Cliff's new VF500

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  1. maduncle

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    So I ended up getting a YSS from a local supplier, should be here in a couple of weeks.

    Fitment does not look too hard, I am guessing the rear wheel needs to come off to gain good access?

    Anything else I should know about replacing a mono-shock?
     
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    Pretty straight forward. Might be a good time to service your linkage. Measure stock length to YSS and verify/adjust your ride height if desired before install.
     
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    Got that YSS rear shock fitted easy.

    Did not have to remove too much from the bike to get to it.

    Just the battery, battery box, coolant container and loosen off the rear guard/under seat assembly so the shock could slide out from the top.

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    Old one out ...

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    New one in.
     
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    I have also replaced the cheap and nasty small indicators with a set of better quality rubber framed LED units.

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    Problem is - the LED flasher can I bought is a dud, so now that means another trip to the shops to get another flasher can.

    And - anyone know what this little thing does???
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    That's a Diode symbol on the top of that item, so at that point in the bike's wiring harness Honda needed to insure electricity could only flow in one direction.
     
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    If you disconnect the diode you will see the effect. It stops the neutral light coming on when you pull the clutch in when you are in gear.
     
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    I'm a couple of weeks into getting an 84' VF500f back on the road. It ran acceptably well when I purchased it despite years of neglect. frame and gas tank are pretty rusty. Bike has 16,000 KM. I'm going to strip it down partially (Leaving the engine in place) rebuild the fuel system, brakes, cooling system and de rust and clean what I can. What are your plans for the forks?
     
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    I plan to install upgraded progressive springs and maybe emulators.

    And replace brake lines with braid lines too.
     
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    That new rear shock feels fine, took the bike for a spin up to Toolangi from Healesville (Google it).

    So lucky to live in a country town at the foothills of some great windy mountain roads.
     
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    Evening all.

    Got my aftermarket solo seat cowl in the mail today from the UK (good old Christmas post always comes faster).

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    I am thinking it needs a red/white/black paint job to suit the rest of the body work.

    Black top panel, white stripe that follows the panel lines from one side to the other and red below.

    Fits up well and feels good behind my behind.
     
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    Is that new? If so can you tell us who makes it or where you ordered it from please.
     
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