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CB500/550 / Re: CB550F Gradually losing power and stopping...
« on: September 18, 2012, 09:34:11 PM »
If the problem occurs when the taps on reserve I'd say the tank needs cleaning. The normal position uses a small brass tube projecting up into the tank, the reserve position just uses a small opening directly onto the floor of the tank, if the tank has a lot of crud etc in it then it's easy for this opening to get blocked, thus causing the fuel shortage and lack of power. You could try taking the tank off and shaking the tank, this should disturb the sediment around the tap enough to cure the problem for a short while but it will require a good cleaning to stop the problem altogether.

Misc / Open / Re: Re-chroming virgin
« on: September 17, 2012, 08:06:20 PM »
had some done here, on metal they are fine, just don't bother on alloy.

It's based near Oldham.

CB500/550 / Re: Charging
« on: September 14, 2012, 08:48:12 PM »
I was talking to a firm today which specialises in rewinding stator and field coils. They say that the copper the windings are made of deterioate over the years, which results in output progressively reducing. As many of the bikes on this site are on average around 30 years old I'd imagine that most if not all are suffering from this problem.

Cost of rewinding either the stator or field coil is £126 each, which you have done depends on which you feel is the problem, I suppose getting both done would be best. Output should increase but they can't give a firm figure as although they've done quite a few no one has seen fit to give them any feedback on the output.

We could do with someone who has this problem biting the bullet and having them rewound and then getting a firm output figure for comparison.

CB500/550 / Re: Carb Differences
« on: September 11, 2012, 02:00:18 PM »
Sorry wouldn't agree with that statment.

Whilst I prefer the 4 into 4 genuine system and have one fitted ATM and a second brand new system stored for when it's needed, there are a couple of 4 into 1s which outperform it. The best IMO is the Yoshimura system, not too loud, didn't require much jetting to get the best out of it, chrome was very very good and you could still change the oil filter. Got 125mph showing on the speedo with that system, never got anywhere near that with the standard system.
Next was the Piper system, awesome noise, like mechanical music, chrome wasn't ace but acceptable, went very well with it on, downside was having to remove it to change the oil filter.

The 4 into 4 looks better but weighs more, however given the choice that would always be my choice. If I was going for a race bike setup then the Yoshi would be my choice.

CB350/400 / Re: front end
« on: September 10, 2012, 01:27:44 PM »
You might be right Bry, I just seem to remember a post recently where the member was describing the differences between the 250 and 360 and seem to recall he mentioned twin discs. It doesn't need for them to be factory fitted, a setup like the 550 where the fork leg was cast to allow fitting a second disc would do.

CB350/400 / Re: front end
« on: September 09, 2012, 09:18:34 PM »
How about something more of an age with the 400? like say the 360G which I seem to recall had twin discs. Granted it's not as old as the 400-4 but it's closer than the 400N.

Got to admit although I've done a fair bit of work on the 360G I can't remember details of fork diameters etc. To me they were just bikes that rolled off and on my workbench, so long as I knew the valve clearances etc I was happy, anything else I'd look up as and when required.

CB350/400 / Re: front end
« on: September 09, 2012, 12:10:36 PM »
Same taper head race kit so should do

Surely though Bry that only shows the tube is the same size.

The tube itself could be longer, it probably doesn't have a steering lock facility as IIRC the 400N had the lock inside the ignition barrel and the 400/4 is either on the bottom yoke or the headstock tube, can't remember which now.

Not saying it doesn't fit, just that there are some other things he has the think about, especially the steering lock as it may affect insurance cover without one.

Site Feedback / FAQ / How to... / Re: IE9_64 changes into offline mode?
« on: September 09, 2012, 12:08:22 AM »
I've got IE9 and 64 bit and mine works fine, I'm on it now.

CB500/550 / Re: some last problems
« on: September 07, 2012, 10:50:37 PM »
Well that's good news, seems it was simple after all.

CB750 / Re: How to clean up hubs etc
« on: September 07, 2012, 02:02:27 PM »
Can't remember exactly Pete but seem to recall about £40 each, they were more expensive because they are in 2 parts and each is charged seperately. He does have a price list on the site which don't take as gospel BTW, it's more a sort of guideline.

Full frame for instance is £79 for black, £110.60 for metallic and £126.40 for Candy colours, all plus VAT. That's for a 500cc frame, price goes up in increments for different CC bikes. Plus he'll do the swinging arm for free so long as it's presented with the frame and is the same colour.

One word of warning though, if your just having a frame done then that's fine, you know the price beforehand but if you think hey I'll throw in the battery case, the engine hangers, both stands etc then the price starts skyrocketting real fast. He's worth it but watch out you don't go overboard. I took a hell of a lot of stuff down there last time and when he told me the bill I nearly dropped dead. If I'd had know beforehand I wouldn't have had some things done, like the inside hubs and disc edges of my discs in candy red, looks great but cost me a fortune for a part that eventually I'll have to replace.

CB750 / Re: How to clean up hubs etc
« on: September 07, 2012, 01:46:51 AM »
Best man for the frame and by best I do mean BEST is without doubt Index Triple S in Halifax. He only really does bike bits and has a specially converted cabinet in order to do frames properly. Never have them sand blasted, bead blasting is much better. He has a website here I've had some bits done by him and his Candy colours have to be seen to be believed.
There was a Candy blue frame in there last time I was in, I got an instant hard on  :) it was SO nice.
Going to have my CB1300 frame done in Candy Red next year.
Prices are very reasonable and as I've said his work is fantastic
Just remembered I have some pics of some of his work so might as well post them
Pair of calipers I had done in Candy Red, pics don't do them justice.

CB500/550 / Re: some last problems
« on: September 07, 2012, 01:37:07 AM »
One other thing I can think of that 1&2 share and I'm afraid it's the head gasket. It may have blown between the 2 cylinders. It would have to be a bad blow to stop them firing but it's possible I suppose.
Has the head been off?

CB500/550 / Re: some last problems
« on: September 06, 2012, 02:31:00 AM »
I know this may sound daft but are you sure the bikes not just running on 2 cylinders and that you've imagined the heat buildup on the exhaust. The reason I ask is that as Bryan says the only thing 1&2 share in common is the fuel feed, so if they are getting fuel then they should be ok, all other things being equal of course. However if like more than a few others have done in the past and mixed up the HT leads, in that they think the left hand coil is for 1&2 and the right for 3&4 then the bike will run on 2 cylinders, since the bike sounds lump as hell etc sometimes you can misinterpret things as you tend to see what you expect to see, if you get my drift.
Course I'm probably wrong but sometimes it's the really simple things which we don't see for ages which are causing the problem.

Misc / Open / Re: Any artists out there? Need a logo...
« on: September 04, 2012, 06:32:30 PM »
Maybe give the O in Honda some lobes so it looks more like the end of a cam?

CB750 / Re: 1978 F2 Parts questions
« on: September 04, 2012, 03:14:49 PM »
Found both those part numbers.

Try this site I recently found, I bought some parts from him which even DS and CMSL didn't have, decent place and seems to have some hard to find parts in stock.

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