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Old 08-08-2012, 04:02 PM   #81
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I have decided to swap that other motor into my bike soon since it is in good working order. So there will be a swap picture fest to follow.

I also put on these.... Telefix 111A They are a German made fully adjustable handlebar set-up. Very nice!!

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Note the difference from the stockies...

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I like this even better because I feel more into the bike during turns....and more stable all around so I raised the forks back up a bit to give me more suspension AND since my fat butt is leaning more forward I don't want to bottom out my forks.

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Old 08-08-2012, 04:51 PM   #82
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Wow, you're doing some good work to that old girl!

There's a good story to why there is a new valve stem on the top of the left fork. When I bought the bike, I didn't notice that the original valve had broken off. The only reason I noticed is because when I got back to my dorm on the day I bought the bike, my jacket and helmet were splattered with oil. Every time I went over a bump, it'd spray fork oil out of the top!

Having spent all of my beer money on the bike, I had next to nothing left over for spare parts. I did, however, have access to a hand drill and tap and die set. I set out to NAPA and found a generic brass valve stem for less than $5 and set to work. I drilled out the broken stem, tapped the hole, wrapped the new valve in some Teflon tape and torqued it down in there. I then pumped up both forks to the recommended pressure in the Clymer manual. Good as new!

However, while my spewing fork issue had been fixed, I never checked the fork oil level or topped them up. You may want to do a fork oil change, as the levels are more than likely outta whack. That will probably make your handling a little better. Sorry about the hack job, but I like to make things work while spending as little money possible!

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Old 08-08-2012, 04:56 PM   #83
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Wow, you're doing some good work to that old girl!

There's a good story to why there is a new valve stem on the top of the left fork. When I bought the bike, I didn't notice that the original valve had broken off. The only reason I noticed is because when I got back to my dorm on the day I bought the bike, my jacket and helmet were splattered with oil. Every time I went over a bump, it'd spray fork oil out of the top!

Having spent all of my beer money on the bike, I had next to nothing left over for spare parts. I did, however, have access to a hand drill and tap and die set. I set out to NAPA and found a generic brass valve stem for less than $5 and set to work. I drilled out the broken stem, tapped the hole, wrapped the new valve in some Teflon tape and torqued it down in there. I then pumped up both forks to the recommended pressure in the Clymer manual. Good as new!

However, while my spewing fork issue had been fixed, I never checked the fork oil level or topped them up. You may want to do a fork oil change, as the levels are more than likely outta whack. That will probably make your handling a little better. Sorry about the hack job, but I like to make things work while spending as little money possible!

Cheers,
MeRock
I like the valve stem idea. Makes adjusting much easier...why didn't Honda think of that? lol

Thanks for the heads up on the oil, that will be part of my check. You did a great job on this ol girl!

How is your Tiger coming along?

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Old 08-08-2012, 05:11 PM   #84
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The Tiger is great! I just got back from a 600 mile overnight round trip to visit some buddies. At first she needed a lot of little things fixed to get on the road, but what should have been a weekend project turned in to an engine swap and a whole lot more! She's mostly sorted out now - I've put 4000 miles on her already! I have a 100 mile round trip commute to work every day.

I have learned that Triumphs are definitely quirky machines, but this one seems fairly sturdy and reliable now. My first two bikes were Hondas, so I got a bit spoiled by their excellent quality, reliability, and the amount of thought put in to their designs. Honda's VF500 engine seems to be about as reliable and long lasting as a crowbar (Not quite as simple, however). I'm no engineer, but I certainly could have given the jolly old Englishmen at Triumph some pointers when they were designing the air box and sprocket cover, to name a couple of things!

Anyway, if you're up to it, I'd be interested in a group ride before the summer's over. I want to see what you've done to the old girl in person!

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Old 08-08-2012, 05:38 PM   #85
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The Tiger is great! I just got back from a 600 mile overnight round trip to visit some buddies. At first she needed a lot of little things fixed to get on the road, but what should have been a weekend project turned in to an engine swap and a whole lot more! She's mostly sorted out now - I've put 4000 miles on her already! I have a 100 mile round trip commute to work every day.

I have learned that Triumphs are definitely quirky machines, but this one seems fairly sturdy and reliable now. My first two bikes were Hondas, so I got a bit spoiled by their excellent quality, reliability, and the amount of thought put in to their designs. Honda's VF500 engine seems to be about as reliable and long lasting as a crowbar (Not quite as simple, however). I'm no engineer, but I certainly could have given the jolly old Englishmen at Triumph some pointers when they were designing the air box and sprocket cover, to name a couple of things!

Anyway, if you're up to it, I'd be interested in a group ride before the summer's over. I want to see what you've done to the old girl in person!
I agree!! It would be great to do a group ride before summer is over.

It is not unheard of (from what I have read) for the Honda V4 to hit 100,000 miles. I happen to have an already rebuilt engine sitting in my parts bike so why not switch it? :-) If you can wrap your head around the quad cam set up the VF500 engine is pretty basic. The old engine will be rebuilt or should I say...built! I want to do cams, carbs, etc... to mod the engine for more HP, and still have a good spare if I screw it all up. lol

Anything British is going to be different. But You have the cool factor going on of having something different. I can't wait to see your bike! Maybe we can get Ron and Dave in on the ride...wouldn't that be a hoot!!?? Full circle ownership for my bike. lol

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Old 08-08-2012, 06:01 PM   #86
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Those handlebars look interesting. I take it you have them adjusted so that you don't hit the tank under full turn?

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Old 08-08-2012, 06:16 PM   #87
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Keep up the good work Phelbmeister (minus the balloon )

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Old 08-08-2012, 08:38 PM   #88
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Those handlebars look interesting. I take it you have them adjusted so that you don't hit the tank under full turn?
Yes...after trial and error as you can see from the scrapes on the front fairing. It took some work and many readjustments to get it right.

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Keep up the good work Phelbmeister (minus the balloon )
LOL I have more "special effects" I can use for my next vid. JK

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Old 08-09-2012, 06:32 PM   #89
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If you can wrap your head around the quad cam set up the VF500 engine is pretty basic. The old engine will be rebuilt or should i say...built! I want to do cams, carbs, etc... to mod the engine for more HP, and still have a good spare if I screw it all up. lol
You DO realize that the engine isn't exactly in a LOW state of tune at 66hp from 498cc? And, at 25+ years old, there simply isn't a lot of aftermarket hopup stuff available?

I would suggest that getting the carburation properly sorted (cleaning, jetting, balance) and making sure the valves are properly adjusted is probably the most realistic goal - and is going to be necessary in any case, so why not do it first? Make it the best VF500F it can be, instead of a 1/3 scale Hayabusa!

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Old 08-09-2012, 07:17 PM   #90
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You DO realize that the engine isn't exactly in a LOW state of tune at 66hp from 498cc? And, at 25+ years old, there simply isn't a lot of aftermarket hopup stuff available?

I would suggest that getting the carburation properly sorted (cleaning, jetting, balance) and making sure the valves are properly adjusted is probably the most realistic goal - and is going to be necessary in any case, so why not do it first? Make it the best VF500F it can be, instead of a 1/3 scale Hayabusa!
Yes...you are correct. Just talkin crazy ideas. With the rebuilt engine going in I was thinking it would be fun to play a bit. Maybe I should just fix her up and enjoy the heck out of her. Then get a bike that is made for what I am trying to get out of the VF. I like that idea better..

As far as the Hayabusa....I can't wait to ride that thing agasm!!!

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Old 08-09-2012, 07:22 PM   #91
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Pffft don't listen to 'em we expect nothing less than a turbo and R1 pipes!

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Old 08-09-2012, 07:39 PM   #92
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Pffft don't listen to 'em we expect nothing less than a turbo and R1 pipes!
hmmm, I could just .....nah

Check this out.... Love the sound of these things!!


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Old 08-09-2012, 07:42 PM   #93
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Pffft don't listen to 'em we expect nothing less than a turbo and R1 pipes!
Naah - plenty of room in the fairing for a nitrous bottle or three. Why be obvious?

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Old 08-09-2012, 07:46 PM   #94
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Nice! Check out Nicholls's duct tape fog guard lol

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Old 08-10-2012, 06:46 PM   #95
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i would suggest that getting the carburation properly sorted (cleaning, jetting, balance) and making sure the valves are properly adjusted is probably the most realistic goal - and is going to be necessary in any case, so why not do it first? Make it the best vf500f it can be, instead of a 1/3 scale hayabusa!

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Old 08-17-2012, 08:03 PM   #96
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UPDATES!

Started pulling the parts bike...well, apart tonight. lol

I am hoping to do the engine swap this weekend. Tomorrow I check the compression on the rebuilt motor to verify things are in order Thanks to millejim!!

Keeping my old motor on stand bye just in case. However I don't see any issues with this rebuilt one yet.

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Pulled the exhaust and carbs. The guy put new boots on the carbs so I am set! The valve guides are new, the intakes look great.

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The heads and cams look perfect! All bolts on the top end are torqued correctly and the cam chains are new. It also has a new front sprocket (15 tooth).

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Hey...look what snuck back into my shed. Dang R1 exhaust cans....LOL

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Old 08-18-2012, 01:03 PM   #97
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Compression check done!

150, 150, 160, 145

I will wait for another week before doing the engine swap. I want time to gather some paint and other items since I will have the bike apart. The front and rear shocks are also going to be replaced since the ones on the parts bike are better.

Totally dismantled the parts bike today....I figured out a way to drop that engine by myself!! Check it out...

Pulled all wires, and accessories away from the frame.

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Here is what I came up with to get this done by myself safely! Two tie down straps...

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Jack with a wide block....

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Pulled all bolts and removed side frame piece...

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My daughter just held the frame to make sure it was stable...

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Loosen up the straps a little at a time while dropping the jack....easy as pie!!

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There aint much to a bike is there??

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I also figured out how to fit that entire bike in my tiny shed....lol

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Old 08-18-2012, 07:09 PM   #98
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I also figured out how to fit that entire bike in my tiny shed....lol

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And now, if you close the shed door GENTLY, and keep it closed for a few months, you can be like this guy come spring!

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Old 08-18-2012, 07:13 PM   #99
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WHAT DID YOU DO.........?



Do the engine swap later, ride NOW!!! Summers a wastin' buddy!

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Old 08-18-2012, 09:24 PM   #100
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LOL...no worries I am riding as much as possible. I put in over 550 miles last month just for work. :D

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