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post #31 of 41 (permalink) Old 08-10-2019, 12:31 PM
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I would definitely rebuild the Honda systems, and if you need a fuel pump, I believe new ones are still available from Honda. Pay the price as they are worth the extra money.

That bike isn't that bad. I helped a friend recondition an '84 that was in worse shape.

These example pics show basically what we started with and what some labor transformed.
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post #32 of 41 (permalink) Old 08-14-2019, 02:27 AM Thread Starter
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I'm very grateful to you all for pushing me along.

I ordered a bunch of parts, timing belt and all other maintenance items, but since I live in Kuwait it'l take a good month or so until I get them.

Meanwhile I removed the carbs and cleaned them using guides from here, I removed the secondary air unit (picture 1), purely for ease of carb removal, cleaner looks and the fact that I'm a minimalist so it gave me immense joy, I used a steel plate and some RTV sealant to cover that hole, picture 2.


Then I went to a local machine shop and had them make me four plugs for the holes on the engine, picture 3.
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I understand you are in Kuwait, but your voice sounds upper eastern USA.
Are you over there as a teacher?

I'm an OkieTexMex guy and had no problems understanding you at all.

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I understand you are in Kuwait, but your voice sounds upper eastern USA.
Are you over there as a teacher?

I'm an OkieTexMex guy and had not problems understanding you at all.
Thanks John, I'm from Iran, but lived and worked most of my life here in Kuwait, raised a family and now work as a warehouse manager in a transport company.
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I'm very grateful to you all for pushing me along.

I ordered a bunch of parts, timing belt and all other maintenance items, but since I live in Kuwait it'l take a good month or so until I get them.
I do hope you mean belts, as in 2 of them.

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I do hope you mean belts, as in 2 of them.
Yes Dave, I ordered:

2 Timing belts
2 Air filters
5 Oil filters
Spark plugs
Solenoid
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3 brake pad sets
Carb rebuild kit
Fuel filter
Fork seals and some other miscellaneous parts.

For the brakes I have a bit of dilemma, both the brakes and clutch master cylinders need a rebuild kit and both the sight glasses are broken with a lot of corrosion and rust inside, both the diaphragms are also torn, individual oem parts are very expensive for this bike so I just both two new sets for Honda Valkarya for 30$ that will fit my bike (picture 1), the only snag I see with this setup is that I won't be able to use the choke lever, for that I bought a Harley choke pull cable (picture 2), I think I can make a small bracket somewhere down near the carbs to fit this.

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Progress Update:

She got her golden wings back, fuel system rebuilt, seals and vacuum hoses all changed, brakes and clutch work like new, cooling system flushed, electricals all done up and carbs adjusted properly, all she needs now is to be registered, I thank all the wonderful people in this awesome forum for the hand holding and I'm sure to be asking a lot more related question.


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that is awesome!

for the restrictions you have in acquiring what you need, you have managed to do great work.

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Sounds like it's got a miss and a terrible rattle.
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Sounds like it's got a miss and a terrible rattle.
Thanks Dave,

That was only the second start, I still have not received the spark plugs so it's on the old plugs as of yet. I'm not familiar with how a healthy engine should sound like, I have a really basic knowledge of bike workings and would like to try and expand my knowledge and fix it myself, maybe if it runs a bit things will oil up and get unstuck? There is noise and smoke coming from the exhaust port, bit of white smoke coming out of the tailpipes, I thought it would clear up soon, or maybe there's a leak in the exhaust. I did not check the float heights when I had the carbs open, only cleaned the jets and body, should I do that task?

What do you recommend me to check? by a "Miss" do you mean a misfire? where do I check for the rattle? could it be stuck valves that need lubrication? should I take another video at a specific rpm?

Should I do a compression test? should I verify that I have spark at the cylinders? should I check the ignition coils?

A member here was kind enough to give me his carb sync tool, so I'll sync them later in the future.

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