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Honda’s capable middleweight V twin
Honda’s notorious inboard disc was designed to solve the problems of braking in wet weather but seem to have caused more problems than they solved. Heres how to take them apart.
Honda VT500C 1984 Wiring Diagram
Honda VT500C 1985 Wiring Diagram
Honda VT500C 1986 Wiring Diagram
1983 VT500FT Ascot
Thanks are due to Michael from our facebook group for the following tips which he has applied to his ‘Euro’ model They should apply to most VT500Es, NV400s and probably ‘C’s and ‘FT’s, but check first.
Turn signal relays.
If the VT500 turn signal relay stops working, the best choice is to go for a Mitsuba
Thermostat tip: How to install the thermostat so it doesn't block the water pipe exit holes.
82 degree thermostats from the following cars will fit, among others:
Subaru Domingo 1.0 & 1.2 (1986 -
Subaru Justy 1.0 & 1.2 (1984 -
Subaru Vivio 658 cm³ (1992 -
Suzuki Alto 796 cm³ (1985 -
Suzuki Swift & Baleno 1.6 (1989 -
Adjusting valve clearances
Cam chain tensioners
Does your VT500 / NV400SP rattle and tick when cold, but is OK when hot? Adjusting
valves does not help? The culprit is the camchain tensioner, or rather the two of
them. This problem affects mainly pre-
Detail pic... The camchain tensioner problem is often mistaken for so called 'piston slap' ie, a slightly undersize piston rattling in the bore when cold. This was not uncommon in aircooled bikes in the '50s and '60's, although quite uncommon today.
The new tensioner has a more positive locking mechanism than the old one, and prevents
One tip gleaned from a Honda trained mechanic is to loosen the tensioner clamp bolts and then tap the heads with punch which may just be enough to free old springs and tension the camchain again. Its worked with one of our Facebook members at least.