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  1. Aside from the above I've chased out a few little electrical things that were bugging me, I've got a couple left that I'm working on right now like the right rear indicator not working (not the bulb) and the neutral position sensor not always knowing it's in neutral. The neutral sensor thing is super annoying as I've gotta admit I've tried leaving the lights a couple times and been sitting there in N waiting for the light to change... and it also means that unless it's sensed N (15~25% of the time it works) it kills the motor as soon as the kick stand goes down. Here's a pic of a pretty clean one from japan, not quite where I'm heading with mine but I like the stance and the lack of colour. Those are the stock pipes and although I like them, the high side custom things on mine are great and sound awesome, I'll wrap more of the pipe round my boot area, and possibly make up a heat shield as they are super fucking hot/great for warming my hands at the lights. And I'll also change the cans at some stage either for straight pipes or just do something about that alloy, I'm not sure yet. Here's the most recent custom I've found it's from a shop in Sri Racha and I hate almost everything about it except the engine, the foot controls and those rear shocks (black springs though come on m9) Looking super closely at this custom I can't believe BikeEXIF featured it, lot's little details piss me off like th front guard drooping, the tribal looking tank, the gross colour way etc. but it's a shit tonne more built than mine at this stage so I can't pull it apart too much. Here's a bike that, although a harley, pulls off what I'm trying to do.
  2. I've got my mind set on a much more upright and aggressive stance, so took the rear shocks off to make some measurements and put it where I want to go so I could confirm my idea. It currently has some 290mm length enclosed rear shocks that A - look like polished turds and B - Are about 80mm too short for the ride height I'm after. Here's where I'm headed once I get my hands on some suitable shocks. (any leads on twin rear shocks with a 16mm top bushing and 10mm bottom around the 360mm length appreciated) This is the style or rear shock im after
  3. Howdy ya'll, it's been quite a while since I had a project on here, so I'm bringing you my current cashhole from Perth, WA. It's a 1998 Honda VRX 400. A water cooled v-twin bike they made for a brief period in the mid to late 90's as some kind of pre custom bike fad factory cafe. They were mostly Japanese market only bikes, and while there are a few customs out there they're pretty much all japanese shop bikes and there's no info etc online as far as I can tell. The bike is rego'd as an 88 here as pre 89 bikes enjoy lax regulations around importation, doesn't bother me much at all as it means it's easier to rego and keep on the road. This one came to me like this for only $2500 rego'd and running... First thing I did was put a bit more bend in the 1" bars, pulling them back slightly as the near flat angle was killing my wrists and felt gamy as fuck. Actually thats not true the first thing I did was melt my workboots against that unwrapped bottom pipe... but moving on, the bars feel alot better now and will make do until I order a set of Biltwell's 1" moto bar. I'd really like to fit a protaper or renthal bar on it but they all have 7/8" hand control areas and this bike is 1" from the aftermarket riser clamps to the hand controls. It's unusual to me being a small displacement jap bike but apparently common on Honda's cruiser stuff from 600cc upwards so potentially it has controls from a vt600/750. I also replaced the stock grips as they're fat squishy foam pieces of shit with plastic looking chrome bits and just generally look like try hard harley bits. Went with Biltwell Thruster in 1" and so far I'm happy with them even though the vibration to the hands increased slightly. They look like this now...
  4. Howdy oldschoolers, I've been out of touch for most of the past year as I've been hitting the tools pretty hard over here in Oz, but finally I've returned to the realm of manual chokes, real heavy ass chrome, and carbueretted sorcery. It was a bit of an whim as I was really holding out for a wagon of some description (ke26, xm falcon, p510), but the price was right, the spares were plentiful, and the old girl really needed a caring hand to ensure she didn't end up stickered and forgotten. It's rego'd and running (sort of) and has an absolute butt load of spares. The previous owner is hooking me up with a load of doors and shit tomorrow, but I already have mint jdm tail lights, a couple grilles, chrome window trims, a dash, door cards, blah blah blah! It came with a heinous set of bbs replicas that I despise, they're 16x9 (which looks dumb as hell on this car) and 4/5x100 mounted on 20mm spacers as I discovered today when removing them. Not too sure what I'll do with them, maybe sell for a couple hundy to a flat peaker who doesn't care. The motor is an L23, perfect for a swap to L24/26/28 I believe. 3 speed auto, which is nice and cruisey and might stay. 93,000 miles, which I believe to be correct as in 2011 an old lady named Helen left a shakily written little note of the mile's being 85000ish in the centre console. Body straightish, a few obvious bog spots and the rolled rear guards suck but I'm not too fussed as a lot of hard work has already gone into the body. The black interior looks horrible, but I feel like underneath all the dust and dirt it'll actually turn out quite nice when restored and sorted with a few spares. The current plan is L series upgrade, paint, interior, 14/15x7/8jj rims (five spoke wats would look sick me thinks) and a bit of low. I'll edit this with a pic soon, but for now picture a mustard yellow/army green and black mark IV cedric perched on stupid looking 90's bbs knock offs.
  5. Yes sideways I totally missed this but am keen. Are they in good nick? And yes that was me in ruakaka, was working at Marsden for quite a while, but home now in the mighty BOP. On another note I found out exactly why toyota tax is a thing... A while ago (about a year now haha) I noticed a dip in performance when it started running on 3 cylinders, figured I'd just keep running it til it died but hasn't yet. Had a fiddle with it today and found it holds 0 psi in #3, but still goes sweet as and passed a vtnz wof this arvo!
  6. If you seen the last update, give me your best onions on the way to lower this thing before I take out a telephone wire.
  7. Hmm it's been a while since I updated this... Long story short, got the frost plug thing sorted and then 2 days later my missus cooked the motor while on a roadtrip with her mates. *facepalm* Got it home and eventually found another E13 motor. Did all the usual stuff, waterpump, gaskets, plugs, and some gearbox bits, then slapped it in and went for a hoon. Drove it like that for a few months, then wof time came around and it failed on the old 110/90/R12 tyres being perished as well as a bit of rust that seems to have really taken off now that it lives a couple blocks from the sea. So I got a set of 14x6.5 Heroes Racing and some 185/60 tyres to replace the 12x5 cheviots and increase the rolling diameter at the same time. And have nearly finished taking care of the rust (which was down by the door hinges on both sides). It goes heaps better with the bigger tyres, and running a gps in it shows that the speedo is actually more accurate now than it was so I'm guessing it's alot closer to the factory set up now than it was. Next thing to do is get it a bit lower.
  8. Been a few changes since January. I built a new back half of exhaust for the thing this morning. Sounds excellent, with a short can and 1.5m of straight 1.5" pipe out the rear. Old 50's AA badge and an old JAF badge now live on the grille. New slogan painted on the back of the tray as well. Before my next wof in June I will replace at least the back shocks, possibly the front too. Nolathane bushes might find their way in there too while I'm in the area. I'll try to post some pics when I edit this post later on, but I'm too pressed for time this arvo so adios!
  9. Had some idling issues over the last few days so pulled the carb apart and cleaned everything. Something was killing the motor at low revs, and while servicing the carb I also found out that my secondary hasn't sprayed any gas in years, it was way to clean and dry in there. I managed to find the blockages in both problems and got it all back together an idling sweetly at <1000rpm. Had a few spare moments in the shop left so I pulled off the rocker cover to replace the leaky gasket that's been keeping me off the driveway. Came out clean and easy, and after a quick wash and clean out, the new gasket was on and I was done. A photo of my cleaned rocker cover is hardly interesting so I'll leave that out. Hopefully, I can land some contracts soon and start finishing off things like wheels, low, and wellside... that would make me a happy happy man.
  10. Had some good responses to the issue in the discussion thread, thanks everyone. Got the manifold off yesterday and found the issue was indeed one of the three 16mm frost plugs in the water galleries of the manifold. While I have access to the back of the block I checked the frost plugs there as well but they all appear to be sound. I then spent all afternoon cleaning up the gasket area around the ports for the new gasket which should arrive this morning with the frost plugs. I'll replace all three as I don't want to be undoing those inner bottom two manifold studs again anytime soon... managed to snap a 3/8 drive extension bit, and destroy my favorite tool of all time, the handy little teng tools pocket ratchet. Luckily both parts are under lifetime warranties. Here's the bottom side of the manifold showing the three frost plugs. Pretty clean manifold given that it's 30 years old and appears to have never been removed or cleaned up! Here's the offending frost plug, for a tiny hole it sure had a good stream coming out of it. Hopefully the parts arrive and I can work on the thing instead of doing build posts at 9 am!
  11. It definately appears to have a gallery in the manifold, inlet port on rh side outlet on lh side. Seems likely that frost plug or outlet area gasket has bust.
  12. I think I pushed it a little harder than it had gone in years today as water started pissing out from under the intake manifold. Heading off to the library for a manual and going to set about finding and fixing the issue this afternoon. Anyone out there with E13/15 experience and advice?
  13. Picked it up late last night as old mate's flight was delayed in Brisbane. Seems very very solid, no rust, gearbox tight, has the jap spec engine and is Fkn rapid for what it is! Really nice ratios too, it wasn't ringing out like my hilux on the drive down to Mt Maunganui. Stopped in at the Bombay BP to rendezvous with a FSR of BBS rims for an os lurker.
  14. Chris gave me these very cal style chrome cat's eyes. chucked em on before picking up the new daily.