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  1. Happy New Year Triple bypass is easier than it sounds and you rightly point out the only quirk regarding the different size mechanical seals. Once done though it is all plain sailing and with the shop supplying good quality seals at a good price, whats not to like. As you already in there, I would not skip the tensioner; a bit like taking off your car gearbox and not doing the clutch, it will at least give you peace of mind. Agree with all other comments Ride safe Richard
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    MIG welders

    In an earlier life I did Gas, Arc, TIG, MIG and even some 'nuclear' welding - nimonic steels mainly. TIG aluminium was most tricky. When I was doing it full time I was really good at it. You remember all the settings (gas pressures, current etc) but what you lose is the ability to do it right 'first time'. I did some railings a while back and I had functional but not as pretty as it should be results. The welds were looking really good just as I was finishing the job! Hence you have to keep your hand in, OR do a few test pieces before you melt your beloved CX. If you start with an Arc welder, do not buy cheap rods and have a bucket of water handy - so that you can plunge your foot into it when the white hot spatter goes down into your boot........ (True story) And if you buy a hobby MIG, you will wish you bought a bigger one, unless your needs are for very small stuff. Having said all that, its a skill I am pleased I learned and for anybody out there thinking of building trikes/trailers/bobbers etc I would recommend having a go. I wonder how many sheds/garages harbour an arc welder that hasn't been used for ages. Perhaps you could borrow one to have a practise, before deciding what you really need? Good luck. Ride safe Richard
  3. Richard W

    MIG welders

    In an earlier life I did Gas, Arc, TIG, MIG and even some 'nuclear' welding - nimonic steels mainly. TIG aluminium was most tricky. When I was doing it full time I was really good at it. You remember all the settings (gas pressures, current etc) but what you lose is the ability to do it right 'first time'. I did some railings a while back and I had functional but not as pretty as it should be results. The welds were looking really good just as I was finishing the job! Hence you have to keep your hand in, OR do a few test pieces before you melt your beloved CX. If you start with an Arc welder, do not buy cheap rods and have a bucket of water handy - so that you can plunge your foot into it when the white hot spatter goes down into your boot........ (True story) And if you buy a hobby MIG, you will wish you bought a bigger one, unless your needs are for very small stuff. Having said all that, its a skill I am pleased I learned and for anybody out there thinking of building trikes/trailers/bobbers etc I would recommend having a go. I wonder how many sheds/garages harbour an arc welder that hasn't been used for ages. Perhaps you could borrow one to have a practise, before deciding what you really need? Good luck. Ride safe Richard
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    DS,s CX500 exhaust collector boxes

    Good man, and worth pursuing. DS runs a good ship but I have been disappointed with some of his stuff. Collectors, crash bars and mudguards being the worst offenders. I believe the chrome he does comes from Italy and is just not long lasting. The downpipes on my bike are 37 years old and almost spotless, the mudguard is less than three years old and is about ready for the tip. There must be a better option somewhere out there. Keep up the good work. Best regards also Ride safe Richard
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    DS,s CX500 exhaust collector boxes

    Good man, and worth pursuing. DS runs a good ship but I have been disappointed with some of his stuff. Collectors, crash bars and mudguards being the worst offenders. I believe the chrome he does comes from Italy and is just not long lasting. The downpipes on my bike are 37 years old and almost spotless, the mudguard is less than three years old and is about ready for the tip. There must be a better option somewhere out there. Keep up the good work. Best regards also Ride safe Richard
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    DS,s CX500 exhaust collector boxes

    I gave up on DS collectors yonks ago and opted for a Wemoto stainless one. More pricey but now in its 6th year without any issue. Problem is that these pattern boxes from DS et al, whilst faithful to the original design, are not really any better than the Honda ones which just rusted at an alarming rate. Sadly, there is no magic bullet. Ride safe Richard
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    DS,s CX500 exhaust collector boxes

    I gave up on DS collectors yonks ago and opted for a Wemoto stainless one. More pricey but now in its 6th year without any issue. Problem is that these pattern boxes from DS et al, whilst faithful to the original design, are not really any better than the Honda ones which just rusted at an alarming rate. Sadly, there is no magic bullet. Ride safe Richard
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    Firing on one cylinder - CX500A

    Agreed - strip your carbs and have a good clean up. Pay particular attention to the pilot circuit and the needle valves. Ride safe Richard
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    Exhaust Options

    Motad is fine if you just want function, mine ran very well for about 10 years on a Motad. BUT, the bike always looked unbalanced if you know what I mean. Nothing wrong with the Motad though, well made and longer living than many of the sacrificial anodes out there in the pattern market ....... Ride safe Richard
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    Exhaust Options

    Has anyone tried the stainless steel H box or mufflers from Melvin available through wemoto? I have a Wemoto stainless H box on my CX A. Thoughts... It is expensive at £150 It is made of very stiff material (harder to get a good seal as the clamps need to be mega tight) It does not rot The bike runs fine - back pressure is fine and there are no rattles It does not look out of place I was fed up with rotting collectors, rust, repainting, rattles and cheap pattern parts, one of which nearly ruined my engine (too much back pressure - blew all the crankcase seals) Would I recommend the Wemoto - well it has worked for me and unlike my original Honda collector, it will not crumble to dust Hope this helps Ride safe Richard
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    B model starting

    Ditto, I have no starting issues since I sorted the carbs. The record for me was when I left the bike standing, outdoors but covered for 11 months (I was away working in Kosovo). I put in fresh fuel and a good battery - she fired up on the second attempt. I did strip it shortly after to give it a facelift. I NEVER turn my fuel tap off, and haven't since I got the bike in 1983. Perhaps I should but haven't found the need. I have found that a carb full of fuel keeps the needle valves in better condition and it avoids that crystallised crap on the rubber seats. Each to his own though - its a free country (or at least it used to be ) Ride safe Richard
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    B model starting

    Ditto, I have no starting issues since I sorted the carbs. The record for me was when I left the bike standing, outdoors but covered for 11 months (I was away working in Kosovo). I put in fresh fuel and a good battery - she fired up on the second attempt. I did strip it shortly after to give it a facelift. I NEVER turn my fuel tap off, and haven't since I got the bike in 1983. Perhaps I should but haven't found the need. I have found that a carb full of fuel keeps the needle valves in better condition and it avoids that crystallised crap on the rubber seats. Each to his own though - its a free country (or at least it used to be ) Ride safe Richard
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    B model starting

    Hmmmm - not sure about the 'common problem' but I have heard similar stories Sort your carbs out first - easy work - two hours. Pilot circuit is prone to blocking - supplies fuel when the throttle is shut (i.e. on starting!) You can liken it to a pilot light on yer boiler.. Always start on full choke - NO throttle Old petrol loses its bang and long standing fuel will gum up your floats/needle valves/jets B Model should not have a vacuum fuel tap - same part numbers for B and A (which just has a tap - no vacuum) And to eradicate the carb fouling (from rusty tanks mainly) fit an inline filter. Comment regarding battery is valid - it has to be fully charged (I use a CTEK and it works well) My CX is an A and I have had it for over thirty years. I did have the difficult starting, and then firing up on one pot . I spent ages looking for poor sparks/coils/intake leaks/choke maladjustment/lazy starter etc etc and etc. None of those made a scrap of difference and in a fit of pique I rebuilt my carbs and it has started like it wants to ever since. Sparks, clean fuel and air are all it needs.............. Ride safe Richard
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    B model starting

    Hmmmm - not sure about the 'common problem' but I have heard similar stories Sort your carbs out first - easy work - two hours. Pilot circuit is prone to blocking - supplies fuel when the throttle is shut (i.e. on starting!) You can liken it to a pilot light on yer boiler.. Always start on full choke - NO throttle Old petrol loses its bang and long standing fuel will gum up your floats/needle valves/jets B Model should not have a vacuum fuel tap - same part numbers for B and A (which just has a tap - no vacuum) And to eradicate the carb fouling (from rusty tanks mainly) fit an inline filter. Comment regarding battery is valid - it has to be fully charged (I use a CTEK and it works well) My CX is an A and I have had it for over thirty years. I did have the difficult starting, and then firing up on one pot . I spent ages looking for poor sparks/coils/intake leaks/choke maladjustment/lazy starter etc etc and etc. None of those made a scrap of difference and in a fit of pique I rebuilt my carbs and it has started like it wants to ever since. Sparks, clean fuel and air are all it needs.............. Ride safe Richard
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    classic jap bike ride in on 2/9/17

    I was there too, met some nice people, gassed about bikes and basked in gorgeous sunshine - whats not to like ......... Muddy, my CX wouldn't do 110 if I threw it out of an aeroplane Sounds like you enjoyed it though. Ride safe Richard PS I vidded the whole day out on my handlebar mounted camera. The picture quality is great but the sound is dreadful. Imagine an otherwise empty tumble drier which you decide to fill with broken bricks, and then times it by ten. What am I doing wrong?

About Richard W

Darren Millard

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