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CB500/550 / Re: New CB550 owner
« on: Today at 01:52:09 PM »
What bits are missing Julie?

CB500/550 / Re: New CB550 owner
« on: Today at 01:05:12 PM »
Bloody hell Chris, a shop sold you that!!!!!

You do realise that the rear indicators are supposed to mount in the brackets on the grabrail and the grab rail is supposed to be bolted to the frame where the tubular bolt holes are just above the indicators. Anyone grabbing that grabrail is in for shock as it will just pivot forward where it's bolted to the rear suspension mounts. That's bloody dangerous mate.

Oh and someone has been seriously mucking with the rear wiring, it looks nothing like that.

CB350/400 / Re: Blown fuses
« on: Today at 12:53:59 PM »
Light blue/white and orange/white IIRC

CB350/400 / Re: Blown fuses
« on: April 03, 2020, 06:43:36 PM »
Disconnect all the switchgear wiring. See if it still  blows a fuse after. If not then you've either wired them in wrong or trapped a wire as you reassembled them.

If the fuse doesn't blow, wire each switchgear separately and see which side is blowing it. 

CB500/550 / Re: Fitting pattern parts
« on: April 03, 2020, 04:14:53 PM »
You have remembered that the brackets go either side of the frame bracket, if you try and fit them on the same side it pushes the back end of the exhausts out of alignment. 

Oh and there is a thread somewhere which compares the aftermarket and OE exhaust brackets, done by Ashimoto IIRC.

New Member Introductions / Re: Hello from Surrey - Aspiring owner
« on: April 03, 2020, 11:47:32 AM »
Saying that Steve, can we have our posts 2 metres apart please, don't want to risk catching anything.

New Member Introductions / Re: Hello from Surrey - Aspiring owner
« on: April 03, 2020, 01:43:16 AM »
"Cough Cough" Seat Botox "Cough Cough"

Desperately Seeking!! / Re: Wanted - CB550 K Handlebars
« on: April 02, 2020, 08:00:08 PM »
You could use those bars IF you replace the switchgear with CB550F ones. Was it you who had the wrong left hand switchgear fitted?

Project Board / Re: 1978 CB550 K3 "running" restoration
« on: April 02, 2020, 07:55:54 PM »
Decal off E-Bay?

If so can you let me know how it fits and looks.

New Member Introductions / Re: Hello from Surrey - Aspiring owner
« on: April 02, 2020, 06:28:09 PM »
The local chippy owner (nice Chinese lad) had a 240Z. He was always going on about how fast it was so I challenged him to a race over 1/4 mile with my 500-4. If he won I had to run naked down the high street and if I won I got free chips for a year.

Put an awful lot of weight on that year  ;D ;D  I never did tell him I was racing the 500 at the time.

Project Board / Re: 1978 CB550 K3 "running" restoration
« on: April 02, 2020, 06:24:15 PM »
Couple of tips which could avoid some real heartache later.

Buy yourself some JIS screwdrivers, they'll pay for themselves in no time.

Remove the screws holding the idiot panel on when you get some JIS tools. Blob them with a drop of vaseline or grease on the threads and very carefully refit them, DO NOT overtighten these or you will split the plastic if it's not already split. Same goes for the switchgear screws, bit of grease etc now will avoid some real struggles later on.

The idiot panel decal is available on E-Bay, will look much better fitted.

Desperately Seeking!! / Re: Wanted - CB550 K Handlebars
« on: April 02, 2020, 06:17:01 PM »
Only holes in K3 bars are the small holes where the switchgear pins engage. And before someone says, also at each end of the bars  ;D ;D ;D

Wires go on the outside of the bars, difference between 550F and 550K3  switchgear is that the K3 has slots in the lower section of the switchgear where the wires come out, 550F hasn't got this slot.

CB500/550 / Re: New CB550 owner
« on: April 01, 2020, 06:36:27 PM »
Thanks guys , must of been registered very late , its a F3 according to the frame number . Does anyone have a left handlebar switch unit that they are willing to sell as the horn button and wiring has been butchered .

Just going off this pic I can tell a few things.

Wrong switch fitted, hence why the wiring has been hacked. That looks like a 250N era type switch. The clocks look blue and it has the UK style indicators fitted. The blue faced clocks were fitted to the 550F2 and the 550K3, the 550F1 had green clocks. However the F2 would have had the UK style indicators fitted, the K3 had much larger indicators fitted so I suspect it's a 550F2. Do the forks have rubber bellows fitted? F1 had them, F2 didn't.

Hard to tell off paintwork these days, unless it's still got the original tank on it can have anything fitted.

Another difference between the F2 and the K3 will be the rear indicators, F2 had them fitted to the grabrail and the K3 had them fitted to the rear light unit.

Project Board / Re: 1978 CB550 K3 "running" restoration
« on: April 01, 2020, 06:28:04 PM »
Oil leak is most likely where they've oiled the drive chain. Just clean it up and see if it re-appears.

Check the bars, if they are genuine Honda bars they'll be punchmarks on the bars where the master cylinder and switchgear fit. These were done by Honda so you could get the alignment right on the buildup from the crate.

Check the throttle cable routing, they'll be some diagrams on the site somewhere which show how they are meant to be fitted. Get it wrong and you get exactly what you've got, a non returning throttle.

Choke cable is an easy fix, just need a new one.

CB500/550 / Re: Unusual Handlebars
« on: March 31, 2020, 09:14:09 PM »
Doubt there's one in the centre of Oxford

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