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Old 09-14-2011, 12:38 PM   #91
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Thanks ExTex! I had not noticed that one hose only has 1 clip. That is a good indication (as you point out) that it simply vents to the atmosphere. Now I need to find out the purpose of that extra port on the carburetor ... maybe it was intended to vent also. The fiche for the carburetor doesn't even show a hose for that port.
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Old 09-14-2011, 04:30 PM   #92
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Basic Question: Is your Ascot the FT500 or the VT500FT ?



The ports on the carbs are used for syncronizing the operation of multiple carbs.
So, the one port does double duty. The port on the second carb can be sealed with a screw (no nipple)
or capped with a plug over the nipple that is screwed in.

I'd guess that the nipple's cap got lost and the PO connected up the "extra" vacuum hose that was on the petcock.

So, try capping it someway and see if the engine likes you better.

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Old 09-14-2011, 04:49 PM   #93
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ExTex --- I have the FT500 (1982). What you say about that extra port on the carb makes sense. I don't know enough about carburetors to realize that they could be synced that way. When I got the bike, there were no hoses connected to the carburetor or petcock and I've been trying to reconstruct the setup .. so I can't blame the PO for that. Currently, the compression test is so low (30psi ... 60psi with oil) that the bike won't start. As soon as I can, I'll try capping that extra port.. Thanks
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Old 09-15-2011, 11:52 AM   #94
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Sounds like you have stuck rings, from sitting, keeping the compression low.

Not sure if there is an easy way to unstick them or not. Seafoam maybe??

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Old 09-15-2011, 03:54 PM   #95
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Sounds like you have stuck rings, from sitting, keeping the compression low.

Not sure if there is an easy way to unstick them or not. Seafoam maybe??

Ray
I'm giving it a try with Gunk Motor Flush. I drained the oil and removed the oil filter and poured about half a cup of the flush into the cylinder. I'll leave it for a day or so and monitor the level on top of the piston. When it has all drained down .. I'll do it again .. maybe for a week or so. A friend did this on a 50 Ford that had set for 7 years and it helped the compression enough to get it started. Then he drove for 100 miles and the rings were freed up. Hoping for a similar result!
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Old 09-17-2011, 05:54 PM   #96
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Need push rod for rear brake cylinder

Help! The PO lost this part for the FT500 .. it is Honda #43530-MC8-671 and is a threaded push rod for the rear brake cylinder. If any member has one I would be interested in buying it. Thanks... Here is an image of the part ..
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Old 09-18-2011, 10:02 AM   #97
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aaah the Ascot. My first bike. '83 , Red, twitchy starter....classic. (the Honda salesman talked me into it for $1200 vs the $1400 Moto Guzzi I was looking at.


Still pisses me off )


... so I ended up buying the little single
I rode it for two years and after coming home from 35 miles of sleet and scraping ice off of my helmet, I traded it for a 1978 VW microbus.

Thanks for the memories guys.
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Old 09-18-2011, 07:01 PM   #98
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Well Hell.

Took my son to scouts tonight. Carter wanted to take the bike so we climbed on the Ascot and away we went. Nice temps and the back roads are nice to ride. make it to scouts. 5 mins before we are to leave scouts and I hear a thud in the parking lot. and then someone say she hit that motorcycle. Knowing I had the only one out there I said crap. Walk out to find the Ascot up under the front bumper of a Suburban After some manipulation we get it disentangled from the plastic bumper of the beast. Bike seemed to far pretty well considering. a few bent parts here and there and a couple of scratches. Looks like about $250 in parts (at OEM prices) but the biggest item is discontinued, the Tach. When it went under the bumper she backed up and the bumper pulled the tach cable out breaking off the end of the tach. Boy did I ever have to bite my tounge tonight. In front of a troop of scouts is not the place to loose ones cool. Bike started right up and drives fine so that is a good thing. Good once over when I got home and looks like 5 items that need replaced and a couple of scratches on the fender and side cover.

If she will pay the parts price I will call it square. Her attitude is what really pissed me off though. The "Oh well" comment made my blood boil. Looks like my wife will have to call her back as I'm not sure I could talk to her right now. If I thought that her insurance company would not total the bike without even looking at it i would file but they would just say it's a 27 year old bike and write it off without even looking at it. That and her husband it serving in the Army in Afganistan and he doesn't need the hassel of that on his insurance.
She is going to pay list price for the parts and then add tax and shipping cost. Now to find a tachometer.

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Old 09-20-2011, 06:44 PM   #99
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Truck .. that's terrible! Good luck on getting the tach and everything else fixed up!
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Old 09-21-2011, 10:51 AM   #100
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Well Hell.

Took my son to scouts tonight. Carter wanted to take the bike so we climbed on the Ascot and away we went. Nice temps and the back roads are nice to ride. make it to scouts. 5 mins before we are to leave scouts and I hear a thud in the parking lot. and then someone say she hit that motorcycle. Knowing I had the only one out there I said crap. Walk out to find the Ascot up under the front bumper of a Suburban After some manipulation we get it disentangled from the plastic bumper of the beast. Bike seemed to far pretty well considering. a few bent parts here and there and a couple of scratches. Looks like about $250 in parts (at OEM prices) but the biggest item is discontinued, the Tach. When it went under the bumper she backed up and the bumper pulled the tach cable out breaking off the end of the tach. Boy did I ever have to bite my tounge tonight. In front of a troop of scouts is not the place to loose ones cool. Bike started right up and drives fine so that is a good thing. Good once over when I got home and looks like 5 items that need replaced and a couple of scratches on the fender and side cover.

If she will pay the parts price I will call it square. Her attitude is what really pissed me off though. The "Oh well" comment made my blood boil. Looks like my wife will have to call her back as I'm not sure I could talk to her right now. If I thought that her insurance company would not total the bike without even looking at it i would file but they would just say it's a 27 year old bike and write it off without even looking at it. That and her husband it serving in the Army in Afganistan and he doesn't need the hassel of that on his insurance.
She is going to pay list price for the parts and then add tax and shipping cost. Now to find a tachometer.

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May the gods of the salvage yard be with you. That's gonna be hard to find.

You should back over her suburban with your ascot to retaliate.
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Old 09-24-2011, 10:07 AM   #101
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Hey guys I have an 83 I am parting out. if you are interested in any parts PM me. I accept Paypal only.
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Old 09-24-2011, 01:14 PM   #102
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Is it the VT500 V-Twin or the FT500 single Ascot?

I need a tach. Maybe the OEM mirrors if you still have the originals.

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Old 09-28-2011, 02:08 PM   #103
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Well other than waiting on the arrival of a tachometer and a new cable, the little FT is back to normal.

Thanks to another inmate cleaning out his garage in Fla. I was given a rack for it. You have got to love the folks here.

Other than being tweeked a little it seems to be a nice rack. Had to bend it a bit (no easy task either it's pretty strong) to get the holes to line up. It's not perfect but hell it's a commuter bike and it was free. I made some mounting plates to fit in the rack and welded them in so I could mount my Pelican case. I have a tank bag I use but when it rains the case keeps crap dry.

Here it is mounted and ready to go.




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Old 10-11-2011, 08:37 AM   #104
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I think I'm getting ready to replace the chain on my ascot. Would I need to put on new sprockets as well or would the old ones still work fine?

Also, does anyone know where I could buy or have a chain that they would sell me for cheap? Being broke ain't easy.
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Old 10-11-2011, 08:59 AM   #105
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I think I'm getting ready to replace the chain on my ascot. Would I need to put on new sprockets as well or would the old ones still work fine?

Also, does anyone know where I could buy or have a chain that they would sell me for cheap? Being broke ain't easy.

You should replace the chain and sprockets together. A new chain on old sprockets will wear out the new chain faster. It can be done but you will get longer life changing them together and save money in the long run.

The Primary Drive brand at Rocky Mountain ATV is a good chain (= to or better tensile strength) and is way cheaper than the name brand ones. The sprockets are good too. I haven't needed one for the Ascot yet but have run them on other bikes with great results.

http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/ty...=36&webCatId=9

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