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Old 03-18-2011, 06:21 PM   #16
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Here's what I did to my '82 FT500 Ascot a few yrs ago:




Replaced the airbox with a clamp on cone filter. Replaced the stock exhaust with an cone reverse cone megaphone and also took about 40lbs total off the thing. The lighter weight with the open ed up intake & exhaust woke that little sleeper right up!!
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Old 03-19-2011, 07:34 AM   #17
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Do you still have the bike? Looks like you were making a fun little curve carver to me.

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Old 03-19-2011, 09:42 AM   #18
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Yup, still got it. And your right it is fun in the twisties.....especially on the back country dirt roads.
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Old 03-21-2011, 02:42 AM   #19
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I bent 4 valves when the cam busted. waiting on a new set, if anyone has some, they want to sell, I am keen as mustard to get some and hit the trails

Let me know eh?
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Old 03-22-2011, 04:12 PM   #20
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If my C would have looked as sweet as the ascot, I never would have chopped it up
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:34 AM   #21
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My Ft has started weeping oil from the head gasket area on the cooling fins. No compression loss but I started to smell it one day and a week later saw the evidence of oil. I just cleaned it off and kept on trucking. Is the head gasket a problem on the FT as I have heard nothing about the old XR500's having issues. Maybe it satt in the barn too long before I got it.


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Are you sure it's from the head/cylinder junction and not from the head/top cap junction? When I say top cap I mean the part that holds the tach drive and rockers.
Mine leaked from there when i got it. I took the top cap off and found the PO had stripped a couple of the bolt threads in the head causing it to be loose and leak oil.
I re-threaded the holes and used larger bolts, then cleaned everything up and sealed with hi-temp silicon. Been oil free ever since, however I do check those bolts periodically.
I let my 19 yo son ride mine for a while until an unlicensed driver turned in front of him and he hit the rear fender of the car, folding the forks back against the engine (he was bruised but OK!).
We decided to rebuild it in to something of a street tracker. New forks, round headlight, cleaned up the front a bit, shortened the rear bodywork, new LED tailight and lic bracket, and some flat track handlebars.
It's not fast, but it is fun to ride and usually draws a lot of attention. Best of all I have very little money invested!
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Old 03-24-2011, 10:32 AM   #22
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Vt 500

Good to see this thread start up. I bought a Ascot for the wife's first bike here in Bama and she loves the little Honda. I's a 84 model and clean for the most part. Im a little worried about the rust on the inside of the the tank and since I have just packed it up and sent it off to Germany there is no telling how the tank will hold up on the boat. I know these have had problems with rust in the tank so I'm guessing I may need to cut my losses and get a new tank fitted when we get set back up in Europe.





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Old 03-28-2011, 10:41 PM   #23
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I bent 4 valves when the cam busted. waiting on a new set, if anyone has some, they want to sell, I am keen as mustard to get some and hit the trails

Let me know eh?
Think i sourced some and they hopefully are on their way.

Might Helicoil the rocker cover bolts whilst its appear to avoid the weepy oil problems.

I fixed the other big issue of the starter, managed to find a Brand new starter gear :)
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Old 04-01-2011, 07:13 PM   #24
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Cool. any pics

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Old 04-05-2011, 10:29 PM   #25
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Think i sourced some and they hopefully are on their way.

Might Helicoil the rocker cover bolts whilst its appear to avoid the weepy oil problems.

I fixed the other big issue of the starter, managed to find a Brand new starter gear :)
Helicoil done.

Kit was cheap, task was Easy. Happy Trail. Now to wait for the new Valves to get it registered and hit the road

Then, I'll take some photos. Lots of Photos... Photos of one in bits in the Garage isn't cool
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Old 04-06-2011, 03:02 AM   #26
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Good to see this thread start up. I bought a Ascot for the wife's first bike here in Bama and she loves the little Honda. I's a 84 model and clean for the most part. Im a little worried about the rust on the inside of the the tank and since I have just packed it up and sent it off to Germany there is no telling how the tank will hold up on the boat. I know these have had problems with rust in the tank so I'm guessing I may need to cut my losses and get a new tank fitted when we get set back up in Europe.




Good tanks are nearly impossible to find for the VT500FT, much less new ones. The best thing you can do is figure out somehow to save the tank you already have.
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Old 05-02-2011, 11:49 PM   #27
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Just picked up a pair of Sprockets, seals and pistons for the rear caliper, new exhaust gaskets and bolts, new head gasket. Now all I need is valves and I should be back on the road.

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Old 05-03-2011, 06:08 AM   #28
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a friend has one that i like to borrow once or twice a week. believe it's an '82. surprisingly quick little scoot.

i'm actually looking to purchase one, if its within a reasonable distance (i live in MS). if you have a lead shoot me a PM. black or red doesnt matter, but the closer to stock the better

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Old 05-03-2011, 09:23 PM   #29
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I always thought those were really fine looking bikes. I used to work with a guy who raced one.
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Old 05-16-2011, 10:27 PM   #30
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Mines back on the road

Now to get some gaskets to fix the oil leak. Might need a new clutch
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