Ascot Owners forum

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by truck6driver, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. ThatOtherGuy

    ThatOtherGuy Been here awhile

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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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  2. truck6driver

    truck6driver The Fireman

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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.

    Ray
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  3. ThatOtherGuy

    ThatOtherGuy Been here awhile

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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. :rofl
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  4. ClineDesign

    ClineDesign Grandpa

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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
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  5. ThatOtherGuy

    ThatOtherGuy Been here awhile

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    As am I. The stock seat puts my :kat to sleep.
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  6. tmills

    tmills Been here awhile

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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.
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  7. ThatOtherGuy

    ThatOtherGuy Been here awhile

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    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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  8. truck6driver

    truck6driver The Fireman

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    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.

    Ray
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  9. ThatOtherGuy

    ThatOtherGuy Been here awhile

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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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  10. Hughlysses

    Hughlysses Long timer

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    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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  11. Olderslowerguy

    Olderslowerguy Been here awhile

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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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  12. truck6driver

    truck6driver The Fireman

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    E-Mail sent.

    Ray
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  13. fiep

    fiep Long timer

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    would you considder this VT an Ascot or not?

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  14. Malcolmlovesbikes

    Malcolmlovesbikes Adventurer

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    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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  15. fiep

    fiep Long timer

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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:

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

    think she will make a good commuter?
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  16. plugeye

    plugeye mc caregiver

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  17. truck6driver

    truck6driver The Fireman

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    Fiep,

    Nice looking bike there. Have you bought it yet?

    Ray
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  18. fiep

    fiep Long timer

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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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  19. ThatOtherGuy

    ThatOtherGuy Been here awhile

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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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  20. jake28

    jake28 Riding to the horizon.

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    82 ascot 500 motor: overbored 1 mm with Wiseco Hi comp piston, stock cam.
    83 XL500R frame
    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.
    CR125 MX brake rotor
    classic double wall race header and Yosh GSXR muffler

    project in process
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