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Project Board / Re: The rebirth of Lazarus
« on: August 12, 2022, 03:53:43 PM »
i have not tried to remove it Ken, should I?

Project Board / Re: The rebirth of Lazarus
« on: August 12, 2022, 01:14:57 PM »
a bit of progress

CB500/550 / Re: Does the 550 share fenders with 750?
« on: August 11, 2022, 05:32:23 PM »
The picture of my 550 has the correct 550f2 grab rail, and yes it does fit the older smaller indicators only on uk models, hence the stems are hard to find. Usa and other markets use the later larger indicators like on the 550 k3.

CB500/550 / Re: Does the 550 share fenders with 750?
« on: August 11, 2022, 08:00:11 AM »
Apparently there are a few differences between the 750/500/550 rear mudguards, different cable holes etc but will interchange as long as you are not a purest. On my 550f2 i have a 750 with a 341 number and it fits fine

Yes Ken, i was thinking for him to get the earlier grabrail, depends how much the budget is.

just had a thought about this, if you want an original look at the rear, you could use the uk style 500 four indicator brackets that fit on the rear frame and use the bolt that holds the mudguard on. They dont use a grabrail at all, but the usa 500 did, and looks very similar to the later bikes except the indicators mount on the grabrail but importantly are a different size to later f2 etc, and are much more common and cheaper.

Project Board / Re: The rebirth of Lazarus
« on: August 08, 2022, 11:35:49 AM »
Lazarus is still fighting me, I took his barrels to get Triggers expert opinion and they were deemed beyond repair. Luckily Graham had a set that can be reconditioned so hope that's another step forward. The crankcases are back together now so next step is replacing the gearchange mechanism and clutch etc. It is getting expensive now, hope i dont have to sell my 550 to pay for it!

Project Board / Re: The rebirth of Lazarus
« on: July 31, 2022, 05:22:38 PM »
Hi Bryan i got the info from Honda manual page 50.

Project Board / Re: The rebirth of Lazarus
« on: July 31, 2022, 04:10:52 PM »
Interesting you should say that Ted, all the cars i worked on had the notches on opposite sides, but as you say honda says both pointing forward, and there are witness marks on the rods and caps, except the one in question which seems to have always been fitted the opposite way round. Ken, all the oilways were clear and i have cleaned them all again. I have fitted it with green shells now and all turns smoothly, another one tightened up when i torqued it up but fitted the yellow shells and now ok, so i will mate the crankcases and go from there.

Project Board / Re: The rebirth of Lazarus
« on: July 31, 2022, 01:41:21 PM »
The bare rods seemed ok but will check. Interestingly, i was very careful to put the rod caps on the correct way round as per the manual, with the notch on the shell to the exhaust side of the engine and the markings on the side of the rods lined up. I removed the offending rod and re-assembled on the bench and the ends of the shells even by eye looked un even. I put it back on the engine and turned the cap round the "wrong" way, and hey presto a smooth turning rod. What do i do now, was it a fault from new? should i get another rod?

Project Board / Re: The rebirth of Lazarus
« on: July 31, 2022, 12:35:10 PM »
So I am starting the re-assembly of Lazarus's engine and have rebuilt the gearbox and now fitting the crankshaft. I have a problem with number 2 big end journal, when i fit the con rod it feels tight and a bit notchy. I have new bearings according to the numbers on the crank and rod, and have tried both green and yellow with the same effect. Looking at the shells they seem to rub near the joint between the main rod and cap, i have the rod the correct way round according to the manual and the crank pin looks good unless it has gone oval? i dont have any measuring gear to check so not sure what to do next. This bike is fighting me all the way!

hi Yoshi, i would be interested in a couple of these bits, the bottom kickstart, the indicator stems and indicator bodies, the headlamp shell if it is the deeper one and not cracked. Also on another post you have some airfilter mounts etc, would like them also, if you could pm me a price? thanks

Just for information, the f2 rear indicator bracket is pretty unique, the problem is the distance between the mounting screw and the locating post that go through the rubber. the distance is different to all the older 500/550 ones so they do not fit even though they look similar. They do come up occasionally in usa, the mount and rubber are the same as american spec but the stem is for the later bigger indicators, not the uk spec smaller indicators. Very hard as said to find the stems, i was lucky and found some in a job lot i bought. I think i have a spare mounting bracket and rubber if that helps?

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