Thinking about an older VFR...

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by chambersc, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. chammyman

    chammyman Been here awhile

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    apologies for being longer than a mere hour or two. Things got in the way.

    Anyhow, since I’m just awesome here you go.

    You need to remove the clutch basket to get to see it like I have done.

    Basket off, look just above the oil pump pulley

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    Note the first picture, the word you're looking for in regards to the shifting linkage mechanism is ridiculous.

    The VF is a challenge to shift properly. Its best done with throttle control and no clutch action.
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  2. chambersc

    chambersc Been here awhile

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    Thank you very much for the photos and description. I've got my old motor I can rob the part off of so I'll get it torn apart and taken care of.

    Sorry to hear about your sister. Is she alright?
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  3. chammyman

    chammyman Been here awhile

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    yeah just some gravel rash and a bit sore but thankfully she is fine.

    The VF was worse off.

    O/S mirror
    O/S front indicator
    Broken Brake lever
    twisted O/s clip on
    fairing damage
    screen snapped into 3 pieces
    badly bent rear brake lever
    broken footpeg/exhaust carrier bit
    exhaust can badly dinged
    top radiator scraped and leaking

    Luckily I have a spares bike so it was back together the day after and she got back on it, so thankfully it hasn't put her off.
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  4. Chickenstrip

    Chickenstrip Been here awhile

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    Entertaining thread, chambersc. I had an Interceptor 500 and '91VFR like 'em both. The interceptor was my first step into 'modern' bikes, it handled fast at all speeds and remained stable at triple digits even loaded for trips. Good luck with the project!
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  5. chambersc

    chambersc Been here awhile

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    Got the shifter spring swapped out this week. That issue had apparently happened some time ago and someone had rigged up some mangled, funky spring on there to replace it and the broken one had been floating around in the bottom of the motor for a while! Can't believe that didn't end up in the pump or crank causing total havoc.

    On a related note, is the oil pump drive chain normally loose like that? There's no tensioner of any sort on it. Looking at Chammymans photos, his are the same way. Seems odd to me but I guess its not been an issue?

    Now waiting on my flywheel puller to arrive today so I can swap out flywheel and stator and this motor is ready for gaskets and to go back in the frame!
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  6. chammyman

    chammyman Been here awhile

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    the oil pump chains being slack is normal. All Hondas I have worked on are like this thats from these old things to much newer cbr's.
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  7. chambersc

    chambersc Been here awhile

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    Thanks. I figured as much by looking at your photos and BOTH of my motors but it just seemed off to me. Harley puts a tensioner on everything... Then again, that's one of the major failure points in earlier twin cams too!
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  8. chambersc

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    Puller showed up today, stator and flywheel moved over. Its coming back together finally. I'll do a valve check this weekend and I think she's ready to go back in a frame. (Carbs are just sitting up there for mockup)

    Yeah, I know, I need to paint the water pump. Been thinking about taking it off for new o-rings so I haven't done it yet.
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  9. chammyman

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    Looking good.

    There are 2 replaceable o-rings on the pump. A round fat one which seals the pump to the engine casing, this is where one of mine had a leak, I Just siliconed it as the wait and price was ridiculous.

    And then the other is a thinner one which is large and seals the outer pump body to the main body, I just put a wee dab of silicone on it that as well.
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  10. chambersc

    chambersc Been here awhile

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    So thanks to late night insomnia and eBay I now have a front and rear set of CBR600F2 wheels coming my way for the Interceptor. No more weird tire sizes or heavy ass wheels. Got these pretty complete with rotors, sprockets, cush drive, and front axle. Couldn't pass it up. Now to hit up Daughtery Motorsports about fit-kits to make them adapt over.

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  11. chammyman

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    how much lighter are they?

    I'm curious as to how it turns out.

    How much kit is needed to fit it? The rear disc is a good bit smaller than the original VF rear disc.
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  12. chambersc

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    Chammyman,
    Not sure on exact weight difference, but its supposed to be pretty substantial. Those stock 85 VF wheels are HEAVY. The biggest thing is the available tire sizes and having more normal 17" wheels.

    Daughtery Motorsports makes the kits. Pretty simple up front, spacers and speedo drive from my understanding. The back requires the usage of a caliper adapter bracket as well as some spacing work.
    http://www.daughertymotorsports.com/v4section.html#wheelswap

    Its my understanding that I wont use the rotors, but use my old VF rotor on it.
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  13. chambersc

    chambersc Been here awhile

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    So, I know, its been almost a year since I've posted anything on this. A lot has happened. Life got in the way... New other, and much better half, things have been distracted at best, but totally worth it.

    In any case, the wheels... Yeah, total nightmare. Double powder coated. With some sort of seriously tough industrial paint on top. Turns out they weren't black originally. They were white. Multiple goes with aircraft stripper and one trip to a blast cabinet, they still aren't ready for powder, just finally down to the original white. Going to need another blasting. And heavier media next time. I have the tires and bearings ready for them but they still aren't powder coated yet.

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    Frame is sandblasted and powder coated a textured semi-flat black. I really like it. Very subtle and mean looking.

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    Using the Daughtery Motorsports stuff it now sports a Honda F2 rear shock.
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    I purchased matching spring rate front springs from him as well so the suspension should be set up about right. Motor is all sealed up and in it. Picked up a Dynot Jet Kit and K&N Filter for it and its all jetted up for an aftermarket exhaust (which I have yet to find on eBay) and ready once it goes back together.

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    So the plan now is for flat black paint, no logos, no nothing. Just dark, sinister, and confusing to those who don't know what they're looking. Part VF Interceptor and part Honda CBR600 F2.

    Now to get back to my buddies blast cabinet one day, get these wheels finished, mounted with the new tires, and back on its own feet! I'll try to be better about staying on it and keeping this updated.
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  14. chambersc

    chambersc Been here awhile

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    Oh yeah, and just for the record, when this whole deal started a year and a half ago I was hoping to be a part of the "Cheap Bike Challenge"...

    Yeah, I don't even want to admit how seriously far beyond that I am now. Scary beyond that. I can NEVER sell this bike.
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  15. chammyman

    chammyman Been here awhile

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    about time we had an update!

    the frame at first I thought looked poor, but up close and you can see the metallic in it it looks great.

    The polished side cover etc awesome.
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  16. chambersc

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    No real update other than the fact that my now FIANCE (insert applause here) tells me Christmas morning "I didn't get you anything because I'm going to have your wheels finished for you. I was going to just take them and drop them off to have the sandblasting finished and powdercoating done, but when I asked your buddies if they thought you would notice that they were gone the first thing they said was OH YEAH, that wont work, he'll notice right away that they're gone."

    She's ready to see it together and on the road and not in my back room of my house. Not to mention now we're looking at selling my house so I need to get it mobile. I've made another trip to a different blast cabinet and that stuff is still not coming off. Got a new type of stripper and it helped some but the knooks and crannies are still full of white powder. So I'm going to let the powdercoating shop deal with it.

    Damn good gift from a pretty awesome lady.

    She headed out of town tonight for a few days to see family so I think tonight is going to be rebuilding of master cylinders and calipers while I have nothing going on. I have the rebuild kits here already, I just need to get moving on it. Need to start measuring for braided stainless hoses too.
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  17. rat110

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    Two words man. Hell yeah!

    Subscribed.

    I want to see this on the road ! :clap
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  18. chambersc

    chambersc Been here awhile

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    It occurred to me last night that I Ioaned my snap ring plier set to a buddy a while back. So I guess I need to go retrieve that. Suffices to say that master cylinder rebuilds didn't happen. BUT, I did get the instrument panel and headlight mounted. Progress occurred, albeit small progress.
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  19. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Thank you for brining one of these cool old bikes back from the near-dead. It's looking very nice, thanks for the update! :freaky
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  20. PACK RAT

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    :lurk Cant wait to see it...