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Old 08-31-2011, 10:19 AM   #76
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neck kit for Ascots

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over in the flea market if anyone wants one.
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:10 PM   #77
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Fiep,

Nice looking bike there. Have you bought it yet?

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Old 09-01-2011, 06:41 AM   #78
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after checking with the tag office - no title + back taxes -
I called and said I'll take it
seller will not be available for pick up before Sunday

so yes and no
I hope I bought it

will need fork seals and stock turn signals
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Old 09-01-2011, 10:52 AM   #79
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Anybody else have trouble finding parts for their ft? I've had to call all kinds of different salvage yards with no luck.
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Old 09-01-2011, 11:00 AM   #80
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82 ascot 500 motor: overbored 1 mm with Wiseco Hi comp piston, stock cam.
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2002 CR250 front forks and triple clamps, stock stem pressed in.
A&A Racing 19" front rim on CR250 hub. black excel rim and stainless spokes.
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classic double wall race header and Yosh GSXR muffler

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Old 09-01-2011, 04:15 PM   #81
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Anybody else have trouble finding parts for their ft? I've had to call all kinds of different salvage yards with no luck.
UH yea. It's over a quarter of a century old bike that was only made a couple years. That means there were not that many to begin with. However the engine is the old design XR/XL500 engine with a starter and bigger stator. So many of those parts will cross over. Some of the brake parts are shared with the CB650SC like the calipers, pads and front master cylinder.

What parts are you looking for?

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Old 09-02-2011, 10:56 AM   #82
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UH yea. It's over a quarter of a century old bike that was only made a couple years. That means there were not that many to begin with. However the engine is the old design XR/XL500 engine with a starter and bigger stator. So many of those parts will cross over. Some of the brake parts are shared with the CB650SC like the calipers, pads and front master cylinder.


What parts are you looking for?

Ray

I was looking for a rear master cylinder, but since I last posted I cleaned mine up and it's looking pretty good. Although it may be nice to have one on hand.
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:33 AM   #83
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I was looking for a rear master cylinder, but since I last posted I cleaned mine up and it's looking pretty good. Although it may be nice to have one on hand.
Do some cross checking. Seems that when they built the little bike the went to the current parts bin and took parts from other bikes and adapted them to the frame.

Like with the engine the took the XR engine and just adapted it for street use. Bigger exhaust head, kick start remove and starter cheaply added with external bracketry.

It works. I like my Ascot and ride it more than my Nighthawk.

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Old 09-02-2011, 12:52 PM   #84
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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 just to clear this up, you own the white one but its not with you in the states ?.
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Old 09-02-2011, 01:41 PM   #85
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So just to clear this up, you own the white one but its not with you in the states ?.
correct
it 'lives' in a friends garage in Germany
gets out whenever I make it over there

if shipping would not by far exeed the bikes value
and I do not see a hazzle free way to get it registered in GA
*sigh*
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Old 09-04-2011, 11:53 AM   #86
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Have you bought it yet?
now it's in my garage
needs fork seals and front brake pads

the PO put the stock turn signals back on
question:
the flexible stalks go in the back, right?
they are in the front now and look strange wiggling in the wind
thanks
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Old 09-04-2011, 12:46 PM   #87
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now it's in my garage
needs fork seals and front brake pads

the PO put the stock turn signals back on
question:
the flexible stalks go in the back, right?
they are in the front now and look strange wiggling in the wind
thanks
I put the smaller ones like those on My Nighthawk. Made it look better to me.
the front ones on the FT500 are on the fork clamps and not on the headlight brackets so I'm not sure if it is right or not.

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Old 09-13-2011, 10:46 AM   #88
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FT500 Ascot Project Bike

Found an FT500 that had been sitting for about 17 years or so .. here is a picture of the bike when I picked it up.


To date, I have replaced the chain, treated the fuel tank for rust (but I think I still need to reline it), purchased replacement rear shocks from PartsNMore, rebuilt the starter solenoid mechanism (the PO had already rebuilt the starter itself), cleaned the carb (twice so far), ordered brake caliper and master cylinder rebuild kits (not done yet). Bought a replacement seat cover but haven't installed it yet (the seat pan and foam are good). I'm currently trying to figure out why it won't start. Need to check compression today and rule that out. Spark is there but I'm not sure it's strong enough. The petcock needs to be repaired as gas leaks out w/o vacuum being applied. The bike itself only cost me $150 and I've spent much more on parts already .. Hope to get it running soon so I'll feel better about my investment!
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Old 09-13-2011, 11:06 AM   #89
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hose routing question

Can anyone verify if I have the carb/petcock hose routing correct? Just want to be sure. Currently, I have carb port 1 connected to petcock port A ... and carb port 2 connected to petcock port B. Also, I'm curious about the first connection's purpose ... is it an alternate fuel supply line to the carb? These port designations are my own.
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Old 09-14-2011, 09:52 AM   #90
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My understanding on Petcocks on Hondas is that there is 1 fuel line (1/4" to 5/16" ID)
and 1 vacuum line (3/32" ID). The 3rd. port on the petcock is left open to atmosphere.
In one case, I saw a filtered vent line on that 3rd. port, but it was still open to the atmospehere.

The fuel line connects to the floatbowl (s) and the vacuum line connects to the engine intake at 1 of the carbs.
From the drawing, I would guess that even though it has a hose on it, the outermost small nipple should be
vented to the atmosphere, not connected to the engine intake.

http://www.hbhonda.com/fiche_section...1982&fveh=3421

Note that the left most hose has only 1 hose clip on it and none on the "open" end.

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