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Author Topic: VT 500 Ascot? (and a possible package deal)  (Read 1096 times)

Offline Maritime

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Re: VT 500 Ascot? (and a possible package deal)
« Reply #10 on: Jun 15, 2017, 16:21:31 »
Yep a round headlight changes the look a lot on these as well as smaller gauges. Pull the 360 light and mount it on the Ascott for shits and giggles
The GL Rebirth: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=68337.0
CX500 Low budget Bobber : http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=43617.0
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Re: VT 500 Ascot? (and a possible package deal)
« Reply #11 on: Jun 19, 2017, 19:40:34 »
 Tank, before and after EvapoRust.





 I pulled the air filter and 75% of the foam was GONE. But there was a nice stash of kibbles in the air box. It never ceases to amaze me where the varmints can get.




 Cleaned the housing with Simple Green and carb cleaner. Vacuumed and wiped out the air box. Used some leftover UNI foam and made a new filter.


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Re: VT 500 Ascot? (and a possible package deal)
« Reply #12 on: Jun 19, 2017, 19:41:02 »
Pulled the carbs and I'm glad I did. I can still smell the old gas that came out, and while the throttle turned, the slides were stuck. Diaphragms are good. I dropped them and the CB360 carbs off with my carb guy.

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Re: VT 500 Ascot? (and a possible package deal)
« Reply #13 on: Jun 23, 2017, 19:46:44 »
 Got the oil changed in both bikes (and the filter in the VT). It uses the same filter my VF500 uses and I just happened to have a couple on hand.
 I also got the 360 prepped for a valve and points adjustment this weekend. I already have the caliper apart and I'm just waiting on a box from 4into1.com so I can do the brakes, steering stem, forks, etc.
 Oh...and spent a few days soaking the tank with EvapoRust and finished up some particularly tough stuff with The Works. It's now bare metal inside and coated with Marvel Mystery Oil.

 I gathered up the stuff for the brakes on the VT but was stymied by some stuck pistons in the caliper I picked up. I just have a little 3 gallon compressor and it wouldn't pop them out (and BTW, I used the grease gun method the the CB360 caliper. Didn't want to do that on the dual piston VT caliper). I'll drop it off at my buddy's shop and have him pop them out.
 I had a new 16mm master cylinder on hand. Bought it for the VF500 and ended up not needing it. I picked up some EBC pads and had a stainless hose made at a local hydraulics shop. Only $24!


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Re: VT 500 Ascot? (and a possible package deal)
« Reply #14 on: Jun 23, 2017, 19:51:53 »
Found these bars at the local Mom 'n' Pop motorcycle shop. NOS Honda CRF230F bars for only $35. I had to finagle them a bit because of the non-detachable cross bar, but they work. It's amazing what a simple bar change can do!
 The controls aren't fully tightened down yet. I'll do that once I have the seat on.




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Re: VT 500 Ascot? (and a possible package deal)
« Reply #15 on: Jun 23, 2017, 22:20:33 »
I have always liked the V-twin Ascots.
They had the street-legal flat-tracker thing going on before it was a thing.  :)
75% has been 25% wannabe :P

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Re: VT 500 Ascot? (and a possible package deal)
« Reply #16 on: Jul 01, 2017, 14:33:45 »
 Over the last few days I've gotten the triple tree repaired on the CB360, as well as rebuilding the forks and front brakes.
 Moved on to the Ascot and got the radiator flushed and coolant changed. Changed the gear oil in the final drive. Rebuilt the forks and installed a new (old) drilled rotor, braided S.S. hose, EBC pads and new master cylinder.





 Also ordered some new tires; Kenda K-761's.


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Re: VT 500 Ascot? (and a possible package deal)
« Reply #17 on: Jul 06, 2017, 14:04:34 »
After struggling with the rear axle nut for over an hour.... heat, impact gun, PB Blaster, you name it....I was finally able to free it by having the GF hold the axle with a screwdriver on the opposite side while I used a 2 ft. piece of PVC pipe on a 2 ft. breaker bar. It was just stuck with corrosion and age. I cleaned it up and lubed everything properly on reassembly.
 New tires mounted and balanced and brakes properly adjusted.




 Nice and meaty all the way around and still clears the fender and swing arm with room to spare.



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Re: VT 500 Ascot? (and a possible package deal)
« Reply #18 on: Jul 06, 2017, 14:16:33 »
nice, really coming along. I like these bikes too.
The GL Rebirth: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=68337.0
CX500 Low budget Bobber : http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=43617.0
"Beer makes you feel the way you ought to feel without beer" -Henry Lawson
"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." - Thomas Jefferson

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Re: VT 500 Ascot? (and a possible package deal)
« Reply #19 on: Jul 15, 2017, 14:43:27 »
Used an XL600R headlight assembly and modified the brackets so that it bolts right up to the stock Ascot headlight ears. Lowers the headlight almost two inches and covers up the gauges. The turn signals are smaller versions of the stock signals.
 I'll neaten up the wiring behind it before final mounting. It will be painted black to match the bodywork with maybe a couple of small grey and white pin stripes in the outline of the existing black area. Grey and white to match the side covers and the wings on the tank.