VF 500 F had different heads with cam shafts - long or shoter - can I swap heads

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    VF500F - different cylinder heads with two type of camshafts long and shorter - can i use both (chain is the same ?) with cylinder block?, or other problems when I swap? Anyone knows? pls
     
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    You can't swap heads between the 84/85 and the 86 as far as I know. The 86 heads are much wider and I have always assumed would not fit the block. However if the block is the same then maybe you can. I don't think I have seen any evidence where it has been tried on a 500 though .
     
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    Thanks for reply. I checked head fits block. Additionally I checked on cmsnl that cam chains are the same over 83 to 86 models. So I think swap eg 83 heads on 86 block theoretically is possible. So I start. If anyone knows the reason it is wrong way, let me know, pls
     
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    Thinking about it if the block is the same then the mating surface between the block and cylinder heads must be the same too and one assumes the bolt holes and cooling channels. All the extra width will be above this to cater for the wider camshafts. Nothing like trying it. There are maybe other gotchas though that other better informed contributors can chip in with.

    If it does work please let us know. A 84/85 bottom end and 86 top end would be an interesting hybrid The other way round too!
     
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    You are right - cooling channels can be sensitive point, I will check ones again and I let you know
     
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    I have planned on trying this for a while now. In everything I've looked at, you might have to be careful about which head gasket you use and might have to modify it. Pretty sure the gaskets are different if I remember correctly.
     
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    Hmm, maybe someone could help, please. When installing camshafts, sprockets etc I put the engine in TR position, and now there is a question which cylinder should be at TDC for proper timing: the no 1 or no 4. It is not clearly stated neither in shop manual nor Clymer, so please help !!!
     
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