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1990 VFR400r NC30 - P6 RACE ONLY - FULL BUILD

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  • #16
    Well...it's been a long time since I started the thread and things bogged down, personally, holding up the project.
    But quite a bit has been going on while the forum has been down so brace yourself for some photos. lol


    I started getting the frame back together seeing as that was really the easy part of the project.
    All bearings were inspected and either repacked or replaced...Head-stem ball-bearing replaced with a new and improved tapered set and also installed the fully rebuilt(and improved) standard rear shock.




    Spare wheels, new rear disk, rear sprocket, Soda-blasted front calipers with new pads, light-weight front Axle, Titanium/SS bolts through the front end, new Clipons and grips. The tank has been stripped in preparation for an Epoxy lining and a repaint.
    All I've got and more for #294...RIP Chris Adley
    #158...RIP James Thompson

    Originally posted by Ryanoceros
    Wooohoo !! Fucking 10/10 ride. Cheers for that Aari, you really conditioned my sphincter

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    • #17
      Now for the real prize...and the scary part...the engine.
      This is how it came from the wreckers in Victoria...once again my thanks must go out to Larry Moss who picked the motor up for me after an 8hr round trip and then drove it to Phillip Island(another 6hr round trip) so it could come home with some HCMC members who were there for an event.


      Apart from a Sump, clutch plates and a cover the only problem with the motor appeared to be the broken Front engine mounts.
      So I set too tearing it down for inspection, I also have a few goodies to go into the new heart.


      All I've got and more for #294...RIP Chris Adley
      #158...RIP James Thompson

      Originally posted by Ryanoceros
      Wooohoo !! Fucking 10/10 ride. Cheers for that Aari, you really conditioned my sphincter

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      • #18






        So here are some more pics from stripping the engine...I am truly amazed at how clean the water pump on a 28yr old motor, who knows how long it sat at the wreckers for, is.
        All I've got and more for #294...RIP Chris Adley
        #158...RIP James Thompson

        Originally posted by Ryanoceros
        Wooohoo !! Fucking 10/10 ride. Cheers for that Aari, you really conditioned my sphincter

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        • #19
          And inside the cases...which I don't believe have ever been opened before.





          All I've got and more for #294...RIP Chris Adley
          #158...RIP James Thompson

          Originally posted by Ryanoceros
          Wooohoo !! Fucking 10/10 ride. Cheers for that Aari, you really conditioned my sphincter

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          • #20



            I cleaned up the bottom of the heads to remove the old gasket material...I am still amazed at the condition of the engine that's 28 years old and was sitting around in a wreckers for who knows how long.
            All I've got and more for #294...RIP Chris Adley
            #158...RIP James Thompson

            Originally posted by Ryanoceros
            Wooohoo !! Fucking 10/10 ride. Cheers for that Aari, you really conditioned my sphincter

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            • #21
              Always wanted to ride one of these. Good luck with the build.
              Ninety nine percent of the people in this world are fools. The rest of us are in great danger of contagion.

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              • #22
                Well done mate, you've stumbled across a unicorn from the looks of that unbelievably clean (inside and out) motor. If you'd told me that water pump was from a near new bike I would have believed you.

                But such beautiful lil' bikes! Kinda shows how far we haven't come with nobody making a "proper" lightweight sportsbike in a similar vein these days. What is the modern Honda equivalent? A CBR500? I mean, solid enough but nothing like the engineering in a VFR...and I feel myself turning beige just thinking about one, lol.

                How'd you get on with rubber for it? Are you stuck with the 18" rear wheel or were there 17" options available in the period? More to the point, are they available now?

                Thanks for the thread..

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by slowpoke View Post
                  Well done mate, you've stumbled across a unicorn from the looks of that unbelievably clean (inside and out) motor. If you'd told me that water pump was from a near new bike I would have believed you.
                  I know right?! I have stripped down two other engines from the same model and the water pumps are brown and caked with old residue and do NOT look anything like this water-pump...I am seriously amazed.

                  Originally posted by slowpoke View Post
                  But such beautiful lil' bikes! Kinda shows how far we haven't come with nobody making a "proper" lightweight sportsbike in a similar vein these days. What is the modern Honda equivalent? A CBR500? I mean, solid enough but nothing like the engineering in a VFR...and I feel myself turning beige just thinking about one, lol.
                  I have always had a soft spot for the V4...2-stroke or 4 the sound is amazing. I've never understood the reluctance to pursue this technology...even after I looked at how cramped the head is and how tiny the spark-plugs are on these motors.
                  As you know I love smaller capacity bikes and racing...like you there is very little out there that tightens my britches these days in that class and certainly nothing with the imagination/vision of the VFR400.
                  There were a few teething issues with the one that went bang( it was called The Japanese Ducati for a while) but I think that is always the risk when you take on someone else's half done project and don't strip it to the bones to make a fresh start...as I am doing this time.

                  Originally posted by slowpoke View Post
                  How'd you get on with rubber for it? Are you stuck with the 18" rear wheel or were there 17" options available in the period? More to the point, are they available now?
                  I'm still running the 18 on the rear...there are options to change to the 17 which I will look at for both bikes as the time and budget allow.
                  I've run the Bridgestone(Wet and Dry track tested) and the Continental on the 18" rim and been very happy with the results...specially for a "Touring Tyre", for want of a better description.

                  Originally posted by slowpoke View Post
                  Thanks for the thread..
                  Thanks for reading and contributing.

                  All I've got and more for #294...RIP Chris Adley
                  #158...RIP James Thompson

                  Originally posted by Ryanoceros
                  Wooohoo !! Fucking 10/10 ride. Cheers for that Aari, you really conditioned my sphincter

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