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CB500/550 / Re: The Cost of A rebuild!
« on: Today at 07:30:32 AM »
I have never lost £££ on any bike yet  :o just lots of time.
I get many emails from people asking me to totally restore there bike and how much would it cost. The minimum hours involved in a full resto is around 100 hours and at £65 per hour plus parts, this always too much for them.

Every bike that i have restored and used for 2 to 3 years has given me years of pleasure and my money back that i have spent on parts. It is getting harder to find a good bike to restore these days, most projects that come up are people that have give up watching you tube vids and made a right mess. Met a woman in a petrol station yesterday who bought a CB550 in 1988 for £15, used it to get to and from work for 3 years and sold it for £55  :o

Did OK on my last 500K0 i bought, went to pick up a £250 project and the seller gave me another 500 as he was having a clear out. Sold most of the parts from the second 500 which paid for the 500K0 and my fuel. Now i will chuck £4 to 5K at it and get her looking and riding great again.  ;)   

CB500/550 / Re: vht engine paint
« on: April 14, 2021, 10:08:42 AM »
That paint is only good for engines up to 288c ( suitable for water cooled ) You need a paint that is rated over 350c for air cooled engines and, as Julie has pointed out SIMVHT31 D ;)

Anorak's Corner / Re: Early 70's UK Hondas: Manufacturer’s VIN plate
« on: April 14, 2021, 07:28:59 AM »
My 1971 US 500 had the vin plate on rh side of headstocķ with stamping on lh side

Andrew question was about UK units  ::)

Anorak's Corner / Re: Early 70's UK Hondas: Manufacturer’s VIN plate
« on: April 14, 2021, 06:37:39 AM »
No VIN plate before 1976  ;) Never seen a VIN plate on the headstock of a 70's Honda, they were on the rear frame .

CB500/550 / Re: Cb 550 ss spain
« on: April 11, 2021, 08:31:44 AM »
It doesn't matter what rings you use, if the piston to bore clearance is out of spec, the engine will smoke  ;) And if you have honed it, it will be out and new rings would not work .

Something wrong with your measuring, need another 0 and plastigauge is more reliable.  Never seen 4 different shells on a crank ever  ;)

Member 4 Sales / Re: Honda throttle clamp 53163-300-020
« on: April 04, 2021, 09:59:21 AM »
Very easy to get hold of, i must have a few kicking about >>>

CB350/400 / Re: Not sure what this is do I remove it?
« on: March 30, 2021, 07:53:56 AM »
Heat it up with a blow torch until you can smell the rubber getting hot and as has already been said, use a good socket or clamp it in a vice and turn the case to get it moving  ;)

Once off, you can use a long bar to push the plug out the opposite end. A good clean out and replace the O' rings.

CB500/550 / Re: Rear hub
« on: March 26, 2021, 07:48:06 PM »
Mmmm, not according to this :-\

This one is correct. Did one today and you have to grease the inside of the sprocket carrier  ;) And check that the sprocket carrier is in good nick with no lip .

CB500/550 / Re: CMSL 500 Exhausts
« on: March 24, 2021, 06:10:01 PM »

As we used to say in the trade Ted, "you old boys worry too much ".
You just have to get your head around it. Forget everything you know from the past on English cars and bikes. It confuses my head the other way round as, i learnt Japanese engineering first so, when i look at a english built engine i wonder how the hell it ever worked  :o  The Honda engine relies on high oil pressure to float the crank and cam on a very thin film of oil.
Japanese engineering was a cut above the rest when they started all those years ago. It is a bit like racing engineering with the clearances and balance of the engine to enable a high revving engine. Down load a Honda Manuel and as you have the basic's so, it should come clear.   

CB500/550 / Re: Taper bearings
« on: March 21, 2021, 01:11:35 AM »
The only way i have found to fit these taper bearings correctly is, mill the seat on the inside of the head stock on the frame by 6mm and the taper cup sits lower and the gap for the headlight brackets is correct.
If not fitting OEM headlight brackets, you have to forget about the top yoke chrome washer as, there is not enough thread with the washer to hold the top nut safely  ;)

CB500/550 / Re: Bottom yoke
« on: March 20, 2021, 07:20:13 PM »
Some do like to bend  :o

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CB500/550 / Re: Taper bearings
« on: March 20, 2021, 06:29:31 PM »
If you read half way through this thread, you will not know if the bearings are good until you go to fit the headlight brackets. >>>,20419.45.html

Member 4 Sales / Re: Microfiche
« on: March 19, 2021, 02:03:25 PM »
I binned all mine years ago  ::)

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