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CB350/400 / Wheel bearings
« on: July 27, 2020, 02:24:52 PM »
Looking to fit new bearings in the front and back wheels and see there is a special tool needed for each of them.
Is there a DIY workaround solution or is the only (sensible) solution another squeeze on the wallet?


CB350/400 / silencer
« on: July 23, 2020, 08:17:06 PM »
Not sure if of use to anyone but DSS have got some of the 400 silencers back in stock.
I'd stuck a cheap universal one on while waiting for something better to turn up and had an email from them today so hopefully will come through and fit / look better than the current one.

Other Bikes / CJ250T / CJ360T docs
« on: July 23, 2020, 07:01:31 PM »
Probably not of interest to many but dropbox links below for the Parts Manual and also Setup Manual for the CJ250T and CJ360T if anyone wants to share or add these to the archives etc.
Scanned these in as I've now started restoration of two of these rare beauties.

Hopefully I've done the links OK but let me know if not and I'll try again.


Misc / Open / One for Ash
« on: July 18, 2020, 11:01:12 AM »
Not sure if you saw the earlier messages I updated with the link for the Honda Common Tool manual - if not here it is again.
Please let me know if it works OK as I'm a total novice on dropbox stuff.

I was also going to scan in the other Tool Manual but this is a much larger manual and I wasn't sure if it is of interest as it looks a bit later - below is the page showing the bikes above 750cc it covers and this must be after 1983 as the CB1100F was only that year.
Let me know if you do still want this one as well.
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Misc / Open / Chrome
« on: June 30, 2020, 10:40:52 AM »
Just getting some parts ready for chroming and wondered if anyone has used Chromefix in Birmingham?
Sent an enquiry to a few chromers and they came back with a reasonable cost and timescale for some exhaust parts so am tempted to use them but just hoped someone may have experience of their service / quality etc.

Other Bikes / CJ workshop manual link
« on: June 21, 2020, 02:05:20 PM »
I just tried to download the CJ250 workshop manual but the link didn't work - is it me doing something wrong or has the file moved please?

Other Bikes / CJ250T
« on: June 19, 2020, 06:17:24 PM »
Started stripping the CJ to assess condition and plan restoration of the handsome beast.
I just wondered if anyone had any experience of these bikes in terms of known issues, weaknesses or areas to check on the engine so I can make sure to go through these as I progress.

CB750 / Setup manual
« on: June 09, 2020, 07:45:22 PM »
Been sorting through a pile of manuals etc. in the garage and scanned a few setup manuals in in case they are of any interest to anyone.
One is a CB750 - doesn't say what type but I think it's a SOHC early one with spoke wheels and 4-4 exhaust.
If it's of interest maybe someone can remind me how to upload / send it somewhere to add to the Cave.

CB350/400 / Petrol tank
« on: June 08, 2020, 10:48:56 AM »
Are the 550 and 400 petrol tanks interchangeable?


CB350/400 / Had enough
« on: May 31, 2020, 02:47:40 PM »
Hi all,
It's been great fun working on the 400 but decided today that she's not going to get any more money or time spent on her as she clearly doesn't want to play along!
Bought her as a basket case with some (odd) work already done and wasn't really sure if she was original / complete / sound enough to warrant investing time and effort but thought I'd give it a go.
The plan was to get her up and running and assembled without spending too much and this has gone reasonably to plan.
If she ran and sounded good I thought I'd then treat her to the pretty bits and a second round of restoration including chrome, paint, etc. etc.
Enjoyed rebuilding the engine and she runs up well enough despite being only 'roughly' tuned on the bench but the final straw has to be the carbs - after many checks, tweaks and resets and new DS parts they still leak like a holed bucket as soon as the fuel is turned on and I don't have the heart to do much more on them.
Just deciding whether it's best to sell together or break for parts - probably more value in parts but always a shame and I guess takes a lot of time to clear the whole lot. Any views on this from experience?
The best thing about doing this one has been this forum - really nice, helpful people who clearly love the bikes they own / work on.

CB350/400 / Petrol Tap
« on: May 24, 2020, 11:59:06 AM »
As with every other part on this poor old bike the fuel tap has been abused and bodged - O rings etc. missing, all joints and threads 'sealed' with tape / goo.
Thought it might be easier to get a cheap tap on ebay instead of trying to resurrect the old one but they all show 16mm in the description while the thread on the tank is more like 19 / 20mm.
Does the 16mm refer to inside diameter or something or do i need to keep looking for a tap with correct larger thread?

CB350/400 / Airbox
« on: May 17, 2020, 07:29:16 PM »
Softened the rubbers and 'forced' the airbox and carbs onto the bike to check she runs but not happy how things fitted so looking to sort this.
The rubbers to the head seem fine so I think I'll leave these (wintergreen softened them really well and have new O rings ).

The airbox and rubbers to the carbs are a different story!
Rubbers softened up OK but are a bit beaten up so will be replaced.
Fitting the carbs the rubbers just wouldn't go over the carb stubs fully so for testing fixed these 'just' onto the stubs.
Even with the rubbers short on the stubs (middle two especially) the joint to the filter box just seems too short - if I pull it back the carb rubbers don't reach.
Any idea if there were different airboxes / rubbers which could have been mixed up or is this maybe that the airbox is misshaped.
DSS have the airbox and rubbers in stock but I don't want to buy one if the same problem is likely.


CB350/400 / Exhaust
« on: May 10, 2020, 09:37:04 AM »
Morning all,
Well, the 400 fired up (much to my surprise) pretty well first try so bit of a result there - even ran quite smoothly considering only basic setting up done so far.
Knackered old battery but booster I bought a couple of years ago works amazingly well to help it on starter etc.
Lots of cable ties and bodges to hold everything together where I had assembled the bike to see if she ran OK before spending any more money on prettier bits - she's had a really hard life so every single part of the bike has been bodged, damaged, worn out or replaced with non-standard bits.
As she now looks more promising I'll slowly strip back bits to tidy up again - hopefully the engine and frame can stay untouched during this so it's easier to play with.
One thing I'm struggling with is the silencer. The bike came with the original downpipes and collector all in pretty good nick but no silencer. For the trial run I bodged a rusty old silencer off one of the CJ's with tin foil, clamps and cable ties just to save annoying every neighbour in the area.
I really want an original look silencer but it seems noone has these in stock any more - does anyone know if these are being re-made anywhere or is it now just a choice between finding one on eBay or going for a universal style silencer?

CB350/400 / Leaky carbs
« on: April 28, 2020, 05:25:52 PM »
Hi all,
I know it's a common issue the carbs leaking through the overflow and sure enough the poor old gal suffers this indignity as well after refurbing the carbs.
Everything cleaned and reassembled fine with new O rings etc.
Spent a few happy hours setting the float levels having read many topics on here - ended up using the method with carbs on side and very slightest pressure on the float pin.
First time on test she dribbled happily so took apart again and re-cleaned the float pins etc. and checked float levels again.
Put back on test and again 2 carbs started dripping straight away - 1 quite a constant flow, the other a slower drip.
I'm guessing this means the float pins / valve may need replacing so i wondered what opinions were on different replacements available (trying to keep spend down so cheaper the better!).
Any views welcome

CB350/400 / Two questions
« on: April 25, 2020, 07:05:16 AM »
Morning all
Two hopefully straightforward questions...
What is the length of the 4 carb overflow hoses?
There seem to be 2 different carb manifold rubbers but mine were in a box so I don’t know which goes where or the identifying difference etc - any clues?

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