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post #1 of 61 Old 10-09-2010, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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My VFR800 Resto

I literally just returned home from a 12 hour round trip from JC, TN to Colonial Heights, VA and back. I picked up a '98 Honda VFR800 that is in desperate need of TLC, but since it is a bike I've always wanted........I snagged it. This thread will be a long/gradual updated thread of bringing this bike back to life. Here a few pics to get it started:

My copilot for this 12 hour journey:


And some shots of the new ride........I have the seat (torn up pretty badly) and the lowers along with the front fender and front turn signals, they are just not mounted in the pics. I'm not even going to unload it till the morning as I'm so tired. Here you have it:




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I'll be following along. Looks like you picked a good one. That thing needs some TLC in the worst way.

Nice copilot.

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Cool mate. I always wanted to make one of those 'naked' - with the right treatment I think it could be a stunner.

Looks like a great base for your project.

What's on the clock?

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28,538..........just getting broken in

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I'll be following along. Looks like you picked a good one. That thing needs some TLC in the worst way.

Nice copilot.
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oooh, this is gonna be exciting!







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Well, fire the engines! Spur this iron space-pony on!

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Looks like a most excellent project.

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Lots of potential there. Looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

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Wild or mild on this one?

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Wild or mild on this one?
A little of both

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PLZ tell me your putting an A&A supercharger on that thing! .... one of my dreams is to do that to a vfr800!

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PLZ tell me your putting an A&A supercharger on that thing! .... one of my dreams is to do that to a vfr800!
If I had $5k

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Cool "co-pilot"!

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The copilot when we returned home:


Finally unloaded:




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You'd never guess what I found under the crappy paint/bedliner........


Here are a few more after wire brushing with the dremel and spraying off with the hose..........all the while disassembling it and throwing out the crappy mirrors........





I LOVE this pic:


My helper of course.....

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Blood and sweat so far.........tears have yet to come. LOL!


One of the happy new owner:





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My best bud helpin me drain the tank...........funny thing was that today was a "work on the porch and not touch the bike" day........oops....hahaha






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When I bought my F3 I got it home and found the same thing. Dude had sprayed primer right over the top of the paint and decals.

Looks more fun than working on the porch.

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Good luck with that. So much potential. Be a nice winter project. Look forward to seeing it in Indy next year

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There is a VFR800 bike here in Owensboro, KY that could be used to scavenge parts from. Word is the bike is complete, but the ECM is bad and the seller would take $500 for the whole thing.

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There is a VFR800 bike here in Owensboro, KY that could be used to scavenge parts from. Word is the bike is complete, but the ECM is bad and the seller would take $500 for the whole thing.
PM me a link if you have one. I'd be interested in seeing what parts are in what shape.

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Good luck with that. So much potential. Be a nice winter project. Look forward to seeing it in Indy next year
Mike, good talkin to you the other night. If I didn't make much sense it's because I'd been driving for so damn long

For sure count on seeing this thing next year

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PM me a link if you have one. I'd be interested in seeing what parts are in what shape.
I don't have a link. If you want, I can stop by there and take pictures and post them here. Let me know because I ride/drive past it just about every day.

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wow that is a lot of progress in a short amt of time, keep it up!

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Tsk, tsk, damn Billy, ANOTHER PROJECT?

(I'm just jealous )

here, let me help you...
check out this thread >link< Let me know how things come out



There, now that I have some input I can kinda fool myself into thinking I helped


Seriously though, It's fun to watch you work.
I haven't seen one project of yours YET that I wouldn't want to do or own myself.
Keep up the good work & keep them pics comin'

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Tsk, tsk, damn Billy, ANOTHER PROJECT?

(I'm just jealous )

here, let me help you...
check out this thread >link< Let me know how things come out



There, now that I have some input I can kinda fool myself into thinking I helped


Seriously though, It's fun to watch you work.
I haven't seen one project of yours YET that I wouldn't want to do or own myself.
Keep up the good work & keep them pics comin'
LOL! Thanks bro! I had already decided these headers are at the "replace" status. Pretty neglected and rust falling out of everywhere. I picked up all new gaskets for the headers at Honda the other day........and they were in stock Now I just need to actually buy headers

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Another little update...........I got a bit carried away and decided to go crazy with the bike just a bit.....so I removed the front end and the linked braking system along with pulling the engine covers to address the bad gasket work on the stator side along with fix the charging issue on the bike and pulled the clutch cover to clean the surfaces of the case and put a new gasket there as well just to avoid any possible oil misting issues due to the p/o not doing things correctly last time around. I drained the oil and radiator fluid to replace with new fluids (as you should always do when you buy a used bike). You should have seen the sludge that came out of the brake lines

Let her breathe!!!


Cleaning off the covers to repaint:





Please excuse my mess........LOL!


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Great progress! This is getting exciting, to say the least.
I am staying tuned.

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+1 I miss my TLr damn honda keeps on running....

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Boy, that frame sure would look good all polished up!

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Boy, that frame sure would look good all polished up!
Orrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr: Powder coated RED!

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Why buy a bike you have to sink money into?

I ask this question to not stir the pot, but because it was asked to a Canuck who found a 1965 Harley Big Twin, and everyone said it was a turd, it was not worth crap, ect..... Then the question was asked Why would you buy something you have to sink money into?

I thought the header at the top of this Website USED to read it is not what you ride, it is that you ride but I see it has been removed, so I see it is now a bash Harley but buy a Honda and you are OK?

I hope you enjoy your bike, and wrenching on bikes is what I love to do, Harley's, Honda's, it does not matter, and I enjoy riding all of them!

I do not want to derail this thread, but I see all the support you are recieveing for buying a bike and restoring it, and a guy finds a NICE Classic Harley and he gets dogged out about why would he buy it.

Just saying.......................I guess it was apporpriate they took down the old banner at the top of the page. Sad.

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Call 'em out FMT! That Harley is still a great find and a great project in my book.



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What happened to the header at the top of the Page?

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This looks like a project that may be completed soon. It's a hell of allot of work to just get the parts clean. I don't own anything over a 1978 and I must say that your machine looks like a rocketship to me,radiators,computers and all that stuff add a whole new set of headaches to a rebuild I would guess. It's lookin good, keep up on the thread ,I would like to follow your progress.

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Call 'em out FMT! That Harley is still a great find and a great project in my book.



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LOL! I never bagged on your Harley.......anywho, I just love to work on bikes. That and when you buy the bike for $800 and get to turn it into a better bike then how it came from the factory.......why wouldn't you?

Here is an update:

I got my RC51 front end on.........along with many other things, but I've been not keeping up on it with the cold weather rolling in....

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whoa... wasn't expecting that
didn't even know that was an option!?

is that the same fitty-one front end you had on the 9er last year?


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whoa... wasn't expecting that
didn't even know that was an option!?

is that the same fitty-one front end you had on the 9er last year?

Nope, I sold all those (too bad really......woulda saved me some time LOL!) BUT that IS the same front fender


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Keep it up. Enjoy the updates and the old pic. Was that Moto GP weekend from '09?

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