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Old 08-05-2011, 07:47 PM   #61
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Anybody ever rebuild the master cylinder on the front or rear brakes on their FT? I'm having trouble with my rear master cylinder and was thinking about getting a rebuild kit.

If you have done this, how hard of a job was it?
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Old 08-06-2011, 12:20 PM   #62
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Havent yet. I have on a car and it is the same thing just smaller. Trick is to bleed the crap out of it or your time will be wasted. Should be pretty straight foward.

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Old 08-06-2011, 06:45 PM   #63
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Well, I'll be doing it here in a few weeks. I'll take some pics and try to do a write up.

Depending on how it turns out it could be very informative or a model of how not to do it.
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Old 08-07-2011, 06:32 PM   #64
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Here's what I did to my '82 FT500 Ascot a few yrs ago:
I'm interested in what you had to do to mount the tracker seat to your FT. Got any photos? Thanks
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Old 08-07-2011, 06:53 PM   #65
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I'm interested in what you had to do to mount the tracker seat to your FT. Got any photos? Thanks

As am I. The stock seat puts my to sleep.
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Old 08-07-2011, 06:54 PM   #66
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Anybody ever rebuild the master cylinder on the front or rear brakes on their FT? I'm having trouble with my rear master cylinder and was thinking about getting a rebuild kit.

If you have done this, how hard of a job was it?
A friend of mine has an Ascot and he is having trouble with the rear brake sticking on. He thinks its in the master cylinder. He was looking at my KLR650 and he thinks that the rear master cylinder from a KLR will fit the Ascot so now he's looking for one.
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Old 08-07-2011, 06:56 PM   #67
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A friend of mine has an Ascot and he is having trouble with the rear brake sticking on. He thinks its in the master cylinder. He was looking at my KLR650 and he thinks that the rear master cylinder from a KLR will fit the Ascot so now he's looking for one.
I figured I would get mine from here, but if the master cylinder is rusted on the inside you would need a whole new one anyway because you would never get a decent seal again.
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Old 08-07-2011, 08:24 PM   #68
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A friend of mine has an Ascot and he is having trouble with the rear brake sticking on. He thinks its in the master cylinder. He was looking at my KLR650 and he thinks that the rear master cylinder from a KLR will fit the Ascot so now he's looking for one.
When I got mine the rear brakes would stick. It ended up being the caliper piston binding. I had a CB650SC parts bike and the front brake calipers are the same as the Ascot ones. Both front calipers fit the Ascot. The right front fits the Ascot rear and the left front fits the Ascot front. Once I swapped out the caliper and bleed them out (what a P.I.T.A.) rear brakes work just fine.

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Old 08-12-2011, 06:08 AM   #69
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Finally got my Ascot back on the road. I've been out of commission with an oil leak for about a week.

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Old 08-12-2011, 12:17 PM   #70
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A friend of mine has an Ascot and he is having trouble with the rear brake sticking on. He thinks its in the master cylinder. He was looking at my KLR650 and he thinks that the rear master cylinder from a KLR will fit the Ascot so now he's looking for one.
Sometimes the master cylinder relief port can get blocked which will lead to the brakes gradually coming on. The pads drag a little, that heats up the pistons, which heats up the fluid, causing it to expand. It's got nowhere to go because of the blocked port, and the brakes eventually come on.

The front M/C on my VT500FT suffered from this. Took me a while to find it- I discovered the small area of yellow discoloration in the bottom of the reservoir was actually a hole that was full of yellow gunk. Disassemble, clean, prod hole clear with a piece of guitar string, reassmble, still good 20k miles later (with yearly brake fluid changes).
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Old 08-12-2011, 01:41 PM   #71
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FT Ascot Luggage Rack

I'm cleaning my shop and have found a luggage rack I took off a FT Ascot when I bought it for my son...it does not have any markings on it, so doubt it is a Hondaline rack...BUT, it's free to anyone who wants it....pictures available if you will email me at RHerringt@aol.com
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Old 08-13-2011, 11:24 AM   #72
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I'm cleaning my shop and have found a luggage rack I took off a FT Ascot when I bought it for my son...it does not have any markings on it, so doubt it is a Hondaline rack...BUT, it's free to anyone who wants it....pictures available if you will email me at RHerringt@aol.com
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Old 08-19-2011, 06:37 AM   #73
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would you considder this VT an Ascot or not?

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Old 08-19-2011, 09:38 AM   #74
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would you considder this VT an Ascot or not?

I have owned one in the past and they are a nice bike, but not an ascot, only the motors, swing arm, rear brake and one or two other bits are the same. They ride and handle quite differently. Not better or worse but different, mostly down to the Ascots longer forks and longer wheelbase. I've got two of these in bits the best is being used as parts to rebuild my VT500FT and the other to be rebuilt as standard. This one looks a fine example. BTW I came off the last one I had, got some help to kick the handle bars staight pulled of the broken indicators, front mudguard, fairing etc and rode it 110 miles home.
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Old 08-31-2011, 07:09 AM   #75
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I sure hope 'snow white' is a fine specimen
am prowd to own her
but she is to d#$% far away and importing her to the States would cost far more than the bike is worth

so I am looking to buy an Ascot now
well this Ascot:







not perfect but nice
don't like red but who cares?

think she will make a good commuter?
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