VFR 400 RH ll

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VFR 400 RH ll

Postby John Hilmer » Sun Jan 13, 2013 4:52 pm

Folks,

Back in May I was all set to pull the engine and do a top end because I had very odd compression readings on this little gem. I was convinced by members of the the V-4 forum that because it had sat for so long I should put it back together and run it for a while and then check the compression again. Having considered that the ring pack were possibly frozen I decided to put it back together and give it a try. The other thing that influenced this decision was that I bought the last existing gasket set that was available and I didn't want to waste it if running the engine could save that set.

Anyway, where I was back in May:

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And were I am today:

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There is a lot of work that has been done that doesn't show, like rebuilt carbs and swing arm etc.

If the engine is brought back to life as I hope and the compression stabilizes I'll pull it apart again for the frame off restoration.

I do things other than petcocks you see.

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Re: VFR 400 RH ll

Postby slimshady » Sun Jan 13, 2013 5:56 pm

Is that ice in the beverage on the tail? If that's a single malt Scotch you ruined, ya oughta be ashamed of yourself! ;)

Nice lookin' bike. :D
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Re: VFR 400 RH ll

Postby cawalther » Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:55 pm

awesome! I look forward to updates on this!

I think I have the exact same pull tab straps! the best I've ever bought..
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Re: VFR 400 RH ll

Postby XRayHound » Sun Jan 13, 2013 11:23 pm

*fapfapfap* :mrgreen:
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Re: VFR 400 RH ll

Postby Bronco638 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:31 am

I WISH I could;

1 - Get away with working on the bike, in the house.

2 - Have a way to get my bikes in the house.

Fortunately, I have a headed garage so perhaps I need to just STFU. What I really need is to run cable to the garage so I can watch/listen to TV while I work on bikes........ :D
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Re: VFR 400 RH ll

Postby John Hilmer » Mon Jan 14, 2013 1:21 pm

slimshady wrote:Is that ice in the beverage on the tail? If that's a single malt Scotch you ruined, ya oughta be ashamed of yourself! ;)

Nice lookin' bike. :D


Nah, I'm not a scotch drinker, just Korbel brandy.

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Re: VFR 400 RH ll

Postby Guaire » Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:09 pm

Once upon a time someone suggested a product from Yamaha called "Ring Free". It does exactly that. When a motor has low or uneven compression and it has been sitting awhile, Ring Free gets the rings to move out of their grooves and back against the cylinder walls, raising compression.
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Re: VFR 400 RH ll

Postby John Hilmer » Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:43 pm

Bill,

Thanks for the input.

I tend to stay with things that I have experiance with and in this case that will be Auto-RX. When I first got back into riding I bought an '85 VF 700 S, the Sabre. It only had 10K Miles on it but it was smoking a bit. I used the Auto-RX and within 100 miles it quit. After that I had to constantly reduce the idle setting as the compression returned. I've used it on quite a few vehicles now and I know it works well if this is the problem.

I'll let you all know what happens if/when I get it running.

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Re: VFR 400 RH ll

Postby Sir Real Ed » Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:57 pm

Nice bike! :D Is that a Japan only model? What year?

I think someone might just have a thang for Honda Vees... ;)
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Re: VFR 400 RH ll

Postby John Hilmer » Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:00 am

Ed,

Yep, they were never imported here. A number were grey market imports to the UK years ago. This one was one of those and then wound up coming to the US with it's British owner. How he managed to get a California plate on it is unknown, but it is titled and now in my name.

There are very few of these titled here in California and hence they bring a heavy premium. Current market for a licensed running example is near $6000.00. Not that I care about the value, I just want to ride it.

It is an '87, NC 24.

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