Author Topic: CL175 sporty-resto  (Read 10296 times)

Offline Akastus

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CL175 sporty-resto
« on: Nov 13, 2015, 00:58:57 »
Hey everyone! I used to own a cl175 a couple years back and have regretted selling it ever since. So, one day i got a wild hair and decided to put an ad out on CL looking for a cb or cl 175.

A few weeks went by and finally someone contacted me with a fairly decent deal on a CL175 that he couldnt get running right. One week, 100 miles on the truck, and $1100 bucks later i finally had my own CL175 again!

Picked it up in the rain too, so the test ride was cold, wet, and short. here it is in the back of the truck

So, first thing was first: I needed to tear it all apart, and prep the swingarm for a monoshock...

I'm kidding!

First things first, time to see why it doesn't run right! My plans eventually for it are to do some slight cosmetic modifications, but overall leave it stock (and able to be put back to bone stock form.

Offline Akastus

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Re: CL175 pretty mild
« Reply #1 on: Nov 13, 2015, 01:10:29 »
I had learned a few things from the last CL I owned, and I had retained most of it. Last CL had some serious carb issues that I was constantly fighting with, and eventually was the reason I gave up and sold it. I feel I've grown my mechanical skills tremendously over the last several years, and I vowed I wouldn't let any carb issues get me down. Well, this thing has carb issues. So...

First up, theres only one clamp on one side of the intake boots, and its that crappy spring clip thingy. Put hose clamps on, and it improved a little. Still not running well, but a little better.

I pull them off and start cleaning them up. Lo and behold, every jet and bolt has been replaced in these puppies, which I take as both a good sign and a bad sign.

Check the floats - the float level is off.

Also, while unscrewing the pilot, I nudged the main jet and it wiggled... Wasn't even fully screwed in!

After all that, I put the carbs back on, and fire it up. Runs much better, but not great. I pull the airboxes off, and check the slides. One slide moves when you twist the throttle, the other waits till half throttle to move... sigh... second problem found, and quickly remedied. Runs better but still not great.
4 spark plugs, lots of fine adjustments, and 2 weeks later (I'm a very busy student) and it runs great!

So, onto the next thing!

Offline Akastus

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Re: CL175 pretty mild
« Reply #2 on: Nov 13, 2015, 01:22:30 »
Next I moved to the points. I dont trust points on used bikes unless I replace them myself. Good thing too, since they old points crumbled apart when I removed them  :o

New points in, and timed. It purrs like a kitten!

An oil change later and it was ready for a test ride.

Offline Akastus

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Re: CL175 pretty mild
« Reply #3 on: Nov 13, 2015, 01:27:19 »
I work at CycleGear here in Tucson, AZ and as such I have access to several parts suppliers. So, here's my list of things I bought/ordered:

- Emgo 6.25in headlight (H4 bulb)
- Speedmetal H4 LED headlight kit
- Headlight visor (dont judge! haha)
- Euro bars
- Rally grips in black
- Speedo cable
- Tach cable
- Brake cable
- Clutch cable
- brake shoes front and rear
- new RK chain
- 40t aluminum rear sprocket
- 13t front sprocket
- 2.5in bikemaster rear tail light
- Front and rear turnsignals

A couple of these things I had to get on Ebay, but that's the general gist of it. The tires are 6 months old thanks to the PO, so that's one less thing I have to worry about.

-Onto the cosmetics!-

I removed the seat from the bike and brought it down to my upholstery guy here. I use this local business called Pancho's upholstery, this guy does top notch work! I literally brought him the seat and a cardboard cutout of the profile I wanted. A week later it was done, and exactly what I asked for.

I also found my old side covers from the last CL. Even though the color doesn't match, I decided id use them anyways

So far, this is where it sits:

I still have the brakes, chain and sprocket left to do.

Offline Akastus

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Re: CL175 pretty mild
« Reply #4 on: Nov 14, 2015, 23:41:15 »
So this thing has paper filter elements, and Honda doesn't make them anymore. At some point, I figure ill have to make my own. Any suggestions on how to do this? I've done simple tube type filters with the uni foam like the KZ750, and CT90. Has anyone built their own filters for the CL175?

Id like to stay away from pods if at all possible

Offline Akastus

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Re: CL175 sporty-resto
« Reply #5 on: Nov 20, 2015, 00:20:43 »
Think i have the air filter thing pretty much figured out.

One of the issues i had with this bike was that the previous previous owner cut the heat shield to access a bolt.

And a close up shot of the hack job

Why he chose to cut that is beyond me. Its RIGHT NEXT to the  bolt that you use to take off the heat shield so you can access that bolt! arg!

Well, I scoured Ebay for a while trying to find a decent heat shield. Those that I found that were in good condition were kind of pricey, and those that were cheap were in rough shape.

Until I stumbled across one that I hadnt caught before (or it had just been posted) and i snatched it up at a steal!

Arrived today, and here it is!

And installed

So pretty! now I'm just waiting for my oil seals and gaskets to show up so I can get this leak taken care of and see whats up with the kickstart.

Offline Akastus

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Re: CL175 sporty-resto
« Reply #6 on: Nov 24, 2015, 11:54:21 »
I had a fairly bad oil leak and decided I'd get all new oil seals and all new gaskets to install...

There's so much rtv on this thing it's ridiculous! It's going to take me hours to reverse this amateur hour mechanics work that was done to it :(

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Offline grcamna5

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Re: CL175 sporty-resto
« Reply #7 on: Nov 24, 2015, 12:05:11 »
Very Nice  8) CL175,I always liked the blue ones better than the maroon they had;is that a 71 or 72' ?
ebay has been real good for buyers lately and you can get a deal.
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Offline DohcBikes

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Re: CL175 sporty-resto
« Reply #8 on: Nov 24, 2015, 12:12:41 »
Too bad I didn't see this sooner I have a very nice pair of heat shields that need a new home.

I absolutely love your seat. I hope lots of people see that seat and realize that you dont have to hack a bike and slap a skateboard on it for it to look good. Well done, I will be following to see other great and practical mods.
burning bridges sometimes light the most productive paths

Offline scott_jangers

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Re: CL175 sporty-resto
« Reply #9 on: Nov 24, 2015, 12:57:27 »
Good job. You've made some nice subtle touches. I imagine it feels good to have the same bike again, but this time with a bit more experience and clear game plan. Now I'm just waiting to see that mono shock.

Just kidding!