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Desperately Seeking!! / Re: 500/4 stand
« on: November 20, 2019, 09:34:08 PM »
Sure I saw one on German E-bay last night.  Can't find it now.

This one though

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1972-Honda-CB500-Four-CENTER-MAIN-STAND/153718332844?hash=item23ca539dac:g:XAgAAOSwONddxx6m

Can't confirm 100% it's correct but looks ok.

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CB500/550 / Re: CB550F Main Jets
« on: November 20, 2019, 09:33:20 PM »
The 78 jet carbs had the induction cover fitted to the airbox, only Europe seemed to get this for some reason that only they know about, the odd thing is that it still runs fine with 78s fitted and the cover, maybe the cover restricts airflow through the filter and you need less fuel, you'd imagine though that it would then restrict HP.

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CB500/550 / Re: CB550F Main Jets
« on: November 20, 2019, 05:54:24 PM »
550F had a 4 into 1 exhaust system, the 550K still had the 4 into 4 system used by the 500, the 550K3 used the PD carbs so detested by members for blocking jets.

IIRC the 550F used a different number on the body from the 500, they were both Kiehins and looked identical from the outside.

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CB350/400 / Re: Powder Coating Devon / Cornwal
« on: November 20, 2019, 12:42:55 PM »
Always ask to see a sample of there blacks on a bit of metal as, I had some frames done in Castleford once that the powder coater said was satin black but, it came out matt black  ???

That's good advice. My powder coater has some metal tubes on the wall with all his colours on, comes in useful when picking the right colour.

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CB500/550 / Re: Front forks
« on: November 20, 2019, 12:40:28 PM »
My intention was not to get into an argument but to try and offer some alternatives.

Saying that you have sort of shot yourself in the foot with that post, the initial post was about a 1972 500, so therefore it can't be a 500K2 european model as they didn't appear till 76 so the assertion where you say they all didn't have the damper rod was wrong, in 72 they all did, yours may not as it's a late model but the topic was and still is the lack of the damper rod. This isn't a told you so post it's just so the initial poster has the info he needs to identify why his forks seem to be the wrong ones for a bike of that period. It seems clear the spring is wrong which isn't helping, not sure I haven't got some 550 springs somewhere, I'll see if I can find them.

Just as an aside, the K2 went into production in August 72 so if it was an import and an early one it could be a K2 as the VIN plate would say 08-72 for instance as the build date and the DVLA would issue a 72 plate off that info I'd imagine, hence a 72 K2 in the UK which is why I asked if it was an import.

When all said and done it's answering the question about the initial post and helping him sort the problem which is more important, not who knows more about a certain topic. Which is me BTW  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D Just kidding

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CB350/400 / Re: Powder Coating Devon / Cornwal
« on: November 20, 2019, 03:35:41 AM »
There's a place in Leeds that does black passivate.

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CB500/550 / Re: CB550F Main Jets
« on: November 20, 2019, 03:33:57 AM »
500 carbs should have 100 jets not 98s, sounds like someones been mucking OR the carbs are off a 550, check the number stamped on the body of the outermost carb (No4) and see what it says. Not 100% sure but seem to recall the 500 used 627B carbs. The number is stamped on the flange near the mounting rubber nearest the head.

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CB500/550 / Re: Front forks
« on: November 20, 2019, 03:28:38 AM »
My parts list for the 500K2 dated 1973 shows the K2 using the single disc sliders and also the internal damper rod. The 500K3 may have used quite a few parts from the 550 as it was out at the same time, too early for a K3 though.

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CB350/400 / Re: Powder Coating Devon / Cornwal
« on: November 19, 2019, 06:41:44 PM »
Electric plate was originally black passivated.

Disc mounting plate is the central part of the disc, the original black part.

I know the K0 had the BZP inner part of the rear footrest but mine were black, saying that I could have robbed that part off the 550F2 I broke, couldn't use the bottom part as they are different, I do remember robbing a pair of footrest rubbers off a very old Honda in QPM cellar, they were embossed with Honda in the middle of the ribbing whereas the original ones were just plain black ribbed.

I'd agree to differ with the caliper, powder coating tends to be far more resistant to brake fluid than normal paint and you do tend to get spillages on the caliper when your bleeding the brake.

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CB500/550 / Re: Front forks
« on: November 19, 2019, 04:34:04 PM »
You could both be right. 1972 and in the UK would almost certainly mean a K1 but doesn't discount it could be an import and a very early K2. Most likely it's a UK model and a K1 in which case someone has clearly switched the forks over, do they have the double front disc mounts for instance? 500s didn't get the right hand disc mount but the 550 did, the 550 also lost the internal damper rod. Most likely changed with a 550 set of forks at some time in the past but clearly someone fitted the wrong springs, again most likely off a 750.

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CB350/400 / Re: Powder Coating Devon / Cornwal
« on: November 19, 2019, 04:23:48 PM »
Good list Graham, spend a few minutes looking at it to see if I could add anything as I'm getting the stuff for my 500 ready for the powder coaters and thought of these.

C shaped mainstand bracket for spring.
Rear foot pegs themselves minus rubbers
Brake caliper
Brake disc mounting plate

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CB500/550 / Re: Chrome plating
« on: November 19, 2019, 04:04:12 PM »
Garstang to Crewe is a bit of a drive, they must be pretty good or pretty cheap to warrant that

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Member 4 Sales / Re: Switchgear left side (clutch) unknown Honda
« on: November 17, 2019, 09:33:52 AM »
Check to see if you can find the wires that go to the indicator switch, if they are light blue and orange then it's a Honda, I think it looks more like a Suzuki switch or possibly a Kwak. Honda normally used orange paint for the symbols which makes me think it's not from a Honda.


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Yeah fine, I was starting to have my doubts thinking you'd gone cold on the idea.

PM me details of where to send the guard etc.

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You still interested James, I haven't heard anything from you. Ok if you've cooled on the deal, not a problem, a NOS mudguard is easy to get rid of.

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