Howdy everyone. I wanted to start a rebuild thread for my 1984 VF500F after I created an introduction thread. https://vfrworld.com/threads/intro-post-12-years-late.57878/ Anyway, I’ve been wanting to do an overhaul on my first bike for many years now. I’ve finally decided to take the plunge, and I’ve been pulling it apart and creating a shopping list of the items I need. I bought the bike at ~12,000 miles and it currently has just under ~21,000. It ran beautifully when I parked it for the last time maybe three years ago; so, I’m really only likely to screw things up. I’m not really looking to do anything aesthetic at this point. I simply want to get the bike in sound mechanical condition since I plan on having it for a while. Once I’m comfortable that it is mechanically sound, I’ll move on into aesthetics. Items to Address: Valve Adjustment – Want to verify clearances, and I plan to use the two-feeler gauge method. I did a valve adjustment on a 2002 Bandit 600 last month, and it seems like this should be very similar, only with much trickier access. Brakes – Rebuild front/rear wear components and replace lines. Forks – I currently have 4 forks and only one that’s usable. Two of them have rounded damper rod 8mm bolts I cannot bust loose (bought on ebay), and the other that was on my bike had a rusted circlip with snapped heads. I read I might be able to break it loose by drilling through the fork and busting out the circlip and then filling in the holes afterwards. This was unsuccessful. TBD on upcoming methods of breaking the 8mm bolts loose on the secondary set. Ignition/Electrical – New battery, coil plug #1 missing boot, wires require new jacketing, replace plugs Engine – new gaskets all around; however, besides a valve adjustment, I have no indication I need to get into anything further. I’d prefer to get it running for a season first to determine if anything further needs to be done. Fuel / Air – replace intake boots, replace air filter, replace petcock gasket, synchronize carburetors. If necessary, rebuild carburetors, but I have gone through and cleaned them ~6 months ago. Miscellaneous – Tires, rear wheel adjustment bolts, left tank rubber, handlebar grips Questions: Front Forks – How on God’s Green Earth am I supposed to break loose an 8mm damper bolt that’s been rounded out? I’ve tried soaking in evapo-rust and pb blast with intermittent heat cycles from a torch over the course of a month. Cannot get it loose. Today I’ve ordered a ½” Ryobi impact wrench and some long-reach Torx bits that hopefully I can pound in and snap it loose. The forks are my #1 source of frustration so far. Recommended Carburetor rebuild kit? The carburetor worked fine when I parked the bike, and I’ve since gone through and cleaned out all the passages; however, it probably makes sense to refresh the rubber if I’m in this far. Centerstand bump stop for Vance and Hines exhaust – This bike has an aftermarket exhaust on it, and when I bought it, it didn’t have a centerstand. I bought another one on ebay and threw it on only to realize that the V&H exhaust has no bump stop for the centerstand. Does anyone have a good recommendation on how to add something? I’ll take function over form since I’d really, really like to keep the centerstand on. If it’s not possible, I’ll remove it and stick with the swingarm stand when needed. Coil Plug #1 – The boot on my coil plug to cyl #1 is missing—what’s the best route to go about replacing it? Can I replace just the boot, or can I get the wire assembly somewhere? Fuel tank left rubber – can’t find this item. Seems fine without it, but I’d like to have it complete. Any leads? Also… can anybody tell me what full fairing I actually have? There is a thread on vfrworld from 2007 discussing vf500f full fairings; however, I’m struggling to follow which fairing is which that people are talking about. https://vfrworld.com/threads/vf500-full-fairing.7938/ Lastly, if you need a self-esteem boost and you’ve run out of other internet, I’ll probably post a few videos of me stumbling through the process. https://youtu.be/J9LMKwKVE7Q * I did not put the "VFR" nor "Gear Driven Cam" stickers on this bike, but it took me about ten years before I knew what a gear driven cam even was since owning it, hah.