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1986 Honda VFR 700 Rebuild
« on: March 05, 2014, 07:34:07 PM »
Been wanting to get on two wheels again but can't spring for a new or used bike (that I would want). Ran across a project bike and figured I'd go for it. Peppers and preppets, my 1986 Honda VFR 700. Like my other thread I'll chronical what I do and take you along for the ride of restoration! Let the rebuild begin!


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Re: 1986 Honda VFR 700 Rebuild
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2014, 10:04:00 AM »
Sweet ride! I'm going to have to follow this thread. I worked at a Honda dealership in college as a service writer and one of the mechanics had the F2 version of this bike when it was brand new. The white one with the gold decals. Will be interesting to follow along.

Is it running now or are you going to have to dig into the engine mechanicals? Good luck with the restoration!

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Re: 1986 Honda VFR 700 Rebuild
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2014, 11:19:41 AM »
The guy i bought it from said it was running, then it got rained on when the carbs were off and the engine got flooded so it doesn't right now, which is why i got it for so cheap ($200). This is the F1 version, i just ordered the honda factory service manual for it, once that comes in I'll really start to dig into the engine.

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Re: 1986 Honda VFR 700 Rebuild
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2014, 11:51:09 AM »
Very nice.

First thing I would do if you plan on trying to use the engine that came with it is drain the oil and gas. And let it drain for awhile. Several days to two weeks. You could even pour some fresh gas/oil through each system and let them drains again. Let all that water get out. Then I would pour some tranny fluid all through the engine and let it drain again. This will coat the inside and lubricate it when you try to start it. Even put a liberal amount (a cup or so) down each spark plug hole and let it drain.

Then button everything back up. New oil filter, new oil, new fuel filter (if there isn't one, put one in line somewhere), new fuel (wouldn't hurt to mix a little 2 stroke oil in with the gas in a ratio of 200:1 or so), etc. Make sure the battery is completely charged, or even leave the charger on it, and try to start it. Use some starting fluid if necessary. Hopefully you can get it running and won't be too much of an issue. It will smoke a bit from all the messing around you will do. But it should clear up. Then run it a couple miles and change the fluids and filters again.

I was asked to sell a bike that had been sitting in a wet basement for a bunch of years. The motor was locked up. But doing the above, I got it running just fine and put over 60 miles on it with no problems before I sold it.

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Re: 1986 Honda VFR 700 Rebuild
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2014, 06:47:41 PM »
does the motor turn over?

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Re: 1986 Honda VFR 700 Rebuild
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2014, 06:52:36 PM »
My vfr holy bible showed up, it even smells like a shop!


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Re: 1986 Honda VFR 700 Rebuild
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2014, 02:21:16 PM »
well, just finished up some major work on the car and we are settling into a rhythm with the new baby, hopefully in a week or two i will be able to start taking the bike apart and working on it.

while looking around at parts and vfr info i came across a guy who found one for $300 on craigslist and ended up taking it to the salt flats to race, pretty cool stuff: http://www.motogeo.com/vfr750-%E2%80%9986-build-project-%E2%80%98rainey%E2%80%99/

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Re: 1986 Honda VFR 700 Rebuild
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2014, 05:31:08 PM »
:popcorn:

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Re: 1986 Honda VFR 700 Rebuild
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2014, 10:26:50 PM »
well, not that it matters for the bike actually running, but i found a couple of the body pieces that i needed cheap on craigslist. now, that craigslist happened to be in LA... and i'm in tucson, but the guy is really nice and i'm trusting him to ship them to me. they should ship out monday! i was going to start tearing the bike down this weekend but i had a coolant leak that needed to be fixed on my truck . that is done... so maybe sometime this week i can get to it.

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Re: 1986 Honda VFR 700 Rebuild
« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2014, 08:28:45 AM »
woohoo! finally got to start tearing the bike apart. got the handlebars and front cowl/headlight off. as i take more off i find more parts that are broken  >:( but i guess that is to be expected with a bike this old, and even more so with one that was dropped. i took a bunch of pictures and will try to get them uploaded later today so this can be a proper rebuild thread.

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Re: 1986 Honda VFR 700 Rebuild
« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2014, 08:38:08 AM »
 :popcorn: :popcorn:

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Re: 1986 Honda VFR 700 Rebuild
« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2014, 09:48:45 AM »
let there be pictures! i'm probably just going to post them up and answer any questions if you fine folks have them. when i get to rebuilding i might get more detailed but there is so much going on that i think the pictures can speak for themselves. also i am trying a new image hosting site, imgur. i'll post the album link with each update starting on the first picture posted. i am putting more pictures there than here, and i'm also putting notes/descriptions on them, mostly for myself. i thought that by doing this i'll be able to remember things later on when i start putting things back together.

album link: http://imgur.com/a/OCiBf#0



















END DAY 1 - Front cowl, headlight, and handlebars are removed:




Also, here's a question. Any good methods for keeping nuts/bolts/screws that lose their homes during this process organized and accounted for? The best thing I can think of is to tape them to some paper and label them, like the picture shows. If you have another idea please share!





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Re: 1986 Honda VFR 700 Rebuild
« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2014, 10:03:29 AM »
I used to use egg cartons. Now I just use zip lock bags/masking tape to label and a few Stanley Fatmax organizers.

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Re: 1986 Honda VFR 700 Rebuild
« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2014, 10:45:18 AM »
Use ziplock bags and write on the outside with a sharpe whats inside.

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Re: 1986 Honda VFR 700 Rebuild
« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2014, 10:46:32 AM »
When I rebuilt my tranny, I used snack sized zip lock bags and a sharpie marker. Worked great.

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Re: 1986 Honda VFR 700 Rebuild
« Reply #15 on: April 28, 2014, 11:12:47 AM »
looks like bags are the winner! guess i'll go get a box of the snack sized bags, those will be perfect for this.

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Re: 1986 Honda VFR 700 Rebuild
« Reply #16 on: April 28, 2014, 11:26:25 AM »
I use the formentioned Ziploc bag and sharpie method,but when it comes to bolts or screws that have to go in a certain order,I get a small piece of cardboard stab the bolts through the cardboard and make a diagram of the corresponding places and order in which they go back.then put cardboard with bolts in a Ziploc.looks like it should be a fun project.I am bobbering out a Yamaha Virgo 550 right now.good luck

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Re: 1986 Honda VFR 700 Rebuild
« Reply #17 on: April 28, 2014, 04:28:23 PM »
I use the formentioned Ziploc bag and sharpie method,but when it comes to bolts or screws that have to go in a certain order,I get a small piece of cardboard stab the bolts through the cardboard and make a diagram of the corresponding places and order in which they go back.then put cardboard with bolts in a Ziploc.looks like it should be a fun project.I am bobbering out a Yamaha Virgo 550 right now.good luck

good luck to you too! i'm not a fan of the bobber look, but i guess that's why there are so many different types of bikes!

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Re: 1986 Honda VFR 700 Rebuild
« Reply #18 on: April 28, 2014, 05:20:44 PM »
good start!

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Re: 1986 Honda VFR 700 Rebuild
« Reply #19 on: April 28, 2014, 10:47:48 PM »
so... type 1 error time! not sure where my mind was but for some reason i had it in my head that my bike only had about a liter of oil in it... if you have a great way to clean up oil stains/residue i'm all ears:

my new 'Oops!' album for mistakes: http://imgur.com/a/tCZRX


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Re: 1986 Honda VFR 700 Rebuild
« Reply #20 on: April 29, 2014, 05:39:11 AM »
Cat litter work very well,also saw dust works but not as well as the cat litter. Sprinkle c.l. over oil and let it soak up oil may need two applications.let sit over night sweep up next day.a small stain will be left ,you can power wash it off,or degrease it.

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Re: 1986 Honda VFR 700 Rebuild
« Reply #21 on: April 29, 2014, 09:39:24 AM »
yup, cat litter is what i used, good thing i'm a prepper and have a lot of it on hand! i'll have to apply more this evening, was to tired last night after the initial clean up and didn't have time this morning

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Re: 1986 Honda VFR 700 Rebuild
« Reply #22 on: April 29, 2014, 08:06:14 PM »
Its not a real garage until you get your first oil spill.  :D

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Re: 1986 Honda VFR 700 Rebuild
« Reply #23 on: April 29, 2014, 09:30:00 PM »
Well, I can check that of the list then!

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Re: 1986 Honda VFR 700 Rebuild
« Reply #24 on: April 30, 2014, 11:37:21 AM »
Cat litter works well. Put it down, and even grind some into the stain with your foot. Then sweep up.

On smoother floors, you can use brake cleaner. Spray on and scrub and then wipe off with rags.

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Re: 1986 Honda VFR 700 Rebuild
« Reply #25 on: April 30, 2014, 07:53:25 PM »
Great thread!

It really brings me back to 2006 when I bought a Honda CBR1000F Hurricane that wasn't running. I sold it after I got it running though--turned out to be a weird vacuum leak.

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Re: 1986 Honda VFR 700 Rebuild
« Reply #26 on: May 02, 2014, 09:55:42 PM »
got the front end 98% removed today. only the ignition is still hanging on.

album start for new pictures: http://imgur.com/a/OCiBf#26

utilizing the cardboard idea mentioned:







lesson learned:












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Re: 1986 Honda VFR 700 Rebuild
« Reply #27 on: May 02, 2014, 11:28:52 PM »
Man this thread is bringing back some memories. I worked as a service writer in a Honda dealership part time in college. Got to ride lots of great stuff. Never did see so many 600cc sport bikes with road rash. I had no idea there was that much sand on the road around Raleigh NC.   ;D We made a small fortune in repairing those things. There was a big markup on ABS plastic in the late 1980's

I need to go find me a bike somewhere.

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Re: 1986 Honda VFR 700 Rebuild
« Reply #28 on: May 02, 2014, 11:52:37 PM »

I need to go find me a bike somewhere.

That is what i did! Tearing it apart had been fun and educational.

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Re: 1986 Honda VFR 700 Rebuild
« Reply #29 on: May 03, 2014, 01:01:33 PM »
I worked as a service writer in a Honda dealership part time in college.
The one on Hwy 70?