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Misc / Open / Re: Decided to have a few of these made
« on: June 10, 2019, 09:32:07 PM »
I think your on the right track, it's clearly an electrical contact plate, it's really familiar for some reason, I'm inclined to think it's the contact arm off the voltage regulator

CB500/550 / Re: Electric Start
« on: June 09, 2019, 10:23:26 PM »
I've had one where the phosphor bronze bush inside one of the end caps of the motor elongated in a tear drop shape, no idea what caused it but it stopped the motor turning over, had to replace the entire motor in the end.

Desperately Seeking!! / Re: Honda 500/4
« on: June 07, 2019, 12:37:24 AM »
All 3 or just a couple?

Other Bikes / Re: Re-polishing fairing screens
« on: June 07, 2019, 12:34:48 AM »
So how did you end up doing it? Windowize?

CB350/400 / Re: Rotor removal tool
« on: June 05, 2019, 10:33:51 PM »
I must be thinking of a different bike, a Superdream maybe.

I've heard the Superdreams filter bolt will work on the 400 as well, never tried it myself as I have the proper tool.

Other Bikes / Re: 250
« on: June 05, 2019, 04:11:06 PM »
I had to take a VT250 engine apart a week after they were first introduced, had to split the crankcases and the bike was so new there were no workshop manuals, which isn't usually a huge problem but we couldn't get the cases apart, turned out there is a hidden bolt right inside the crankcase which is difficult to spot, I can't recall now why we had to split the cases but I seem to think it was a gear problem. I kinda enjoyed test driving it after, seemed a lot better than the CB250N which TBH I kinda liked anyway, certainly the were very easy to work on.

CB350/400 / Re: Rotor removal tool
« on: June 04, 2019, 03:42:54 PM »
No idea on how we got onto threads that are not found on SOHC Hondas?

I bought the Honda special tool that DS sells for £46.06 many many moons ago, it's repaid it's cost many many times over. However £46 is a bit steep so I looked around and this is very similar and has the threads sizes you need plus some which may come in handy at some future date, you never know.

The attachment used on that looks an awful lot like the tool needed to remove C50/70/90 flywheels.

CB500/550 / Re: impulsive purchase
« on: June 01, 2019, 09:48:17 PM »
Looks to be a K3 as it has the swinging arm with the QD fittings. Also looks to be a bit of a bitsa bike so may not be a K3 but just an F frame wearing a K3 swinging arm, any clocks with it and if so what colour faced are they, if K3 they will be blue faced.

CB350/400 / Re: YAMIYA 4 INTO 4 EXHAUSTS CB400/4
« on: May 29, 2019, 04:29:55 PM »
I prefer the 4 into 4 look rather than the 4 into 1, just a personal opinion, one of the reasons I love the 500 over the 550.

CB350/400 / Re: Engine oil use?
« on: May 28, 2019, 10:40:31 PM »
My brain is still thinking 😀😀😀 Are you checking the oil level correctly each time. Cold engine, bike on centre stand, clean dip stick, put dip stick back in the hole, do not screw it back in, just have it resting there on the lip and check level. You say there is no evidence of blue smoke from the exhaust 🤔, have you had someone ride / drive behind you to confirm this? Either the oil is leaking out or burning out.......either way, it's coming out, we just need to find from where. Don't worry too much though, these engines are as tough as old boots and I'm sure you don't ride it like a maniac 😀😀😀

I'm sure there was a thread recently saying we had got it all wrong on checking oil levels, should be hot, screwed in not cold on top of threads.

The way you describe is the way I always checked the oil levels Julie.

Project Board / Re: 6/70 CB750 K0 restoration
« on: May 27, 2019, 08:25:00 PM »
OCD!!! me ???  ;D ;D ;D Seriously it wasn't my OCD at all, I do remember you saying you were thinking of changing them back again and if they were both 500s I'd understand as the 500 has far less paintwork but the 750 has the fork shrouds, headlamp shell and airbox as well and changing them can't be all that easy, especially the headlamp, all that wiring to sort out again, that's not to mention the V5 changes you are supposed to do, that's the bit I can't fathom, I can't stand dealing with the DVLA, I certainly wouldn't do it if it wasn't 100% needed.
Maybe your more patient that me and don't mind the extra work in swapping them back, I must say though that your work is damned good, I've never been a fan of the 750 and the K0 just leaves me dead but I do admire the finished article you produce.

Project Board / Re: 6/70 CB750 K0 restoration
« on: May 27, 2019, 01:58:24 PM »
What I don't understand about the 2 builds is why change the gold to blue and the blue to gold, surely that means changing the logbooks etc, why not just change them back to what they were before, not like you need to have 1 gold and 1 blue in that order. Just seems simpler to me to keep them as they were, if they were both gold or both blue I'd understand as I prefer the gold to any other colour and mine would probably be both gold (which oddly enough both of my 500s are, never thought about it before)

CB350/400 / Re: Crank bearing shell sizes
« on: May 26, 2019, 08:41:28 PM »
CMS seem to be cheaper than DS and they have more stock.

CB500/550 / Re: Speedo.
« on: May 25, 2019, 09:44:28 AM »
Just to clarify, is the casing broken or the metal drive gear? You mentioned tang, I think that would be more relevant to the gear than the housing.

The housing is rocking horse poo Matt, very hard to find second hand. I did have a couple but whether I can find another is debatable, it's possible as I remember seeing a complete one with drive gear and shim washer on top of an old box the last time I opened the shed, that was almost a year ago now and the shed is collapsing due to age etc and the door no longer opens without using tools  ;D ;D I'll see if I can spot one on Monday if the weather is decent.

CB350/400 / Re: Crank bearing shell sizes
« on: May 25, 2019, 09:38:29 AM »

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