Project VF500F2

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  1. Jim McCulloch

    Jim McCulloch New Member

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    Fair enough. I understand your tank will not rust as long as it is full of fuel. We have Ethanol fuel here in Houston so I have to use a stabilizer in the fuel or it goes bad. Nasty stuff the E10 is. Lawnmowers hate it also.

    My vote is for the Caswell's. Expensive but worth it.
     
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    Ive only used Por15 with good results but I know others who swear by Caswell's
     
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    Yes - lol & its really cheap...
    Its really amazing how little oil is needed to have an effect. It will also burn happily in the engine. After a couple of tanks it will wash out but for storage works very well...
     
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    I only do it for a tank that has needed treatments or just been worked on. I use StaBil for normal storage.
     
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    Yeah I'm hoping keeping it topped up while using it this year will minimise any rust returning. We have E10 coming to the UK later this year too though. Supposedly it's the ethanol that attracts any moisture which is probably another good incentive to make sure I get the tank sealed up when the bike comes back off the road.

    Yeah they seem to be the two best reviewed ones. It's just good to know there are good options out there. We have an old CB175 that has had it's tank sealed at some point but it's now a cracking disintegrating mess and seeing the state of it put me off sealing a little bit... your 1000 tank thread has definitely made me think again though! I guess as with everything, the outcome is only going to be as good as the prep work and care taken doing it.

    Cool, I'll throw some in when I fill it back up. As you say, it is cheap and can't really do any harm - thanks!
     
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    Got some really great results from the DEOX

    From this:
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    I now have this:
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    I was hoping to get it drained out and dry today but unfortunately despite being filled to the brim and gently shaken to burp any air bubbles out the fluid doesn't seem to have touched the top of the tank. As my filler cap doesn't seal I've now left it upside down with just enough in it that it covers the top of the tank but doesn't spill out the filler.

    Fingers crossed I won't get any flash rust on the bottom and enter a never ending cycle rotating it round!!
     
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    When I cleaned my tank using acid, I found that using an emergency plastic cap meant that I could rotate the tank easier... - Also it means you don't have to worry about your nice cap.
     
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    Spent most of this morning sat like this... alternating between the filler neck and the fuel tap hole

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    And the final results:

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    I'm really impressed with the results from the DEOX, especially for something that is supposedly safe to go straight down the drain! I've bottled it up as I have another tank that could do with some attention later this year.

    The tank was finished just as the sun started to come out this afternoon so I took the bike the long way round to fill it up. The bike is running really nicely and its good to finally have it all running without having to borrow parts!!
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    Brilliant stuff


    VF1000F2F, in bits
     
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    What a nice ride. One we did not get in the States.
     
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    Wow, great thread with a very satisfying ending. The bike looks amazing. I have a few questions about the wheel swap:
    Did you use CBR600F2 wheels or F wheels? What clearance issues did you have in the back? Were you able to mount the original front fender without modification? Did you adjust the final drive to make up for the smaller rear tire diameter? How about the rear ride height?
    Sorry I know that's a lot of questions but I'm putting together a ~90 percent complete F2 wheel swap on my 500 and there is so little information available. Thanks so much for any answers you're able to provide.
     
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    Thanks! It is great to finally have the bike out on the road.

    I bought the wheel swap with a whole bunch of spares from the previous owner of my Dad's 500 so I don't have all the details but I'll try and answer what I know. All the spacer etc are the DMr kit :

    -The wheels are from a CBR600 FM (think that's a F2?)

    -The clearance at the back with a 150/70 is VERY tight but it does clear. I found the centre stand was rubbing against the tyre too so I have removed it.

    - The front fender is modified to take the wider tyre.

    - The final drive is corrected by a 14/40. It still works out very slightly shorter than stock but not by much.

    - Rear ride height has not been corrected on mine... I hadn't really thought about it until now . Just running simple maths on the tyre size the difference in diameter works out as 12mm rear and 10mm front. So I'd say close enough not to need to worry... I don't really know much about altering ride heights though so perhaps someone will correct me and it's something I should look at!!

    - Other points of note... as I said, my rear brake carrier is the DMr kit. I had issues with the torque lug on the swing arm being too deep for the carrier and pushing the rear calliper off centre as the rear axle was tightened. I found information of a few other people having this problem but it was easily resolved by just carefully filing down the lug a couple of mm.

    If you have any more questions just shout, as I say I got it as pretty much a ready to go bolt on swap but I'll try and answer what I can!
     
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    Thanks so much shields, this is very helpful. I guess the only thing I would like to know more about is how the front fender is modified. Any pics would be appreciated. I don't want to hijack this thread so if you would rather PM me that's fine. Thanks again for the info!
     
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    No problem - it's not hijacking at all, it's all good 500 stuff!!

    Yeah I'm not too sure on the front fender to be honest - again it came to me already done. I'm away from the bike at the moment a won't be back for a little while to compare . I've had a trawl through the photos I have and there's nothing obvious so I'd guess maybe all that's been done is making it a little wider to clear the wider tyre?

    There's loads of knowledge on here about these bikes so I'm sure some will have the answer for you. It might be worth starting a new thread on the wheel swap? I know when I went searching for information about the issues I had it was pretty tricky to find answers. It'd be good to get some of the information together in an up to date thread!
     
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