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Old 05-16-2011, 10:42 PM   #31
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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.


you can clean it out. if it is leaking i had success patching a tank with fiberglass, as long as they don't spike the gas with alcohol in germany.
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Old 05-16-2011, 10:59 PM   #32
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Here's some of the modern stuff being done to FT's





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Old 05-17-2011, 09:03 AM   #33
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Wow

Not my style, but really good to see, well done
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Old 05-17-2011, 11:26 AM   #34
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how to clean

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you can clean it out. if it is leaking i had success patching a tank with fiberglass, as long as they don't spike the gas with alcohol in germany.
I dont know much about getting rust out of a gas tank. Is there a kit of sorts you can buy to treat the tank? If not would a good bike shop be able to handle it?
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Old 05-17-2011, 11:34 AM   #35
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I dont know much about getting rust out of a gas tank. Is there a kit of sorts you can buy to treat the tank? If not would a good bike shop be able to handle it?

instead of me giving you just one half-assed explanation google it and you'll find a number of different methods.
just stay away from KREEM sealer. por-15, and many others work well if prepped properly.
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Old 05-19-2011, 01:35 PM   #36
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i should add that the next time I have a rusty tank I'm going to try electrolysis.
there are other's write ups in the garage section here.
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Old 06-19-2011, 01:45 AM   #37
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Does anyone know what the Alternator/stator output is on the VT500 1984ish in Watts? the Ascot shared the same Alternator/stator with several of the years also If that helps.
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Old 06-19-2011, 05:24 PM   #38
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Wish I could help you. I'm new to the Ascots and don't have much info on them.

Also if any knows the fix to the starter engagement problem let me know. My bike turned 6000miles (no not a typo) and it is now acting up. Heard there was a method to pull it apart and clean it out and re-grease the bendix unit.

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Old 06-19-2011, 06:24 PM   #39
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POR 15 works wonders for rust and/or leaks.
Great stuff!

I almost bought one when they were new, something silly like $1500.00.
Liked the look, simple and light.
Do they vibrate?
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Old 06-21-2011, 08:54 AM   #40
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Do they vibrate?
Well I have ridden dirt bikes most of my life and I don't think so but here is my answer.

More than a 4 cyl but much less than a Harley.


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Old 06-21-2011, 11:16 AM   #41
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vibrate

The VT500FT Ascot are relatively good for a v twin. No tingles in the fingers even on long rides.
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Old 06-28-2011, 12:46 AM   #42
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Does anyone know where I can find a rebuild kit for a petcock on a VT500FT. I tried using my reserve yesterday and fuel was pissing all over my boot. I'm guessing it's dry-rotted.
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Old 06-28-2011, 07:31 AM   #43
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If you do a google search, there are a lot of kits available. for example:
http://www.google.com/search?q=honda...x=&startPage=1

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/HONDA...-/290555307918

http://www.motorcyclecarbs.com/PETCO...P16051C711.cfm

http://www.amazon.com/Supply-Fuel-Pe.../dp/B001KNYOHG

I hope this helps.

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Old 06-28-2011, 07:35 AM   #44
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Rallyhound,

Yes I did ride the hell out of that bike, and I gotta say it was one of the best summers I've had. My love for motorcycles began with that bike. Very sad to see her go.


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Old 06-29-2011, 06:51 AM   #45
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The VT500FT Ascot are relatively good for a v twin. No tingles in the fingers even on long rides.
My comparison was for he FT500 single and not the VF500 twin.

I haven't ridden a VF500

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