Honda FT500 rumbler/scrambler/tracker kinda thing

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by fotoduda.com, Jul 20, 2012.

  1. Kernel

    Kernel Been here awhile

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  2. blues bob

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    Huge skills with the Words! Genius at the poor mans "fix-it" abilities!! And the HUMOR!!! My sides hurt and my wife in the back room thinks I' ve flipped out------I haven't stopped laughing in 30 minutes.

    Thanks Thanks Thanks
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  3. lord_oblivion

    lord_oblivion Been here awhile

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    What about rear shocks? Didi you found replacement?
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  4. fotoduda.com

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    I saw some shock on eBay for 50 USD, but the shipping to Poland is another 50 USD. If I don't find anything else in Europe till spring I think I go for it.

    All I did lately on the bike was to put retro starter and horn switches on the handlebars, so I don't have to hot wire it every time. Will put some pics soon.
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  5. lord_oblivion

    lord_oblivion Been here awhile

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    Of which bike they are ?
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  6. fotoduda.com

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    you mean shocks or switches?
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  7. lord_oblivion

    lord_oblivion Been here awhile

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    Shocks, shocks.
    Im asking becose I have same problem on my Honda, short working stroke on rear. I want to make some sort of scrambler out of her and cant think of some rear shocks with corresponding stroke (longer than hers original 112mm).
    I need an idea.
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  8. fotoduda.com

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    I only saw original FT500 shocks. I don't know if longer shocks are going to work, the chain already sits close to the slider on the swing arm. Maybe some rollers would take care of it, but the idea was to simplify and add lightness, not to complicate and add junk ;)
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  9. gravityisnotmyfriend

    gravityisnotmyfriend Long timer

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    Brilliant! I did something very similar when I needed to have a tether to compete in vintage snowmobile drags:

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    Unplugging it actually completes the circuit - which essentially turns on the kill switch. So, with the tether out, the kill switch works like stock. If you put the tether in and flip the kill switch off of run, the sled will die as soon as the tether is pulled.

    If I hooked the wire to the other terminal, plugging it in would turn the circuit on. Never thought to use it as an ignition key. Pretty cool idea.
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  10. lord_oblivion

    lord_oblivion Been here awhile

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    I busted mine shocks, on gravel rides. No oil left.
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  11. fotoduda.com

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  12. fotoduda.com

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    Shocks arrived last week, but the bike is still under a feet of snow and it's -7*C outside.

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    But I managed to get the seat off and took it apart:

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    I ordered new cover material, it's due to arrive on Monday. I'm going to make new upholstery (don't ask me how, I worry about that later;) I'll be reshaping the foam as well since the seat is to low for my liking.

    First the seat pan needs some adjustments. Since all plastic body panels didn't last too long (I took them off once I saw them and newer put them back) the seat doesn't quite match the frame. I mean it looks fine, but it's not what I want. There are 2-4cm gaps on the sides and the rear end goes up and leaves a gaping hole above the fender.

    First goal was to flatten the rear. I pulled out a hacksaw and heat gun, and went to work:

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    So far so good!
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  13. lord_oblivion

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  14. BlueDaksi

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    X2! I'm really interested in finding out more about those shocks. Mine are shot on my FT500.

    I traded a kayak for a non-running (sat for six years) FT500 last weekend and have been wrenching on it everyday since. I got it running in short order, fixed a the broken clutch cable and lever, did the recommended cleaning on the starter solenoid (needed it badly), replaced the fork fluid (made a huge improvement), adjusted the valves, and now I runs like a champ. Remaining " problems include a class 1 oil leak around a cylinder block bolt, and the afforemention shocks.

    This bike thread is a tempting inspiration for how I want to proceed with my build. My motor doesn't smoke and starts easily even in sub-20 degree weather (Fahrenheit), so the engine appears to be in great shape with 14k miles on it. It has some cosmetic flaws (dings in tank and cracked side cover) but would otherwise be a candidate for restoration...

    That said, I plan to put some dual sport or knobby tires on it and ride the piss out of it. The FT500 is well-built and dependable (if you maintain the starter) and extremely easy to work on and modify. I really like the spirit of what the OP doing with his bike, and given that I already have zero $$$ invested in the acquisition of my bike, I think it might be a great amount of fun to build along the same direction as the OP put it, a rambler/scrambler/tracker kinda thing...
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  15. fotoduda.com

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    Here's some more.

    I'm using original seat pan as a base, although this is not one of those modifications that you can just reverse and get back to the factory spec. First I cut the sides off so now the edge follows the frame horizontally. Also cut the foam and prepared it to rise the front side. After that's done my arse will be riding at the same height as the pillion's. To fill the vertical gap between the seat pan and the frame I'll use fiber glass. But before it's done I think I'll need to buy a welder and rework the rear end of the frame, make a loop etc.

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  16. ilcylic

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    Hahahahahah, funny, I was just thinking I might incorporate an offset light on the bike I'm working on now. :D

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    This bike is awesome. I'm going to use that 1/4" audio jack key. One of my bikes just has a "hidden" toggle switch for power right now, not very secure.
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  17. drmrhonda580

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    Nice to see an FT still working:clap. Your headsteady brackets are from a Honda CB250RS (I run two of them, both dualsport converted). Keep up the good work.:lol3
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  18. fotoduda.com

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    that was last week:

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    you can see the global warming in full swing :p

    I the meantime I ordered the cheapest MIG welder the money could buy, it was like 180 EUR. Should arrive next week. I also got in touch with RedHotChiliCustoms from Szczecin. They'll help me with fabrication of the rear frame loop. When I got it I will be able to finish the seat, which means I can ride the bike again! :)

    I still need to change both wheel bearings, cause the wheel has like 5mm play when I shake it with my hands. Can be really sketchy when you ride it, believe me. If there's enough cash in the jar I'll by a TKC80 for the front and maybe even powder coat the rims. The spray can stuff doesn't stick to alloy rims, who would have thought :p
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  19. fotoduda.com

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    BTW here's a nice FT500 from RedHotChiliCustoms:

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    More pics from Poznan Motor Show on my site.
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  20. fotoduda.com

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    that was today:

    fuck it, let's ride :D

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    I put the new shocks on and rode it around the city with this half finished (or half destroyed) seat. Just couldn't resist the call of motor!


    PS I also run it for a moment without the silencer... It makes some pretty interesting sound :D
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