Another Red Ascot, 1983 VT500 Restoration.

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by Tytan, Jan 10, 2018.

  1. Tarka

    Tarka Strangely strange. Oddly normal.

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    I still do !

    They weren't imported over here.
    We only got the stodgy VT500.

    The Ascot is one of the best looking bikes ever to me.
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  2. Tytan

    Tytan Been here awhile

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    Headlight, gauges and front electrical connections complete.

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  3. Gramp-Z

    Gramp-Z Long timer Super Supporter Supporter

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    Totally forgot about those , thanks a lot . Now I think I will keep an eye open for one . Nice looking build !
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  4. Ghengis o reilly

    Ghengis o reilly Adventurer

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    Lovely looking bike, Honda got it just right with that, good job you are making of it:photog
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  5. Tytan

    Tytan Been here awhile

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    Heads and cylinders were ready Friday afternoon so I was able to make some progress over the weekend.

    Cylinders and pistons were all within spec after a light hone, heads got new valve seals.

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    Cleaned the bores with some ATF to remove the honing oil.

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    Heads and cylinders were sandblasted so I could refinish them with VHT satin black barrel paint.

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    Pistons in with new rings and circlips then cylinders installed.

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  6. DuaKembara

    DuaKembara Adventurer

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    i'm looking out. great progress Sir!
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  7. Tytan

    Tytan Been here awhile

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    Engine is assembled and valve clearances set ready to go back into the frame.


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  8. Tytan

    Tytan Been here awhile

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    I used a 6" orbital sander with 220 grit paper to remove the paint from the cylinder fins and side covers, new stainless allen head fasteners for the cases.


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  9. Tytan

    Tytan Been here awhile

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    My Dad came over and we were able to get the engine back into the frame. I seem to have misplaced a coolant tube for the front cylinder so I had to get one off EBay it should be here by the weekend.


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  10. JimVonBaden

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    Wow, that looks better than new! :thumb
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  11. Tytan

    Tytan Been here awhile

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    It's a runner filled the fluids and fired it up in the driveway. Waiting for body work from the painter, new rear shocks and seat from Sargent. The right side ear of the center stand does not clear with the Mac exhaust so I'll have to trim it and fabricate a bracket for the stop on the left side.

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  12. Tytan

    Tytan Been here awhile

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    Soooooo close ! Needs new rear shocks then I can apply for the collector plate.

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  13. Pressingonward

    Pressingonward Looking forward to what is ahead

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    Nice job! I've got one sitting in my garage waiting for me to find the time to work on it. Similar condition to yours before you started in on it. Good to see one all cleaned up and pretty for a little inspiration :ricky
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  14. Tanshanomi

    Tanshanomi Your Favorite Uncle Supporter

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    Very nicely done! That's a timeless model.
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  15. Tytan

    Tytan Been here awhile

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    Put two days insurance on it and did a few shakedown rides. The exhaust is too loud and not even nice loud if there is such a thing I need to quieten it down a bit so I pulled the insert out to measure for some baffles there is no packing just the offset input-output tubes in the second picture I'm going to try the cheap DB Killers off EBay in the last picture. The jetting doesn't feel correct with the stock sizes probably because of the exhaust being almost straight piped I'll fix the exhaust first before messing with the stock jetting. If anyone has any other ideas on how to quieten an exhaust I'm all ears.

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  16. 79thunder

    79thunder Been here awhile

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    Without packing material it's going to be difficult to really quiet the pipes down.

    You could try capping the inlet side of the output tube with an expansion plug (automotive core plug) or washer,
    then drill several holes in the sides of the outlet tube.
    Just like the decibel killer insert that you have shown.

    The idea is to get a little bit less of a straight through flow, get the sound waves to bounce around inside, it's much more effective with muffler packing,
    but it's definately worth a try.

    You could also try capping/drilling the inlet tube of the muffler, but I would do the outlet first.
    If you try the inlet, drill the cap and drill the holes larger, or with more holes in the sides of the tube, as you don't want to restrict exhaust flow, just redirect it.

    Of course a quiet factory style muffler would have 2 baffle plates and an offset mid pipe, while it could be done, it wouldn't be hard to build, but getting it installed would be a challenge and would likely require welding inside the pretty chrome mufflers, resulting in not-so-pretty chrome.


    Beautiful job on the bike!!!!
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  17. Tytan

    Tytan Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the input.

    I stopped by the local machinist / vintage bike guy today with the muffler and he suggested try the DB Killer first then if it's still too loud try a straight through tube with holes the tube can then be wrapped in packing and inserted into the shell similar to most aftermarket mufflers. The cheap DB Killers have been ordered so we will see where this goes I don't mind some experimenting to see what works.
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  18. Kai Ju

    Kai Ju Long timer Supporter

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  19. Tytan

    Tytan Been here awhile

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    The Hagon shocks arrived which were the last cosmetic items needed so then I was able to take some pictures and send in the application for collector status. I should get the collector plates in about a month then I can get cheaper insurance and put some miles on.


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  20. jays100

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    nicely done!
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