VF1000RE - 2 Here we go again

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  1. RVFR

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    Drool , slobber slobber, even today that bike is current looking.
     
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    Very little. I have been concentrating on the VFR.
    Now that's finished I will try to find time for the RE2. First up is to check and adjust valve clearances.
    Then find some way of cleaning all the rust out of the cooling system.
     
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    Got an hour tonight to pull the rear sprocket carrier to bits and clean it up ready for a new bearing and seal.
    The old bearing felt a bit lumpy spinning it by hand.
    Now to decide if I put a new chain and sprockets on or just run the old ones a bit longer.
    Will probably replace the rear wheel bearings while the wheel is out.
     
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    Actually got a bit done today.
    Stripped the bearings out of the rear wheel, spent several hours cleaning the front and rear wheels of 30 years of brake dust.
    Put new bearings in rear wheel and sprocket carrier. New seals as well.

    Carrier as bought
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    Carrier cleaned
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    New bearing and seal
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    Front wheel before cleaning'
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    Rear after cleaning
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    New Japanese bearings
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    Bearings in and spacers driven home. I can still see far too much dirt in the spokes, another round of cleaning will be coming up I think.
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    Got to spend half an hour cleaning the swing arm and chain adjuster setup. Had to replace one of the adjuster block bolts as the PO had used some random old bolt instead of the correct one. Almost ready to put the back wheel on.
    Just have to decide if I am going to replace the chain and sprockets now or do it later. I did discover that the chain has only 108 links (instead of 110) so I am worried the PO may have removed a link to shorten a chain which was very stretched.
     
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    Do these wheels ever get any bi-metallic corrosion between the steel spokes and alloy hub and rim? Or are they isolated somehow?
     
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    The spokes are alloy and I have maybe 10 of these wheels and never noticed any corrosion issues.
     
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    Looks like a good project. My '85 R's original motor came with the exact same damage.
     
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    The bike is being scrapped - can't get spare motors for the 84 frames. I have 2 spare motors for the 85 frames and no wreckers have spare engines.
    I have 3 VF1000R projects as it is and really, really don't need another VF project.
     
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    Swing arm off today, bearings removed from swing arm ready for a clean and new bearings tomorrow.
    Will definitely be putting a new chain and sprockets on as I have them anyway and I really don't want to pull the sodding swing arm off again any time soon.
    The swing arm does need a new chain slider so I will have to hunt around for a good one of those. The little chain slider is MIA so that needs replacing too.

    633333###q###333333333333 - This comment left by my cat telling me it is dinner time.
     
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    Today got around to taking off the inner sprocket cover as the one on the bike has a broken off case protector bolt hole (the one at the very top rear).
    I have a couple of good used spares so cleaned up one of those to go on. Fortunately I have a B gasket kit with the gasket and two orings needed to replace it.
    The final drive shaft seals look pretty good so I will not replace them now.

    Also put a NOS genuine rear sprocket on the completely rebuilt rear wheel.
     
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    Replaced the inner sprocket cover today with the spare used one, fitted a spare case guard. Finally put on new 17t front sprocket.

    Glued the rear cam cover ventilation spigot back into the cam cover (it came out in my hand when I tried to get the hose off it).

    All looks good and it's nice to be putting parts back on the bike for once.

    Note to self; When it comes time to refit the swing arm I must remember to put the new chain on before the swing arm.
     
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    Id much rather forget the chain than the front chain slider after assembling and torquing all of the suspension. (which I have done!... that is a scream "FUCK!", then grab a beer and contemplate what an idiot you are).

    At least you can install a master link if you forget the endless chain.

    Good progress!

    Mike.
     
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    Sort of like forgetting to put the airbox in before getting the carbs mounted on a CB900.
     
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    A few photos of the slow progress.

    Before cleaning
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    after cleaning

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    Rear wheel rebuilt with NOS Honda 43t sprocket all torque hammered up to spec (100Nm).
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    Inner sprocket cover removed and all cleaned up inside
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    Spare used one ready to go back on
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    The bit holding the case saver was broken off the old one
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    New sprocket all TH'ed up to spec
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    Some of the dodgy looking pipework for the oil feed to the heads
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    Tomorrow is D-Day for radiator cleaning. First I will fill them with white vinegar, soak for a couple of hours, drain and flush. Then fill with 5:1 water and molasses. leave that for a couple of hours and see how much of the iron/rust it can dissolve.
    I need the radiators sorted out to move on with this. Finally will be re-assemble cooling system and fill it all with molasses to try to de-rust it.
    On the to do list is replace the oil feeds to the head with 2 separate ones coming from a single long banjo bolt like the HRC engines used.
     
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    Not much on this project either - next job is to use molasses or vinegar to clean all the rust out of the coolant passages in the block and heads.
     
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    Coming along nicely, although slowly. It's about to really be riding season where you are, right? Nice build!
     
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    It's always riding season here.
     
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