pretty phenomenal, the original Yoshimura pipe sounds fantastic, she has lovely styling and it's only a single seater, so I don't have to take anyone with me 😂😂😂. I love my 500 K1, she's such a classic but Millie wins my vote.

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Out of interest Julie, is your 550 standard engine wise?

Desperately Seeking!! / Delkevic 4 into 1
« on: November 19, 2023, 04:02:17 PM »
Just wondered on the off chance whether anyone was selling a Delkevic 4 into 1 exhaust system for a cb550f, I was looking for the straight silencer version or just the headers with collector.

Anorak's Corner / Re: Plating springs
« on: November 19, 2023, 02:39:07 PM »
That's good to hear then, I did just pop some off cuts of copper wire between each coil to open them up and guarantee good coverage.  Seems to have worked well.

Anorak's Corner / Re: Plating springs
« on: November 19, 2023, 11:15:27 AM »
I thought I could do something similar by putting wire between the coils to open them up

Anorak's Corner / Plating springs
« on: November 19, 2023, 10:10:31 AM »
I'm doing as much plating of all parts on mymy CB550 as I can while I'm working my way through the rebuilding process, is there a way to replate springs that will get the plating onto the contacting coils?  I presume they would have been made from preplated wire originally.

I kept a bike indoors once for the winter, it was when I was actually rebuilding the 500 I'm doing again now. It had never been run, in the spring when I was getting ready to get it ready for the road I checked the oil only to find it was full of water, clearly condensation was running down the insides of the cases and collecting in the sump, me kicking the bike over ever week or so had just mixed it all up like mayonnaise. I ended up taking the engine completely apart again just to clean it out of all the cracks and crevices, luckily I was still in the trade then so the gaskets were cheap. No damage or rust in the engine but bloody annoying even so.

Keep that in mind.

Stuck the dehumidifier on in my garage tonight!

Project Board / Re: Doms CB550F1 project
« on: November 14, 2023, 08:00:18 PM »
I'm pretty sure I have the same on a 550f frame. Funny flip-up peg to avoid kickstart exhausts etc. with the peg in a different location to the K models.  I assumed the foot rest was angled forward to give a sportier lean forwards towards flat bars on the F model.

I thought this too until I noticed the left side

Project Board / Re: Doms CB550F1 project
« on: November 14, 2023, 06:50:05 PM »
I am probably wrong but i seem to remember the tand on the footrest bar locating againg the frame peg that sticks out

Yeah that's correct Bryan

Project Board / Re: Doms CB550F1 project
« on: November 14, 2023, 05:41:04 PM »
Try turning the peg down on the bolt

In this photo you can see that it's located in the notch on the frame so won't rotate any further, the other way would be the wrong direction so i can only assume it must be the wrong peg for this bike

Project Board / Re: Doms CB550F1 project
« on: November 14, 2023, 04:14:52 PM »
Something not right there Dom. The rear brake pedal is miles too high for starters. The dot on the pedal and the dot on the rear brake actuator arm are supposed to align.

Thats because I've got the rear end in bits

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