1986 VF500F Carb Boot Dimensions

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  1. HamHock

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    TLDR: Does anyone have a 1986 VF500F carb boot they can measure the ID, OD and length of?
    Hey guys I need some help. I'm working on a 1986 VF500F and I've got to rebuild the carbs. I need new carb boots to do the job properly, problem is the carb boots are NOLA from Honda and the one aftermarket supplier I can find wants $100 for a set of 4. I'm a cheapskate and won't shell out for that. I plan on using either "universal" carb boots or buy a length of high temp silicone or rubber and make some boots. The boots are on the bike so I can't get my calipers on them to measure and I don't want to have the bike apart for long (that's how you lose parts, ask how I know) and I'd like to have everything I need before I begin. Does anyone has one loose on the shelf that they could measure for me? I'd really appreciate any help you guys might have for me. Thanks!
     
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    The 1000 are 42mm ID, I got some 38mm off AliExpress for $10, too tight for the 1000 but may well fit the 500

    If you do get a size have a look on AliExpress


    VF1000F2F, in bits
     
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    Ebay is a good start

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    Uh, yeah, I started there, that's where I found the set of 4 for $100. And also a single OEM for $50........ There is a reason I'm planning to use radiator hose to put them back on. I'm highly skilled at searching out parts and these just aren't out there for a reasonable price. And what I mean by reasonable is fairly priced with comparable items. Those 4 boots on ebay for $100 come from a seller who sells carbs boots for a cb750 (same style of insulator) for $17 for the set. But I'd bet that he ordered a whole lot more CB750 boots than he did VF500 boots. Oh well, at least this problem has a simple enough solution.
     
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    are your boots cracked or just hard ?

    if theyre just hard you can soften them up again by soaking them in a cocktail of wintergreen oil and alcohol for a day or two. 1/3 Wintergreen Oil 2/3 alcohol. It will soften them almost back to new, they will not swell up either. mix the wintergreen & alcohol in a jar (like a pickle jar) , drop the boots in and put the lid on for a few days.

    Oil of wintergreen can be had at your local drug-store or pharmacy
     
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    Measure the O.D. of your carb body throat and make your own.
     
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    I guess you failed to read the part where I said that was my plan but that I wanted to have everything ready before I started taking shit apart, which is why I am here asking for the size in the first damned place.:Pout::Pout:
     
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    Oh then go take a nap first.
     
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    For anyone else who might be looking for this info in the future the dimensions are as follows ID 34MM OD 46MM Length 22MM.
     
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