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Old 08-16-2012, 05:51 AM   #21
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:21 PM   #22
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ok braintrust, i have heard that the vt500c can use some kind of harley pipes.
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:26 PM   #23
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As for the exhaust bolt not being stock and not being able to tighten it any more, it's not really a big deal. I chewed the threads up on one of my exhaust bolts with the . Pulled the all-thread, matched it with a hex-head and just added some washers to make up the difference. Good luck finding exhaust gaskets. Most places either don't stock them, or they'll only have one in stock. Will probably run $8-$12 each. I ended up ordering a 10-pack from a guy in Geogia for only a little more shipped than 2 would have cost me at a stealership.
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as for raising the rear, rather than put longer shocks on (assuming yours are good) I'd weld on a new upper shock mount about 2-3" further back on the rear frame, with suitable reinforcements of course.

I have to admit that you have me thinking about doing stupid to my bike...

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Old 08-16-2012, 07:23 PM   #25
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thanks for the replies guys
I've been really short on extra time lately. working on this is being done in tiny little spurts.
apparently I got some parts in today
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Jae hopefully this won't be a rat bike lol
I'm trying to go for somewhat of a small muscle bike.
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:37 PM   #27
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ive been working. not a whole lot of progress made
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also, these are air forks, and the seals are leaving a lot of oil, so... hmmm.... shitballs. anyone know some good direct swaps for sportbike bits? i dont want a full front end, just the forks.
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also, these are air forks, and the seals are leaving a lot of oil, so... hmmm.... shitballs. anyone know some good direct swaps for sportbike bits? i dont want a full front end, just the forks.
Here's a list of bikes with 37mm forks. Not sure about axle diameter, spacers or overall length, though. My Google-Fu let me down. Couldn't find anyone who has put sport bike forks on a VT.

ZX750 37MM Honda CR-80R (96-98)
ZX600 Ninja (85-97) Honda CR-80R (99-02)
ZX1100A1-A2 (83-84) Honda CR-85R (03-04)
Honda CR-125R "Elsinore" (79)
Honda CR-125R "Elsinore" (80)
Honda CR-250R "Elsinore" (78-80)
Honda NX-250 (88-90)
Honda XR-250R (81-82)
Honda CMX-450C (86-87)
Honda CX-500TC (82)
Honda FT-500 "Ascot" (82-83)
Honda VF-500C "Magna" (84-85)
Honda VT-500C "Shadow" (83-84)
Honda VT-500C "Shadow" (85-86)
Honda XL-500R (82)
Honda CB-550SC (83)
Honda CBR-600F "Hurricane" (87-90)
Honda CB-650SC "Nighthawk 650" (82)
Honda CX-650T "Turbo" (83)
Honda VF-700C "Magna" (84)
Honda VFR-700F "Interceptor" (86)
Honda CB-750F (81-82)
Honda VF-750C "V45 Magna" (82-83)
Honda VF-750S "Sabre" (82-83)
Honda VFR-750F "Interceptor 750" (86)
Honda CB-900C "Custom" (80-82)
Honda GL-1000/K "Goldwing" (75-79)
Honda GL-1000/K "Goldwing" (75-79)
Kawasaki EX-500D1-D11 "Ninja 500R" (94-04)
Kawasaki ZL-600A1/A2 (86-87)
Kawasaki ZX-600A1-A3 "Ninja" (85-87)
Kawasaki ZX-750A1-A3 "GPz" (83-85)
Kawasaki ZX-750E1/E2 "Turbo" (84-85)
Kawasaki ZX-1100A1 "GPz" (83)
Kawasaki ZX-1100A2 "GPz" (84)
Suzuki RM-85 K2-K4 (02-04)
Suzuki XN-85 D "Turbo" (83)
Suzuki GS-500 EK/EL/EM/EN/EP/ER/ES/ET (89-96)
Suzuki GS-500 EV/EW/EX/EY (97-00)
Suzuki GS-550 LD/LF (83, 85)
Suzuki GS-550 ED/ESD/ES3/ ESE/ EF/ESF/ESG (83-86)
Suzuki GS-650 MD "Katana" (83)
Suzuki GS-700 EF/ESF (85)
Suzuki VS-700 GLPG/GLEPG/ GLPH/GLEPH "Intruder" (85-87)
Suzuki GS-750 ED/ESD (83)
Suzuki GS-750 LN (79)
Suzuki GS-750 SD "Katana" (83)
Suzuki GS-850 GN/GT/GX/GZ (79-82)
Suzuki GS-850 GD (83)
Suzuki GS-1000 C/EC/N/EN/ET (78-80)
Suzuki GS-1000GT/GLT/GX/GLX (80-81)
Suzuki GS-1100 ET/EX/EZ (80-82)
Suzuki GS-1100 ED/ESD (83)
Suzuki GS-1100 GZ/GLZ (82)
Suzuki GS-1100 LT (80)
Suzuki GS-1150 ES3/ESE/EF/ESF/EF2/EG/ESG (83-86)
Yamaha XJ-650 LK "Seca Turbo" (83)
Yamaha XJ-900 RK "Seca" (83)
Yamaha XV-920 RH/RJ "Virago" (81-82)
Yamaha XJ-1100 J "Maxim" (82)
Yamaha XS-1100 E/F/G/H (78-81)
Yamaha XS-1100 LG/LH (80-81)
Yamaha XS-1100 LG/LH "Midnight Special" (80-81)
Yamaha XS-1100 SF (79)
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Old 08-20-2012, 02:52 AM   #30
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thanks
my battery turned out to be too big, also. blah.
the airbox is huge and ugly. PO had smashed some up underneath it and there is a lot of silicone glue down there. its a mess. i pulled the airbox out. i plan to have a big ole filter hanging off the snorkle that runs under the tank. i might just keep this tank for now. its janky, but there's a lot more to do first.
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i love this tail.
i need to make the front part of the seat a little more narrow and get some rear seat mounts made. its going to have to be recovered, too.
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Old 08-21-2012, 07:04 PM   #32
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ascot20stars20and20stripes20copy
This is based off of a honda ascot, and is similar to mine. i have the vt500c. the ascot is the vt500ef
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Old 08-21-2012, 07:09 PM   #33
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Hmm... actually i think that might be a shadow. i think the ascot is chain driven
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anyone know where I can get an intake for this thing that comes out the side like harleys?
my intake snorkel is pretty busted up
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Last night i removed the seat cover and seperated the pan from the foam. its in pretty good shape.
it shouldnt be difficult to slim up and recover
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Old 08-28-2012, 10:04 AM   #36
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The battery i got was the wrong size. i bought the vt600 battery. i have the 500.
the ebay dude made it pretty clear that i am now the owner of a vt 600 battery. whatever. i didnt read the ad well enough.
there are mounts for the various electrical boxes on the mudflap, im thinking of building a battery tray on top of the swingarm, behind the mudflap.

my grips finally came in... they are hard shiny plastic? what the ? EBAY!!!
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i need to get some pics up of how the bike currently looks. ive been doing yard work today and i'm in recovery mode right now. bleh.
i lowered the front a little more, to 2 inches. i'm considering some clipons.

im not real sure what i want to do with the seat. the cover needs replaced, and this thing has too many curves for me to bother recovering myself. im on the lookout for a replacement of some kind. suggestions?
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she aint much fer lookin at right now
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im sanding the tank down. it's a bit dented up, but it's fine by me. im either going to clear the bare metal or just throw some primer on it and call it done for now.
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So it's running though ? Congrats if so I know just being able to ride something now was priority number 1!
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How much did you end up paying for the extension/appliance cord bike?

I'm looking to start building me a custom bobber soon. I'm going to get something that had some minor upgrades and the motor is done. I want to start it from scratch and do a long slow build to a bike that is all my taste. Instead of rushing it like I have done before. Make something that is very comfortable to do a cross country all 35-45 states trip.
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