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  1. Slantyface

    Laying down flake

    To anyone who has ever used flake I have a few questions. The stuff is totally awesome and I'd like to give it a shot. What flake do you use and what size? Does the brand matter on flake? How do you prefer to apply said flake? What do you use as a base coat and what do you like to use to top...
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    Anybody have any opinions on this sealant?

    I've got a pesky oil pan leak on my 78 cb550 that keeps on bugging me even after I've changed the gasket (o-ring). I was wondering if anyone has used the Permatex 80019 Form-A-Gasket No. 3? The reviews seem pretty solid, but it'll be used in a hot spot to seal hot oil. I've also heard good...
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    Whats the popular opinion on pads?

    So after taking my cb550 out for a few rides, I've noticed that when using the front brake it loves to squeal. Like embarrassing. The brake stops me and everything its just nails-on-chalkboard loud. When I was going through the bike I rebuilt the front caliper and put a new seal and piston in...
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    bike abruptly dies while riding?

    So I was taking my cb550 on her maiden voyage this evening and on my way back to my house I ran into something strange. I was coming down my street and the bike died. Like not dimming lights and running rough died. Like, boom' your bike is shut off. No lights, no nothing. Luckily I was close to...
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    So whats the rule on oiling pods?

    I got a set of 4 of the cheapy emgo pods for my cb550. Whats the procedure on oiling these? Emgo doesn't specifically say. Ive got some of the K&N filter oil if they need it. Any recommendations? Thanks -James
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    So after replacing the pan seal...it still leaks...

    So like the topic would suggest, I have a leak. I originally had copious amounts of oil coming from the pan on my 78' CB550K when I bought it. So like a responsible guy I ordered an OEM Honda seal and replaced it. Should have been a routine fix. Like 8 or 10 bolts and done. Right? Put fresh oil...
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    So this is how I dealt with clubman bars hitting my tank

    So I'm aware that this is not an uncommon method for dealing with clubman bars hitting the tank, but since I've already done it, I figured I would take pictures and share. So I started by checking out my steering stops to see how thick they were, found an appropriately sized drill bit, and put a...
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    Headlight mounted Ignition switch

    Hey all So, since I've decided to mount my speedo in the center of my bars on the top tripple, now I have to come up with a location for my ignition switch. My thoughts were to put it in my headlight bucket. The factory switch is way huge for the bucket, so I picked up a 3 position switch...
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    Has anyone ever run a speedo cable through a headlight bucket?

    So I bought the DCC mini speedo with the indicator lights. (Love the way that thing looks by the way.) Anyways. I was going for simplicity so I removed the tach and factory speedo. To center up the guage I drilled the top triple and mounted the guage there. I've been doing some rewiring so all...
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    So I need some welding advice...

    So I got a DCC originals solo seat and I'm gonna have a shot at trying to weld a rear loop on my frame. Was gonna use a 90 amp flux wire welder since that's what is at my disposal. There's welding shops in the area, but learning a new skill holds value in my book. I'm going to be "supervised" by...
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    What's everybody's favorite flasher unit?

    Went down to the ol' auto parts store and picked up an electronic flasher for the new LED turn signals I got. Didn't work out exactly as planned. They "flashed" sort of, but it was more like a dim pulsation. I know there are flashers that work with LED's but I ended up just putting in simple...
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    Is there a trick to getting a new caliper piston installed?

    Like the topic would suggest, I got a new piston for the front caliper on my 78 cb550. The thing won't go. I mean, I screwed with this thing for like 45 minutes. No dice. The story on the new piston is that it's aftermarket stainless steel OEM spec. Of course I put them up side by side and...
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    Heard of an interesting idea for a custom tail...

    So I had a buddy that went to the h.o.a.m.e show here in kc a little while back and he talked to a guy that couldn't find a tail he thought matched his tank. So the guy bought another tank like what was already on his bike and chopped the rear of it off and fashioned a tail from it. The lines...
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    Looking for fresh opinions on headlights

    Hello all! Im looking into a new headlight and was wondering where the opinions of the forum fall. Standard halogen, HID, or LED? which one has the best "useable" light? What are their strengths? What are their weaknesses? Like I said, I'm looking for some fresh views on the subject. Thanks guys!
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    Waterproof Vs. Non Waterproof Toggle Switches

    Good afternoon guys. I was considering a few rocker or toggle type switches on a stunt bike for a buddy and was wondering if anybody has had any issues with non-waterproof switches? I mean, I'm not making a submarine here, but occasionally unexpected rain does pop up. Anyways, what is the...
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    Are the capture pieces on the bottom of the forks oriented?

    Like the topic says. I took the front wheel off of my 78 CB550K to change the tube. The two retaining pieces off of the bottom of the forks might have gotten mixed up in the process. One says A and one says B and both have arrows pointing forwards. Visually they look the same, but I'd prefer to...
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    What's the best advice you have heard...

    Just like the topic says. What's the best advice anyone has ever given you. It can be related to motorcycles, riding, or just life in general. Cmon what do you guys have.
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    Need Help Finding a Specific Manual

    Hey guys. I have a 1978 Honda CB550K. Im looking for a service manual. Clymer has one they say covers the 1974-1978 CB550. Should I be looking for a manual that covers the 'K' designation specifically? or will the Clymer get me close enough to what I need? -Thanks
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    Bought a Shorai battery

    Bought a Shorai battery yesterday, just gotta say, this thing is awesome. Super light, durable shell, you can put it on its side...this thing seems pretty sweet. Anybody else have any experience with them?
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    4 into 4 or 4 into 1. Opinions?

    Hey guys. Picked up a 78' CB550K and it has the stock 4 into 4 pipes on it. I can't decide if should keep the original stuff on there. It's in decent condition, but its just makes the bike look like it has a whole lot going on...What are your guys opinions? Is there going to be an advantage or...
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